Go to the 2009 Halloween contest and enter to win one of dozens of prizes in six categories!
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 , and Threadbanger 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!

(Official Rules)

The DIY Halloween Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

WINNERS

First Prize - Video<br />(1 winner)

53 PRIZES

Grand Prize - Tech & Craft

Tech: $250 Shopping spree at the Maker Shed Store, $250 gift certificate to Plaid Craft Express, and a $100 gift certificate to Hack N Mod (Store)

Craft: $250 Shopping spree in the craft kits section of the Maker Shed Store, $250 gift certificate to Plaid Craft Express, and a 8763 Curvy sewing machine from Singer

First Prize<br />(1 winner per category)

Category prizes include: EL-wire packages from Cool Neon, "Make: Open Sourcerer" Leatherman Juice CS4 Tool, jewelry and paint supplies from Plaid, MAKE Controller Kit, Ponoko vouchers, The Best of instructables Volume 1, DNA Kit, knife set, Fuel Cell Car & Experiment Kit, Instructables Robot t-shirts, patches, and stickers.

First Prize - Photo<br />(1 winner)

EL-wire kit from Cool Neon and an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

First Prize - Video<br />(1 winner)

EL-wire kit from Cool Neon and an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Second Prize<br />(3 winners per category)

Collection of spooky and fun books from Quirk Books. Also an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Second Prize - Photo<br />(5 winners)

Sound activated El-wire kit from Cool Neon.

Second Prize - Video<br />(5 winners)

Sound activated El-wire kit from Cool Neon.

Third Prize<br />(5 winners per category)

Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
HOW IT WORKS

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Nov 5, 2007 and Nov 9, 2008 (11:59pm PT).

Enter

Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select DIY Halloween Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.

Accepting

Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.

Judging

A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.

Winners

When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.