Ultimate Halloween Costume Design Contest Selected Sketches and Designers

HalloweenCostumes.com is excited to announce the selected sketches and designers for the Ultimate Halloween Costume Design Contest! We had more than 100 submissions and carefully chose not only based on the sketches and descriptions themselves, but also based on which designers we felt could really transform their creative ideas into artistic reality.

The professional design staff at HalloweenCostumes.com will choose the top three costumes based on creativity, quality and overall aesthetic and commercial appeal. The top three grand prizewinners will receive cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively.

All completed designs will be sold through a live auction on HalloweenCostumes.com October 12–19. This contest and corresponding auction also provides visitors with the opportunity to purchase a high quality, one-of-a-kind handcrafted costume, just in time for the 2012 Halloween season!

Check out our contest page for more information here.


Ultimate Halloween Costume Design Contest


Eleanore Cashen

I call this design "The Illusionist" This design drew inspiration from the late Victorian era and the circus, and I wanted to try something different. The corset vest would be put on using snaps located in the front, and snaps would also be used to keep the cape on. The snaps would also allow the wearer to take off the cape whenever she pleases without much trouble.

I am a senior theatre production major at Bradley University, with a concentration of costuming and scenic art.


The Illusionist by Eleanore Cashen


Kelli-Anne Cerini

I was inspired by the Victorian era, but gave it a grunge decay look of my idea of a vampire.

I go to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and I study fashion design.


Victorian Vampire by Kelli Anne Cerini


Morgan Ditta

One of my first Halloween costumes was a Monarch butterfly in pre-kindergarten. I wanted to design a "grown-up" version. I played with the idea of having a queen butterfly, or "Monarch". The fabrics would have a royal-look to them (satin/velvet) for the skirt and wings; shiny or sparkly fabric for the bodice and sleeves). Glitter accents where needed to make the wearer feel like royalty just hatched from a chrysalis!

Morgan is a recent Animation/Illustration graduate from Montclair State University. She has been crafting costumes as a hobby for a little over 10 years, with many costumes under her belt. Aside from making costumes, she also loves to design them. Recently, she designed 28 costumes based on the Walt Disney World resort, as part of her senior presentation. She had previously worked in the Resort as part of the Disney College Program back in Spring 2009, where she played the role of a "Fairy Godmother In-Training" at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.


The Monarch by Morgan Ditta


Rachel Elsten

I went for a post-apocalyptic zombie fighting chick. Even when the world ends, you still need to look good.

I recently just graduated from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising with a major in fashion design but I have been costuming since 2005. For more of my work visit http://www.facebook.com/ravenrothcos.


Post Apocalyptic Zombie Fighter by Rachel Elsten


Sarah Gray

Ever have a favorite dessert that you just can't get off your mind? Sometimes it's not only the TASTE of a certain delicacy...but it's the LOOK that makes it so mouthwatering! Who wouldn't want to be an Ice Cream Girl for the day?! With this costume, you have all the makings of a perfect dessert that will make everyone be begging for more! Complete with a peanut-inspired necklace, banana wrap-around bracelet, ice cream cone skirt, and "chocolate dipped" belt with "sprinkles"...this is sure to be an unforgettable costume! We've even got the cherry earrings and whipped cream hat on top!

Sarah Gray is a nineteen year old, second year undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is majoring in Costume Design and Technology within UNCSA's Design and Production department. Most recently, Sarah Gray has interned at the Utah Festival Opera Company this past summer as costume stitcher, wardrobe dresser, and costume designer for their production of the show "Girl Crazy".


Icecream Girl by Sarah Gray


James Gregory

I'm a student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati (majoring in Sculpture and Illustration) and my career goal is to make props and costumes that are exceedingly realistic, for haunted houses and monster enthusiast.

I designed the costume to fit small to large. Each component of the armor that wraps around has Velcro straps for adjusting. I didn't reference or model the armor after anything, so this is a 100% original design.



Gretchen Halle

This costume was originally a design for the wolf a musical. The idea is a wolf head with the face coming through the mouth. I would like the head to look as realistic as possible, but bring out some of the human qualities in the rest of the costume.

I am a student studying theatre with an emphasis in design at Boise State University.


The Wolf by Gretchen Halle


Jamie Herron

Based loosely on a Japanese Kimono with Lolita style–It's Wa-lolita! The shirt and skirt are separate pieces. Shirt crosses over and Velcros. The skirt has an elastic waistband. The "obi" belt has the bow permanently attached and it closes in the back with Velcro like a belt–so no need to keep re-tying the bow with each wear! It's very versatile for many body types, and the pieces can be mixed and matched with other garments since they are all separates!

I'm an experienced costume maker and have been making cosplay costumes since 2002. I have traveled to conventions around the U.S. as well as Mexico and the UK as a guest to share what I have learned over the years. More of my work can be seen on my website at pixiekitty.net.


WaLolita Kimono by Jamie Herron of PixieKitty


Megan Hurta

For my costume, I wanted to bring an inanimate object to life. I chose to design a gumball machine costume. It is an idea I have seen pursued, but with no creativity involved. My gumball machine costume is cute and has a flirty aesthetic to it. It would be made from a clear plastic so that it can be flexible so that the person wearing it would have the freedom to move around. The costume also has two unique aspects that allow it to be interactive. There is a pocket that is designed to be the coin-slot, which the user can choose to actually try to collect coins, or just use for display. The second unique feature is the Gumball strap. This feature is very exciting because it has a latch that opens so gumballs can actually come out of the costume and be given out. The reason I chose to make it an interactive costume is that it allows the person wearing it to have fun with whomever they are communicating with, and people would hopefully get a kick out of the fact that real gumballs are actually dispensed from the costume!

I am studying fashion design at Syracuse University.


Gumball Machine by Megan Hurta


Jessica R. Jones

The Cyborg Suffragette: Emily Davison was an early 20th Century Suffragette who may have been too militant for her own good, and maybe too militant for the good of her cause. There is some speculation over her death on the fourth of June 1913 when she stepped in front of King George V’s horse to commit suicide. Wikipedia suggests that she was protesting the Epsom Derby where it occurred. This seems like a reasonable suggestion given her radical involvement in the women’s suffrage movement in the UK. Imagine a version of history where the injuries she sustained that led to her death were repaired. If a technology, which is beyond her time (and ours), were used to rebuild Emily Davison she would become a cyborg warrior for her cause. Whether this would end well for Emily, for women or for the world is impossible to say. It could lead to something fantastically scary… something Halloween is all about.

I am getting my degree in Drama Production with a minor in Physics at the University of Washington.


Syborg Suffragette by Jessica Jones


Mia Lee

This is a women's costume for a "Ringmaster." It incorporates a jackets with fringes on the shoulders. Also, a corset top and spandex bottom which replicates the look of a ringmaster.

I am studying costume design and technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Ringmaster by Mia Lee of All Hail Mia


Rachel Lichtenwalner

I wanted to create something unique and original. I love the phoenix, I think it's a beautiful bird, and I wanted to capture that in my design.

I am studying fashion design at Marist College.


Pheonix by Rachel Lichtenwalner


Neisha Lockwood

Voodoo Mama is the ultimate queen of spells of all kinds and uses not only her magic but also her good looks to lure innocent men into her voodoo lair. The voodoo mama is a high fashion modern voodoo queen from somewhere deep in the swamplands and her extreme powers make her fearless with her fashion! I designed this costume for a woman who is going to a party and wants to impress everyone with something elegant, unique, sophisticated, but still sexy.

I've been sewing for eleven years and making costumes for myself and my friends, and to keep an eye on YouTube because next week i am starting a series of videos on the basics of costuming for conventions called Hot Nerd Girl's Guide.


Voodoo Mama by Neisha Lockwood


Christa Newman

The Mermaid Queen is feminine and ethereal. Featuring beautiful fabrics in purples and greens, this is the ultimate masquerade ball gown. The bolero features satins, chiffons and lace trims with pearls and shells. The bodice features purple, resin shell cups with chiffons around the edges with pearls and a sequined green designed like seaweed and hip fins in green chiffon and sequins. The Mermaid shape skirt features three fabrics overlapped to make a scaled tail with a full layered glitter chiffons skirt with multi colored tulle underneath to have that flirty pop of colors to accent her favorite party heels. The beautiful updo wig in a combination of blues and greens is off set by the custom clear colored resin crown made of shells connected to a headband that also has two gill looking ear pieces in green with sequin fabric between the ear ribs to match the bodice. The necklace features a clear resin nautilus shell with an LED light because a girl can't have enough sparkle.

Christa started costuming in 2002 while in high school and fell in love with the hobby after that. She's made over 100%20 costumes in the 10 years from reproductions to fantasy. She attended Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Animation and attended the Disney College Program in Walt Disney World as a Fairy-Godmother-in-Training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Since then she has become a professional photographer and does costuming photography at conventions as well as continuing her costuming hobby by creating costumes and helping judge/staff at local competitions.


Mermaid Queen by Christa Newman



Emma Skumautz

Keep your candy safe, kids. This Candy Monster costume features scary candy corn teeth and claws, piercing peppermint eyeballs, candy cane legs, and black licorice locks.

I am a student designer majoring in Apparel Studies at North Dakota State University. I specialize in fashion illustration and women's apparel and fit construction with a minor in art.


Candy Monster by Emma Skumautz


Melissa Som

The Koi fish is very well known for its symbolism for luck and different meanings determined by the colors. I created this costume as a body suit, allowing the attributes of a woman's body to be seen and for it to have the elegance of the real Koi fish with the scarf like material to portray the realistic flow of the Koi fish fins. I'm envisioning this costume as a colorful, skin-tight, body suit. As the bright scales shimmer on the suit and the fins flow in the breeze, my costume will create an elegant illusion that she is a beautiful enchanting symbol of life. It is form fitting to flatter the person's body features. There will be 'fins' that will be able to attach to each arm as well as ones already sewn into the costume on each shoulder and one at the spine. The fins are to create a flowing affect to the Koi fish.

I am a student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Koi Fish by Melissa Som


Dinah Spivey

I had the idea about a peacock showgirl based on my West Indian heritage. During Carnival time women and men would dress in their best handmade costumes and dance and celebrate in the street. I chose the Peacock because they are a very proud and colorful bird. They use a beautiful yet effective tactic to scare off enemies, and they also use their beautiful and bright colors to attract mates as well. It is a beautiful bird that translates into a beautiful costumes and it commands attention.

I am studying fashion design at Bauder College in Atlanta, GA.


Peacock Showgirl by Dinah Spivey


Cierra Treloar

A polarizing figure, to say the least, Marie Antoinette's audacity was epic. And her death by guillotine, marking the commencement of the French Revolution, was no small punishment. Halloween is the perfect time to reflect upon the demise of this morbid rockstar. This take on the typical Marie Antoinette Halloween costume reincarnates her with her mortal wound intact and her dress after about 240 years of rotting in the grave.

I studied costume design at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA.


The Ghost of Marie Antoinette by Cierra Treloar


Marrisa Wilson

This elegant Black Bird costume will make you feel glamorous under these feathers, all while being sexy and mysterious behind that black veil. The high neck and strong shoulders will command the attention of anyone in the room.

I study fashion design at Marist College.


Black Bird by Marrisa Wilson



 Which of these costumes are you most excited to see?

Past comments
  • Regina Cappio
    I love the black bird!! Sexy and elegant.
    Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM
  • Alana
    Megan Hurta's is my favorite!!!! It's so great and such a creative idea. I've never seen any thing like it. LOVE IT MEGAN!!!!!!!!!
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM
  • Gale Oberg
    I love the gumball machine costume - the way it is interactive with other people.
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 12:57 AM
  • Allison Rowe
    I think the gumball machine costume is one of the most unique ideas I've seen! Really cool!
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 6:39 AM
  • Pat Harris
    Love the gumball machine costume, can you make me look like the model so I can wear it??
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 8:36 AM
  • Sage
    OH MY GOD! I would buy the gumball machine in a heart beat!!
    Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM
  • me
    I really like the gumball costume.   It looks professionally made!
    Friday, September 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM
  • Publius
    Definitely the Illusionist.  It's really cool!
    Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM
  • Alyssa "Squally" Fluty
    Woah! That monarch looks Amazing!!
    Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 8:15 PM