Weekly Inspiration By Special Guest Becky Stern

Looking for the perfect Halloween costume? Get started with these 5 wearable electronics projects

October 13, 2014

Want to add electronics to your Halloween costume? Now’s the time to get building! Here are five projects from the Adafruit Learning System that you can build in time for the big spooky day. They’re ordered from most challenging to easiest, so you can choose the getup that best suits your schedule.

Cortana suit from Halo – https://learn.adafruit.com/neopixel-led-cortana-costume

Stitch up some NeoPixels with conductive thread to recreate a classic Cortana look from Halo! Although this project looks simple, sewing conductive traces on a stretchy undergarment is very challenging and can take a long time. Read the complete tutorial to learn how, and start scoping out blue wigs!

Cyberpunk Spikes – https://learn.adafruit.com/cyberpunk-spikes

Use flexible 3D printing filament to make a strip of white spikes suitable for diffusing color-changing LEDs. These spikes can be worn on a sleeve, around the wrist, or even in your hair. Since they’re soft and flexible, they won’t stab any close-dancing partygoers or your fellow trick-or-treaters. You can download the free file from the Adafruit Learning System.

Kaleidoscope Eyes LED Ring Goggles – https://learn.adafruit.com/kaleidoscope-eyes-neopixel-led-goggles-trinket-gemma/

Build a pair of costume goggles with extra blink flair by installing some NeoPixel rings! The sample animation creates another set of eyes atop your head or around the band of your hat, and you can customize the code to display any colors you like.

Laser Dog Goggles – https://learn.adafruit.com/laser-dog-goggles

Don’t let your pets miss out on the electronic Halloween fun! These laser dog goggles are quick and easy to build with a servo motor that slowly rotates a laser diode aside your canine companion’s face. Do read all the safety warnings before you begin!

EL Wire Hoodie – https://learn.adafruit.com/tron-hoodie


Did you wait until the last minute to make your costume? Never fear, you can stitch up an EL wire hoodie on the ride to the party! Just grab an EL wire starter pack and stitch the colored wire around the hood of your sweatshirt. Instant TRON!

Becky Stern is the Director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit. Each week she publishes a new do-it-yourself craft+tech project tutorial and video and also hosts the YouTube Live show “Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern.” She’s been combining textiles with electronics since 2005, and helps develop the Adafruit FLORA wearable Arduino-compatible product line. She’s been shooting video since age five, and sewing since age eight. Becky studied at Parsons The New School for Design and Arizona State University and teaches at School of Visual Arts’ Products of Design grad program. She is a member of the Brooklyn art combine Madagascar Institute and the internet-based group Free Art & Technology (FAT).