An epic Halloween costume is every DIYer’s greatest point of pride. There are few things more satisfying than wearing a costume so good, people know what you are without having to ask. Whether your evening will be spent scaring the pants off of people who walk through your haunted house, collecting candy from door to door with kids in tow, or strutting your stuff on the dance floor with your pals, you’ll want your look to last, and be an original creation that shows off your DIY skills.
Halloween is the pinnacle of DIY holidays, and while some of us will spend weeks planning and customizing our looks, we understand that some folks just don’t have that kind of time. We appreciate simplicity as much as intricacy, and this year we’ll be rewarding both with Judges’ Prizes for Best Simple Costume and Most Elaborate Sewing. Anyone can buy a store-bought costume, but you’re cut from a different cloth. Show us your most creative DIY Halloween costume for a chance to win a Canon T5i DSLR, a Juki TL-2010Q, an iPad Mini, and other awesome prizes!

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Grand Prize

20 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: Sewing (1)

One Judges' Prize winner for best sewn costume will receive:
  • a Juki TL-2010Q
  • an Instructables prize pack including a limited edition t-shirt

Judges' Prize: Simple Costume (1)

One Judges' Prize winner for best simple costume will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (9)

Nine runner up prize winners will receive:
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 12, 2013 and Nov 10, 2014 (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.