Halloween Projects

Halloween is the holiday that's made for makers! Express your creativity and terrify your friends with creepy costumes, frightening food, haunted houses, and macabre make-up. Make: magazine's Halloween special issue, featuring 42 DIY projects, is available as a complete PDF for $9.99 or you can pick and choose individual project PDFs below.
Make: Special Issue - Halloween (PDF) Make: Special Issue - Halloween (PDF) - PDF
The Make: Special Issue - Halloween PDF includes 40+ Halloween projects. This PDF is all of the fiendish features from our special issue, including the projects below, plus 30 more.   Costume how-to's include a playable Pac-Man cabinet and some low-effort high-impact outfits you can create from bags, balloons, and boxes.   Attending a potluck bash? Edible inspirations like Graveyard Cake and the secrets to successful pumpkin seed roasting have you covered. If you prefer to stay home and spook the neighbors, among our haunted house hints are a mega-creepy Hitchcockian "Birds" theme and an alien invasion.   Download the complete issue today, and prepare for a spook-tacular Halloween!

$9.99




Devilish Decorations: Cylon Jack-O’-Lantern Devilish Decorations: Cylon Jack-O’-Lantern
Make an LED-scanning Battlestar Galactica Cylon Jack O’ Lantern! This project includes detailed instructions, circuit diagrams, and a parts list for building your own Larson Scanner. The Larson scanner is named for Glen Larson, the producer responsible for Battlestar Galactica and Knight Rider. If you're looking for a Cylon shortcut, we suggest the Povard kit or (for tiny gourds) the BlinkyPOV.

$1.99




Devilish Decorations: Stencil Carving Devilish Decorations: Stencil Carving
Pumpkin stencil carving is one of those projects where the results far outweigh the effort. The materials required are cheap, minimal, and easy to find. This project will teach you the best techniques to achieve dramatic results.

$1.99




Frightful Feast: Meat Head Frightful Feast: Meat Head
Craving some cranium? Never fail to impress (and distress!) your guests with this exciting party treat. Learn the secrets of the Meat Head and some alternate ingredient options (ham = Freddy Krueger, turkey = zombie) in this project PDF. Can I pick your brain?

$1.99




Frightful Feast: Sweet Bleeding Heart Cake Frightful Feast: Sweet Bleeding Heart Cake
Bake a bloody thorax cake that oozes with every bite. You provide your own recipes or you can even buy the cakes. This project teaches you how to build a rib cage, shape the cakes, and add some delicious gooey organ filling.

$1.99




Haunted House: Flying Crank Ghost Haunted House: Flying Crank Ghost
She floats in mid-air, wrapped in an ethereal glow. This classic animatronic prop is de rigueur for any serious haunter.  Use a slow motor and a simple system of pulleys to create an eerie, ghostly motion that's a haunted house show-stopper.

$1.99




Haunted House: Grave Situation Haunted House: Grave Situation
Don't resort to grave robbery to add realistic tombstones to your haunt. Make them from styrofoam.  This project includes instructions for shaping tombstones and carving patterns on them, tips for cleaning up and polishing the results, and suggestions for painting and mounting the final display.

$1.99




Haunted House: Mini Electric Chair Haunted House: Mini Electric Chair
With the addition of a simple controller, audio player, and second-hand pneumatics, you can create a shockingly entertaining Halloween display.

$1.99