November 1, 2013 AT 1:00 pm

From the Forums: Despicable Me Minion Costumes #electronichalloween

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Forum member eagleeye2e made these adorable costumes for Halloween this year and we love that they used our tutorials in such a cool way. This is definitely a good project to learn for next year’s Halloween!

I thought I’d share the results of my recent project where I made Despicable Me Minion Halloween costumes for my kids. This project was inspired by the trinket powered goggles tutorial in the Adafruit Learning System. In addition to the goggles, I wanted the kids to have Minion sounds that they could trigger so I used an Adafruit wave shield with an MP3 speaker and a tactile switch. The wave shield/arduino uno/battery pack combo and the MP3 speaker fit in the hooded sweatshirt pocket and I ran some speaker wire up to and down the inside of an arm sleeve for the tactile switch which was safety-pinned to the cuff. The costumes have already generated a lot of praise as well as questions from friends and family.

Thank you Adafruit for the great products and tutorials!

Here’s a photo of the finished goggles:

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And a video of the kids showing them off:


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