Mukilteo boy’s costume scares up big win

MUKILTEO — Ian Greer heard about a Halloween costume contest during a commercial while he was watching cartoons.

It sounded like fun.

So the 10-year-old, a 5th-grader at Endeavour Elementary School, got his grandma’s help and submitted two pictures to the Hub Networks contest.

“I had green hair, orange pants, red and yellow shoes, a white straight-jacket, and latex cuts on my cheeks and a latex nose I made myself,” Ian said. Grandma Irene Greer, of Everett, helped him sew.

While Ian didn’t win the grand prize — $25,000 and a role in R.L. Stine’s “The Haunting Hour: The Series” — he was flown to Los Angeles for a taping of the Hub Network’s Halloween Bash.

Ian, as Washington’s state winner, was among 50 contestants vying for the prize and will be seen during the program, which is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. today on the cable channel.

“Ian designed the whole costume; he did all the makeup, made his latex nose. He closed all the things together. He is very talented. I am really proud of him,” said his mom, Tami Richardson.

Ian’s “Scary Clown” costume was entered in the contest’s “Howlarious” category.

”When Ian heard he was one of the 50 finalists, he was really happy and excited about it, he said. So were his friends.

“My friends were really proud of me and happy that I won the first round,” he said.

The finalists were selected by celebrity judges: Martha Stewart, teen actress and singer Coco Jones, and Hal Sparks, an actor on Disney’s “Lab Rats” series.

Judges chose finalists from criterion that included creativity, originally, execution and overall appeal.

Ian said he wasn’t familiar with any of the judges, or with musical guests Cody Simpson and Fifth Harmony, who were part of the final show.

“I don’t know them, but they were really nice,” he said.

“The trip to Los Angeles was really exciting,” Ian said.

His favorite moment? The final music show.

He also enjoyed walking on the red carpet.

“I never did that before,” he said.

Richardson noted that Ian’s walk wasn’t one made even by seasoned celebrities.

“Ian was really brave on stage,” she said, “to walk a long distance with his wide shoes.”

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