2014 Costume Contest Winners – Group Category

2014 GROUP CATEGORY

Some things are just better when they are shared with a bunch of your friends or family. If our group category costume contest winners are any indication, Halloween dress up as a themed group compounds the fun exponentially and the creativity simply runs amok! We’re so excited about our group category winners that we just can’t stop smiling!

FIRST PLACE: Crystal Flinders – Syracuse, UT

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

Our family has always LOVED dressing up for Halloween! Last Christmas, my mom recommended we all be characters from Despicable Me because all of us love the happiness that the movies brings. Everyone was so excited with this prospect and began the search for bits and pieces of the costumes.

 

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

For the minion costumes we gathered overalls and then made Gru signs out of felt and sewed them on the overalls. Next for the yellow minions we began the search for yellow beanies, which was harder then I thought it would be. Then we used black pipe cleaner to for the hair on the heads of those wearing the beanies. Goggles were made out of wide mouth mason jar lids and other forms of plumbing parts. Purple minions used purple shirts, puffy pain to paint the El Macho sign on their shirts and then black suspenders. The littlest purple minion’s hair piece was made out of tool colored pieces and a black hair band, with a single eye attached. Lucy’s jacket (light blue) was created out a rain coat material bought at a local fabric store and the pattern was adapted to make the jacket longer. Sunglasses were painted with finger nail polish to make them match the jacket. Gru’s outfit was pieced together with various items we found at used clothing stores. El Macho’s costume was created with a red shirt, curly doll hair (for chest hair), and a bald cap that fake hair was glued to, with an El Macho necklace made out of a wide mouth mason jar lid and felt. The three girls from the movie, their costumes were also gather in various used clothing stores and pieced together to create their outfits.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

People LOVE these outfits and the happiness they bring. You can’t help but smile when you see these pictures. We have been told by so many people that we need to show the creators of Despicable me because these costumes look so awesome. There have only been positive comments to all of the costumes, that’s part of what people love about all of these, there are so many of us that it just makes this picture amazing!

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

We love these costumes and we love being together as a family. The family who is willing to dress up and have fun together, will stay together. And I love my family, every single one of them and I am so thankful we are able to work together to create props and costumes to make such a fun picture and memory for all of us involved. We spent countless hours working together to do it, and much happiness and laughter was shared. Thank you for the opportunity to enter in a fun contest like this and be able to show off our fun family.I think we should win because we LOVE Halloween and we love to make costumes that bring a smile to peoples faces.

 


SECOND PLACE: Kaitlin Robinson – Kirkland, WA

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

We love the FX tv cartoon Archer and we wanted to look 2-dimensional so I came up with a technique to line everything with black fabric paint to keep everyone’s costumes similar and unique to their characters on the show. Along with the clothing, we wanted everyone to look like they belong in a cartoon!

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

We bought clothing and accessories from second hand stores and used black fabric paint to line the trim of each piece of clothing. We used fabric medium and mixed various acrylic paints together, painted all the shadowing to create the same effect as the characters, and added craft foam pieces (buttons, earrings, id badges) to complete the look. For the wigs, I used craft foam and cut strips and shape the wigs using a hot glue gun to keep them together. I also used elastic underneath the wigs to keep them tight on each costumers head. Once made, I lined all the wigs with black craft foam to create the same effect as the clothes. Once that was finished, I painted highlights and shadows on the wigs. We used makeup and black eyeliner to create the 2-D look for our faces.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

“How did you do that?” was the number one question. We got a lot of people yelling out the name of the show and characters they love. We got a lot of attention when someone would see one or two of us and then spot the rest of the group one at a time. Minds were blown and many pictures were taken. We were little celebrities for the night!

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

I think we should win because all the costumes were painted to created a specific effect that I don’t see too often. We spent so much time creating all the details to best represent the tv show. I don’t normally try to win contests but this year was epic and I loved creating this look!

 


THIRD PLACE: Chaz Allen – Kaysville, UT

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

Our four boys are avid power ranger fans. They were pretty bummed when I missed Halloween last year because I was deployed to Afghanistan as an Army aviator. My wife and I knew we wanted to make this Halloween as fun as possible to make up for missed memories. When the boys begged to be power rangers we did not want to let them down. My wife and I planned to buy them power ranger costumes from the store but one day our oldest son asked if we would be power rangers too. My wife had a spark of creativity and knew this could be an opportunity to do more than just dress up as power rangers. She helped me recognize that making costumes together would be bonding time just as valuable as walking the neighborhood “Trick or Treating.” During the month long creative process out in the garage with the boys I have to admit she was right, even though I am still not too keen on wearing tights. The boys’ excitement was contagious and seeing their enthusiasm motived us to keep going. Every day they would eagerly ask what we would do that day for our costumes and they loved helping spray paint the helmets. I think the little fingerprints they left on the wet paint adds some personality to their ensembles. We did not set about making the costumes to win any contests, we just wanted to do something fun that the boys would love. Now that the project is complete the boys are proud of their outfits and I want to continue the excitement by letting them know they are in a big contest!

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

Shopping List: Leggings (various colors), Long sleeve shirts (various colors), Socks, White shirt sleeves, spray paint, foam mats, contact cement, blow dryer (heat gun if you have one), razor, acrylic paint, paint brushes, marker, white engineer tape, mannequin head, tin foil, duct tape, butcher paper.

We wanted to stick with the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” costume design, but we deviated a bit to let each child personalize their helmet. From the start we knew the helmets would pose the biggest challenge so I will address that now. We wanted the helmets to be fitted to our children’s heads perfectly. The only way to do that was to make them ourselves. These are the first costumes we have ever made so we searched the internet for ideas on how to make a helmet. Armed with some “YouTube” know-how we used an old mannequin head to design a pattern for our helmets. We cut the pattern out of butcher paper and then cut the sections of the helmet out of foam mats purchased from a local hardware store. Then we heated the foam sections with a blow dryer and glued them together with contact cement. We adjusted the pattern dimensions and made all seven helmets and then started working on the individual power ranger designs. We used scraps of foam for detail work and spray painted the whole helmet the base color. We made the visors out of plastic that we painted with translucent black spray paint. We cut and shaped the plastic in the oven before painting it. Then I used acrylic paint and markers to add finishing touches to the helmets. After a clear coat of spray paint the helmets were done.

My wife made the morpher belts out of paper, foam, and white engineer tape. We sewed white diamonds onto the shirts and then spray painted diamonds onto white socks we picked up from the dollar store. We made the arm pieces by cutting the bottom off of socks and spray painting diamonds onto them. The neck piece was simply a white t-shirt sleeve. We ended up putting the socks over our childrens’ shoes to ensure uniformity.

All seven costumes ended up taking approximately 30+ man hours.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

The boys absolutely loved the costumes and our two year old would not stop running around the house yelling, “I’m a Power Ranger! A real Power Ranger!” That was my favorite reaction.

But when we went to a Halloween party we also received the following reactions:

“Wow mom, look Power Rangers! I wanted to be a Power Ranger, I’m just a stupid Banana!”

“Can I take your picture!? My kids are going to love this, we are doing this next year.”

“That’s all homemade? Even the helmets?! You guys should do this for a living!”

“I don’t care if there is a competition, you guys win!”

“You guys are Pinterest gold!”

And many said, “This is the best costume family I have ever seen in my life! They look professional!”

Most kids’ jaws just hung open the whole time and the parents were asking how we did it so they could do it next year 🙂

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

We have all boys and we needed a pink power ranger to complete the team. We asked my wife’s 8 year old sister to join us as the pink ranger and she initially had reservations, fearing she would be teased at school. When her outfit was complete she proudly stated she would wear her costume to school and said all of the kids would be jealous!

We told the boys today that we were entering a big costume contest and their faces lit up! They were excited to know that lots of people all over the world would see their amazing costumes and want to make their exact costume next year! Winning a prize wasn’t even in their thought process until we told them there are prizes. When we told them it was money the first thing they said was that they would spend it on making fun memories as a family. Not many kids go for memories versus toys. That is what we would do with the prize money- make more fun family memories! 🙂 Thanks for the fun opportunity to join a costume contest and make their Halloween that much more special!

Also, the pink power ranger, has permission from her mother to use this photo in the contest.

 


THIRD PLACE (a): Hope Foley – Hawthorne, NJ

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

I came up with this year’s Halloween costume! We wanted to incorporate my 2 wild and crazy boys and their nephew into one costume. The 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is one of our favorite books and songs and knew our 5,3 and 2 year old boys would absolutely love finally being able to jump on a bed! When I thought of the idea my sister and mom were with me and we just started brainstorming, we knew we had to have a bed and the mom, a doctor & of course a phone! Lol. Once we told the boys our idea, they literally started jumping and they couldn’t wait!

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

My mom handmade all the monkey costumes! She also made sheets from banana fabric and used it on the lamp shade as well .The mom & Doctor outfits were purchased, along with that fabulous wig! My brother-in-law made the nightstand and attached it to the bed, he also painted it yellow and added the wheels! The old pink telephone came from my moms living room!

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

When we showed up at our town parades & events, everyone went crazy! They instantly knew what we were and started singing the song! It was great seeing this costume bring a smile to everyone from a little kid to a gray haired grandma! I really think it brought back memories of reading it to their wee ones! Everyone wanted to take a picture with us and take a ride on the bed!

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

The bed turned out to be the greatest idea with 3 kids, once we unloaded the costume the boys would hop on and take a ride! It worked out great at the parades & trick or treating and even better when my 2 year old nephew fell asleep, that’s right he took a nap on the bed and people thought it was hysterical! P.S. No bumped heads actually occurred this Halloween, however we were ready with an ice pack & a Dr. if they did!