October 16, 2012 AT 6:00 pm

Adding a Little Life (Light?) into Your Halloween Costumes #electronichalloween

In the very near future, embedding electronics, motors, LEDs etc into clothing is going to become easier and easier thanks to Limor and Becky’s contributions to the electronic wearables movement. But people have been doing their best to add motors, lights, sparks, movement and other signs of electronic life to their Halloween costumes for years.

I spent some time at New York Comic Con, hunting around for examples of blinkies and motors etc and stumbled upon the following:


Jesse and Mary Kate build this light cube, grabbing a few off-the-shelf lights and parts — and they recommend grabbing baseball display boxes and frosting the inside of them as diffusion to create the glowing cube effect.


There was a huge crowd gathered around the sound-activated EL panel shirts vendor. This vendor brought shirts built around quite a few up-to-the-moment memes and images, ranging from weak to truly awesome. For the individual, creating one-off multicolor EL panel artwork ain’t going to be cheap or easy, but by being strategic with your graphic design you can trim and coat single-color panels to create fun designs such as the charging battery and brony light panel animations by grabbing one of our sound-activated pocket inverters.


I have written about DIY Mindwave Cat Earsprojects before, but I will say it was nice seeing lots of individuals with no exposure to these technologies before trying out these EEG-activated ears — a great place to get folks started thinking about adding tentacles, tails, barnacles and other secondary elements back into the experience of the person wearing the costume.


Given all of the great Doctor Who-themed costumes, it was great fun seeing someone took the time to get an actual light into the lantern at the top of a TARDIS costume. Lauren (I believe) went with the simple hack to get a tea-light into the top of her hat, as the other solutions wouldn’t get her all the way through the day on battery power.


For the most part, the best costumes at New York Comic Con this year were decidedly non-electronic, sadly. Check out this great gallery from Flavorwire and WIRED to see some of the more technologically advanced examples — and imagine them next year with more active, embedded electronic elements.


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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