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In costume contest, washing machine takes the treat

October 23, 2005|By KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

When it comes to Halloween costumes, the Thomas family is proof that with a little bit of ingenuity and a lot of creativity, anything is possible - a 5-year-old girl can even be transformed into a washing machine.

Alexa Thomas of Clear Spring is The Herald-Mail's 2005 costume contest winner. The prize is $50. Alexa helped make a totally "from scratch" costume with her family last weekend.

Kathy Thomas, Alexa's mom, says the costume was put together only with materials they had lying around the house.

On Halloween night, Alexa will don a 14-by-18-by-18-inch "washing machine" made from a box with holes for her arms and head. Her favorite part of the costume is the washing machine "door" in the front of the box. Sandwiched between two plastic see-through cake trays are white and blue plastic bags to give the appearance of a washing machine window with water and soap suds showing through.

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"I helped with all the parts," says Alexa, a kindergartner at Clear Spring Elementary School. She says she also helps do the real laundry from time to time, too.

The washing machine knobs are made from a plastic container lid covered with aluminum foil and some soda bottle caps. The Tide label was actually printed from the family computer and then glued onto a small box.

The finishing touches of Alexa's costume include pieces of "laundry" strewn about, including a pair of underwear on her head. Through fits of giggles, Alexa says she doesn't mind wearing the underwear as a head covering.

Alexa got the idea for the washing machine costume from a magazine, she says.

Noah Thomas, Alexa's 4-year-old brother, is equally as excited about his homemade costume.

Noah is Larryboy, the superhero cartoon cucumber character that fights crime. The character is part of the VeggieTales video series.

Kathy Thomas says they could not find prepackaged Larryboy costumes, so they decided to make their own.

Seth Hutchinson, 4, of Boonsboro, couldn't be more excited to dress up as his favorite arthropod this Halloween.

"He loves spiders and when we said, 'What do you want to be for Halloween?' He said, 'A spider!' And we said, 'uh...,'" says Seth's mom, Cindy Hutchinson. She had no idea how she would transform her preschooler into an eight-legged arachnid.

Thanks to his grandmother, Rebecca Moser of Boonsboro, Seth is ready for trick-or-treating and multiple Halloween parties. Moser also has a grown-up spider costume in the works for Seth's dad, Charles Hutchinson.

"This is like the coolest thing to (Seth)," Cindy Hutchinson says.

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