Going Green for Halloween
By Alex Kunzman
Encouraging creativity was my mother’s approach to everything. Supplying our Halloween costumes was no exception. Ideas took shape, and things lying around the house became the building blocks of our costumes or characters. One Halloween back in the 1980s, I went as a private detective. I grabbed an old worn trench coat and a rimmed hat from my dad’s closet, a black plastic-handled magnifying glass from the bathroom cupboard, a hand-me-down pocket watch with a chain that felt über cool to flip open and shut whenever I needed a time check, and, most importantly, a small notepad and a trusty pen for taking notes during my investigations. Suddenly the character was born, and I was on the case as I meandered through my neighborhood trick-or-treating.
Building the costume was as much fun as wearing it, especially the hunt for accoutrements that would perfectly express my character. I was proud of my resourcefulness, and always received compliments from neighbors for my one-of-a-kind costumes. Almost 12 years later, I continued this DIY approach as an adult by devising a more abstract costume for a Halloween party. I decided to personify a scientific concept we’ve all experienced: static cling. Using a hot glue gun, tape, and various objects found around the house, I created an outfit covered with everything but the kitchen sink. The textured creation covered with clusters of random objects generated much interest that night, and also big laughs because of its clingy concept. It definitely garnered more reaction than a store-bought costume would have.
Moss Rock Festival and Alabama Baby & Child magazine would like to bring back this creative approach to Halloween with the first annual Green Halloween Costume Contest.
Children of all ages are invited to be innovative this Halloween by creating their own costumes in an earth-friendly way by reusing clothes, accessories, objects, and other materials that are already in the home. Whether they want to be a robot, princess, shepherd, or even Spiderman, we are positive kids can execute their preferred costume with minimal to no purchases required. Children can adorn, draw, weave, sew, tape, string, wire, belt, clothes-pin, and hot glue gun their way to the perfect Halloween ensemble. Use old clothes, fabric, cardboard, construction paper, newspaper, bubble wrap, old magazines, and more. Repurpose accessories in a new and interesting way. Integrate found objects like discarded bottle caps, packaging materials, or even natural materials from the yard to add a special touch to the costume.
How to Enter
Build your costume at home.
Take a photo of your child wearing his or her creation.
E-mail the photo to MRF@FindArtBirmingham.com.
Post the photo on Moss Rock Festival’s/Alabama Baby & Child’s Facebook page.
The winner will be announced on October 30, 2012 via Facebook. The winner’s photo will be featured in next year’s Alabama Baby & Child fall issue, and the winner will also receive a gift certificate for art supplies from Forstall Art Center, front-row access to cool art workshops at the WonderKid Studios, and VIP parking for the parents at the Moss Rock Art festival site.
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