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Want to Create Tech-Inspired Halloween Costumes? Here’s How

Shay Meinecke 13-10-2015

Some people like to dress up as their favorite characters for Halloween. Some people like to do it year-round. These people are considered cosplayers, and have created a kooky world that can be seen Kooky Cosplayers: The Best & Worst Cosplay Videos On YouTube [Weird & Wonderful Web] Geeks of all flavors are now at least aware of the art of cosplay. It has gone from a nerdy niche consigned to the fringes of society to being a mainstream cultural phenomenon. Read More as cool, creepy, or down-right scary.


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Whether or not you like cosplay, the effort and imagination that goes into the costumes can be seen as incredible. Some of the designs can be simple and include just a few items, and others can include foam-construction, meticulous paintings, moldable plastic sheets, and high-tech gear.

You too can dress up as your favorite character or create a truly tech-themed scary outfit 8 Amazing Halloween Frights You Can Make With An Arduino Learning electronics with an Arduino is fun, but using one to scare the life out of trick-or-treating children is just downright heavenly. Read More , all you need to know is how to do it.

Your Own High-Tech Inspired Costume

Below you’ll find how to impress your friends during Halloween or at the next cosplay event. Most of the costumes are easy enough to construct and can surely help your costume stand out from the crowd.

Start with a Few Easy Costumes

A relatively easy tech-inspired costume that anyone can do is the “gaping hole costume.”


For this project, all you’ll need is a shirt, fake blood, and two iPads.

First, cut a hole in the front and back of the shirt and cover the surrounding area with fake blood. Using a mobile wifi device, you’ll need to start a simultaneous FaceTime chat between the two iPads, which will make it appear as if a hole was blasted through your torso. That’s it.

Once your FaceTime starts, you’ll be freaking out your friends.

If that isn’t enough for you, you can check out Mark Rober’s other tech-inspired costumes that are also easy enough to wear and require little to no construction on your part.


Create Your Own LightSaber

While you might not be able to create an actual lightsaber You Will Never Own a Real Lightsaber, Because Science Ever since filmgoers first saw the lightsaber in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, there has been demand for a real one. Unfortunately, science suggests real lightsabers are an impossibility. Read More capable of cutting down trees and such, you can easily create a lightsaber that will impress your friends or fellow cosplayers.

You’ll need a few items for this project: a flashlight, glue, air dry clay, glass flat bead, frosted glass spray, hot glue, dremel, polycarbonate tubing, and LED lights.

You can easily assemble the saber by following the instructions shown in the video.

If you want a lightsaber that is a bit more like the real thing, you can follow the instructions in the next video. The handle of the saber looks a bit more authentic, and the light intended to replicate a laser is more movie-like, which might impress your friends even more.


And if that’s not enough for you, you can check out the next video which uses actual replica pieces used in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. While the video doesn’t appear to show any LEDs or other tech pieces, the replica lightsaber is sure to please any enthusiast.

Create Oversized Arms

You can also create a steampunk themed arm 7 Great Steampunk Projects Built With an Arduino Great steampunk style includes blinking lights, moving parts, and gauges—all perfect candidates for automation with an Arduino! Here are seven that you can use for inspiration. Read More , which can definitely make your costume even scarier. The robotic arm works with animatronics, or devices used to emulate objects. In this case, an arm.

The arm is easy to build and requires a few parts. You’ll need: a saw, screwdriver, plank, block of wood, glove, belt, 5 key rings, screws, hinges, springs, string, eye bolts, steam gauges, and a wooden dowel. The parts can be assembled together to create a robotic looking arm, and can be designed how you like.

You can design your arm to look like a freaky looking robotic-geisha (seen below) or create your own scary costume.


DIY High-Tech Armor

If that’s not high-tech enough for you, you can create futuristic looking armor. This easily constructed project requires a few parts, which includes: EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam, hot glue and a glue gun, a boxcutter, a heat gun, electroluminescent wire (EL wire) from Amazon, a drill, and spray paint.

To make this costume even scarier, you can mix it up and create a zombie-themed costume with your newly-designed high-tech suit, which is sure to scare the kids around the block.

Make a deadmau5 Mask

Sure. The deadmau5 mask isn’t a new idea. Plenty of people have made it for Halloween, parties, or cosplay events for years now. You can also find plenty of tutorials and how-to videos 5 Cool How-To Videos Sites That Don't Suck Read More that show you cheap and easy ways to construct a mask. The video below is just one example demonstrating how you can construct one.

I know what you’re thinking. That doesn’t look scary at all. But if you use your imagination and tech gear like EL wire and LEDs, you can create a truly horrific high-tech deadMau5 mask, similar to the one shown below. Creepy.

Putting it All Together

Creating a truly tech-themed scary outfit for Halloween or an upcoming cosplay event is sure to make your next costume even better.  Showing off your scary, high-tech costume Futuristic Halloween Costumes That Will Blow Their Minds Zombies are boring, Vampires suck, and witches are so passé. If you're looking for a costume this Halloween which goes beyond the normal, check out some of these futuristic delights. Read More  is sure to impress even the most veteran cosplayers. So, go ahead and give your costume a high-tech design. You might just freak someone out!

What tech do you use in your costumes? How is it used? What do you enjoy dressing up as?

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  1. Anonymous
    October 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    What, no borg?
    {leaves in shock}

    • Shay Meinecke
      October 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      You can definitely use that armor and robot arm to make a cyborg ;)