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Halloween at Instructables

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Halloween is a silly holiday, celebrating by most folks for no other reason than just plain fun. It can be quite elaborate with costumes, decorations, and haunted houses, but who wants to spend a lot of money on something you will use one day a year? Make your own Halloween gear and let your imagination run wild!   Instructables is full of members who love to "do it themselves," and show you how you can, too. Here are just a few of the more recent Halloween projects; you'll find tons more in their files.

Home Decorations

Falcon_3dee rigged up a rubber rat to move around, talk, and spit to scare trick-or-treaters. Its actions are remote controlled. A rat that began talking to me would made me jump out of my skin! Or you may prefer to make a house goblin out of a gourd (pictured), a Halloween Bloodbath Fountain, skeletons that climb the outside of your house, tombstones for your lawn, spider webs, or make your own gun that shoots cobwebs wherever you need them.

Masks and Costumes

230batmanmask.jpgThe Duct Tape Batman Mask won $15 in a county fair competition. Yours will be custom-fitted to your head, if you want to try it out. Is there anything duct tape can't do? You can made an entire body out of duct tape! You'll also find instructions for making heads for Count Chocula and Frankenberry. and costumes like Optimus Prime and a Disco Ball.

The Big Stuff

210skellington.jpgNow this is going all out for Halloween! This 8-foot Jack Skellington puppet is made from PVC pipe, felt, twine, and of course, duct tape. The author used it as a last-minute Halloween costume, and says you can adapt the general instructions to other giant  characters. Slightly easier to fit into an elevator are the six-armed goddess costume,  the Yip Yip costume, and the Rubik's Cube costume.

Kid's Costumes


If you can dream it, there's a way to do it. Instructables member seamster made these costumes portraying Max and a wild thing from the book Where the Wild Things Are. Then she posted instructions for making the awesome monster head. You'll also find instructions for a Mega Man costume with a lighted Mega Buster. Instructables has ways to dress up your child as a sock monkey, a skunk, or a musketeer, among other costumes.

Wounds and Scars

220scar.jpgAuthenticity is in the details. With this Instructable, you'll learn how to make a scar on your skin that everyone will think is real. The secret? Superglue. It's almost as versatile as duct tape. Learn how to make a nasty wound with acrylic paint in another post. For haunted houses and other productions, you can create effects with fake heads or limbs. You can rip someone's heart out or decapitate them. With fake parts, of course.

Halloween Food


A holiday dish that's delicious can be scary as well. Instructables has plenty of recipes and food information. impulse94 posted step-by-step instructions for making Zombie Eyeballs, a really gross Halloween party appetizer. Also find recipes for Melon Brains, Ghoulish Egg Cream, and Pumpkin Spice Cake. Spice cake? That's right, not all the recipes are gruesome to behold.

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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Retro Games Limited
The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Retro Games Limited

Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]


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