My first thought was “WINGS.”
After doing some research, I found LED and fiber optic lit wings. And dresses. And make-up. Needless to say, I’m now obsessed with fiber optics in costumes because they look so cool (when not overdone). I think they’d be perfect for the Halloween Parade. They also don’t seem to be super complicated to work with. Famous last words.
My 3 ideas are:
- Wings with LEDs in the center and fiber optic cables used to form light pattern on the wings
- Rocket booster back pack with LED’s attached
- Dino hood/back piece with either just LEDs or fiber optics on the spine
Below are sketches of ideas and potential wing shapes.
If I make wings, I will somewhat be following this Instructables tutorial, but don’t want to make an exact copy of them. If it’s not too complicated, I’m toying with the idea of adding a microphone sensor so the color changes with volume of sound. It would be a slower transition color change than the LED’s that respond to music though. I’m ordering an adafruit Flora microcontroller and LED strip to use in the costume. For power, I intend to use a 6V coin cell battery and mount that with the the other electronics in a box. I will most likely rely on the battery pack toggle switch to control power.
At this point, I’m not sure how I want to program the colors for the costume.
Here are some other inspiration costumes:
Here’s a key resource link as I (hopefully) learn to use them for my project: