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  1. #1
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    Default Costume Contest - Prize ideas needed!

    Well, it's that time of the year again, and planning of this years Halloween part begins. Props are being crated, and costumes are planned and underway. Last year I had an award statue for the best costume, and this went down so well that I announced that the next [2008] party would have a full awards ceremony!

    I have bought a main "Overall Winner" statue, 2nd and 3rd rosettes, and 2 "winner" rosettes for Best Home-Made and Most Out Of Season.

    This is an Adult Based party. I may make a little award up for best dressed girl and boy with a bag of goodies each (and sweets for the other contestants!) as although I'd prefer they didn't, some friends always bring their kids....


    I need some ideas for prizes, and ideas of who should get what. Ideally these prizes will be as cheap as possible, as I'm already overspent on my Halloween budget, and theres still months to go! Any ideas greatfully recieved!

    So far prizes accumilated amount to: coffin shaped box of "Death Mints", Silver skull/bone candle holder and "Mr & Mrs" skellenton book ends.

    I trust you'll all bring me some great insperation!

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    I buy my awards here...Halloween Holiday Trophies, Plaques and Medallions
    they are pretty cheap in price,also have you checked out oriental trading or even Halloween Candy, Snack Size Candy Bars and more from Groovy Candies

    hope this helps!

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    I give out awards for Best Overall Costume, Funniest, Most Original, and Best Couple. They all got trophies - Best Costume had a much nicer trophy.


    I gave a horror movie DVD to each of the category winners.



    The Best Overall winner got a prize basket with a more expensive DVD (Halloween 2 disc special edition), Halloween colored Jelly Bellies, and a 6 pack of Pumpkin Ale.


    I also gave out a prize basket for the winner of the pumpkin carving/decorating contest. It contained a bunch of small Frankenstein monster decorations. I'll do that one more like the Best Costume basket this year, though.

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    The two times I won a costume contest, the prizes were interesting trinkets the hostess had found at estate sales, thrift shops, etc. You could start checking out thrift stores now, do it on a regular basis, and not spend a lot of $.

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    Do you guys have Thorntons over there? I always head up to Thorntons chocolate shop a couple of weeks before the party to buy one of their huge Halloween Chocolate gift bags and two smaller gift boxes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd costume prize baskets. I also pick up an extra few chocolate bars and lollies to put into the Quiz prize basket and the pumpkin carving prize basket. They always go down a treat and they look beautiful!

    I usually put a DVD in the 1st place basket (last year it was the classic Halloween!) and a pin-on rosette badge that they wear for the rest of the evening. In all the prize baskets I put little trinkets like Halloween pens, hair accessories, skeleton gloves, stickers, skull shot glasses, goblets with sweeties in, oh and I usually go to the Disney store to get some cool NBC memorabilia like Jack Skellington notebooks, tumblers, mugs, keyrings etc. Oh and last year I popped some glowsticks and glow necklaces in too - they are always popular!
    "Lofty timbers, the walls around are bare, echoing to our laughter as though the dead were there."

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    Oh and P.S - Rikki - your prize baskets are amazing!!! :O
    "Lofty timbers, the walls around are bare, echoing to our laughter as though the dead were there."

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    Oh! This gives me an idea to track down ribbon in Halloween colors, and make some rosettes to go along with any prize packages. (They aren't that hard -- if anyone wants directions, let me know.)

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    Great thread!
    Check out Haunted Hot Sauce's site. They have a bunch of different flavors, and various sized bottles.
    Have fun!
    Get the Bloody Salt Yourself!

    Beware the Pom of Purgatory

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    I gave out gift baskets and homemade ribbons last year. I gave them out to:
    Best Costume, Most Original, Scariest, Sexiest, Best Couple, Most Authentic and Funniest. I also made an extra basket and had a raffle. Anyone who didn't win a prize got a raffle ticket and we picked a winner. I also made a small bag of cd's and goodes for the best karaoke performance and the Best Costume winner got a gift basket and a bag full of pumpkin carving tools. I also gave out a pair of sunglasses with the nose and mustache and pin that said Party Pooper to the worst costume (aka whoever didn't wear one!).

    My baskets:






    I made each basket go with the category, all were vampire themed but had different movies, candle sets, toys, etc.
    An' the Gobble-uns'll gits ya ef you don't watch out! Little Orphant Annie-James Whitcomb Riley

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    Oh yeah, Selz scour the $1.00 stores when it's Halloween, alot of the stuff in my baskets came from the dollar store, big lots and targets $1.00 bins. The Vampire Wine is also relatively cheap (about $8.00-$10.00 per bottle). Everyone liked getting the wine.

    Rikki, love your prizes and trophy's they are beautiful!
    An' the Gobble-uns'll gits ya ef you don't watch out! Little Orphant Annie-James Whitcomb Riley

 

 
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