Never underestimate the possibility of a cardboard box. Cardboard can be used to make armor, weapons, or it can be the entire costume. Anything that looks like a box is perfect to construct from cardboard. A few ideas: a takeout container, a mailbox, a vending machine, a magazine or book, a washer or dryer, a Boxtroll, and the list goes on. Redditor Dullydude’s mom worked for a box factory when he was growing up, and she made his costume every Halloween. He shared photos on Imgur of the times he dressed as a freezer with functioning lights, a popcorn box with real popcorn, and a Rubik’s Cube with rotating layers. I love the creativity.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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