E-Textiles Projects for Halloween

Here are some ideas and downloadable designs to get you inspired this Halloween season.

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If you follow SparkFun on Instagram, you may have seen a new project we’ve been working on in the office – a capacitive touch spiderweb wreath.

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This project uses a LilyPad Arduino Simple Board connected to a 1.0M Ohm resistor and conductive yarn to create the web. The code is a modified version of Paul Badger’s capacitive touch sensing library demo sketch. When you touch the web, the nearby spider’s LED eyes light up.

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We’re currently building a larger web in the Education Department that will trigger a spider to creep down from the ceiling. We’ll be posting additional pictures and videos as we continue to decorate our space for Halloween.

Costume and Accessory Ideas

If you are looking for some quick and easy light-up costume accessories, try an illuminated mask using a simple circuit and LilyPad parts. This project would also be a fun activity for a Halloween gathering – have guests design and build their own masks!

Here’s another variation on the mask project – a crown using five LEDs instead of three. Click here to download a printable template with the circuit diagram and felt template. Sew the LilyPad pieces together using the instructions for the mask project.

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If your trick-or-treating ensemble needs some lights, but you don’t want to hack your costume, try adding a little sparkle to a tote bag with these downloadable designs and the LilyTwinkle.

Twinkling Trick or Treat Bag

October 2, 2014

Make a light up goodie bag with conductive thread, LEDs, and the LilyTwinkle!

Decorations for the Home

My favorite part of Halloween is getting to decorate my home and workspace with spooky things. Here are a few pennants we made to hang around the office and get into the holiday spirit.

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The top and bottom pennants use LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holders and two LilyPad LEDs in parallel to light up the designs.

LDK Experiment 2: Multiple LED Circuits

October 2, 2013

Design both parallel and series e-textile circuits with multiple LEDs!

The middle pennant uses a LilyTiny to create flickering eyes in the jack-o'-lantern and spider. Check out our Light-Up Pennant instructions for tips on creating projects with lighting effects using LilyTwinkle, LilyTiny, or LilyPad Arduino.

Light Up Pennant with E-Textiles

September 17, 2015

Show your school spirit, geek pride, or fandom with a light up pennant using the LilyTwinkle or LilyPad Arduino.

Stay tuned for more projects and an awesome new sewable electronics kit (!!) in our Holiday Gift Guide on November 2.

Happy Haunting!

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  • At the risk of exposing my “surly old curmudgeon” nature, it seems to me that anything that lights up the costume of a young-un (or, for that matter, not-so-young-un) can improve safety when going out on Halloween night.

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