5 Ways to Hack Your Halloween with littleBits

October 7, 2017

Creepy-Inchworm

 

Are you ready for the scariest night of the year? Halloween is probably my favorite night of the year because it encourages people to be silly and inventive. And what better way to up your spook factor than with littleBits! You can add lights to your costume, motors to your decorations, and set up pranks to trick the trick or treaters. Here are some creepy inventions you can create to make your Halloween extra spooktacular.

 

BRING A ZOMBIE BUG TO LIFE

YOU’LL NEED: The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition

 

 

The inchworm is one of the most creative inventions we’ve seen from our community. Originally created by inventor Tan Tram, this little buggy is now one of the featured inventions in the new Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition! Now that it is bluetooth enabled, you can control inchy with a press of a button on your smart device. For Halloween, I made this creeper extra creepy, adding a layer of spackling paste to create a skin-like texture and splattering red and green spray paint on it. Click here for full instructions.

 

RECREATE THING FROM THE ADDAMS FAMILY

YOU’LL NEED: The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition

It’s bitsy and it’s snappy. Mysteriously app-y. It’s all together scrappy: it’s the ThingBot! Reinvent everyone’s favorite living dismembered hand using the Bitbot, an invention in the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition. I simply used rubberband to attach the prop hand (which was lying around in the office because…well, it’s littleBits). If you don’t have a plastic hand in your immediate vicinity, dress your Bitbot with something equally scary. A rat? A spider? A last minute deadline😱😱😱 Last year, one of our Halloween challenge winners made their own creepy hand Bitbot.

 

HARNESS THE ENERGY OF THE MEGABLASTER

YOU’LL NEED: The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition

Channel your inner super saiyan with this light-up hand costume. You can add this sleeve to super hero costumes to harness and release a blast of energy blasting from your palm. With a few Bits and a little imagination, you can blast that power onto anything! Just use the slide dimmer on your wrist cuff to activate a bar graph in the palm of your hand. When it’s at full capacity, POW! Shoot your imaginary power wherever it’s needed.

 

TRICK THE TRICK OR TREATERS

YOU’LL NEED: The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition

 

Wanna get the goose of those pesky trick or treaters? Use this Mischief Machine to keep the kids on their feet. With the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition you can hide a little scary prank in your candy bowl, and once the kids reach in you can trigger the servo to spring up using your littleBits app. Click here for full instructions.

 

USE ARDUINO TO MAKE A MONSTER

YOU’LL NEED: Arduino Coding Kit


Father-son inventor duo Jeff & Frankie blew us away with their Creature in the Cap scary movie. These 2015 Halloween challenge winners wrote an Arduino sketch to make their servo motor move randomly. They added a phone with a creepy eyes video playing along with some growling sound effects. “Turn on the eyes, turn on the sound effects, slide the phone into the holder, turn on the littleBits circuit, cover with the hat, and place the creepy creature on top of your head!” Full instructions here.

Arjun Srivatsa

Content Producer

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