Halloween Costume Contest Details and Rules 

The CORE Halloween 2020 Costume Contest 

Saturday October 


  • Open to all humans, no matter what age you are or where you live (as a reminder... pets are not human)

  • Come dressed as your favorite Super Hero, Villain, Monster, Creation, or Character! 

  • There will be 2 different age categories: Age 15 & Under, and Age 16-up. First, Second and Third place prizes for both age groups (individual).  

  • There will be a single prize awarded to Best Group (must include 3 or more humans)

  • This is an all ages costume contest.  Keep it fun, and PG-rated. The CORE reserves the right not to allow participants in costumes we deem inappropriate or in bad taste. 

  • Judges for the Halloween Costume Contest (or members of their immediate family) are not eligible for the Costume Contest. 

  • If you won a prize in previous years, you must choose a new costume. Wearing the same costume is not allowed. And yes, we do keep track from year to year. 

  • Very Important Weapons Policy!  Nothing that looks even remotely real.  Must be plastic, foam or cardboard.  This is NON-NEGOTIABLE!



Registration and Check In 

  • Registration for the contest is from 10:00 am until 12:45 pm.  Please do NOT wait until the last minute to register or you may miss out!  Because of the paperwork, we cannot allow late registration.  I can't stress this enough.  We have had disappointment in the past because people arrive late and want to sign up for the contest, but WE CANNOT ALLOW LATE REGISTRATION FOR THE COSTUME CONTEST!!!

  • Contest begins at 1:00pm SHARP! 

  • You can register as a single (includes duos) or as a group.  

Judging and Prizes 

  • All entrants will walk on stage and have their name & character announced. Some may be asked questions (regarding costume or character) by our MC, and all will have the opportunity to act out (please keep it under a minute) their character and impress our judges. 

  • You will need to remain throughout the Contest to be eligible for an award.

  • After all costumes have been exhibited and scores tallied, prizes will be announced. 

  • Over $500 in Gift Certificate Prizes will be awarded courtesy of The CORE and other area businesses. 

Important Legal Mumbo Jumbo 

  • The judges shall have the sole authority and discretion to select the winners.

  • Minors (those under 13 years of age) must have permission from a legal guardian to participate.

  • By registering, all Halloween Costume Contest participants agree to let The CORE use their images for promotional purposes, both photographs and video.

  • Each entrant shall indemnify, defend, and hold The CORE harmless from any third party claims arising from or relating to that entrant’s participation in the contest.  In no event shall The CORE or any volunteers on site be liable to an entrant for acts or omissions arising out of or related to the contest or that entrant’s participation in the contest.

Questions?  Email thecore@cfu.net


How to Win Contests and Influence Judges


        We can’t guarantee these Hints will help you win, but they can’t hurt either!


  • Hint # 1 The Judges are fans of Comic Book Characters, Scary Monsters and everything in between.

  • Hint # 2  CREATIVITY! Creativity!   Creativity! The judges are partial to home-made costumes.  They LOVE creativity in costumes and make-up.  

  • Hint # 3  It’s ACTING! Don’t be shy! Let your Talent SHINE in the portrayal of your character while you are on stage! Impress those judges! Make them BELIEVE you ARE your character.

  • Hint # 4 Feel free to show up early and make yourself available for photo-ops with your adoring public!