2015 Costume Contest Winners – Baby/Toddler Category

2015 BABY/TODDLER CATEGORY

The 2015 Baby/Toddler category did NOT disappoint! Between the creativity and cuteness, this category contained some of our favorite entries! Parents went above and beyond the call of duty for their young ones this year and it made for a very difficult selection process. We hope you enjoy these winners as much as we did!

FIRST PLACE: Melissa Howard – St. Helens, OR

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

Our son is 4 and was born with a rare genetic syndrome, Mowat-Wilson syndrome, and is not yet able to walk. This year, we wanted to come up with a costume designed around his wheelchair instead of just having him sitting in his wheelchair in a costume. We saw a store bought lobster costume that we thought was darling, and decided to build him a fishing boat to be able to pull him around in for Halloween.

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

We used a wagon as the base of the boat. Plywood was used to create the shape of the boat around the wagon and to create the appearance of the cabin on the back. A pulley system was used in order to attach to the lobster pot. Lights were attached to the pulley system and were functional. Nails and wire were used to create the railing around the back cabin. Rope was used for the pulley system and fishing net was placed around the bucket for the lobster pot. The boat was painted to mimic The Deadliest Catch fishing boat and was named the Melissa Ann after Wyatt’s mom.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

People were amazed and stopped us to talk about his costume. People thought it was really cool that we spent time creating a costume that would work for our son so that he could easily and happily participate in the Halloween festivities. We were in our local town parade and people were stopping us asking to take our picture. We were featured on our town’s city hall Facebook page.

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

I think there are a lot of people who invest their time into creating a costume for their children who can walk. We believe that it is different when you are trying to create a costume that will also act as a form of mobility. Our son, who doesn’t get to be the star of sports teams or academic activities, definitely got to be the star of Halloween this year!

 


SECOND PLACE: Janelle Harris – Jefferson City, MO

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

My daughter who LOVES Frozen shocked me when she said she wanted to be Maleficent for Halloween! I didn’t question her, I ran with it! LOL

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

Head piece: Base is fosshape, horns were red demon horns that I spray painted black, wings were a camping sleep mat base….then painted and covered with feathers and have a faux talon on each one at the top corner. Cape was a combo of fosshape for the collar and fabric. The dress is just knit black fabric. Her staff was a christmas ornament that I painted with nail polish, a bamboo rod covered in glue and tissue paper then painted, and insta morph to hold the ornament on top. The bird is just from hobby lobby and glued on top. This costume took me about 70-80 hours of actual blood, sweat, tears, and hot glue burns. LOL

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Everyone was shocked that it was home made! Everyone LOVED it! She pulled it off flawlessly!

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

I had so much fun making this costume and photographing her in it! We LOVE halloween in our house! I hope she picks something cool next year too! 🙂

 


THIRD PLACE: John Puskar – Mount Pleasant, PA

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

Our son is a big fan of the Navy Jet characters, Echo and Bravo, in the movie Disney Planes. On a recent vacation trip to Virginia Beach, he couldn’t stop watching the Navy Jets flying in and out of the Naval Air Station. It was only fitting that he go as a pilot complete with his own F14 Tomcat!

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

The fuselage and wings are made of cardboard. The engines are cardboard tubes. The cones are Styrofoam cones. Water bottles were used for the ends of the wings, plant containers for the intakes and exhaust. Wooden dowels support all wings and fins. It is all held together with glue and duct tape. Primed and Painted. Elastic straps were “sewn” into the cardboard. Lighting was added with LEDs that were controlled by a programmable Arduino that even had an afterburner strobe effect when he pressed a button. The finishing touch was a re-purposed old cell phone to play Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” and some jet sounds on an endless loop.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Our son loved the attention he got! He got to march in the local parade and nearly everyone pointed or tapped their neighbor on the shoulder to look at how cool his costume was. It was especially nice at night with all of his lights showing up real well in the dark. We got so many compliments on the design. It was quite the hit at the parade. People just couldn’t get over how great he looked and the detail of his Jet!

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

The costume was a little “tail-heavy”, so I rigged a loop in the back and I acted as his “wing man” and held it up. This was actually nice as it allowed me to control the movement of the costume to keep the wings from catching on anything and to prevent him from wandering into dangerous situations.

 


THIRD PLACE (a): Patricia Case – Lewisburg, PA

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

My husband and I were sitting around one evening telling jokes. This is something we do often after a long day when its seems there is little to laugh about. That particular evening he got stuck on “why did the chicken cross the road?” jokes. Most of them were certainly not funny, but for some reason this got me thinking about my daughters Halloween costume. What’s cuter than a fluffy chicken, right? My creative “egg” hatched that evening.

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

I used two long sleeved white onies to start. I placed one over the other and stuffed batting in between them. I then stitched the two onies together. I purchased two white feathered boas and loosely wrapped the stuffed body of the suit, hand stitching it on as I went. I was able to find a white stocking hat that I stitched red feathers on. The orange stockings were created from jersey material. I was able to find orange webbed slippers to finish the costume. Add one adorable 2 year old and the outfit is complete!!

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

We were stopped all evening while trick or treating and told our daughter “had the best costume they had ever seen”!! We also had several people who asked to take her picture. I could hear people continue talking about her cuteness even after we walked away. I even had one lady who took her picture tell us she was going to take this idea back to CA with her. We live in PA and she was here visiting.

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

The other great benefit to this costume is that its super warm and comfortable to wear. Our little chick was toasty all night long and wore this without complaints. This is a really cute DYI costume that is easy to construct. I cant wait to start brainstorming about next years costume!!!