October 8, 2012 AT 4:40 pm

Halloween Candy Electronic Projects #electronichalloween

At a certain point in your life, admit it, Halloween was all about the candy. And isn’t there something a little bit refreshing about admitting to yourself that this is still the case? (Depending on your age, drug store sales racks may have replaced door-to-door trick-or-treating.)

Here are a few points of inspiration for how you can combine the most important element from Halloween with your favorite DIY activity, i.e. candy+custom DIY electronics.

There have been a number of exciting dispenser projects shared over the years, but this one from Noel Portugal built around a Twilio triggering sequence has a nice demo video with what appears to be an actual child. And he used a few Adafruit items in his build. (See this link for his post for how he created this project.)

I just shared this one from the LVL1 hackerspace on Friday as a pumpkin project — but I suspect it is worth checking it out again today … in terms of the velocity of that flying candy. Dispensing candy? Or dispensing with visitors?

Or maybe you don’t want to dispense much candy, but want to learn about Capacitive Touch Sensors instead.

For this special Halloween project we built a spooky candy bowl that lights up when an unsuspecting trick-or-treater reaches in. While devices like these do exist, many of them use complicated proximity sensors to spring their trap…. Our proximity sensor is made using nothing but a NerdKit, two pieces of aluminum foil, and some paper clips!


Wait, that’s not candy, that brain’s made of fruit! I always fall for that. (Also, Halloween actual candy projects from Instructables.)

Comparishots almondjay

Say, how about instead of fiending over the candy of others, you just go ahead and make your own candy? Here is a recipe for an Almond Jay from CHOW, which rhymes very closely with my favorite Halloween treat.


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