Halloween is coming fast, are you ready? You may have already made some creepy scares on the Arduino platform. (More about Raspberry Pi? Don’t worry, we’ll provide you .)

There are many ways that the tech-savvy can prepare about the spookiest seasons, but why not add the finishing touch to your Halloween with some last-minute creations?

In this article, we will look at 10 projects you can create without using a soldering iron. From easy and tricky to insane levels of creepy difficulty, let’s get started!

1. Pumpkin Palace

We’re all familiar with the grinning pumpkin sitting on every porch in the neighborhood, so why not go with a completely different and friendly design?

User Deviantart Ceemdee comes up with amazing pumpkin designs every year. Last Halloween was no different, and this absolutely stunning pumpkin from » Alien things» is the coolest thing we’ve ever seen in vegetables.

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Ceemdee is also responsible for the fantastic Minesweeper pumpkin featured in our amazing Jack-o-Lanterns article.

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With projects going as far back as 2009, this is the gallery to keep an eye on «thinking out of the box» pumpkin carving!

2. Suit Up!

While there are many fantastic costume ideas for high tech costumes sometimes it’s hard to beat good old disgusting makeup.

If you find costume makeup mysterious and wonder how people get such horrific effects, fear not. There are fantastic tutorials on creating truly horrifying effects from scratch. A perfect example of this is YouTuber NikkieTutorials with her truly terrifying Demon Pulled-Up Face design. Find out how to do it yourself here:

If you’re looking for something a little more costume oriented, use a small piece of zipper to create the zippered mouth effect described in our Halloween makeup article and showcased here by YouTuber Bobby Cohen :

3. Simple can lights

With the many possibilities available to the intrepid DIY artisan, it’s easy to forget that simple ideas can work wonders. As well as large-scale lighting projects filling in the dark corners of the home and garden can add to the overall effect.

In terms of simplicity, it’s hard to beat these Can Lanterns made by Pierra Jolly .

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By filling the jars and freezing them before creating the holes, any chance of deformation of the mold is eliminated, resulting in a beautiful appearance, with little to no use of any tools. As a bonus, adding colored light bulbs, rather than candles, to jars can really change the overall look of a project. This could be the perfect project for kids to introduce them to DIY projects.

4. Black cat-lanterns

Jack O’ Lanterns aren’t the only thing you can do with pumpkins this Halloween. Sheila Schmitz really thinking outside the box by taking a taller, thinner pumpkin and combining it with a much smaller one to create these incredible black cat lanterns.

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The tutorial shows how to carve out the cat’s «head» to make its eyes shine, and then paint the entire body glossy black for the final cat witch effect. Don’t forget the cucumber tail!

5. Astronaut helmet

Everyone secretly wants to be an astronaut, and no budding astronaut can be taken seriously without a good helmet. Never be afraid of space cadets! Lara Sorokanich has the perfect solution for you.

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Using pre-made foam parts that can be bought at any good shop or fashion store, this helmet looks fantastic without spending any money on making it. The assembly itself requires several assembly tools, all connections are made with hot glue and then hidden using silver cloth.

It’s worth noting that there are many different NASA patches available, so take your time to pick your favorite!

6 Glowing Jellyfish

For a slightly higher tech suit, why not bring the deep ocean to your neighborhood with a floating glowing jellyfish suit?

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In construction Ashley costume-works.com uses a transparent umbrella along with a battery-powered EL wire to turn a human into a marine-dwelling luminescent jellyfish!

The guide also includes instructions on how to create a kid’s version using an umbrella hat, making this costume perfect for the whole family.

The effect of this suit is amazing, it’s incredibly easy to put together using just ties and pins, making this suit perfect to take apart and store for years to come.

Don’t have time to put all the pieces together to make it? The exact same costume can be made using an old hat, some sort of card, and a few black trash liners to create an inky black squid from the depths on a budget of next to nothing!

7. Hole in the stomach

Returning to slightly more familiar waters, Marc Robert has created many stunning costumes over the years. The hole for the iPad in the stomach is distinguished by ingenious simplicity and great effect.

As shown in the video, using the already ubiquitous Facetime app and simply launching a call between the front and back of the iPad, you create the illusion of a horrific hole all the way through your midsection. Surely one to grab the attention of any party goer!

8 Tricopter Ghost

Drones are becoming more and more accessible to everyone, and indeed there are options for people on almost every budget. While no one is sure who first dressed their drone as a ghost, we are very happy that they did.

The example above is taken from motoshane’s YouTube channel and uses a Tricopter drone that he built himself. All that has been added is a light ghost mask and a sheet, along with a couple of lights, though the effect is spectacular.

The only thing that breaks the effect is the sound of the rotors, but who knows? Maybe that’s what real ghosts sound like?

9. Fully functional DSLR camera suit

Are you a photography fan? Are you so enamored with your DSLR that sometimes you want to be it? Well this is for you! This DSLR work suit wins our prize for the most insane suits we’ve ever seen, and it’s deceptively easy to make yourself.

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This amazing invention was created user Tylercard from Instructables. The tech side of this build includes an old laptop, an external flash and shutter release, and of course a DSLR camera. By separating the laptop screen from the case, Tylercard was able to create a camera display that faces the back of the case, with the case positioned to the side of the camera’s cardboard frame.

While looking very elaborate, the beauty of this costume is that it is made up of cardboard and a plastic bucket. Spare parts are readily available at all hardware stores. While a laptop needs some disassembly, all the parts that make it work don’t need any real modification. This means that once you’ve wowed everyone and won the best costume prizes around town, every bit saves its function for future use — or perhaps even more outlandish costume ideas!

10. The Last Cuvette Suit

Let’s face it, all of these ideas are great, but sometimes you just don’t have the time. Halloween has crept up on you, the party is tonight, and you don’t have a costume. What to do?

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Excellent. This post from Instagram user theklopf might just be the quickest way to get over a dreaded costume-less panic while still maintaining your street cred.

Don’t scare the world!

These are just a few ideas that we thought were a bit different from the usual tech Halloween projects, hopefully giving you some inspiration for the upcoming holiday. We look forward to meeting you this year!

Why stop there? There are some great treat ideas you can make. treats for treats for for your party, and while you’re munching on them, why not share some tech horror with friends?

Have you created a simple but scary idea for a costume or decoration? Is your house the best in your area for Halloween? Let us know in the comments section below!

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