Coolest State of New Jersey Costume

I am a Jersey Girl, born and raised. I love my home state so why not use it for inspiration. NJ is a state which receives a lot of mocking. Despite all the mocking, I truly do love NJ ( including the smell near Newark Airport). So I figured why not be the whole State for Halloween and celebrate NJ but also mock all the things I love about it.

To make this New Jersey costume, I used foam core board and my base for the shape and poster board for the top and I traced it using a projector. I then cut out, both shaped and traced the counties and then added major roadways ( route 80, 23 , 46 and of course the Garden State Parkway and NJ turnpike). I then started poking holes for lights ( what is a costume without lights) after securing all my lights I then used industrial strength glue and attached the poster board to the base foam core board. Then I went CRAZY! I went to the craft store and spent seriously three hours in the scrap-booking section. I was grabbing things that reminded me of NJ for each different county and was getting more and more excited. Seaside heights has real sand on it with a Ferris wheel and I added flames because the boardwalk recently caught on fire and I have Atlantic City with cards and a roulette wheel but I put a “sorry we’re closed” sign on it because of all the recent Casinos closing. Paterson, NJ was adorned with pills and needles. Newark had an airplane gun and a cop car with working lights on it. It also had all the jersey shore characters in a dump truck named Karma. Everything I placed on the costume was geographically as accurate as possible. You can also find many famous faces on my costume. 

My head piece was made from a head band lights I wired into a box and duct tape I printed pictures and made light of some recent events in NJ.

Chris Christie and his bridge scandal.
There’s a real housewife of NJ. I made her the real prison wife.
The Ebola Nurse who did not want to be quarantined.

Everyone I came across loved it. They thought it was the most original costume they had ever seen and could not believe the amount of detail. I would go up to people and ask them where they wanted to go in NJ and they always got a kick out of it.
I would say I recommend the shore but right now seaside is on fire. Some guy came up to me and told me he has lived in me for 25 years .

I truly love this costume. I enjoyed making it and had even more fun wearing it. I feel I deserve to be a winner. It is as original as it gets, not some idea you find and say ‘I can make it better’ and say it is yours. I truly made my costume from the ground up and I used the Wonderful State of NJ as inspiration.

Coolest State of New Jersey Costume

Coolest State of New Jersey Costume

Coolest State of New Jersey Costume

Coolest State of New Jersey Costume