Make: Halloween Contest

Show off your scariest, most ghoulish, and creative Halloween project ever!

This contest is over and the winners are being selected. Winners will be announced on November 30, 2016.

Contest status

Judging in progress

Winners will be announced soon.


Grand Prize Winners
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Project featured in Make: Magazine & online + 1-year subscription to Make: Magazine + DIY Pinball Machine in Battle Mode with craft supplies

$165 value - 2 available

Costume & Make-up Winners
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Project featured in Make: Magazine & online + 1-year subscription to Make: Magazine + Make: Getting Started with Wearables Kit

$135 value - 2 available

Haunted House Winners

Project featured in Make: Magazine & online + 1-year subscription to Make: Magazine + Compressed Air Rocket Launcher for paper rockets

$145 value - 2 available


Project submissions open:

October 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM PT

Project submissions close:

November 16, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced by:

November 30, 2016

Contest brief

This contest is now closed. Check out the winners to get inspired for next year's Halloween!

This year we’re doing Halloween better than ever, giving Makers the chance to show off your scariest, most ghoulish and creative Halloween projects ever. And, you’ll get a chance to win cool prizes!

To enter, submit a step-by-step project, containing instructions on how to replicate your project, for one of the following themes:

  • Haunted House
  • Costumes & Make-up

Post your idea early, and share your progress along the way!


We’ll be awarding prizes to six winners. All winners will:

  • Have their project featured in Make: Magazine and online
  • Receive a 1-year subscription to Make: Magazine
  • Get products worth up to $130 in retail value.

The best part is that YOU, our community, get a say in who gets the glory! For each prize category below, two winners will be chosen - one by Make: editors and one by the community for a total of six winners.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Grand Prize (selected from all qualifying entries)
  • Haunted House
  • Costumes & Make-up


Winners will be chosen by Make: editors and the community.

Criteria for Make: Editors Winners

  • Originality (25 pts)
  • Aesthetics (25 pts)
  • Fun! (25 pts)
  • Completeness of your submission: clear instructions, quality photos / videos, parts & materials included, etc. (25pts)

Criteria for Community Winners

The projects with the most points win. The community votes for your project based on their actions:

  • 1 project view = 1 point
  • 1 project ‘Respect’ = 10 points

Only project views and ‘Respects’ that occur on your project page will be counted, so be sure to share the link to your project with your social network, and tell them to click through to the project page to view and 'Respect' your project. Receiving likes on your social channels will not count towards your points.


  • Project submissions and voting opens: Now!
  • Project submissions close: Wednesday, November 16 at 11:59pm PT
  • Voting closes: Wednesday, November 23 at 11:59pm PT
  • Winners announced by: Wednesday, November 30


For community voting, only views and 'Respects' that your project receives as of November 23 at 11:59pm PT will be counted for the Community Winners. After this time, people will still be able to view and 'Respect' your project; however, these activities will not be included in the voting.

Contest rules


Contestants must be at least 18 years of age. See Full Rules for all other eligibility requirements.


  • Only complete step-by-step projects will be considered for prizes.
  • All submissions must be in the English language.
  • Projects do not need to include hardware or technology.
  • Team submissions will be accepted though prizes may be modified. All team members identified must meet qualification criteria.
  • You must be the maker of the project that you submit. However, the original idea does not need to be yours, but you must credit the individual(s) whose design you replicated or modified in your submission and obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required for you to submit your entry.
  • Your project will be removed in the following instances: it's a sales pitch, ad, spam; contains inappropriate language, or is not applicable to this contest (e.g. it's a project but is unrelated to Halloween). If your project is removed, it will only be removed from this contest.

See Full Rules for all requirements.

Judging criteria

View the Contest Brief for the Judging Criteria.

How to enter

Step 1: Start by creating a free account and signing in to Make: Community Projects. Or, if you already have a Make: Community Projects account or account, just sign-in.

Step 2: Register for our Halloween contest by clicking "Register as a participant”.

Step 3: Create your project by clicking "Add my Project" on the contest page. Get started by providing a good description of what you’re planning to make and uploading a short video or image(s) describing your planned project.

Then, click Submit to contest.


  • To get your project maximum exposure, in the Project Status section, change your project status from Private to "Discoverable in the search and on platform hubs".

Step 4: Tell your friends that you are working on a Halloween project for our contest. Share your project link and remind them to check back from time to time to see your progress.

Step 5: As you work on your project, keep your project page updated. Everyone loves seeing work in progress so don’t be shy about sharing your progress and changes in your design. Your project will be identified as ‘In Progress’ until you mark it as complete.

Step 6: When you’re ready to complete your project page, fill out all relevant information including step-by-step instructions, the parts & materials you used, and any images or videos that can help the community understand how you made your project and see how cool it is.

Then, click Submit to contest.


  • When you are asked to include 3 tags for your project (at the end), add the tag ‘Halloween’.

Step 7: When you’ve submitted your completed project, remind your friends who haven’t checked out your project to check it out! Their views and ‘Respects’ help get you points to help you win!

Full rules

View Full Rules & Terms here.

Questions? Check out our contest FAQ section.

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