Ashley Playford dressed up as a pirate carrying a mermaid this Halloween. Or, was she the actual mermaid? Her creativity has earned her recognition as having Patch's Best Halloween Costume in America and a $5,000 grand prize.
It was Playford's use of an optical illusion that won us over. Take a look at the photo she entered on Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch!
Almost 4,000 Patch users entered the contest from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, with costumes ranging from the Eiffel Tower and Honey Boo Boo to a flower pot and a clever interpretation of "binders full of women."
National judges chose one finalist from each Patch state based on who had the most creative and innovative costume (we combined North Carolina & South Carolina for this contest, as well as Washington, DC, and Virginia). Each state finalist will receive $250. From those finalists, Playford was chosen as the grand prize winner.
Congratulations to Playford and to all the other statewide winners (check out our gallery for photos of all the finalists).