Fall Contests

Kids in Halloween costumes

Virtual Costume Contest

Make your Halloween even more spook-tacular by entering your child's photo into our Virtual Costume Contest. Whether cute or scary, we want to see them all!

  • Open to children 12 years old and younger
  • Submissions start Tuesday, October 13, and go through November 1
  • Winners announced on Facebook on Tuesday, November 3

How to enter the Virtual Costume Contest

  1. Review the contest rules at the bottom of this page.
  2. Take a photo of your child in their costume (or short video, max. 20 seconds, if needed).
  3. Email your photo or video to parc.events@cornelius.org with the subject line: Virtual Costume Contest: (your category & age division). In the body of the email, include your name and your child’s first name, home address and phone number in case we have any questions regarding your entry.
Age Divisions

Contest Categories
Scariest Costume
Cutest Costume
Funniest Costume
Most Super, Superhero
Most Original

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Halloween Home
Halloween indoor decorations

Halloween@Home Decorating Contest

Got a scary, spooky yard? What about a pumpkiny porch? Any festive indoor spaces at your places? We want to see your awesome Halloween decorations!  

  • Open to all ages, households and businesses in Cornelius
  • Submissions extended through Sunday, November 1
  • Winners will be announced on Facebook on Wednesday, November 4

How to Enter Halloween@Home:

  1. Review the contest rules at the bottom of this page.
  2. Email a high resolution photo or short video (max. 20 seconds) of your Halloween decorating to parc.events@cornelius.org with the subject line: Halloween@Home Decorating Contest. In the body of the email, include name of family or business, address where Halloween decorating is located, mailing address (if different), phone number and email address.
  3. Categories will be determined by the Monster Mashers during judging.

Contest Rules for Virtual Costume Contest & Halloween@Home Decorating Contest

  • Contests are open to Cornelius residents (both contests) and businesses (Halloween@Home) only.
  • Only one (1) photo or video per contest entry. Maximum length of any video submissions is 20 seconds. If more than one photo or video is entered, PARC reserves the right to select the "best" one for prize consideration. 
  • For the Virtual Costume Contest, only one (1) category should be chosen per child entered (categories listed below). In addition to the selected category, all entries will be entered to win the "Best All Around" category, also. Entries can only be submitted by a parent/guardian over the age of 18.
  • For the Halloween@Home Decorating Contest, only one entry per household will be accepted.
  • By submitting an entry, the person submitting agrees to allow the free and unrestricted use of any submitted photograph or video for broadcast, digital media, print and other publicity purposes. Digital photos, videos and other media submitted become property of the Town. 
  • All costumes and decorations must be family friendly, suitable for viewing by all, and represent the program theme. No political messages. 
  • The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any submissions.