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2014 Costume Contest Winners – Adult Couples Category

2014 ADULT COUPLE CATEGORY

The 2014 Halloween Express DIY Costume Contest winners in the Adult Couple category definitely showed that being a gruesome twosome isn’t the only way to get a double dose of attention while dressed up in Halloween costumes. We’re pretty sure you will agree that these very imaginative duos are not only positively epic, but are simply paired to perfection! 

FIRST PLACE: Angel Eduardo – Fort Lee, NJ

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

My girlfriend and I were thinking of doing something uncommon but recognizable, something scary but fun, and something that would make people scream and smile when they saw us at the Village Halloween Parade in New York City. We thought back to our childhoods and tried to find something that not too many people had done before, and I suddenly remembered Aaahh!!! Real Monsters from Nickelodeon.

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

Our costumes were a combination of cardboard, hot glue, bedding foam, spray paint, wire hangers, pipe cleaners, styrofoam balls, and a few articles of clothing.The first thing we always do with our costumes is A LOT of drawing. We look up pictures of the characters in various poses and try to figure out the shapes these characters have, and how we can scale them to fit a human body. Cartoons are usually oddly proportioned, so it can be tricky figuring this part out. We sketched out how the costumes would fit, where our eyes and mouth would go, and took measurements to determine the size and scale of the pieces we’d need to make.Once we got there, we used sculpting clay to make little mock-ups of the different pieces, cut them in half, and flattened them so that we could get a 2-dimensional pattern. We went to Wal-Mart and bought bedding foam sheets to cut out my headpiece, torso, and shoes, and her headpiece and tail. We followed the patterns we found using the clay, scaled them up to fit us, cut the pieces out, and put them together with hot glue. After that, we spray-painted the bedding foam and started putting the pieces together. I used cardboard for my headpiece’s teeth and mouth, and reinforced my ears with wire hangers. She used wire hangers to support her eyes, and stuffed her headpiece and tail with leftover foam scraps. My shoe pieces were glued onto a real pair of sneakers, stuffed with extra bed foam, and sealed with a cardboard sole. Finally, we added the finishing touches of pipe cleaners for Oblina’s head and tail hair, and black stockings to cover our faces while we had our masks on. I bought a few pairs of leggings for my arms and legs. My girlfriend bought fabric and stitched together her unitard herself!

 

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

We expected to be recognized a bit, given that it was a fairly popular cartoon in the 90s, but we were not prepared for the reaction we got. The moment we stepped out onto the street from the subway in New York City, people rushed towards us, screaming our names! It took us forever to get anywhere because hundreds of people kept stopping us to take pictures. It was a lot of fun. The entire night, people shouted to us about how much they loved that show when they were younger and how great it was to see these characters again. We had such a great time marching in the Village Halloween Parade and stopping to take photos with people who were fans of the cartoon. We underestimated just how crazy things would get. By the end of the night we had taken hundreds of photos with people and walked 3 miles in our costumes. It made us really happy seeing people’s eyes light up when they thought back to their childhoods and remembered the show. We’re big fans of throwbacks and getting back in touch with one’s childhood, so this was one of the best Halloweens we’ve ever had.

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

We had so much fun making these costumes and wearing them, and we really just wanted to share our work and joy with everybody here. We are both 30 years old, and don’t intend to ever stop making and wearing costumes. Halloween is our favorite holiday and we think more people should join in on the fun. Making costumes with loved ones is a great bonding experience. It’s so much fun working into the night, getting into the spirit, learning different crafts and skills, and applying the high school algebra and geometry you never thought you’d use to create something that will make people smile and laugh and have a good time. Making your own costumes is so much more rewarding than just going out and buying one. For us it’s a family tradition, and we are very happy to share it.

 


 

SECOND PLACE: Neill Currin – Wake Forest, NC

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

I always joke with my wife Jodi – that she is a trophy wife. So we came up with the idea of being trophies and wanting to match and being golf fans we chose to be golf trophies. I chose to be the likeness of Payne Stewart – the 1999 Men’s US OPEN Golf Champion, and Jodi chose the 2014 Ladies Club Champion.

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

We used golf clothing either that we owned or purchased from the local Goodwill Store. No one piece of clothing or clubs cost more then $3. We used gold spray paint to paint the clothes and clubs. We purchased MEHRON gold paint from AMAZON after having trouble locating gold paint locally. This is the only paint we found that gave the right metallic effect. We created our trophies bases from cardboard boxes and wrapped them in a plastic table cloth from the $1 Store.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

OVER THE TOP!!!!!!! We attended a party and work wearing these and the reactions were incredible…. most frequent comments were – WOW – AWESOME – AMAZING – OMG, if they are having a contest ya’ll will win.

We came in early to work and posed as statues/trophies in the lobby which was a blast. Some people thought we were real statues but 90% + whipped out their cell phones and took pictures, by the time I made it to my desk we were all over Facebook and I was getting emails from as far away as Canada. After posing in the lobby I took an additional 30 minutes and just rode the elevator up and down which provided additional entertainment of watching people react. The most gratifying part has been talking to people who were very curious as to how we were able to put the costume together.

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

Far and above this has been my favorite Halloween. We always do costumes – but these absolutely blew people minds, especially when we acting like statues.

 


THIRD PLACE: Eileen Mercier – Winter Garden, FL

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

Every year we make our boys’ costumes but always seem to run out of time before we get to make ours. We love so many of the illusions costumes and have seen lots of funny baby costumes over the years. We decided to be twin babies (girl and boy twins) so we could be something together as a couple. We were going to a neighborhood party so this was a fun idea for all ages to see.

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

First we needed two baby dolls ( saw ones for $5-$7 at Walmart). We got 2 of the same dolls and had to remove the heads (sorry babies). Then we got 2 different baby outfits to fit the dolls (green for the boy and a pink one for the girl). We used a sleeper type outfit so you would see only the doll’s hands. We took a large TV box (you should measure how wide you and your partner are together to be sure the box will cover from one shoulder to the other person’s opposite shoulder). My husband cut the one side of the box off to make it open faced and then made sure all corners were secures with tape. I got a baby blanket for $3 at good will. It was one of the ones made that you tie together so when I untied all the ends it was 2 blankets I used to cover the box to make it into a crib/bed the babies would be laying on. We cut holes for our heads in the boxes where we would stand so our heads would fit through the holes to be seen. We measured where the baby dolls bodies would lay to know where to cut the holes. Holes just need to be big enough for your heads to fit through and don’t need to be perfectly round or sized..just don’t make them too big. Next we got the glue gun ready and attached the blankets to the box. Made a slit in the blankets where our heads need to go over the holes already cut and then secured the blankets under the holes. We have found that cutting an X in the material over a hole and then folding it over to glue underneath works best. Next we placed the doll bodies right under the holes and secured them to the blankets on the box with the glue gun. I picked up at the dollar store 3 blue shower curtains, baby bottles for each baby, a 2 pack of pacifiers and a pack of little rattle decorations that said, “it’s a boy,” and “it’s a girl” for a total of only $7 each. We then attached the bottles, pacifiers, and rattles around the babies with the glue gun. Now we had to put on the shower curtains so you wouldn’t see our feet. Just took the glue gun and glued the curtains all the way around the outside edge of the box. Had the baby blankets hang over the edge to make it prettier and cover some of the curtain. We cut the bottom of the shower curtains as close to the floor as we could when we were standing in the costume but short enough so that we could safely walk. My husband is at least 6-7 inches taller than I am so I had to wear some high platform shoes to try to get our heights relatively close (so our babies would be pretty even). We found a pink and green winter hats to look like baby bonnets. The last touch was we took metal skewers and put them from the bottom of the box through a small hole we made into one arm each of the babies. We then put the top of the skewer through into the babies arm ( a little below the wrist). This then gave us the ability to move the arms of the babies to wave “hi” and “bye” or even fist bump people.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

People were laughing, intrigued and cheering for our babies. They loved when our babies were waving/moving their arms. People of all ages would come up and stare at the illusion, ask how it was done, and also stop us for pictures (with and without them in the pictures). It was a fun and perfect adult but kid friendly costume for everyone.

 


THIRD PLACE (a): Cheri Bednarck – McAlester, OK

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

My daughter and I were doing a lot of gardening with a variety of flowers, when one of the Sun Flowers grew extremely tall and big around. We would joke that flower was quite a monster and as the subject of what we were going to do for Halloween this year came up, we thought we could imitate our “monster” flower. Of course, every flower needs a good gardeness to watch over them. Especially a walking Angry flower.

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

The flower was about 10 feet tall so we needed something that would extend our costume. My daughter found some stilts on Ebay and started learning how to use them. She practiced a couple times a week getting used to being taller than her normal 5’3”. We started back in March by constructing the frame for the main flower. We used chicken wire, plastic tubing, padding, yards and yards of various colored material, stuffing to fill out the petals, wire coat hangers to stiffen the stems, leaves, and to attach the Bee, and sign to the pole flower Daisy Gardeness carries to announce the ANGRY FLOWER. We haunted the local Goodwill store and Flea Market to collect accessory pre-made tiny flowers that we drew fearful faces on; found a large scary mouth with big fangs for the Angry flower; rubber boots for Daisy to wear after we hand-painted flower faces on them; a sun hat we attached handmade buds and pre-made flowers; and an apron we modified to hold gardening tools and a couple more . . . flowers!

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

People were quite impressed with all the work we did to get this costume done. It seemed like every week we would add some more flowers or, fake grass to cover the stilts, or hay to resemble roots as though the ANGRY flower just pulled up roots and walked away. Each addition seemed to awe our friends and family.

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

I am glad for an opportunity to describe all the work that went into this costume. I really dislike seeing someone win a contest that didn’t do anything except buy a fully made costume. I appreciate that there are companies that make costumes, but for the contests shouldn’t it be for the ones who put in the effort?? Shouldn’t purchased costumes be more for Costume parties, or masquerade balls??

 


THIRD PLACE (b): Andrew Verrett – Kenneth City, FL

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

We saw a shadow costume on-line and we talked about what would be a good costume for us as a couple – costumes that people would recognize, that wouldn’t frighten little children, and just be fun. We decided on Peter Pan and his shadow.

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

My wife, Donna, adapted a store-bought, pirate shirt pattern. Since I didn’t wear tights, my wife made a pattern for the pants based upon a pair of pants she owned. She made the clothing from flannel, the hat feather was made of felt. The hats and shoe covers were made by a pattern my wife devised. We already had the belts. The knives were bought at the dollar store – my wife spray painted hers black. My wife bought a black body suit on-line.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Comments from Facebook: So cool! … Great costumes as usual … Tres coll (my sister lives near New Orleans) … wait! Is Donna the shadow? That’s awesome … That is so great … Too cute. VERY original …That is so great … That is AWESOME … The LANG (their last name) GANG is very impressed … That’s the best costumes ever! Didn’t even see Donna at first. What a great shadow … They look so awesome!

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

Every year we try to wear costumes that are kid friendly because we wear them to an event where children can safely go to play games and get candy. My wife makes all of our costumes. Last year was Raggedy Andy and Ann. Another year was Popeye and Olive Oyl. Sure, we enjoy dressing up, but what we really like is when parents ask us if their kids can pose with us for a picture! It didn’t take but a few minutes after the event began before we were posing with a little girl for her parents to take a photo!