Readers scare up costumes out of newspapers

A gargoyle, a knight on horseback and a cute pumpkin.

Those creations took the top prizes when we challenged readers to make Halloween costumes out of Ledger-Enquirer newspapers.

The entries exceeded our expectations -- just ask the seven-judge panel of Ledger-Enquirer staffers.

Many of the submissions left us speechless and scared. Chief among those was the gargoyle who won first place in the adult category.

The full-body costume came from 34-year-old Carmen Rexford, a Columbus stay-at-home mom who has long enjoyed special effects and costumes as a hobby. The gargoyle creation "was all just freestyle," Rexford said. She began at 9 p.m. Sunday -- just in time for "The Walking Dead" -- and finished at 4 a.m. Monday, working nonstop.

When Rexford stopped at our office for a photo, her newspaper count for creating the costume was at eight.

Humans weren't the only ones getting in on the action. Kaylee, a 3-year-old Husky mix, topped our pet category. Her costume: a knight on horseback. The costume included a newspaper-made knight that rode on Kaylee. The rescue dog also flaunted some newspaper-made accessories.

Ann and Scott Stewart of Midland submitted the entry. "There was no template," Ann Stewart said of the costume, which took five or six hours to create and used most of a Sunday newspaper.

Our judges had a particularly tough time choosing a winner in the youth category, which attracted many especially creative costumes.

Ultimately, the top prize went to Parker Horton of Columbus, who is almost 4 months old. In his photo entry for the contest, he sat inside a paper-mache pumpkin and flaunted a pumpkin top on his head. The creation used four or five newspapers and took four hours to make -- plus the extended drying time, said Parker's mother, Sasha Horton.

Votes in the youth category were so close that we awarded two honorable mentions: 9-year-old Cate Jones' "Urban Fashionista" newspaper dress, as well as 12-year-old Anna Wiley's "Nightmare Costume."