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#halloween-contest-links img {height:95px} There are several qualities of an excellent Halloween costume. First and foremost: does the costume successfully answer the question “So what are you supposed to be?” Second, the costume should allow sufficient mobility to do whatever it is you intend to do for Halloween. If you’re going to sit quietly on the porch, you can afford a bulky costume or hot mask. If you’re going out on the town, you’ll want something that moves with you. Finally, you want something unique. You’ll want your creativity and clever DIY skills to set you apart.

Halloween is our favorite holiday because it is one of the few remaining holidays that encourages DIY. A store-bought costume is considered lame, and the ultimate point of pride is to receive a compliment for the accuracy, authenticity, or weirdness of your costume. Because we know that busy people and children also want to make their own costumes, we’ve set aside special Judges' Prizes for the Best Easy Costume as well as the Best Kid’s Costume.

Show us your most creative DIY Halloween costume to win a Canon T5i DSLR, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, or one of several other awesome prizes!

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, New Zealand, and Denmark. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT), November 8, 2012. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, November 11, 2013.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

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The Halloween Costume Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

24 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: Best Kid's Costume (1)

One Judges' Prize Best Kid's Costume will receive:

Judges' Prize: Best Easy Costume (1)

One Judges' Prize Best Easy Costume winner will receive:

First Prize (5)

Five First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (10)

Ten Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up Prize (6)

Six Runner Up winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a limited edition t-shirt.
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 8, 2012 and Nov 11, 2013 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Halloween Costume 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.


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


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.


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