Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna

For my Halloween costume I will be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna (Princess Anastasia) of Russia. I am working between two concepts, a LED tiara and an LED scepter. The scepter will most likely be powered by a motion sensor to be activated when I wave it. The crown and scepter will be complimented with a ball gown and ball gloves, to represent the duchess in all her regal glory.

Both the crown and scepter are already made and in my possession, so I will have to wire either one of them with a simple circuit with a motion sensor attached using the Arduino Gemma and an external battery.

Walking Rainbow

Walking Rainbow:

This costume is going to be a huge rainbow that I’ll be carrying with my shoulders through a backpack. I have two options on lighting this with LED’s. The first option is to put LED strips in between each noodle tube, and the second option is to cut out a ridge of each noodle and put the strip inside (LEDS will be slightly showing and I can cover this with a colorful translucent material). The battery will be inside the backpack and my goal is to make all of the LED light up for at least two or three hours. The LEDS will be rainbow and random pattern, so all of it lights up different every time.

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Xiaohan’s Halloween Costume Proposal-Chinese Fox Spirits


These three ideas are based on the same costume with three different lights set up. They all include a fox face mask and one or two outer jackets.

For the first one, Neo Pixel strip lights will be on the outer jacket on the collar area and the small RGB Neo Pixel will be distributed all over the front of the jackets. There will be an second layer on top to diffuse the lights.

For the second one, the mask lights only. There will be Neo Pixel distributed evenly at the top front of the mask. In that case, only one layer of jacket is needed.

For the third one, there will be two Neo Pixel strip on the collar and two on the sleeves.

For the materials of the costume, I am thinking using the paper mache for the mask and some soft and semi transparent for the jackets.



In Chinese history, people perceive Fox spirits as beautiful but sneaky. They have a bad reputation. For my halloween costume, I would like be a cool fox spirits and hopefully change the perception of fox spirit among Chinese people, or at least among our classes. At the same time, there are different fox spirits in different Asian countries too. Therefore, for the design of the jackets and masks, I would use patterns or color palette in different countries as references. Therefore, I would say this costume is more like oriental style costume.

Medusa Twins

Karan and Crystal team up!

Karan and I are planning to do the Medusa head for Halloween.

One will be the classic one, the other one will be the Indian turban one.
These are our top three sketches of Medusa head.

The material:
we may use is headband, helmet, wires, cardboard…(not sure so far)

The color plan:
the classic medusa will in color green, the turban medusa will in different colors such as red, yellow, orange.

Week 6 Slides and Homework

For homework this week, start brainstorming ideas and gathering materials for your 3rd project, a Halloween costume or prop. Team up or work in a group if you like! Working in groups can facilitate problem solving while maximizing creative energy, and create more time for project presentations/discussion on October 30. Although groups are encouraged, each member must have a costume to participate in the parade Oct 31.

Gemma Setup

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