Halloween is here, and that means it’s time for just about everyone in the neighborhood to be wearing a Halloween costume. And sure, some people will go with simple versions of old standards like the witch, ghost or goblin. But with technologies like 3D printing and LED lighting, DIY costume makers now have tools at their disposal that allow them to express their creativity in totally new ways.

With a little technical expertise and a “can do” attitude, do it yourselfers have formed thriving online communities where users share their unique costume ideas and pass along all their specs to fellow DIY community members to use and enjoy.

Here are 3 websites where DIYers have formed project-sharing communities that will excite anyone interested in high-tech or sci-fi costumes

The 3 sites below all have thousands of projects that people have been made freely available to anyone who is interested in trying them out for themselves.

Website #1 Instructables

It was at the MIT Media Lab and in the early 2000’s that the founders of Instructables first started sharing their DIY projects online. Today, there are over 100,000 projects available on the site. And you can find plenty of high-tech Halloween costumes, like this Bionic Iron Man Glove and this 3D Printed Iron Man Helmet.

Any true avengers fan would be thrilled to see or be seen in a full Iron Man getup, complete with a striking helmet and light up gloves.

Website #2 Adafruit

Founded by the first female engineer ever to be featured on the cover of WIRED Magazine, Adafruit strives to be “the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels.”

With projects like this 3D Printed Daft Punk Helmet and this NeoPixel LED Cortana Costume it seems like they’re doing of good job of living up to their aims. Any fan of electronic music or video games is sure to be wowed

Website #3 Thingiverse

With a community of users that has uploaded over 100,000 3D models, Makerbot’s Thingiverse is the world’s largest 3D printing community. Projects like the LED Low Poly Masquerade Mask and the Avengers Wasp Helmet show that the creativity and technical ability of the users on this site is truly remarkable.

The site also has plenty of frightening and funny Halloween decorations that can be 3D printed by anyone with access to a 3D printer.

DIYers use technology to stand out from the crowd.

By using the above websites as resources, DIYers are creating unique Halloween costumes and decoration that are a cut above the rest. Check out some of the projects on these sites and you’re sure to be entertained!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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