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October 2, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Winning homemade Halloween costumes

We recently asked readers to send us photos of homemade Halloween costumes and dozens complied, sending pictures of everything from junior George Washingtons to “Pickle Rocket Jetpacks” (you have to see it to believe it). Scroll down to the bottom of this post to view the entire gallery — and add your own if you’re so inclined. We’ll continue to post pictures through Oct. 31.

Oct. 27 was the cutoff to be considered for a prize: We offered a Starbucks gift card to our favorite submission, which turned out to be a family Avengers ensemble sent in by Mikayla Patella-Buckley, of Mountlake Terrace.

The Avengers. Submitted by Mikayla Patella-Buckley, Mountlake Terrace.

The Avengers. Submitted by Mikayla Patella-Buckley, Mountlake Terrace.

Patella-Buckley and Co. used all sorts of household implements and office supplies to pull off their masquerade: scrap material, file folders, duct tape, paper plates, foil, yarn — even an old yoga block (Thor’s hammer) and a carryout salad container (Capt. America’s shield). “We outfitted the whole family for $6!” Patella-Buckley said.

Among the many other other entries our staff judges loved was a tiny blue T-Rex — a.k.a. Cara Sutherland’s son Malcolm. Sutherland used blue fabric, fleece and papier-mâché for the head. She and her husband will accompany Malcolm trick-or-treating, wearing “Jurassic Park”-style paleontologist costumes.

Tiny T-Rex. Submitted by Cara Sutherland, Seattle.

Tiny T-Rex. Submitted by Cara Sutherland, Seattle.

When Seattle’s Lily Iftner went shopping for a mermaid costume for her 6-year-old daughter, she was disappointed to find fluffy skirted dresses with tails sticking out the back. For $15, she came up with this alternative. When the little mermaid walks, the fish tail trails behind like a wedding-dress train.

A mermaid at rest. Submitted by Lily Iftner, Seattle.

A mermaid at rest. Submitted by Lily Iftner, Seattle.

Raj Sanghera-Kalirae, of Milton, sent in this picture of son Rowan in a Viking suit tailored from an old brown robe and some fake fur. One bonus of this costume, says Sanghera-Kalirae: The little Viking is sure to be warm Halloween night.

Watch out: This viking looks angry. Submitted by Raj Sanghera-Kalirae, Milton.

Watch out: This viking looks angry. Submitted by Raj Sanghera-Kalirae, Milton.

Kayla Boe, 11, and her mother, Dominique Alvarez, of Mountlake Terrace, enlisted a friend to make Maleficent wings for Kayla. They added horns, contacts and red lipstick to complete the effect.

A magnificent Maleficent. Submitted by Dominique Alvarez, Mountlake Terrace.

A magnificent Maleficent. Submitted by Dominique Alvarez, Mountlake Terrace.

 

 

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