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Halloween Costume Contest Winners 2018

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The results are in. Our editors have reviewed the Halloween costume contest entries and chosen the winners. They agree, this year’s entries were top-notch. They showed creativity and solid construction, with notable examples. Take the high-tech, color-changing chameleon, which required complex patternmaking and electronics skills to assemble; and a well-known World War II U.S. military commander, whose ensemble was almost completely hand-sewn and featured authentic-looking details down to the colored bars on his chest and the boots on his feet.

We hope you will keep sewing while thinking of great ideas for next year’s contest. We can’t wait to see what you come up with. While runner-ups do not receive a prize, we’d like to give a nod to those whose costumes were particularly clever and well-built.

Thank you, everyone, for submitting your Halloween costume for consideration. Check in for more contests in the future.

See the list of winners below with links to each post.


Child’s Costume Winner

General Patton submitted by Mandy543

Child’s Costume Runner-up

Candy Witch submitted by Mandy543


Adults Costume Winner

Beetlejuice and Lydia submitted by Dramatique Designs 

Adult Costume Runner-Up

Tie between Dorothy submitted by Claire146

and Long Distance Witch submitted by Yello


Scariest Costume Winner

Sea Siren submitted by Brandy M

Scariest Costume Runner-up

Tie between Beetlejuice’s Magician’s Assistant (cut in half) submitted by Lizter02

and Edward Scissor Hands (both) submitted by amberpaige00


Most Creative Costume Winner

LED Chameleon submitted by partybot

Most Creative Costume Runner-up

Teeny Weeny on his snail submitted by TenillePacker


Honorable mention goes to Dcottam for her family’s Harry Potter-themed costumes. We do not have a family costume category this year, but may consider it for next year, so please resubmit.

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  • General Patton

    My son asked if he could dress up as General George S. Patton for Halloween this year. Patton's look is so iconic and recognizable I thought it would be fun. But I had to make everything from scratch because the army surplus store does not sell little-sized army jackets.

  • Candy Witch

    My daughter saw a picture online of a "Candy Witch" and asked me to make it for her this year.

  • Beetlejuice and Lydia

    Handmade and upcycled, down to Beetlejuices wig !

  • Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz

    A huge musical movie buff, my sister enjoyed dressing up in her homemade Dorothy costume. I drafted the pattern from scratch, and she told everyone at the party that her big sister made it.

  • Making a Long Distance Witch

    My daughter-in-law who lives 3 hours away asked me to make a Sarah Sanderson costume from the movie Hocus Pocus. We thought about it for a few months but didn't get serious until September.

  • Sea Siren

    Halloween is my favorite holiday!!! I look forward to creating a unique costume every year. This year, I was a mermaid but with a twist!

  • Beetlejuices’ magicians assistant (cut in half) in the afterlife waiting room

    Magicians assistant that is cut in half and sitting on couch from movie beetlejuice

  • Edward Scissorhands

    They are both dressed as Edward Scissorhand just different outfits.

  • LED Color Sensing Chameleon Costume

    This is a mascot style foam suit covered in ~600 addressable LEDs, controlled by an Arduino microprocessor and powered by 12-15 lithium ion battery packs. It includes a color sensor in the hand. I can touch any colored surface and the entire suit will change color to match.
  • Teeny Weeny riding his Racing Snail from The Neverending Story

    The guy in the top hat the rides the racing snail is my son's favorite Neverending Story character so we had our theme!


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