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2014 DIY Costume Contest Winners



Congratulations to our 2014 DIY Halloween Costume Contest Winners! We want to thank everyone for their participation. We had over 5,000 entries in seven different categories. The imagination and ingenuity of some entries was truly amazing – and inspiring!

We awarded a First, Second, and two Third place winners in each category – with an exception to the Adult Couples, where there was a tie requiring we add a fifth. All of the winners have been contacted via email. If your name is on this list and you have not received an email, check your spam/bulk email folder. Winners have until November 30, 2014 to claim their prize. The winning photos as well as a compilation of other photos submitted for this contest are now up!

Here are the winners in each category:


  • Adult Couple
  •   1st Place: Angel Eduardo – Fort Lee, New Jersey

      2nd Place: Neill Currin – Wake Forest, North Carolina

      3rd Place: Eileen Mercier – Winter Garden, Florida

      3rd Place: Cheri Bednarck – McAlester, Oklahoma

      3rd Place: Andrew Verrett – Kenneth City, Florida


  • Adult Single
  •   1st Place: Michael Corrigan – Tallahassee, Florida

      2nd Place: Diana Chimenti – Livermore, California

      3rd Place: Marshall Champ – Woodstock, Georgia

      3rd Place: Eric Farmer – Valdosta, Georgia


  • Baby/Toddler
  •   1st Place: Rachael Kaufman – Olympia, Washington

      2nd Place: Heather Rinard – Gilbert, Arizona

       3rd Place: Stephanie Ortiz – Sicklerville, New Jersey

       3rd Place: Kathleen Wright – Halethorpe, Maryland


  • Child/Tween/Teen
  •    1st Place: Afton Tarin – Orange, California

       2nd Place: Amanda McMillen – Fulton, Mississippi

       3rd Place: Jana Nolden – Dane, Wisconsin

       3rd Place: Kimberly Alcantara – Wilmette, Illinois


  • Group
  •    1st Place: Crystal Flinders – Syracuse, Utah

       2nd Place: Kaitlin Robinson – Kirkland, Washington

       3rd Place: Chaz Allen – Kaysville, Utah

       3rd Place: Hope Foley – Hawthorne, New Jersey


  • Maternity
  •    1st Place: Lindsey Newby – Sulphur, Louisiana

       2nd Place: Jessica Wilhoyt – Bradley, Illinois

       3rd Place: Molly Bodurtha – Fitchburg, Massachusetts

       3rd Place: Stephanie Birrittella – Mahopac, New York


  • Pet
  •    1st Place: Yolanda Kerns – Arvada, Colorado

       2nd Place: Susan Dunlap – Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

       3rd Place: Kristin Borders – Centerburg, Ohio

       3rd Place: Sabrina Ridlon – Anderson, California


Judging was difficult and time consuming. Each entry was first screened for adhearance to the contest rules. Once the entry passed the rules screening our panel of ten judges scored each entry according to the following formula: 50% on originality and creativity, 25%  on the execution (creation of the costume) and 25%  on the answers to the questions the contestant provides. The top four scores in each of the seven costume categories determined the winners.

Thank you again to everyone who participated.  We hope these amazing costumes inspire many more to enter our 2015 Halloween costume contest.