Charlie Hollifield: 1st Place Winner of The 2016 & 2017 Halloween Contests

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It’s just another day, another dollar for Charlie Hollifield here at JournalBooks. For the second year in a row, Charlie managed to put his creative and crafty mind to good use as he hand-made his winning 2017 Halloween costume.

I got a chance to catch up with Hollifield and ask how he feels about his success. According to Charlie he did not anticipate coming in first place both years, but 2016 was just a learning experience for him. Rumor had it that Charlie was not allowed to win again, but Charlie said he knew how hard he worked, so maybe the judges would reconsider. His 2016 scarecrow was brought to life after a long night the night before the 2016 contest.

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The 2017 “Ancient tribal druid shaman” (titled by Charlie) took weeks to build. He said, “I gotta defend my title,” so of course he worked harder on his 2017 costume. He carved hooved stilts and a tribal mask, and then he tied everything together with whatever fabrics he could find.

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When it comes to his creativity he seems quite confident, so I had to know: Charlie, have you always been this artistic? The answer is yes! That’s why he went to school for Fine Arts. Looks like the rest of us have to try a bit harder to topple the man, the myth, and the legend that is the Charlie Hollifield. Hard work pays off, folks! Who knew? However, just because Charlie took the gold medal does not mean that there wasn’t some serious competition on the prowl this year.

Asking around the days before the contest, everyone was extremely secretive. Ella from marketing said, “if I don’t place, it’s rigged.” Sarah from Business Development rode a tricycle and wore red contacts; Elizabeth came in with sound effects; some, including myself, decided to team up with other JB employees. Everyone had a game plan, and everyone looked great! Rachel in BD got married on Halloween, but before she left she angrily said, “I am seriously upset that I am missing [the contest].” Well Rachel, you missed a good one. Everyone, start getting ready for next year.

Credit: Eddie Rodriguez

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