Last year, a friend asked me to make some sort of awards to give out for the costume contest at her Halloween party. After being totally inspired by the awesome little skeleton trophies that my friend/fellow blogger Scarlett had made for her own party, I decided to do something similar with “posed” mini plastic skeletons, but put my own spin on it with paper details & double-sided frames. Here’s how they turned out… pretty fun, right?! And also further proof that *almost* everything looks cute in miniature form –even skeletons! ;)
I kept the printable designs simple so that the skeletons really stood out, and used hot glue to make them hold specific “poses”. I also spray painted the good ol’ .99 cent Tolsby frames black, and added a relevant detail for each type of award – like “blood splatter” for Scariest, a ball & chain for Couples, and a tiny paper crown for Best.
The plastic skeletons that I used last year were from Target, but I’ve also seen them at Michaels this year. They usually come in packs of 4-8 and start out white/distressed, so I spray painted them silver here. Metallic gold would work well too – or you could even stick with flat white paint for a more mod look.
For the Best Couples Costume Award, the “ball” is a small, glittery black styrofoam ball (from the floral/holiday section at Michaels). You could also just use black play-dough though! The “chain” is a trim that I found in the jewelry section, and then I broke an arm off of each skeleton and hot glued them together:
The Best Costume Award got a tiny paper crown (just free-hand cut from red paper and hot glued) + an appropriately *winning* pose. ;)
Hope you can have some fun with these at your own party! I made these on the day of the party last year, so it was a little last minute… and now that I’ve got more time to think ahead this year, I definitely think FUNNIEST Costume is missing from this group. So I’ve included a sign for that in the Free Printables too! For the skeleton character on Funniest, you could give it a tiny clown nose and big bow tie… maybe even a crazy “wig” if you want to go the extra mile. Happy Halloween!
P.S. Here are a couple fun extras that match… these 4×6 signs are great for Halloween food buffets and candy/dessert areas. Enjoy!