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2016 Costume Contest Winners – Child/Tween/Teen Category

The 2016 Contest entries within the Child/Tween/Teen category truly demonstrated what Halloween is all about. With this day and age, family time is becoming more and more scarce. We’re proud of the amount of quality family time that went into designing and building these extraordinary costumes. We’re betting the kids had a great time showing them off, too!

FIRST PLACE: Tracey Garcia – Chandler, AZ

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

I usually come up with my unique costume ideas when I’m having quiet time and the idea just pops in my head. However, I always have to have a “wow factor” to my costumes which in this case were the bubbles coming out on top. I looked at many fountain pictures online and studied them to come up with the shape and style that we ended up with. Now we can’t help but notice every fountains wherever we go. Lol

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

Items used included a kiddie pool, lots of grey paint, doves, plastic planter, grey skin suit, plastic bottle, bubble maker, grey duct tape, velcro, foam pieces, monster glue, gold coins, metal clips, sticky letters and cardboard for the sign.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

She was stopped constantly at the festival we went to in order for people to have their picture taken with her or just of her. Every time we stopped, more and more people would come over and there were cameras all around taking pictures. When I would turn on the bubble machine on top of her head, kids and adults would freak out more and then the group of people would multiply to the point that we could not move until they were finished taking pictures or videos. We left the festival a lot later than we had planned because of how many times she was stopped.

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

It was so awesome for my daughter to see how happy she made people and it sure made us feel good on the time we both spent creating it. We laughed on thinking of all the places we could go to watch people react to her and her costume. She could get in and out of the costume pretty fast. We took the bubble picture Saturday, October 29th, 2016 and we took the picture in the grass on Halloween night 10/31/2016. We think that we should be selected because of all the creativity, details, and time that we put into it. It took between 4-5 months to completely finish. And of course the many smiles brought to so many people. Thank you.

 


SECOND PLACE: Kelly Hilding – Phoenix, AZ

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

My husband, Brian, and I came up with the idea for our son Cyrus’ Tusken Raider riding a Bantha costume after Cy had asked to be a Bantha for Halloween. Our family has always loved Star Wars, so it was the perfect choice for a family project. We started to brainstorm how to make him into a Bantha when the idea hit us, create a Bantha that he “rides” as a Tusken Raider.

Even Cy’s big brother got excited about the possibility of building the famous Star Wars creature and creating the Tusken Raider costume. We brainstormed the construction of the beast and decided the back two legs would be on wheels, while the front two legs would be Cyrus’s legs wrapped in fur.

We looked into purchasing the Tusken Raider costume, but weren’t happy with any of the choices, so decided to make that, too.

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

To accomplish the looks and function of the Bantha, we needed to do some serious planning and engineering. For the construction of the Bantha, Brian welded (Cy helped weld, too) square steel tubing for the hips, spine and legs, then used thinner metal tubing for the ribs. Circles from tomato cages were welded to the legs for shape. He used connecting rods and cams to make the hips go up and down as the wheels rolled to make it look like it was walking. A large piece of leather was attached above the hips to spread the movement out over a wider girth. Two 2×4 blocks of wood were attached as feet. Part of a tomato cage was cut and welded on to be used as the frame for the head. A piece of square tubing was welded to the back and weights were added. This created a tail as well as a counter weight so that Cyrus would be able to easily walk with it strapped on his shoulders.

We used wires from the tomato cage to create the base of the horns. I covered them in plastic soft drink cups to round them out. We then used fiberglass resin for strength. Brian coated them with bondo and sculpted the bondo to look like real horns. They were spray painted two different shades and sanded for added dimension.

We covered the frame with about 3 ½ yards of fake fur, pinning it to the frame to shape it like a Bantha. We sprayed black hair spray in the eye area for dimension. Fur was also stapled to the wooden feet. I sewed and hand painted the lips, then attached dyed, separated mop strands to them.

For the fake legs straddling the Bantha I stuffed a pair of pantyhose and mache’d the ends with dyed strips of fabric. I positioned them to look like feet as they dried.

For the Tusken Raider mask, we paper mache’d a balloon for the base. Once dried, we coated it in fiberglass resin for strength. I then mache’d it again using dyed strips of fabric. I cut a Styrofoam ball and painted it silver for the mouthpiece. I then sewed a small piece of brown satin for the bottom “lip.” I wrapped it in brown craft foam to complete the shape and look. Small plastic fittings, rubber stoppers and pvc pipe were painted silver and used for the remaining elements of the mask.

For the neckwear, we emptied two small air freshener cans, cut them in half and connected them so the tops were on either end. The center was then spray painted black. Soda bottle caps were colored using a silver permanent marker and attached to each end of the can. Brian bent a metal brake line and attached the fittings, flaring then ends of the lines to hold the fittings. He JB welded the other part of the fitting to the centerpiece air freshener contraption.

I dyed muslin and sewed it together for base robe/skirt and then used a crepe like material for the outer robe, draping them over Cyrus as I went to create the pattern/design. The cross straps were cut from vinyl and attached to a nylon strap. I sewed Velcro to the back of the strap to hold it in place. The belt was recycled from a purchased costume worn previously. I attached elastic to two strips of fur for Cyrus to wear around his legs when “riding” the Bantha so that his legs would look like the creature’s front legs.

The whole process took about two straight weeks. Everyday Brian worked on it when he’d get home from work until all hours of the night. I neglected my photography business and worked on it during the day, too.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

The reactions we received when Cyrus wore his Tusken Raider riding a Bantha costume were beyond what I could have imagined. Every few steps, he was stopped by people wanting to take pictures and pet it. A couple people even tried to jump on the back! Several people thought there was another person in the hind end because of the movement when it walked. People were absolutely blown away by the costume.

I knew we had created something really cool, but I didn’t realize just how incredible it was until I saw the jaws drop when we took it out. I actually had someone ask if we were professionals from Hollywood. I laughed and said no, just a crazy photographer and an autobody man that had an idea.

What was really wonderful was the pride that Cyrus felt because of the costume, especially because he welded some of it. The way people reacted as he walked around made him stand taller. It made the whole insane process totally worth it!

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

The Tusken Raider riding a Bantha costume was a true labor of love. We worked night and day to create the most true to Star Wars costume we could. When we started this endeavor, we had no idea the life it would take on. It really brought our family together as everyone contributed with their own ideas and skills.

Thank you for your consideration!

 


THIRD PLACE: Barb Cavelius – Elkridge, MD

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

My nephew Joshua loves his little dog Bernard and wanted to be his dog for Halloween. I made this for him and he loves it even though it is very hot. The nice thing about this costume is that there is a rubber dog nose covered in matching faux fur attached to a large pair of sun glasses. Children are not permitted to wear masks in school when they dress up, so he can just remove the sun glasses to expose his face This costume is all hand-made and complete with collar and dog tag. Each year my nephews request special costumes and I gladly make them.

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

Fur, muslin for lining, wire for support in the ears, ½ inch foam for head, sunglasses & rubber dog nose for face, water shoes to attach a fur boot to, work gloves to attach fur for hands, large coat zipper.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Joshua loved it. Everyone wanted their picture taken with him. I show my friends the photo of Josh and his dog Bernard and people think they are both real dogs.

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

How much fun it is creating the unexpected. I like how it makes me feel bringing such happiness to others.

 


THIRD PLACE (a): Ryane Jacks – Lampasas, TX

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

My daughter wanted to be a statue and this is what came to mind.

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

A sheet, foam board for wings, yarn for the wig and lots of gray paint.

WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET WHEN WEARING THIS COSTUME?

Most people thought she was a real statue. Everyone has gone crazy over her costume and just thinks it’s the greatest!

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

She is a seven year old who loves to dress up and come up with her own ideas.