Gallery: ANNOUNCING: The Inhabitat 2011 Green Halloween Costume Contest...

Anyel Torres and her entire family dressed up as members of The Nightmare Before Christmas and made their dog's Zero costume from recycled materials like socks and a pillowcase!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Tesco Plastic Bag Warrior Princess

Ria Burns took first place with her amazing Tesco Plastic Bag Warrior Princess costume, which is made entirely from old supermarket bags. Putting her massive collection of plastic Tesco bags to good use, Burns created the bodice of the outfit by cutting 15 bags into strips and weaving them together by hand. She then sewed strips of more bags to the bottom of the bodice to create the skirt, and she completed the outfit with a sword cut out from recycled cardboard. Ria’s costume receive 150 votes, putting it solidly in first place!

SECOND PLACE: Character 9 from Tim Burton’s movie “9”

The silver medal went to Benjoseph Manibog’s awesome costume, which is based off of Character 9 from Tim Burton’s movie “9.” Manibog showed off his superb sewing and paper mache skills, crafting this professional-looking costume by sewing together burlap rice bags. The head, hands, and staff are made with newspaper paper mache and cardboard, making the whole outfit light and easy to carry. Character 9 was in the lead for most of the Green Halloween competition, but ultimately landed in second place with an impressive 135 votes.

THIRD PLACE: Luminous Box Jellyfish

Using just a bike helmet, battery-powered lights, a big plastic salad bowl, and some cellophane, Carrie Ortiz created a luminous jellyfish costume that won third place. Ortiz combined everyday items to create an easy-to-replicate costume that would light up any party. First, she glued color-changing lights to the inside of a clear salad bowl, then she attached strands of cellophane to the bowl, and finally secured the whole thing to a bike helmet – voila!


FIRST PLACE: Pinata Pauly

Perhaps it’s our sweet tooth talking, but we loved Paul’s playful pinata costume. Paul used cardboard boxes collected from Costco to fashion an oversized pinata, which he decorated with strips of colored party streamers. Paul even made pockets out of tissue paper that he filled with candy and then let his friends beat the sweets out of him!

SECOND PLACE: Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite

The Inhabitat editors couldn’t help but go gaga over this costume of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. We love Rob Miller’s creative use of cardboard boxes and silver paint to make this utterly unique costume. We’ll definitely remember it when we’re concocting our own costumes next year!

THIRD PLACE: Edgar Allen Poe Raven Costume

We loved this raven costume by Sarah Rashid for its simple use of materials and its varied sources of inspiration. Modeled after Edgar Allen Poe’s Raven (by way of of Alexander McQueen), this sophisticated and stylish design wowed us with its creative ingenuity!

We’d like to congratulate the winners and extend a very special thanks to all the awesome people who participated in this year’s Green Halloween Costume Contest! If you want to look through the whole array of ingenious DIY entries, check out the Inhabitat Green Halloween website and the photo gallery below. Until next year, we bid you a Green Halloween adieu!


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