Halloween costume contests are fun for all ages. If you are hosting a party and costume contest through school, church or work, you need to come up with different categories to select winners. The more prize categories, the better, so everyone can be a winner. And cheap custom tees are a perfect prize!

Choose a Great Prize

Finding a prize for a Halloween costume contest that everyone can be excited about can be a challenge. Candy and treats are readily available, and some contestants have dietary restrictions or allergies that can rule out food as prizes. Custom printed tees are a grand prize that people will want to get their hands on. Cheap custom tees also make awesome souvenirs of a fun evening.

Create a Custom Prize Tee

Design a shirt especially for your Halloween party and contest. This will create a fun and unique prize that contestants will only be able to receive at your event. Send us your custom artwork, and we can take it from there. If you need help setting up your files or if you need design inspiration we can also help out.

Make It an Annual Event

If your group hosts a Halloween party each year, you can make a new shirt every year to give away as prizes. This can be a draw to have people attend since they will want to get your exclusive shirt each year.

Select the Winning Categories

Before the contest create a list of winning categories. You need to create enough groups to ensure all entrants receive a prize. Get creative with the prize categories to cover a wide range of costume possibilities. Here are some options to help you get started with your prize category list.

1. Best Superhero

Whatever the age group of the participants there are sure to be some superheroes in the mix.

2. Best Animal

Animals are always a favorite costume choice, and this category can be award to the cutest animal or the most authentic animal costume.

3. Best Cartoon Character

Cartoon characters are fun and sure to brighten everyone’s day.

4. Best TV or Movie Character

Reward the person who brings a beloved TV or movie character to life for the contest.

5. Best Face Painting

Detailed or creative face painting can take a costume to the next level.

6. Best Homemade Costume

Anyone who gets out the sewing machine deserves some recognition for their costume.

7. Funniest Costume

Maybe the costume is silly, or perhaps it is a smart play on words. Whatever it is, if it makes you laugh it should be declared the funniest.

8. Scariest Costume

For many people Halloween means scary, so find the most terrifying zombie or ghost and declare them the winner.

9. Best Princess

Princesses can make an appearance at any costume contest, but if there are children in the competition, there are sure to be several.

10. Best Real Person Costume

Whether a celebrity or public figure this award is for someone, who does a great job dressing up as a real person.

11. Most Traditional Costume

Witches and vampires are classic costumes for a reason.

12. Most Original Costume

If there is an entrant who thought outside of the box, award them for their creativity.

13. Best Group Costume

Teamwork takes extra coordination and can sometimes lead to very inventive costumes.

14. Best Couple Costume

If the participants are a real couple dressed in coordinating costumes or if two people dress up as a famous or well-known couple they can qualify for this category.

15. Best Monster Costume

Find the contestant with the scariest or most impressive monster costume to claim this prize.

16. Best Object Costume

Most costumes are based on people or animals, whether real or imaginary. Reward the creative person who dresses up as a thing or an object.

17. Most Colorful Costume

If a participant’s costume features a lot of colors or just one very bright color, this is the category for them.

18. Best in Show

If there is a fantastic costume that does not fit into any other category that individual can be awarded best in the show.


Make Sure Everyone’s a Winner

Some costumes may fit into several categories. If the goal is to make everyone a winner, you may need to be selective about who is chosen for some categories. Be prepared to come up with some new categories during the judging to make sure everyone takes home a custom designed prize tee.

Remember to Have Fun

Halloween costume contests can be a lot of fun and are a chance for people to spend time together outside of the seriousness of work or school or the responsibilities of your group. Handing out custom designed t-shirts will get people excited about the contest.

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