Announcing the Winners of Engoo's 2022 Halloween Costume Contest

This past Halloween, we hosted our second ever Halloween Costume Contest for our tutors. Today, we're happy to announce our 10 winners!

We'll also share interviews with the top two winners, so you'll get to learn about what made their costumes so amazing.

Congrats to our 10 winners!

Our top prizes go to Yna, Maki, and Mafe. Their costumes blew our minds in terms of their creativity, originality, effort, and overall presentation. Bravo!

Special mention goes to Chennie, Doreena, Kels, Jakee C, Keisha, Emma, and Sannti. Congrats on a job well done!

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As you can see, our tutors went above and beyond in their creativity and enthusiasm – two things that make Engoo tutors so special!

About the winners

Now, let's learn about the top two winners.

First place: Yna

Now let's learn about Yna – our first place winner! Her costume is truly a masterpiece, and during our interview, we enjoyed learning about all the thought and effort that she and her husband put into it.

Engoo staff
How long have you been an Engoo tutor, and what has your experience been like so far?
Yna
I've been an Engoo tutor for more than a year now. Every day I meet different people from different parts of the world, and everyone has a different personality.

It's quite challenging since my culture, the Filipino culture, is very different from other cultures. I have definitely become more open to listening to a variety of opinions during our lessons and also learned to put myself in my students' shoes so I can understand their perspective.

I enjoy teaching my students, and I feel happy whenever I give them a great experience throughout their whole class with me.

Furthermore, I really love how flexible my working schedule is. I can work any time depending on my availability and how much I want to earn. Nothing beats the flexibility. I'm really glad that I became an Engoo tutor!
Engoo staff
How did you decide on the design for your winning costume?
Yna
When I read the contest announcement, I was hesitant to participate because I knew I had a very small chance of winning. There was only one week to prepare, and I had never participated in a contest like this before. But then I told myself to just try – I could be one of the winners, who knows?

Then I brainstormed and came up with the idea of being a mermaid, though I was not totally satisfied with it, because I wanted to portray something with a darker character, and mermaids are too pretty and charming.

Eventually, I decided to be a siren. And since we do have a bathtub at home, I was positive that I could have a good representation of a captive siren and capture a creative shot in the water.

After deciding to be a siren, a lot of ideas started appearing in my head so much so that I couldn't sleep well at night. I was excited and anxious at the same time.
Engoo staff
Was the costume difficult to make? Can you tell us how you went about putting it all together?
Yna
Everything was DIY. I tried contacting professional artists and designers to help me out but they were all busy. I felt very sad at the time.

Luckily, my husband gave me hope and suggested that we just DIY everything – we could save a lot of money that way too. So instead of backing out, I agreed to his idea. I bought anything associated with the ocean (shells, ferns, plants, clay for the starfish, moss, etc.) as well as skeletal hands to make the costume look creepy. I also went to my parents' house and found some dried twigs from their tomato plant which I could use as additional props. And of course I bought latex paint for my face and body.

During the preparation for the shoot, my husband first glued tissue paper on my face to form the gills. Then he started painting my body while I painted my face. It wasn't that difficult since we'd already watched how to do it on YouTube. However, it took a lot of patience to paint and put details on my face since I was already wearing mesh contact lenses. My vision was very blurred as a result and I had a headache focusing on where to paint.

The hardest part of it was the photoshoot itself, because I was literally lying in a bathtub full of cold water, trying not to soak my painted face and body. I had to put something on my neck so I could float because it was too painful to keep my head above water on its own. I was shivering half of the time. It took us a while to start because we had to arrange the wig, and we had to cover the thing that supports my neck with the wig as well. We took as many shots to capture the best pose. After everything, I felt tired and had neck pain!
Engoo staff
Is Halloween popular in your country? How do people view it and/or celebrate it?
Yna
Yes, Halloween is popular. However, we don't really have big Halloween celebrations in the Philippines in general. There are just some shopping malls that hold contests for children and let them trick-or-treat in the different shops in the mall. Also, some companies nowadays hold contests or encourage their employees to wear costumes.
Engoo staff
What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
Yna
My favorite thing about Halloween is seeing people wearing spooky and funny costumes. Especially on social media, I could find really cool and creative people who totally unlocked their inner imagination. And of course, I enjoy binge-watching horror movies on Halloween.
Engoo staff
How did your students respond to your costume?
Yna
One of my students was shocked when he first saw me. My face was green, my body was green. He really looked surprised, but as we continued chatting about Halloween, he sincerely told me that he was rooting for me to win the contest.
Engoo staff
Congratulations on winning first place! Do you have any big plans for your prize money?
Yna
I wholeheartedly want to thank the staff for choosing me for first place! Thank you so much! I was in awe when I saw the announcement and I cried. I couldn't believe I won such a huge amount of money.

I will use the prize money for our home. We moved into our new house in 2021 and we still have a lot of improvements to make. Specifically, we will use the prize money to build a cantilevered folding gate and fence for our front yard. And when it's done, I'll be reminded of the memories from this contest every time I see it!

Second Place: Maki

Now let's learn about Maki. We were impressed with his ability to pull off such a frightening costume – especially since this was his first time (ever!) wearing a scary costume.

Engoo staff
How long have you been an Engoo tutor, and what has your experience been like so far?
Maki
I've been working with Engoo for two years and three months now. Engoo helped me a lot especially during the pandemic, when this job became my bread and butter.

The past few years I've been very busy with my full-time job so I don't have as much time to tutor. But I'm glad Engoo is flexible and understanding of our schedules!
Engoo staff
How did you decide on the design for your winning costume?
Maki
I really had a hard time deciding on a costume. I knew that it would be difficult for me to pull off a superhero costume and I also knew that I needed to be creative and think outside the box.

Then I remembered that since childhood, I have been really scared of monsters that have bloody faces, so I thought "Why not try being one for my costume?" Maybe it'll also give me the courage to not be scared of them anymore.
Engoo staff
Was the costume difficult to make? Can you tell us how you went about putting it all together?
Maki
It was really difficult because it took me a week to make the prosthetics on top of my hectic work schedule (I work 17 hours a day) and my usual errands. So the first thing I struggled with was how to manage my time.

The costume itself took me six hours to complete. Since I'm not used to wearing contact lenses, I needed 30 minutes to put them in each of my eyes. On top of that, I didn't have anyone to help me put on makeup, so I had to blend the makeup and put it on myself. It was my first time putting makeup on myself!
Engoo staff
Is Halloween popular in your country? How do people view it and/or celebrate it?
Maki
Halloween is not that famous in our country especially not in my city, so this is my first time wearing a scary costume.
Engoo staff
What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
Maki
I don't usually celebrate Halloween. Instead of celebrating, we take this time to visit our loved ones in the cemetery.
Engoo staff
How did your students respond to your costume?
Maki
The day I wore my costume, I had a class with a new student. He was really shocked and scared, but eventually he became interested and asked a lot of questions about how I made the costume.
Engoo staff
Congratulations on winning second place! Do you have any big plans for your prize money?
Maki
To be honest I wasn't expecting to win second place. I felt pressure when I saw some entries that were really amazing, but there was a part of me that knew I could make the Top 10 and luckily I was right.

This will be the best birthday gift for me since it'll be my birthday on November 26. This will be the best birthday for me in my entire life. Thank you Engoo! I will join again next year and I'll make sure to do my best to scare all of you!

Want to learn about the other winners?

Were there any other tutors you'd like to hear from? If so, search for the tutor on the Engoo Tutors' page and book a lesson with them! They'll be happy to tell you all about their costume. If you haven't already, sign up for an Engoo account here.