Cody Waite typically picks a Halloween costume his mom cannot find in a department store.
This year, the 5-year-old decided he wanted to be a mummy because he is a big fan of “Scooby-Doo.”
So his mom, Jennifer Benson, had to get creative.
She stained a T-shirt with tea and then used white Halloween duct tape to wrap around parts of his arms and legs. She wrapped it all together with “freaky fabric” netting material from a department store’s Halloween section.
Cody’s costume won first place for scariest costume in the South Carolina State Museum’s contest at Saturday’s celebration of the museum’s 25th anniversary.
Cody explored the museum’s “Tutankhamun: Return of the King” exhibit, where he almost blended in with the Egyptian artifact reproductions.
Cody even got to see a replica of the Tutankhamun mummy, and Benson used the opportunity to teach her son a practical lesson
She pointed out that the mummy still had his teeth, and told Cody that the boy king must have brushed them every day.
During the daylong celebration, the museum unveiled the name of the giant shark that hangs from the second floor and is a memorable monster for Midlands kids who’ve seen it.
The shark is now named Finn, 25 years after the replica of the prehistoric species Carcharodon megalodon arrived at the museum.
“How would you feel if your parents waited 25 years to name you?” asked Willie Calloway, the museum’s executive director.
Finn weighs 3 tons and is 43 feet long. The shark was constructed of steel, aluminum and fiberglass by Columbia artist Stavros Chrysostomides.
Finn beat out four other options: Carolina, Meg, Shellie and Stormy.
The names were voted on by state residents after being suggested by students at the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind.
Maggie Park, president of the school, said it was a great learning opportunity for the kids.
“What can you say negative about sharks, unless you’re in the water?” Park joked.
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