by: posted Thursday, September 22, 2011
Category: Arts & Crafts
The Super-Crafty Halloween Costume Contest will be returning for its historic fifth year!
God, I feel old. This is easily my favorite Poop contest. We didn’t expect much when we started it, now get so many entries that we can’t post them all. It’s also one of our only contests where we celebrate great moments in parenting, without using an element of humiliation for entertainment.
For those who don’t remember, this contest was born four years ago when blogger emeritus Kelly Mills’ posted about her crappy costume-making abilities. We asked Poop readers to submit pictures of their homemade costumes, and ended up receiving close to 100 incredible entries. Check out the 2007 winners here. The 2008 winners are here. The 2009 winners are here. And last year’s winners are here.
Everyone is welcomes to enter. But first, please read the following rules:
1. The costumes can’t be store-bought. Hand-me-down crafty costumes are acceptable, as are costumes that use store-bought elements to create something original. But in both cases you must cop to it when you enter the costume.
2. The costumes don’t have to be good. As a matter of fact, half the point is that our generation sucks at this. None of the judges are good at making costumes, and we’ve chosen at least one per year that had a last-minute vibe. If you poke a couple of holes in a sheet for your kid at the last minute, you may find yourself with a prize.
3. Costumes must be worn in the vicinity of Halloween 2011. It’s not necessary, but bonus points if your kid is holding a copy of that day’s San Francisco Chronicle in the photo. (Or you can take it in front of a computer with The Poop on the screen … Or find some other creative way to prove it’s current … .)
4. Send us the photo any time. You can dress your kid up now, take a picture when they wear their costume to school, or wait until Halloween. Deadline is 10 p.m. on Halloween night. We will post some costumes early. (Feel free write a short background story about the costume. Anything you write in an e-mail may be published unless you specify otherwise, including your name.)
We’re not going to set an age limit, but we don’t want a 16-year-old kid in a monster mask on this blog any more than we want him on our front porch on Oct. 31. We’ll try to get as many costume photos on the blog as we can.
There will be prizes, but you should definitely be doing this for the love of craftiness. (And the prizes arrive slowly. The winners of the feathered hair contest are still waiting for theirs …)
E-mail entries to email@example.com. Good luck!
FULL SOURCE: blog.sfgate.com/parenting/2011/09/21/the-super-crafty-halloween-costume-contest-is-back-2/