By CHELSEA JENSEN
A dark, scary witch, a playful Flopsy Bunny and a jail convict headlined the Kailua-Kona Seniors Club’s Halloween costume contest held Wednesday in Kailua-Kona.
“Elderly people need to get together, talk and have fun, too,” said club president Bev Aikele, who donned Santa-style lingerie and flip flops on her ears while carrying a stuffed bunny in reverence to the Flopsy Bunnies of Peter Cottontail. “It’s part of being healthy.”
Aikele was just one of about a dozen seniors who donned costumes during the group’s weekly meeting held at Hale Halawai. Prizes were given to the top winners.
The costume party grew from an idea by Olivia Mitterwallner, who said her club in Temecula, Calif., used to hold it to raise money. She suggested the idea because of it’s ability to get people to participate.
“People liked it and it was hilarious,” she remembered. “I hope the people here have fun.”
The costumes were chosen by club members and put into a black, sealed bag, called a “fun time bag.” Members wishing to dress up made a $2 donation, which goes toward supporting the club, and promised to wear everything in the bag.
And, that means everything — from a stained pair of board shorts to golf clubs and women’s lingerie. Creativity took over with some taking underwear and using it as a hairpiece.
Elaine Coats, who won the contest for most gorgeous, said she was happy her bag contained a wig, sequined white lingerie and a skirt.
“It was kind of cute,” explained Coats, who said she has always taken part in Halloween celebrations. “Halloween is such a fun time.”
Results of the Kailua-Kona Seniors Halloween costume contest:
Overall winner: Claire Inman
Most gorgeous: Elaine Coats
Most scariest: Barbara Stiller
Most creative: Russ Robinson
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