Ready your sewing machine and fire up the glue gun! This year’s Halloween Costume Contest is brought to you in part by Stan Winston School of Character Arts, SINGER, and McCall's Patterns. Any and all costumes are eligible and we welcome both traditional and alternative methods of construction.

Share your costume-making process for a chance to win an unlimited 1-year subscription to Stan Winston School of Character Arts, SINGER sewing machine, McCall’s pattern credits, and more! All winners will also receive a limited edition Instructables Halloween T-shirt. Most DIYers would agree it’s way more fun to wear a costume that you made yourself. What are you going to be this Halloween?

Remember, in Halloween contests, you may enter any Instructable that you have published since last year's contest!

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The Halloween Costume Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

31 Prizes

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize winner will receive:


Three First Prize winners will receive:


Five Second Place Winners will receive:


Ten Third Place winners will receive:

Runner Up

Twelve runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack included a limited edition Halloween 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 10, 2015 and Nov 7, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Halloween Costume Contest 2016. 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.