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3 Halloween Contest Ideas

Halloween Contests are the icing on your Halloween cake. There is no limit to the type of contests you can enjoy for Halloween. From Costume Contests and Pumpkin Contests to Candy Jar Guessing and Best Decorations, Halloween Contests abound!

So let's take a closer look at these fun contest ideas!


4 Fun Halloween Contests


1. Halloween Costume Contest

This one can get a little heated. Many people take their Halloween Costumes very seriously. This is, however, an easy contest to run. Whether you are having a costume contest at your Halloween costume party or want to throw one at another function or gathering, all you have to do is make a simple announcement and ask any one who'd like to enter to gather in a single place. At the peak of your party, get everyone's attention and have them all turn to rate your costume contestants. A simple way is to just have people applaud for those they like the most. Depending on how many people you have entered, you may have to do a few rounds to reduce the number of contestants until you have a top 3 or top 5. With a nice small number, ask everyone to applaud for their favorite one last time and then choose the winner. If your gathering is exceptionally large with a lot of costume enthusiasts, you can have smaller contests for categories like, "scariest halloween costume", "best boy/girl costume", and "best couples costume".

BONUS TIP: Be sure to have something nice to offer whoever wins your costume contest. Halloween Costume Awards are a must have.


2. Halloween Pumpkin Contest

A carved pumpkin is so much more than just a scary face nowadays. People put all sorts of images and messages on their pumpkins thinking of new and innovative designs year after year. Celebrate this annual art form with a fun Halloween Pumpkin Contest. This is something you can do just among friends, family, neighbors, or even a whole city! If you want to enter this exellent competition, just look up information in your area and check out some pumpkin pictures to get inspired. If you want to run this illustrious event, then spread the word and be sure to have some criteria for judging. Judge pumpkins on their creativity, level of difficulty, originality, crowd favorite, or by age groups.

BONUS TIP: Give out Pumpkin Carving Kits to first time entrants to encourage their carving skills to grow!


3. Candy Jar Guessing Contest

Everyone likes a good guessing game, so put your friends and family to the test! A candy jar guessing contest is simple. Buy a bag or two of candy, get some jars of various shapes and sizes and then count out some pieces and drop them in. You can make it all uniform like a jar filled with just M&Ms or you can mix in different pieces of different types. After that, just display your jars and leave some slips of paper and a box nearby for people to write down their guesses and enter. Whoever gets closest to the actual number of pieces of candy in the jar, without going over (The Price Is Right!), wins the entire jar!

BONUS TIP: Keep the total number of pieces hidden somewhere no one can find it. Simply sticking it to the bottom of the jar will invite cheaters!


4. Best Halloween Decorations Contest

This is just like how people compete with their outdoor decorations at Christmas. The competition on any given block can get pretty intense. To help organize something like this, it's best for you to be an impartial party. So if you don't like decorating your yard in a big way for all the world to see, then organizing this is the job for you. To start, just let everyone know there will be such a competition. Either knock on some doors or print up a simple flyer and stuff some mailboxes. Next, let the winner be decided by your neighbors and other onlookers. Just as with the pumpkin carving contest, try and rate decorations on creativity, level of difficulty, originality, crowd favorite, or by sheer size/scope. Have people vote by dropping a note in your mailbox. Tally up the votes and see who wins! If you want to be someone who decorates their yard in a big way with lots of fun Hallloween Decorations, then just go all out and don't hold back. It's important to have a plan and a vision for your decorations, but if you find yourself wondering if any one idea would be 'too much' then you're not in it to win it. Go big or go home!

BONUS TIP: Keep variety going when you put together your decortions plan. Don't focus on just light up items or inflatable ones. Cover the whole spectrum!

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