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In honor of the best holiday ever, we're having a party -- and everyone's invited!

Elaborate costumes for the whole family, gadgets that go "zzzZAP!," gross-looking foods, creepy decorations that turn your house into a forbidding castle, and spooky jack-o-lanterns guarding your front door: these are the things we look forward to all year.

Instructables has teamed up with BoingBoing, Core77, CRAFT, Etsy, Hack n Mod,IndyMogul,Lion Brand Yarn, MAKE, Toolmonger, Plaid, Ponoko, PopSci, Singer, ThinkGeek, andThreadbanger to bring you a contest worthy of your creations!

We want to see what delightfully frightful items you've made and we have dozens of awesome prizes to give away! You can enter an Instructable, photos, or video, just make it amazing and it will be eligible to win in one of our six categories: Hack-o-Lantern, Costume, Gadgets and Gizmos, Decorations, Food, and Green, or our Photo and Video categories!

Note: You do not have to choose your category. We will select the best fit when awarding prizes.

Prizes
We're giving away some truly excellent prizes in each category. Win $250 gift certificates to theMaker Shed,Etsy shopping sprees,EL-wire packages that light up with sound, cool books fromQuirk Books, aMAKE Controller kit, $250 gift certificates fromPlaid,The Best of Instructables Volume I, gift certificates forPonoko, aFuel Cell Car & Experiment Kit, gift certificates forHack n Mod, aSinger sewing machine, zombie gift packs fromThinkGeek, a"Make: Open Sourcerer" Leatherman Juice CS4 Tool,Make: The Third Year Collector's Box Set,DNA Kit,ProdMod LED Camera Light Kit v1.1, Instructables robot t-shirts, stickers, and patches!

Enter as many times as you like, but since you can only win one prize be sure each entry shows off your best efforts! The only restriction is that the contest is US-only!

There are lots of ways to enter!
- Post your Instructables, photo slideshows, or videos on Instructables.
- Enter individual photos and videos through the diyhalloween08flickr group andYouTube group.
- As you make your Halloween goodies, list your finished items on Etsy. Tag your item with "HalloweenCon08" for possible inclusion in the featuredHalloween gift guide. Don't have an Etsy shop? Sign up for onehere.

But wait, there's more!

Etsy Sweepstakes
Enter to win one of (5) $100 Etsy shopping sprees by becoming an Etsy memberright here, right now! It's free and easy to enter, just type "HalloweenSpree08" when asked how you heard. For complete entry rules, gohere.

Core77 Editors' Choice Prize
Core77 will select one entry for its Editors' Choice. The prize is acustom Core77 Dremel kit worth $85!

Make with Ponoko for half price!
Use Ponoko Designmake for your Halloween project and get 50% off the making cost! Here are 58 sizes of 30 materials you can use right now. Just enter this coupon code (XGGD6L) on your way through the making process. You can also turn photos of your hand drawings into real life things!

Have a MAKE Halloween!
Strapped for ideas? Check out MAKE's Halloween issue or pick up a ghost kit!

Halloween tips from Lion Brand Yarn
For 45 Halloween knitting, crochet, and craft patterns gohere! And for the Halloween edition of BK4K, Lion Brand Yarn's kids' newsletter, gohere!

Don't worry if you put an Instructable up right after our Halloween contest last year either. Every Halloween-themed Instructable from Nov. 5, 2007 can be entered! So get to it. Put your imagination and skills to good use making the world a creepier place. We can't wait to see what you'll make.

Grand Prize


Tech grand prize:
$250 Shopping spree at the [http://www.makershed.com/http://www.makershed.com/ Maker Shed Store]
$250 gift certificate to [http://www.plaidcraftexpress.com/http://www.plaidcraftexpress.com/ Plaid Craft Express]
$100 gift certificate toHack N Mod

Craft grand prize:
$250 Shopping spree in the craft kits section of the [http://www.makershed.com/http://www.makershed.com/ Maker Shed Store]
$250 gift certificate to [http://www.plaidcraftexpress.com/http://www.plaidcraftexpress.com/ Plaid Craft Express]
8763 Curvy sewing machine fromSinger


Category Prizes


Hack-o-Lantern: grab the nearest pumpkin (real or faux) and get to work. These make great photo entries, but creative work may warrant a video or a full Instructable!
Prizes:
1st (1 winner) - EL-wire package from Cool Neon, "Make: Open Sourcerer" Leatherman Juice CS4 Tool, and a Zombie Pack from ThinkGeek.
2nd (3 winners) - Set of books from Quirk Books, and an Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
3rd (5 winners) - Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
Costume: Show off your best homemade costumes! Whether you made it for you kids, your hamster, or even the office party, we want to see how you made it.
Prizes:
1st (1 winner) - $250 worth of jewelry supplies from Plaid, Make: The Third Year Collector's Box Set, a $50 voucher from Ponoko, and a Zombie Pack from ThinkGeek.
2nd (3 winners) - Set of books from Quirk Books, and an Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
3rd (5 winners) - Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
Gagdets and Gizmos: Share the mechanics behind the spooky shapes, creepy noises, and sudden movements you've created to scare us senseless!
Prizes:
1st (1 winner) - EL-wire package from Cool Neon, MAKE controller kit, $50 voucher from Ponoko, a $50 gift certificate to Hack N Mod, and a Zombie Pack from ThinkGeek.
2nd (3 winners) - Set of books from Quirk Books, and an Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
3rd (5 winners) - Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
Decorations: Show us how you made your surroundings spooky enough to make all the neighborhood kids think twice about trick or treating.
Prizes:
1st (1 winner) - $250 paint package from Plaid, The Best of Instructables Volume I, a $50 voucher from Ponoko, and a Zombie Pack from ThinkGeek.
2nd (3 winners) - Set of books from Quirk Books, and an Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
3rd (5 winners) - Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
Food: The grosser the better! What if you served this at your Halloween party and nobody ate it? Well, we'd probably give you a prize!
Prizes:
1st (1 winner) - Knife set, DNA Kit, and a Zombie Pack from ThinkGeek.
2nd (3 winners) - Set of books from Quirk Books, and an Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
3rd (5 winners) - Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
Green Halloween: Did you manage to provide a spoooky haunted house with recycled goods? Is your costume a clever use of materials destined for the dump? Tell us all about it!
Prizes:
1st (1 winner) - EL-wire package from Cool Neon, Fuel Cell Car & Experiment Kit, and a Zombie Pack from ThinkGeek.
2nd (3 winners) - Set of books from Quirk Books, and an Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
3rd (5 winners) - Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
Photo Prizes:
1st (1 winner): EL-wire package from Cool Neon, ProdMod LED Camera Light Kit v1.1, Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers, and a Zombie Pack from ThinkGeek.
2nd (5 winners) - Sound activated EL-wire from Cool Neon.
Video Prizes:
1st (1 winner): EL-wire package from Cool Neon, ProdMod LED Camera Light Kit v1.1, Instructables t-shirt, patch, and stickers, and a Zombie Pack from ThinkGeek.
2nd (5 winners) - Sound activated EL-wire from Cool Neon.

Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables, Etsy, MAKE, Craft, Lion Brand Yarn, and Core77 a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.
<strong>Category for next year?</strong><br/>Make small containers for Trick or Treat. Not contents just container.<br/>Make Trick or Treating sack to carry from house to house.<br/>
When is the deadline for entry?
can we enter with a slideshow?
There are lots of ways to enter! - Post your Instructables, photo slideshows, or videos on Instructables.
I'm confused on the photo part. Let's say I uploaded a slideshow for a jack-o-lantern, would it fall under the hackolantern category or photo?
are international entry's eligable?
No. With so many partners involved this time we had to keep it US-only.
start thinking ... "global" many of us are abroad... (internet such a wonderful thing)
Right, most of our contests are international. But with many partners who don't do international contests we had to limit this to the US. We'd love to make every contest international, but sometimes there are external constraints and we have to limit it.
ok ... i get it ... (not very happy with it ... lol )
How about doing a 'rest of the world' category for those of us who aren't in the US? I'm sure there will be some one who is interested in partnering up for it? Or hell, even a full on contest just for us non-americans?
i understand, could you do another speed contest? those are fun and most of the time outsiders are allowed ;P have a nice day, dennis
One is in the works for next week.
sweet
Hmm... I'll have to work on my "how to put razorblades in candy" instructable.
Just looking at this contest already feels as if Halloween is tomorrow.
i would laugh if this won the grand prize!
I guess you were telling the truth when you said this would be the biggest and best Halloween contest yet.
Hellz YES. Will there be more info about the party?
Tons of goodies! I'll have to do something this year.
OMG!! Tons of nifty gifties!!! I must get to work! :O
:-)

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