Residents got into the spirit of Halloween last week and showcased their creativity with original, cute, funny and scary costumes for the Ahwatukee Foothills News online costume contest.

Ahwatukee Foothills News staff was tasked with the incredibly difficult decision to choose the cutest, funniest and scariest costumes from photos submitted by the community.

The winner of the “Scariest” costume category was Quinn Sellwoon, 8, and his brother, Levi, 4, who dressed up as Slash and Axl Rose from ’80s rock band Guns N’ Roses.

Their costumes are the “lock up your daughters” kind of scary. The idea came from Quinn, who had wanted to dress up as Slash since he saw his rock hero in concert in Prescott.

“He decided at the concert that he was going to be Slash for Halloween,” mother Tiffany Sellwood said in an email. “After perusing some pictures of Gun N’ Roses on the Internet, Levi reluctantly agreed to get in on it. After all, what’s Slash without Axl?”

The costumes were assembled using clothing articles from various stores. The famous Axl Rose tattoos were created with markers.

The winner of the “Cutest” costume category was a photo of London Olivia dressed as a pumpkin. Father, Scott Vanderpool, created London’s costume.

Her mother, Christine Vanderpool, saw the idea on Pinterest, which inspired the costume. After visiting a pumpkin patch they found the perfect pumpkin.

“I wanted to make sure we grabbed a pumpkin big enough for her, but not too big where she could get lost (in the pumpkin),” Christine Vanderpool said.

After carefully measuring the pumpkin to make sure it would fit London comfortably, the costume was ready to go.

“She was pretty slimy when we got her out,” Vanderpool said, “We wanted to make sure she was comfortable, but still resembled a pumpkin.”

The winner of the “Funniest” costume category was 5-year-old Ethan Crystal as a bearded Boston Red Sox player.

This costume was a last-minute change because of the timing of the World Series and Halloween this year. “He was going to be Batman, the Dark Knight,” his mother, Ellie Crytsal, said.

As the playoffs progressed, “the beards grew longer and longer and I thought it would make a cute costume, and we switched last minute,” Crystal said.

“All of the Red Sox fans loved it.”

A photo submitted by Noelia Silva of her 9-year-old twin daughters, Mia and Yasmine, deserved honorable mention for “super homemade awesomeness.”

The Bollywood costumes were 100 percent handmade by their grandmother, Leticia Martinez.

“Every year it is handmade. We start shopping for fabric in August. It’s a two-month process for her,” Silva said.

The costumes are meant to teach the girls about a different culture every year.

“We just try to honor and celebrate a different culture because it is fun and to educate the girls,” Silva said.

“It’s a pretty fun family tradition.”

• Matt Covert is a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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