Halloween costume contests seem to bring out the creative, wacky, whimsical or daring side in many folks each October. Even the least crafty among us may experiment with glue guns, scissors, face paints and other media for masquerade parties.
Regardless of the judging panel choices, the secret to a successful Halloween costume contest (particularly for children) is to create enough prize categories for every participant to be a winner. Costume contest categories need not be serious. In fact, the wackier the prize titles are, the better.
Choose your categories for a costume party.
Here are 30 suggested Halloween costume contest categories. Surely you can come up with several more, as your masquerade party guest list warrants.
Best animal costume
Best baby costume
Best cartoon costume
Best celebrity costume
Best face painting
Best homemade costume
Best princess costume
Best rock star costume
Best sports costume
Best superhero costume
Best vintage costume
Most colorful costume
Most eco-friendly costume
Most girly costume
Most Halloweeny costume
Most manly costume
Most newsworthy costume
Most original costume
Most politically correct
Most technologically advanced costume
Most traditional costume
Top prize best of show
Often, the array of get-ups that appear at a Halloween party may spark additional costume party contest category ideas. For example, additional prizes might be awarded for the most blue, furry, glittery, last-minute, realistic, striped, noisy or other costumes.
Plus, as party host or hostess, you might offer similar awards for couple and group costumes.
Pick prizes for your Halloween costume contest.
Prizes or awards can be quite simple for a masquerade party competition. Here are three easy ideas for costume party prizes. Just be sure to have enough prizes for everyone.
Candy treat bags make super prizes, particularly for children. Fill cellophane, plastic or paper sacks with special goodies.
Prize ribbons are perennial favorites for costume contest awards, using either shiny blue ribbon or printed Halloween ribbon. Buy a spool or two of inexpensive craft ribbon in a craft of discount store, and cut the ribbon into short strips. Use a hot-melt glue gun to affix a gold candy coin to one end of each ribbon.
Create and print costume contest award certificates, leaving blanks for categories and winners’ names until after the judging is complete. Use clip-art or gold star stickers to make the award certificates more authentic.