The Winner of Patch's Best Halloween Costume in America Contest is......

The Pirate Carrying a Mermaid in a Treasure Chest Optical Illusion has been named Patch's Halloween Costume in America. Its creator—and wearer—will receive a $5,000 prize for having the most creative and innovative costume.


Ashley Playford dressed up as a pirate carrying a mermaid this Halloween. Well, actually, she dressed up as the mermaid. Well ... Her creativity has earned her the title of Patch's Best Halloween Costume in America and a $5,000 grand prize.  

It was the Kingston, NY resident's use of an optical illusion that won us over. Take a look at the photo she entered on Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch!

About 4,000 Patch users entered the contest from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, with costumes ranging from the Eiffel Tower and Honey Boo Boo to a flower pot and a clever interpretation of "binders full of women."

National judges chose 21 finalists from each Patch state based on who had the most creative and innovative costume (we combined North Carolina & South Carolina for this contest, as well as Washington D.C. and Virginia). Each state finalist received $250. From those finalists, Playford's costume was chosen as the grand prize winner.

Congratulations to Playford and to all the other statewide winners. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with next Halloween!

Laura Hyde November 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM
fabulous! What a great costume - beautifully done!


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