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2016 Costume Contest Winners – Baby/Toddler Category

The 2016 Baby/Toddler category was extremely impressive! 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: Sabrina Gardner – Durham, NC

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

Since our baby Grant cannot walk around yet, I was looking for ways to dress up his stroller. The idea to create a presidential costume really struck me since Election Day is just days away. We figured people would enjoy having another option for president, and that they would love seeing a truly pure and untainted candidate.

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

This costume was very simple and cheap. We used half of a box that was shipped to us from amazon to make his podium. It was wrapped in a piece of navy blue fabric, and his stroller was draped with the same fabric. We printed out the White House seal and Presidential Seal from google images, and purchased two small American flags. The microphone was from the video game “Rockband” and we secured it inside the box. Little Grant is wearing a white shirt, tie and a jacket that is way too big for him. He is accompanied by his Secret Service Agent and loving father.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

People’s faces lit up when they saw our little baby President. Many people said they would vote for him this year, and that he was a better option than the current candidates. On social media, some responses include “Finally there’s a reasonable, qualified, mature, uncorrupt option for the ballot booth”, “Now that’s a vote nobody needs to hold their nose for”, and “There have been allegations of the president elect grabbing and suckling women’s breasts!”

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

We felt this a very timely costume, as the presidential elections are only a few days away, and everyone needs a little lightheartedness in such a heavy and nasty campaign. Little Grant definitely felt the weight of being President, as evidence by the nap he took toward the end of our outing.

 


SECOND PLACE: Lisa Craig – El Cajon, CA

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

His mom wanted him to be an owl and Henry likes to walk around going “whoo, whoo”. He will be two at the end of December.

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

Flannel, faux fur, a white feather boa and very stiff, thick fusible web (pellon). I just took my grandson’s measurements (he doesn’t live in the same town as we do) and sewed a little playsuit that I lined (to keep the actual feathers from poking him) and then just started to cut out faux feathers and add them wherever I wanted. The feathers themselves all had to be serged so they wouldn’t shed which took some time, but after all he is a little guy so I figured it was doable. I took the white feather boa and hand sewed it in a zig-zag fashion down his front-side sort of where a bib would go, were he wearing one. I made a pattern off his shoe size for a “claw and then sewed six of them together, three on each, using both machine and hand stitching. For the claws I used a type of faux leather with embossed circle motifs, that look to me, like bird skin. I then turned the right side in for the claw “tips” because the underside of the fabric was in black so the end result was brown-stamped claws with black tips. hen I just added in a bag of $3.00 feathers that had different color and patterns randomly with fabric glue to give it the color variations and “spots” one would normally see on an owl.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Because Henry was not yet two, he was at first, hesitant to wear it, but his mom got him in it and as soon as he saw the reaction he got from many, many people (lots and lots of pictures as he went Trick-or-Treating) he refused to take it off. We went to get pizza for dinner and he had his photo with several customers and waitresses taken.

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

The hardest part I think was the head because I did not have him here. I only knew that his head circumference was 20″ so I used a wig stand that measured 20″ to figure it out. I also had to make a “Beetlejuice” costume for my 4 year old granddaughter so I am a pooped to say the least, hence the wine glass above Henry’s head along with glasses, in the first photo.

 


THIRD PLACE: Richard Durrant – Meridian, ID

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

Our son often sounds like a velociraptor when he screams, and since Jurassic World was by far the best movie of 2016 it just made sense

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

Supplies included: Foam board, aluminum conduit, drip line hose, wood, spray paint, hot glue, stroller wheels and vinyl. I glued several layers of the foam board together and carved the raptor using a saw, sandpaper and dremel. I built the cage with a wood frame using drip line hose for the straight bars and conduit for the bent broken ones. Stroller wheels, vinyl stickers and spray paint completed it. Probably took around 12 hours total.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Everybody loves it and says how cute or awesome the costume is. Lots of people say it’s the coolest costume they’ve ever seen and grown men have expressed jealousy.

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

No, I think that about covers it!

 


THIRD PLACE (a): Mary Gerstner – Bluffton, SC

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

Since we have twin boys we wanted a costume that paired them together. My husband and I both love the movie Top Gun and we saw some ideas for twin costumes as Maverick and Goose online. The twins are 7 months old and can’t walk so we wanted a way to incorporate their stroller. That is when my husband decided to make their stroller a fighter jet.

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

My husband brought home some heavy duty cardboard from work and I painted it all grey. He traced out the sides, front and wings and then assembled it all together using zip ties. I printed out some plane decals and used Mod Podge to stick them on.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Every one LOVED the costume. We live in the same town as the Marine Air Station so it was a big hit. All the neighborhood kids loved it and wanted a ride in it. Our twins loved the attention.

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

Seven month old twin brothers, Cason and Ryan, on their first Halloween.