Arlington's Evan Dempsey, age 7, as stinky laundry. Evan was one of the winners in the KidsPost 2012 Halloween Costume Contest. (family photo/Family photo)

Halloween is approaching, and this time of year is a treat for us at Kids­Post: We get to see how creative you are. We are asking readers to share their ideas for homemade Halloween costumes. It can be one you wore in a previous year or one you’re working on for this Halloween.

Some of last year’s favorites included stinky laundry, a peacock and a roller coaster ride. (Go to for a photo gallery of recent costumes.)

Here’s what we need for your entry:

A photograph of you in your costume. (Photos that show off the uniqueness of the costume will work best.)

A brief description of what your costume is and why you chose to make it. Include such things as what materials you used, how long it took you to make and how much help you got from a grown-up.

Your name, age, home town and a phone number where we can reach you if we have questions.

All entries must include a note from a parent or guardian giving permission to enter the contest.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Monday, October 7.

Fill out our form at kids­ or send your information to KidsPost, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20071.

We’ll publish photos of the winning costumes in the October 20 issue of KidsPost. If we publish your entry, you will receive a special Halloween-themed KidsPost prize package valued at not less than $25.