Bobby Plume, sixth-grader at Western Heights Middle School
My dad and I have made several Halloween costumes, such as a robot, an arrowhead, a person with a (cardboard) knife through my chest and, my favorite, the refrigerator with a cookie jar on top.
We made the refrigerator by using a large cardboard box with an insulation covering for the body and door. We spray-painted the box all white to look like a refrigerator. The cookie jar in top - for my head - was made with insulation, red tape, and a red plastic cup for a lid. We hot-glued it all together and painted "cookies" on it. My dad and I cut holes in the cookie jar - in the O's of "cookies" - so I could see out.
Inside the refrigerator, we put empty food packages, to make it look real when you opened the door. The door handle was made of insulation wrapped in black electrical tape and glued on the door.
My friends really liked it because it was very different from any other costume in the neighborhood. It was my favorite costume because it was very creative and comfortable to wear.
Erica Colliflower, 17, home-schooled in Hagerstown
When I was little, I dressed up to go trick-or-treating. I would dress as saints I admired or wear cute outfits such as princesses.
One particular costume I remember was that of a labybug. My mom bought four pieces of red felt, sewed them together and stuffed them with newspaper. We glued black spots on the back and somehow attached all this to me. To complete my outfit, I wore a headband with antenna attached. I remember the neighbors telling me how cute I was. I had fun.
Nick Ritchick, 14, North Hagerstown High School
You know how people ask, "What is the stupidest thing you've ever done?" Well, I'm going to tell you about the stupidest Halloween costume I've ever worn. It was a graduation gown. My sister had worn it when she was graduating from high school. Unfortunately, it was so long that I almost tripped every time I walked.
Stephen Barber, 15,home-schooled in Keedysville
The costume that got the best response was when I dressed up as Adolf Hitler. I dyed my hair black and drew a moustache on my upper lip. I wore a tan trench coat and taped a swastika (printed off my computer) on my sleeve. The effect was excellent. I offended half of Keedysville.
I also met my Jewish girlfriend while wearing that costume.
Fedora Copley, 14, Saint James School
In the weeks preceding Halloween four years ago, my dad and I ripped up newspaper strips, and made glue-and-water paste. By dipping the strips into the watery glue and applying them to a cardboard frame, we made a large, sturdy moon face. After it was structurally sound, we painted it with silver and navy blue, creating an ethereal, theatrical mask. We secured it on a pole like a broomstick and attached a blue cloth.
On Halloween, I was cloaked in dark blue and held the mask high overhead. The effect was a huge moon puppet - hard to carry around but thoroughly worth the effort.
Sally Newlin, 14, North Hagerstown High School
When I was 2 or something like that, my mom bought a lot of cloth with dinosaur landscapes printed on it and made it into a dinosaur costume. She sewed it by hand.
Nell Barber, 12, Saint James School
When I was young, young enough to obsessively watch cartoons on PBS, I went for Halloween as Arthur's sister, D.W. I wore a handmade outfit consisting of white tights, a white long-sleeved shirt painted with pink stripes, and a pink dress. I made felt ears and at that age already had the D.W. haircut.
Olivia Montgomery, 14, North Hagerstown High School
The worst Halloween costume was my Cinderella outfit - not because it stunk, but the closest neighborhood was 30 minutes away. My neighborhood had two houses, so I trick-or-treated at my house. The only good thing was that I got all the candy I wanted because my mom felt bad.
Christina Reimond, 11, St. Mary School
The costume I'm going to wear this year is awesome. I'm going to be a pirate. It consists of black pants cut off on the bottom, a white button-up shirt, a black eyepatch and a plastic dagger. And I bought gold earrings that are soooooo cool.
Elizabeth Kramer, 14, North Hagerstown High School