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Washing Machine Cleans Up - Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition 2018

Washing Machine Cleans Up - Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition 2018

Washing Machine Cleans Up - Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition 2018

Galway City Council is delighted to announce the winners of the Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition, which ran as part of Reuse Month in October 2018.

The overall primary school winner was Caoimhe Callaghan, from Scoil Cholmcille Naofa Castlegar, with her washing machine costume, made from old boxes, detergent cartons and Velcro.

The third level overall winner was Honor Curé, from Galway Community College, with her beautiful Faun costume, with a handmade headpiece and skirt.

The Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition encouraged creating students to make their own Halloween costumes, instead of buying something new. Every Halloween, we spend a fortune on plastic capes, witches hats and fake blood – with most of it ending up in the bin on the 1st of November – scary stuff. Galway City Council invited creative students to take part in Sew Scary, a Halloween campaign to encourage people to make their own costumes from recycled materials, instead of buying something new.

Category winners will receive a €100 shopping voucher, with one runner up per category receiving a €50 voucher. In addition, a number of special merit winners were selected, and will receive €10 vouchers.

Full List of Winners:
Primary School Winner

Washing Machine by Caoimhe Callaghan 6th class Scoil Cholmcille Naofa, Castlegar, Galway
Caoimhe used 2 cardboard boxes, old Clingfilm, used washing detergent cartons and Velcro on her costume.


Third Level Winner

Faun by Honor Curé, Galway Community College - The horns are made from wire as a structure, layered with newspaper and papier maché and coated in black acrylic paint. The flowers and foliage are all made by Honor, from circular pieces of fabric layered on top of one another, petals cut and then melted with a candle to make them curl. The leaves are made from orange fabric which Honor painted and curled. The berries are made from papier maché, which were then painted red and attached to real twigs. Honor attached them to her headband and horns with a hot glue gun.

Honor also made the skirt, from a tutorial she watched on YouTube. She used two differed fabrics, layered them asymmetrically, and finished it off with a waistband made from the same fabric as the bottom layer. All materials were things lying around at home like scraps of fabric, and homemade papier maché.


Primary School Runner Up

Silver Robot, by Nessa O Leary, 4th Class, Scoil Ide, Ardnamara


Special Merit Winners

A number of special merit winners were awarded to recognise the creativity and talent of the children entering.

  • Groot from The Guardians of the Galaxy by Samuel Hresko in 2nd class Scoil Cholmcille Naofa, Castlegar. For his body Samuel used a sheet of cardboard, decorated it with old insulation pipes painted green, blue and brown and a strip of velcro on the back. To create his mask, he used a plain white mask decorated with painted lollipop sticks, straw, shredded paper, and bunched up brown paper bags. 
  • Lumiere, by Sophie Keane, 5th Class, Scoil Ide, Ardnamara 
  • Witch, Holly Duignan, Scoil Rois. Costume made with packing materials- bubblewrap and plastic wrap, old clothes and curtain material upcycled, sticks, twine, tape and paint.
  • Queen of Hearts, by Ciara Stapleton, 3rd Class, Scoil Ide, Ardnamara – made with old bottle tops and playing cards. 
  • I Scream Stand, by Maia Hyland, 3rd Class, Scoil Ide, Ardnamara
  • Robot, by Breen O Connor, 1st Class, Scoil Ide, Ardnamara
  • Popcorn, by Moemen Idris, 3rd class, St Pat’s Boys N.S.
  • Zombie teacher, by Michael O'Connor, 5th class, St Pats Boys NS


Two exceptional entries from Galway County schools also received Special Merit prizes in recognition of their originality and inventiveness.

  • "Roast of the Day" Síomha Galligan, 11 years old, 6th Class in Belclare National School. Costume made at home from an old dress, apron, oven gloves cardboard and a roasting tray.
  • Recyclable Witches Outfit Junior Infants, St. Annin’s National School, Rosscahill. Co. Galway

View the Winners Photo Gallery

Reuse Month
National Reuse Month takes place throughout October, encouraging people to ‘repair, remake and reimagine’. Many of us already reuse items every day – borrowing from libraries, resoling shoes, or sharing tools or equipment with neighbours. These habits avoid the need to manufacture and distribute new products, and cut down on waste, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. National Reuse month encourages us to reuse more – by upcycling, repairing, borrowing, swapping and refilling.