5th grader a semi-finalist in Halloween costume contest
Beating out 50,000 other entries, 10-year-old Ian Greer represented Washington in the first-ever nationwide Halloween costume competition.
Ian, of Mukilteo, was one of 50 semi-finalists for his original costume “Clown Behaving Badly.”
He and the other semi-finalists – one from each of the 50 states – will show off their costumes to three celebrity judges on The Hub Network’s inaugural “Halloween Bash,” which airs Oct. 26.
“It wasn’t scary,” Ian said. “It felt like I was very important and special.”
Costume judges Martha Stewart, Hal Sparks and Coco Jones selected one finalist for each of the six categories: “Mad Genius,” “Everyday Stuff,” “Blast from the Past,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Howlarious,” and “Spooktacular.”
Ian, a fifth grader at Endeavour Elementary, competed in the “Howlarious” category, though he entered more than one. His inspiration for his clown costume was the 1988 movie “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.”
His costume included a long green wig, clown shoes, ruffle, straight jacket, makeup and a latex nose and scars.
“I’ve been behaving badly, so they put me in a straight jacket,” Ian said, describing his costume.
He had been watching R.L. Stine’s “The Haunting Hour” and saw an ad for the televised costume contest.
“I went on the computer and looked it up and started working on my costume,” he said.
It took him a month to design and another month to make it, with help from his mom and grandma. It takes him 1 1/2 hours to put on his costume and do the makeup.
As a semi-finalist, Ian won a trip to Los Angeles to be on the TV show, which was taped Sunday. He took mom Tami Richardson with him.
“I’m pretty impressed,” his mom said of his making it on the show. “I think he earned it.
“He did all the makeup himself, he made his nose out of latex. He designed the whole thing, and got his Nana to sew what he wanted.
“It was something he really wanted to do, and he enjoyed it.”
She said his costume was scary and funny at the same time – that’s why he entered it into both the “Howlarious” and “Spooktacular” categories.
“He scared a lot of people here,” Richardson said in L.A. “We heard that a lot. A lot of people said they thought he had the scariest costume.”
Ian had to practice his 10-second walk in front of the judges – wrapped up in a straight jacket and wearing oversized clown shoes – before Sunday’s taping. No, he didn’t trip.
“They had a rehearsal, and he was nervous for that a bit, but then he got used to it,” Richardson said.
The judges were shown a “before” photo of Ian, so they could see who was under all the spooky clown makeup.
Ian said through the taping of the show he couldn’t stop thinking, “Who’s going to win?”
Though Ian didn’t win, he said the fact that he was a semi-finalist and competed on TV has made this Halloween the best ever.
“It was great,” he said. “We had a fun trip.”
Ian will be “Clown Behaving Badly” again to Trick-or-Treat this Halloween in Mukilteo. He’s looking forward to scaring his neighbors at their doors and sorting all of the candy he gets.
“I like it when people open their door and jump at the scary sight of our costumes,” he said.
Halloween is, by far, Ian and his 8-year-old brother’s favorite holiday. As is tradition, their family puts up one decoration a day in October, leading up to Halloween. The weekend before Halloween, they cover their house in lights, monsters and cobwebs.
Other Halloween costumes Ian has worn include Dracula, Frankenstein, Jack Skeleton, Mad Hatter and a ghoul.
If he had won the $25,000 prize, Ian said he would have bought more latex mask and scar-making kits, given some to his family and then saved the rest for college.
Best in Bash was awarded to “Invisible Cowboy” from Arizona. Besides the cash prize, the winner received a walk-on role on “The Haunting Hour.”
Other finalists were: “Overkill the Giant Zombie Killing Robot” from Rhode Island, “Triple Dip Ice Cream Cone” from Wisconsin, “Giant Gorilla” from New York, “Nacho Cheese Monster” from Missouri and “Headless Marie Antoinette” from California.
The “star-studded” two-hour Halloween special is hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson.
Watch the show at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on The Hub Network. See costume photos and learn more about the “Halloween Bash” at http://www.hubhalloweenbash.com.