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?
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!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Each day this month (Monday-Friday) we’re going to have a special “Electronic Halloween” post here on Adafruit. It will be a hack, mod, project or something we’ve found that combines all the best things about electronics and Halloween.
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