2015 Costume Contest Winners – Adult Singles Category

2015 ADULT SINGLES CATEGORY

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Entrants within the 2015 Adult Singles category prove that we are all just basically kids at heart. The creativity and imagination that went into these designs is something we are absolutely in complete awe over. Kudos to you, people.

FIRST PLACE: Valerie Taylor – Winfield Park, NJ

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

Well, I love halloween and I have a running list in my mind of things that I might want to be one day,. The woman cut in half from Beetlejuice was one of them. Especially after I did “Miss Argentina” from the same movie, the reactions were great. After that, I was like, Oh..I HAVE to up the ante! She is a small part, but so recognizable. Beetlejuice is such a classic halloween movie, plus it’s something that I’ve never seen anybody do.

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

I made a boxy frame out of PVC pipe and attached caster wheels so it could roll. On top of that, I shaped a sofa out of cardboard and duct tape. To make it look cushion-y I used batting and covered the whole thing in fabric.

I had a couple fails trying to make the crossed legs, but eventually bought a mannequin torso/legs from a supply store. I spray painted them and put on the fishnet stockings. To make the bloody waist, I used a little bit more of the batting and sprayed that red, using a ton of red craft paint for texture. The cut skin is just paper bag that I spray painted the same color as the legs. I attached them to the couch with some wire and duct tape. Next to the legs is the hole I cut out for myself to come up through the bottom. It actually stays straight and rolls with me really well so long as I’m on a smooth surface.

For my makeup, I used Mehron Paradise paint, a water activated face paint. I used this for Miss Argentina with good results so I thought I’d give it another shot. Around my eyes I used a Nyx blush and lots of black gel eyeliner.

I knew I was taking this costume to the village halloween parade, so I just wore black pants to hide my real legs since it would be night time. I also spray painted the legs to the frame black.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Are you kidding? I couldn’t go anywhere without attracting a crowd of atleast 10 people! As soon as we emerged from hotel it was like the paparazzi. I could see them gathering through the glass doors as we suited up. You’d be surprised how many people never saw the movie Beetlejuice, but they still thought it was cool. The people who did recognize the character were beyond impressed and made it a point to tell me how awesome it was. A few people were surprised to find that my real legs were below the fake sofa, so I guess it looked pretty believable! My absolute favorite reaction was a man on the side lines of the parade, saw me and dropped his mouth open. He was blinking really quick and sort of frozen in amazement. Then, I guess he remembered he had a camera and lifted it to his eye to snap a picture. It felt great to see so many people smile.

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

Just a tip to anyone who might want to re-create this. Get more size-able wheels or make sure that you bond them with the strongest glue you can find. The rumble of the pavement loosened all four nuts and all four of my wheels came off during the 8 block walk to the parade staging area!! Thank goodness for crafty friends, who wedged cardboard around the threads and jammed them into place! I needed a lot of help to get around. Every crack in the street stopped me in my tracks. You might want to file this under “group costume”! LOL

 


SECOND PLACE: Brianna Frasquillo – Tucson, AZ

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

I saw someone with a Jack Skellington head last year and it made me realize I could do something like that, but make the scary toy from toy story.

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

Beach ball and paper mache for the head, spray painted. The eye is painted on cardboard with a plastic cover on top. The eyelid is made from foam paper and eyelashes paint brush bristles glued together. I double layered cardboard on the body and arms, cutting holes in the top layer. I then glue gunned the pieces together and spayed them with metallic spray paint. The arm pieces are connected with captive fasteners so they can pivot. The head is a separate piece from the body so it just sits on top.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

“Whoa is the thing from Toy Story! I had nightmares about that when I was little!” “That is so cool, how did you make it? How long did it take? ” “that’s creepy”

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

It took me about 20 hours to make. I wanted something original but something that a lot of people could relate to. I think I succeeded in both. I think I should win because I did completely on my own and have no artistic training. I have four brothers and we were raised by a single mom. When we were little we could only afford costumes we could make. Now that we are older and out of the house, we love Halloween and we still all dress up and make our own costumes. We used to be ashamed of our homemade costumes and now we are quite the opposite. I hope you enjoy the costume as much as I enjoyed making it and showing it off.

 


THIRD PLACE: Rachel Miller – McHenry, IL

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

I was trying to think of a costume that no one else would have, and that I’ve never seen anywhere before. One that would be a challenge to make, yet doable, that was funny, with a little bit of scary added in. I started thinking about t.v./movie characters six months ago and remembered the movie “Return to Oz” with the wheelers in it and thought PERFECT!! I loved their crazy, high pitched laughs, squeaky wheels and freaky masks. I remember being scared when they threatened to throw Dorothy into the deadly desert, and how elaborate their costumes were. I was a little worried that some people wouldn’t know who I was, no matter how well I portrayed them, but decided to make it anyways because it was the exact costume I was looking for!!

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

Jacket: I cut up 3 leather jackets that I bought from a thrift store and sewed them together by hand, (FYI: I’ve never sewn more than a button on a shirt before), then bought the right colored cloth, (I couldn’t find any spray paint that was the color I needed), and used spray adhesive to glue it onto the leather. I then used numerous swatches of fabric and ribbons that I already had, along with $1 store decorative duct tape that I cut into different designs and, again, used spray adhesive to glue them onto the cloth of the jacket. I made the shoulder rings by twisting together huge pipe cleaners and wire, (that I found in my garage), then covered them with fabric and ribbons using spray adhesive. I cut holes on each side of jacket to put them through and secured them with smaller pipe cleaners while my husband was wearing it. I spray painted pieces of string and this funny Halloween rope I bought, to wrap around the sleeves to make the cords. I cut up my husbands old white tuxedo shirts to make the cuffs at the end of each arm sleeve. I then sewed on a bell and button to each cuff to give a little jingle to my costume when I rolled and glued multiple rhinestones all over the jacket. I cut slits in the middle of each sleeve, (that you can’t see), in order to stick my hands out of when needed.

Front (arm) Wheels: With my husbands help I took off the bucket of a grass seeder my parents had given us, and cut it in 1/2 so that I had 2 separate metal poles with handles to grab on to at one end and wheels on the other end of each pole. I painted the wheels and then stuck one pole up each arm sleeve to complete the arms.

Back (leg) Wheels: I used my old pair of roller blades, and with my husbands help, connected one toy plastic wheel, after I had painted it, with bolts and screws to the outside of each roller blade to make the legs.

Pants: I took an old pair of black dress pants, cut designs in and spray glued more cloth, ribbon and $1 store duct tape to them, then added rhinestones to the pants to make my legs.

Mask: I bought an old bike helmet from thrift store and a can of “Great Stuff”, (which is a spray foam, that expands, used normally in insulating and sealing gaps/cracks in houses.) I sprayed an entire can onto the top of the bike helmet, let it dry and harden for 24hrs., and then carved the face out of it with multiple different knives and a small box cutter. Then I painted the mask, spray painted multiple pairs of shoe strings I already had, covered them with glue and then pushed them into the foam head to act as the hair.

Bow Tie: I made the bow tie by wrapping red and black ribbon together and tying it in the middle, then sewing it onto a strap that I wore around my neck.

White Dickey Shirt: I cut the middle out of another one of my husband’s white tuxedo shirts and rolled up 1/2 of a paper towel roll into it and then glued.

Belt: I cut two triangular pieces of cloth out of my daughters old t-shirts and used spray adhesive to glue them onto a red cumber-bun that I bought at the thrift store for the belt.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

My mom and stepdad were the first ones to see my costume when we dropped off our daughter at their house, and they thought it turned out great! And my stepdad, who’d never even seen the movie “Return to Oz”, thought my costume was the best costume he’d ever seen! My husband and I went to a Halloween party at a bar with some friends after that, that we’d never went to before. While my husband was parking the truck, I rolled into the bar with my friends, who went straight to the bar, leaving me all by myself. And when I looked up after I stepped in the door, I realized 60+ people had stopped whatever they were doing and were just staring at me. I don’t know if they were shocked, or what, but being the sociable person that I am, I waived to them and said “Hi everyone!” And then they all started telling me how cool my costume was, asking me how I made it, etc. About 5 or 6 people asked to take pictures with and of me. I did a bit of dancing on the dance floor as best I could and had a fantastic night!

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

This costume took me the MOST amount of time and hard work that I’ve ever spent making a costume, (and I’ve made many great costumes), but it was completely worth it in every way! I’d also like to share the fact that I hadn’t roller bladed, (except for 20min of practice before I made costume with my daughter), in 15yrs prior to Halloween night…and I didn’t fall completely once!!

 


THIRD PLACE (a): Bryan Bales – Weymouth, MA

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

I wanted to do a full body, character costume. It was between Olaf, Anger from Inside Out, and Oscar. Oscar won my heart this year.

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

The pants, shirt, and gloves are all made from faux fur (Mongolian Olive Green). Templates are made from cardboard, traced onto the fabric, carefully cut out in an attempt to not several all the long fur, and then sewn using a sewing machine.

The head is fabricated from 1/2″ foam, with an internal jaw and head structure made from 1/4″ PEX, and then skinned with faux fur. The eyes are are from a 4″ styrofoam ball with felt for the pupils. The eyebrow is a scrap of the faux fur, which was spray painted brown. The mouth is lined with a see through black fabric with red fabric for the tongue.

The trash can is a standard galvanized can from a home center. The bottom is cut out leaving a few tabs for rope, which provides a method for strapping the can to a chest harness. The lid is attached with a simple wooden hinge made from scrap plywood, poplar, and 1/4-20 bolts/washers/nuts. For the beat up look, dents are added. For weathering, spray paint is applied in small areas and rubbed around/off with contractors paper (newspaper would work). Once the paint dries, more distressing is achieved with 100 grit sandpaper.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

I built a set this year and set it up in my driveway to hand out candy. The stage was built up so I could stand inside the can any my legs were concealed. It also gave me enough room to descend into the can entirely. Lights were added above so I could be seen once the sun set. Trash like paper and cans were hot glued to the set and I even made a Sesame Street style sign using my actual street name.

99% of the kids and 100% of the adults loved the costume and set. I had people taking pictures with Oscar. Adults were stoppping by without their children just to have a look and take pictures.

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

I can wear the costume as part of the set .. or with the trash can strapped to a chest harness .. or just as a fur suit. For full build details, pictures, material list and pricing, you can visit my Instructable!