2013 DIY Costume Contest Winners – Adult Single Costume Category

2013 ADULT SINGLES CATEGORY

Who says Halloween is just for kids? These very groovy big people prove once and for all that we are all just basically kids at heart. These stunning costume winners in the 2013 Halloween Express DIY Adult Singles costume category not only show a lot of heart, but the creativity and imagination that went into these designs is something we are absolutely in complete awe over. Kudos to you, people.

FIRST PLACE: Judi Treasure, Los Alamitos, CA

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

My daughter asked me to make it. I told her I didn’t think I could pull it off! She said, “Come on mom, I know you can do it!” She was always my inspiration and had faith that I could make whatever costume idea she came up with!

 

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

I used 2 extra large sweatshirts, one for the body of the caterpillar, one for the additional parts, yellow fabric for the gloves and feet, purple fabric for the mushroom, mylar fabric for the spots, thick foam for the body of the mushroom, stuffing for the top inside of it, glass flat marbles for other spots, glitter paint and glitter, a wooden hoop for the bottom of the skirt section, sparkly fabric and strands of beads for the underside of the mushroom, purple trim, various large purchased bugs and flowers, artificial plants, moss, a bottle, foam, a bungee cord, a pen cap, gold paint, plastic rhinestones, beachballs, velcro, wires, 2 fuzzy balls and hundreds or what seemed like hundreds of hot glue sticks. I sewed elastic gathers in the sweatshirt to make the body segments, sewed up the end sewed little legs, hands and feet and attached them to the body of it, used underinflated beachballs for the caterpillar stuffing, decorated it with marbles and glitter paint. I wanted it to resemble the caterpillar from the animated Alice in Wonderland movie, so I tried to make the hat look like that then stuffed it with stuffing and made casing for wire antennae and covered the fuzzy balls in glitter. I cut and sewed a piece for the neck scarf, trimmed the hat and scarf with glitter paint and marbles. I cut a large round piece of foam, cut a circle in the middle. I cut and sewed a casing out of the purple fabric to cover the foam mushroom top. Also a piece of purple fabric the size of the hoop. I sewed and glued it to the hoop and attached it to the inside of the hole in the mushroom. I finished the underside of the mushroom with sparkly fabric and beads trimming all with trim and piping made from the purple fabric. I added moss, artificial plants, flowers and various bugs. On the top of the mushroom I added mylar fabric spots and glitter paint. I also added velcro to secure the feet of the body to it. I made the pipe out of a coke bottle, foam noodle, squeeze bottle top, bungee and pen cap, painted it gold and glued rhinestones on it.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

People were stunned and shocked and said things like “That is the best costume EVER!” People generally coud not believe that I made it, that it was not professionally made.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

I worked on it for over 3 months! Labor of Love! I am not a professional seamstress or costume designer just a mom and grandma who missed her calling. I love design and a challenge. I hope you like this one. I have made many others but this is one is probably my favorite because of the journey it took me on. (Teary eyed) Thank you for this opportunity!

  


SECOND PLACE: Roy Wammack, Carthage MO

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

This is what I call “Jack the Reaper.” He was inspired by a cartoon that a gamer had posted online. I started with that then added some Tim Burton influence. I really tried to keep it cartoon like.

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

I wanted the body to look crooked and bumpy so I started with foam then added shredded black fabric for a tattered look. I had a hard time finding something large enough for a 3 ft pumpkin head. So, I started with one of those blow up lawn pumpkins. I blew it up and began coating it with paper mache. After 6 layers of flour and paper it seemed firm enough to cut a face. When I took out the blower the hole in the bottom became the place where I could slip it over my head. I then covered it with batting, fabric, and tons of paint! The hands are gloves purchased from your store. The blade is poster board painted with silver spray paint. I walked on 2ft drywall stilts, looking out through the mouth.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

He stands about 12 ft tall. The size alone freaks everyone out! Alot of people thought it was a prop until I would move!! No one could believe that it was hand made.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

This took me about 5 weeks to complete.

 


THIRD PLACE: Michael Wills, Cincinnati OH

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

I wanted to make something big and I’ve liked dinosaurs since I was a kid. My wife prefers costumes to be a little more practical and comfortable. So I thought a perfect combination would be a T-Rex pet. It would allow me to have a big costume and by grabbing the leash my wife could be included.

 WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

The T Rex Is mainly paper mâché using recycled brown grocery bags over a wood frame. The head of the T-Rex is paper mâché over carved foam. The foam is the kind you find in the hardware store, nothing fancy. The eyes are painted ping pong balls. I purchased the oversized chain for the leash. The legs are cut out of a roll of foam so they move when I move my legs.

For the T-Rex I started by making a little scale drawing to make sure the leg of the dinosaur would be as tall as me. Then I made a full scale drawing using a big roll of craft paper. Next using the full scale drawing I started to make the wood frame. The head and arms were carved out of foam. I cut a ping pong ball in half and painted it to make the eyes.

Then I covered everything with a layer of paper mâché. The rear legs were cut out of a roll of cushion foam, and I hot glued and old pair of shoes into the feet. The belly is covered in fabric that is sheer enough for me to see through. Finally I found a picture of an Iguana and painted the T-Rex to match. I spray painted the dinosaur with leftover house paint using an airless sprayer.

The last step was to hand paint the detail in the face. 

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

The neighbor’s dog was not a happy camper. Most kids thought the T-Rex was cool, but a few times I had to let the smaller kids know it was me inside. The costume has a little window in the side so I could wave to any scared kids (it was usually enough to calm their fears).

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

For a cool effect I found a free dinosaur app. So with the touch of a button on my iPad I could make the T-Rex roar.

  


FOURTH PLACE: Serra Hirsch, Brooklyn, NY

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THIS COSTUME?

I love to create a whole scene around me when I build costumes. I was going to be just a person sticking out of a tent, roasting marshmallows by a fire, but then got the bear idea and had to go all the way! I love the story this tells – the two Girl Scouts are excited about their camping adventure and have no idea they are about to be attacked by a bear!

WHAT ITEMS DID YOU USE TO MAKE THIS COSTUME AND HOW?

“The base is a long pice of insulating blue foam, framed with aluminum and attached to an aluminum backpack frame. The backdrop is a large piece of foam core. The store purchased items were: the cauldron/fire (re-purposed into the ground to appear like campfire), the lantern, the bear suit (bought a toddler bear suit and made a paper mache face sticking out of it with clay teeth), the closet pop light and xmas lights (to create moon and stars on the backdrop), the wig for the “”other girl scout,”” the fake leaves and dowels to make the tent. I made the tent with a light canvas fabric, paper mache-ed the surface of the foam board with brown paper bag so it looked like ground, glued leaves and sticks around, and made the girl scout bodies and fake marshmallows with foam. I bought two matching green shirts and made brown vests and attached girl scout patches to them. The “”other girl scout”” is sculpted with magic sculpt onto a styrofoam wig stand. For my girl scout, I made her legs from old jeans of mine covering 2 baby shoes affixed to dowels. “

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

People tried to warn me about the bear – his paws moved up and down behind me (I controlled a pulley from inside the tent) and it made some people squeal!! People asked if I could make them a sm’ore next. People laughed. Mostly people stopped and took it all in.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT THIS COSTUME OR YOUR EXPERIENCE?

I make my costumes for the Halloween Parade here in NYC – a new one every year. It makes my day to make people smile and be pulled into a little fantasy world. I consider my costumes a work of art and work on them for months – and I think about costume ideas all year round! It breaks my heart to break them down after the holiday is over, but that’s the way it has to be – no room in my apartment to store them. I love to inspire people to make their own costumes. You can buy SOME items, but making the majority of it is so much more fun.

 


 

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