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Halloween Costume Contest — 2017

Costume Contest 2017

This year’s winners are:

For People: Baba Yaga’s House
For Pets: Eleven (Stranger Things)


It’s time for the annual Halloween Love costume contest!

Hashtag: #HLCostumeContest
Permalink: halloweenlove.com/contest

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This year we’ll be awarding a $100 Amazon gift card to the person with the best costume. Also, new this year, a $25 Amazon gift card for the best pet costume.

Mystery Prize & Important Note About Being a Good Sport

It’s very important to understand why we host these contests in the first place. We don’t gain anything from them except for geeky fun, pure and simple. We don’t make money; we don’t have sponsors; we put up the prize cash ourselves. We do it for the readers and for ourselves to have some good ol’ fashioned ghoulish entertainment!

Poor Sports

If you’re entering the contest purely for monetary reasons, without the understanding that not everyone can win, or without the good intention of congratulating the person who does win (if that’s not you), this contest is not for you.

Good Sports

If you love Halloween, love dressing up, are here to show off your costume, and find it a fun bonus to have a little friendly competition for a prize, then you understand the spirit of Halloween Love and this contest. We’d love to have you enter!

At the end of the contest when the winner is announced, everyone who leaves a comment to congratulate them will be entered into a secondary, mystery giveaway with one randomly selected winner.

How to Enter


You must complete all 3 steps to enter:

1. Submit a photo of yourself in costume here:

(also be sure to add my email to your contacts or whitelist)

Details Needed:

  • Use the exact subject “Costume Contest 2017” (without the quotes).
  • Describe what you are, what your costume is suppose to be.
  • For the photo…

    • Attach only one that is focused on just you (no couple or group submissions — sorry).
    • It should be well-lit, sharp, and in focus, with no red-eye.
    • Other than red-eye correction or cropping, do not Photoshop in effects or enhancements or multiple shots of the costume into one photo. Should be the raw photo of the costume as it looks in real life.
    • High resolution and preferably portrait-angled (holding your camera sideways).
    • It must be you and the photo must be current, 2017.
    • Do not submit on someone else’s behalf (unless they’re unable to enter themselves).
    • One costume entry per person.
  • DO NOT FORGET — You still need to complete steps 2 and 3 below to complete your entry.

You of course retain full copyright ownership of your photo, but by submitting it to this contest, you grant HL full permission to use it here on halloweenlove.com and to edit and name the photo as needed to be appropriately and fairly presented in this contest.

2. Retweet the contest:

Retweet Contest

3. Comment below to let everyone know you entered!

Winner Selection

You may of course enter anytime during the whole month of October, but the winners will be chosen on the evening of November 2nd, giving everyone ample time to enter after Halloween night partying and recovery. :P

There is no criteria or categories for costume judging. Whether you spent $0 or $1,000 creating a costume has no bearing. All costume entries are welcome and have a fair chance: scary, funny, sexy, creative, original, whatever. We will simply have a team vote and narrow it down to the costume we like most.

Have fun and good luck everyone!

The Costumes

Displayed randomly. Click to enlarge.
Please note that “Likes” have no impact on winner selection and are purely for reader participation only.


Pet Costumes

Displayed randomly. Click to enlarge.
Please note that “Likes” have no impact on winner selection and are purely for reader participation only.


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I ♥ Halloween. I am the creator, editor, and keeper of Halloween Love. Although you'll find new creeps about helping me to maintain these macabre archives of dread. Reach me at black@halloweenlove.com.

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  • Katrine White

    Just submitted a photo of my one year old in his costume!

  • Angel Eduardo

    Entered! Looking forward to it!

  • McKinley

    Just Submitted!

  • Anyabelle:Creation

    Just entered my son’s Freddy Krueger costume for the contest. Good luck to all!

  • Angel Eduardo

    Submitted! Looking forward to it!

  • Torrey Penn

    Just posted mine and was the Night King from Game of Thrones. My wife handmade the costume and did all the prosthetics/makeup which was over 7.5 hours.

  • Brenda Mitchell

    I just entered my daughter as Cousin It. I loved making this costume. Enjoy

  • Kendall

    I just submitted Fred and Barney! Good luck to everyone!!!

  • Marissa Corfias

    Just uploaded the Halloween picture of my pup Penny Sue

  • SpaceBallz

    I entered, hope you all like it!

  • wakkanne

    Just entered my 20 month old son as Mini Marty McFly and his DeLorean Time Machine!

  • Shelby Grant

    I just entered my 6 month old son into the contest!

  • Akmaddy

    Entered!! Watch out for the KILLER JACK IN THE BOX!! 🔪🤡📦

  • Katelyn Miles Altman

    I submitted a picture of my daughter. I handmade her costume so I hope we win!!
    Sheila Pevey

  • Sheila Pevdy

    thank you!! it would not let me comment from my phone! I hope my Pennywise wins we spent so much time on this! <3

  • Paige Boyd

    Just submitted my costume! Everyone’s costumes are awesome!!

  • This year’s winners are:

    For People: Baba Yaga’s House
    For Pets: Eleven (Stranger Things)


    If you didn’t win this time, I hope you still had fun sharing your costume with everyone and we hope to see you next year, because we throw this costume contest each and every year!

    Don’t forget to congratulate the winners. Thank you!


  • Renee Gomez

    Thank you so much!! I had a blast making the costume/props and loved seeing everyone’s creativity!

  • wakkanne

    Congrats to Baba Yaga’s House and to the super cute doggy Eleven! 😁

  • Chelsea

    Eleven was adorable!! Congrats to the winners 🎉

  • Juliana Palmcook

    Congratulations to the winners! Job well done!

  • Thanks to everyone who was kind enough to make their way back and congratulate the winners. Just for being a good sport, I’ve randomly picked one of you (as promised) for a mystery prize and am emailing you now. :)