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Invent a Scary Movie with the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit!

by lizabits

Published on October 5, 2015

Use your bits to invent a costume or prank, then create a a scary movie featuring your masterpiece. We recommend our new Gizmos & Gadgets Kit to get started. You can win a GoPro camera & up to $3000 worth of Bits!! Think it can't get any better? We are combining forces with our friends at and Instructables for extra chills and thrills! 

Time: 2 hours or less

Recommended Kits: Gizmos & Gadgets KitPremiumDeluxe or Synth

If you want to take it up a notch, try incorporating the Arduino Bit.

Skills: Design Thinking, Storytelling, Documentation

Design Challenge: First, invent a creepy costume or hair-raising prank. Next, film your own scary movie featuring your frightful masterpiece! Finally, upload your video to YouTube, then submit documentation of your invention to the littleBits Community Project, *OR* Instructables with the hashtag #HackHalloween by midnight (EST) on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (we decided to extend the contest :)

We swear we will look at all the ghoulish entries (-o⌒)

The petrifying project possibilities are endless! You can….

  • Trick out your pumpkin by making it a hack-o’-lantern

  • Amp up your Halloween gear! Time to pull out that glowing skeleton costume.

  • Make a trick AND treat candy bowl: a prank to petrify costumed candy-grabbers. Muuahhahahahahaha!

  • Create that creaky, spooky sound coming from around the corner

Want to host a meetup with your friends? We've put together a nifty workshop guide for you.

Use the littleBits Invention Cycle to come up with your masterpiece…

  1. Create: Come up with a bone-chilling idea to unleash on an unsuspecting world. Grab some Bits and a pile of Halloween props. Tinker until your idea comes aallliiiiiivvvveeeeee. Not sure what to create? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

    Great Uncle Edward:

    Front Door Skeleton that Comes Alive:


  2. Play: Recruit some friends, parents, and younger siblings to test your magical contraption or costume!

  3. Remix: Use the feedback you get from your test to iterate and make changes to your design. Maybe you want to add sound or make it move. Or perhaps you decide to change your idea completely - it’s totally ok! Just be sure to test it again before sharing. :o)

  4. Share: Shoot a video of your invention in action. Keep it between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Upload your video to YouTube, then document your project on the Community Project Page. Be sure to use the hashtag #HackHalloween in the header and post it by midnight (EST) on Saturday, October 31.

  5. Wait for the win :o)

For more insider tips and events, check out our blog post here.

Have any questions? Drop them into the comment box below.

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