Halloween links

Some engineering and science links for this Halloween:

Scientist Trains AI To Create Brilliantly Ludicrous “Sexy” Halloween Costume Ideas article shows what happens when you use AI to design a Halloween costume.

10 Scary True Stories from Engineering History presents you scary experiments like resurrecting the dead, mind control, radiation gone wrong, and man-eating robots, we’ve rounded up 10 of history’s creepiest true tales of science and engineering gone wrong.

What Are Americans Most Afraid Of In 2018?

A Skull-Shaped ‘Dead Comet’ Will Zoom Past Earth This Halloween

Here are some hardware hacking related links for this Halloween:

Fake Walkie-Talkie for Fake Ghost Tours article show a fake walkie-talkie project that is a GPS enabled audio player where comedy meets tourism.

3D Printing, Halloween Style shows how you can 3D print a scary pumpkin decoration.

Animatronic Browser-Controlled Singing Jack-O’-Lanterns article shows an excellent trio of DIY pumpkins that “sing” along with classic Halloween songs like “Monster Mash” or whatever tune you program into it.

Scary Pumpkin with motion detector and movements! article shows a pumkin with sensor which detects movement, then there’s the smart LED strip and also added servo motor to scare even more neighbors. All the functions can be controlled by MQTT in node-red for example

Your Jack-O’-Lantern May Look Cool, but Can It Hover? article presents how you can turn your pumpkin into a hovercraft.

Adafruit’s HalloWing Skull-Shaped Dev Board Is Optimized for Halloween Project

LEGO Candy Launcher —Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Build?


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    light up spooky random blinking Halloween eyes with LEDs and Arduino

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Scary Pumpkin with motion detector and movements!

    Pumkin with sensor which detects movement, then there’s the smart LED strip and I’ve also added servo motor to scare even more neighbors.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Halloween Blinky Eye Lights

    ‘Blinking Eyes Light’ to hide in bushes for Halloween

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    9 Ways that Halloween Has Gone High-Tech
    Technology applied to Halloween has made things safer and more fun for the spookiest night of the year.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Build a Ghost Rider Costume That Smokes Using Vape Fluid

    Mikeasaurus’s Ghost Rider costume is a bit of both, and his tutorial will show you how he accomplished that.


  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    It’s a 3D printed, singing Sea of Thieves skull for Halloween

    With Halloween just two days away, one maker has created a Sea of Thieves display that can both move and serenade trick-or-treaters.

    He tells us, that to make this singing skull, he started with the model of a bounty skull in Blender and then made some adjustments to fit electronics inside.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    9 Inventions Provide Frightful Fun for Halloween

    Halloween isn’t just a time for creative costumes. Thanks to the element14 online design community, the holiday this year also brings us a number of creative electronic device design ideas aimed at making your Halloween party a unique experience.

    The community sponsored a Halloween Pi Project and asked engineers to come up with Halloween-themed devices based on the Raspberry Pi computer platform. Element14 shared the results with Design News.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    9 Ways that Halloween Has Gone High-Tech
    Technology applied to Halloween has made things safer and more fun for the spookiest night of the year.

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    Roasting Marshmallows With My HEAD ON FIRE! 100% Real Fire!

    fire gel while doing some real work :D Roasting marshmallows with your head burning

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to Build a DIY Animatronic Halloween Prop Using Arduino © GPL3+

    Arduino Halloween robot that can be controlled manually and autonomously. It can play terrifying Halloween soundtracks with light changing.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    MIT Is Giving You Control Of A Real Person On Halloween In A Dystopian Game That Sounds Like An Episode Of “Black Mirror”

    This Halloween, the creepiest event to attend might be a mass online social experiment hosted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    MIT is famous for churning out some of the world’s top engineers, programmers, and scientists. But the university’s Media Laboratory is increasingly known for launching experimental projects in October that are designed to make us squirm.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Star Wars, Elvis haunt the ISS on Halloween

    The International Space Station crew also has a mad scientist to keep them company.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Five ways to make Halloween less cyber-scary for kids

    How can we help kids avoid security horrors and stay safe from rogue online “neighbors” at Halloween and thereafter?

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Spooky Animated Eyes for Your Frightening Needs

    Unless you have an incredibly well-stocked parts bin, it’s probably too late to build these spooky animated eyes to scare off the neighborhood kiddies this year. But next year…


  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    10 Great Halloween Projects for Engineers

    Having engineering skills (no matter the discipline) can come in quite handy for holiday themed projects. Halloween ranks as one of the top celebrations for breaking out some creativity to frighten those looking for tricks or treats. No other holiday lets engineers design interesting creative hijinks, to bring forth scary illusions that go way beyond taping a paper skeleton to the front door or spreading fake webbing on shrubbery.

    In this roundup, we will take a look at some of the more exciting, unique and recent projects that engineers have come up with to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve

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    Soft Poly Limb Device Gives You a Third Arm

    Use for a third arm can go in a lot of different directions. It could help you with your daily tasks, make things easier for you

    A team of researchers at Arizona State University took on this problem head-on and have invented a soft-poly limb system that essentially gives you a handy robotic arm

    The Soft Poly Limb (SPL) is a fluid driven wearable device that gives the user control of an additional limb

    Soft Poly-Limbs: Toward a New Paradigm of Mobile Manipulation for Daily Living Tasks

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Every jack-o’-lantern needs a pair of animatronic eyes

    If you’d like your jack-o’-lantern to stand out, a pair of animatronic eyes should do the trick.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This Man Turned His Alexa Into A Talking Skull And It Is Incredibly Spooky

    Mike McGurrin decided to take up Alexa’s creepiness a notch higher by attaching it to the head of the skull and when it speaks, the results are absolutely terrifying.

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Creepy Pumpkin
    A Halloween prop pumpkin that will definitely creep people out.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Animatronic Pumpkin Using 3D Printed Arduino Animatronic Eye Mechanism

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare (Official Audio)

    It’s nightmare season! Get ready for Halloween with Alice Cooper’s “Welcome To My Nightmare” and list YOUR nightmares

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Make This Halloween A Spider-Stomping Good Time

    We can count on one hand the number of times that we haven’t needed a coat on Halloween night around here. Even if it was fair and sunny the day before, you can count on Halloween being appropriately windy, cold, and spooky. Trick-or-treating only keeps a kid so warm, and we would have loved to happen upon a house with a spider-stomping sugar-burning good time of a game going on in the driveway.


  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To Build A Smart Fog Machine with a Raspberry Pi
    By Ryder Damen 6 days ago
    Make a Raspberry-Pi powered, person detecting fog machine


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