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    Default What do you do for costume prizes??

    Last year was our first party. We had a costume contest but only awarded Best Costume with a custom trophy.

    This year, I'm wanting to have Sexiest, Funniest, and Best Costume categories. I'm wanting to award little prize baskets (movie, popcorn, etc).

    Here's my trouble.... do I award all three categories with the same baskets and trophies or do I do something different for Best? Would it be wrong to only present Best with the trophy and a basket and the other 2 categories with just a basket or do you think I should have trophies made for them too?

    Help!

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    My opinion:

    "Best" should get a basket with a trophy and the others should just get a trophy. Or you can even do that, but give the other winners a single prize. Alcohol is always nice - wine and such. Just make sure the prizes are unisex.

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    I am giving out "Best Overall", "Funniest", "Most Original", and "Best Couple" awards. "Best Overall" gets a nice trophy and a prize basket (Halloween special edition DVD, 6 pack of Pumpkin Ale, Monster Mash Mix Jelly Bellies). The other winners will get small trophies and a horror movie DVD.




    I got the idea for the small trophies from someone on this forum last year. The large trophy came from Home Goods for $10. These aren't final versions, though. I'm still trying to get the right look for the paper - I need to try it out on parchment paper.

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    We started out giving prizes... and may again... but since the party costs a fortune, we opted to have some real plaques made and the winners get their name added each year like the Stanley Cup.

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    I'm giving out prize baskets with Vampire wine, Dark Candles, a vampire movie DVD and misc. little stuff and ribbons I made. Everyone is getting a basket but with different candles, wine, etc in it. I like to put this prizes into my budget because people spend so much on costumes I like to give nice prizes.

    My categories are: Best, Sexiest, Funniest, Most Original, Most Authentic, Scariest and Best Couple. I also made an extra basket to raffle off.

    Get stuff at the dollar store, DVD's at Wal Mart ($5.00 to $7.50), etc. People just love to get a prize!! (They don't care what it is).

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    I think either way you go would be Great. People like the braging rights. I know if I won a trophy for Halloween I would display it, but for some people it is something they really don't want out around the house.

    I usually try to have the prize "fit" the theme. This year we are doing a Murder Mystery and the Murder weapon is apple seeds so the prizes for costumes Creepiest, Coolest, Scariest, Humorous, Best, and Original will be a Ribbon and a kit to make Carmel Apples.

    Last year we did Hollywood and the prizes were for Best Costume, Best Hair, and Best Makeupand we had Wooden Oscars "Karloff's" and a Bucket of Microwave popcorm, Scary Movie, 2 Large Movie sized Candy one Chocolate and Sugary, and a deck of Monster Movie cards.
    Man cannot live on bread alone.... (unless he is in a cage and that is all you feed him.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikki View Post
    I am giving out "Best Overall", "Funniest", "Most Original", and "Best Couple" awards. "Best Overall" gets a nice trophy and a prize basket (Halloween special edition DVD, 6 pack of Pumpkin Ale, Monster Mash Mix Jelly Bellies). The other winners will get small trophies and a horror movie DVD.




    I got the idea for the small trophies from someone on this forum last year. The large trophy came from Home Goods for $10. These aren't final versions, though. I'm still trying to get the right look for the paper - I need to try it out on parchment paper.
    Great ideas from everyone! Thanks so much for your input!

    Rikki: Where did you find the little tombstones for your trophies? They look awesome!

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    Thanks! I actually bought those on clearance last year but I saw that Walmart has them again this year. They are like $1 a piece normal price.
    Oh, and they look much better with the parchment paper!

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    Rikki- could you post a picture/instructions of you're trophies again? i'm trying to decide if I should order some real ones or make my own. how much did you pay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbret View Post
    We started out giving prizes... and may again... but since the party costs a fortune, we opted to have some real plaques made and the winners get their name added each year like the Stanley Cup.
    u know about our holy grail....most impressive

    good idea re the plaques but how do u add names to the plaque without it looking cheesy on the night of the party?

 

 
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