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The Judging Criteria


The Judging CriteriaAll entries will be scored on a scale of 1 to 100 and judged based on the following formula.  The entries in each category with the highest, second highest and third highest scores will win:

  • 50% (max 50 points) on originality and creativity of the DIY costume idea.  At least half of the costume must be created from materials other than a commercially available Halloween costume. Store bought accessories, makeup, masks, hats, components, etc. however are acceptable.  
  • 25% (max of 25 points) on the execution.  How well the costume idea was translated into a real costume.
  • 25% (max of 25 points) on the written story behind the costume. We want the full scoop including details of how you came up with the idea, how it was made and the reaction you got from wearing it. Feel free to share any additional information about your entry.   

All photos must be original and taken during the 2013 Halloween season which for this contest is the period of September 1  to November 10,  2013. Sorry, you can’t reuse costume contest photos from prior years.  We’re looking for fresh, new ideas! (you can however use a DIY costume made before this time period — the photo however needs to be taken during the contest period with the person entering the contest wearing it). Note too we’re looking costume entries from amateur, do-it-yourselfer’s (not professional costumers).   

The same person in the same costume cannot win in multiple categories.  We want to spread the wealth so you can only submit an entry into one category.    It’s only fair. Let’s give everyone a chance!

Entries must be submitted by midnight eastern time November 10, 2013.  Winners will be announced by or before November 15, 2013 (just in time to spend the cash for Christmas!) Of course there are some rules so make sure you review them.