Enter to Win Patch’s Best Halloween Costume Contest

We're searching for the best Halloween Costume in America. Enter yourself or your kids for a chance to win $5,000.

It doesn’t matter if you’re Lady Gaga or Lady Liberty for Halloween—if you have an awesome costume, showcase your creation in our Best Halloween Costume in America Contest.

Last year, the , won. This year, it could be you. Enter our contest for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize!

Adults and children are eligible to enter. Parents can post costume photos of themselves and their families from this Halloween or from years past.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Simply click the green "Upload Your Photos and Videos" button above and upload your image (but first make sure you’re a registered Patch user).

  • Then add a caption with the name of the person in the photo and a description of the costume. To add a caption, click “Edit Photo” after uploading the image and fill in the caption line. Then click “Finished Editing.”

The contest runs from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5. National judges will choose 21 finalists from each Patch state and select one grand prize winner based on who has the most creative and innovative costume (we've combined North Carolina & South Carolina for this contest, as well as Washington D.C. and Virginia). Each state finalist will receive $250 and one grand prize winner will receive $5,000.

If your costume is the best in Wisconsin and will put all others to shame, enter our contest now for the chance to win $5,000.

James R Hoffa October 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
OK, Hoffa has his picture posted! Come on Patch users - let's see those costumes!
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 03:07 PM
You were like ... Prince with a serious tan! But that coat and hair were ROCK!
James R Hoffa October 16, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Yeah, the face paint was indeed a little too dark, but it just didn't look right without any. It also didn't work well on my hands. Hoffa has since procured some brown gloves that work well and lightened up the face paint, so it actually looks much better. Hoffa will re-post a new pic the next costume party he goes to if he manages to get a pic taken. Thanks for the compliments - Hoffa actually did the studding on the coat himself, and it's 100% accurate to the one worn in the film - same size studs with the same amount of rows and columns. Took a lot of freeze frames from the film to get everything just right. Hoffa also sewed the buttons on the pants and made the guitar strap himself from fabric purchased at Jo-Ann's. The hardest part though was getting used to walking in the high-heeled ankle boots! True story: An old date once asked Hoffa what he was going to be for the costume party we were planning on going to, and Hoffa told her Prince. Well, little did Hoffa know at the time, but she wanted to coordinate our costumes, so she ended up dressing like a princess, thinking that Hoffa was going to be a prince. When Hoffa showed up to pick her up she was like "oh, that Prince." Everyone at the party got a good laugh out of it ;-) Had Hoffa known her intent, she could have been Wendy or Lisa from The Revolution or Prince's girlfriend Apollonia Kotero. Live and learn, right? So, where's your picture???
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
A princess to your Prince?! OMG - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! That is the funniest story I've heard in a while! Vanity could have been an option, too, you know ... just saying I don't do Halloween. Not because I object or anything - I've always been the one helping with the kids' stuff and never got dressed myself. I'm all about collecting "tax" though when the kids get home. What? They have to learn early! mwahahahah mwahahahaha
michelle October 27, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Very nice. I would like to see more picture's.
Ana Bedoya October 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM
love aladdin ;)
Amanda November 02, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Blackface? In this day and age? That's not racist or offensive at all.
Luke November 02, 2012 at 02:55 AM
It's not racist. Perhaps it's offensive to someone who isn't sophisticated. Know who you are going out with.
Amanda November 02, 2012 at 03:19 AM
It is racist. It doesn't take any level of sophistication to come to that conclusion, just human decency. It takes a person's skin color and turns it into an "amusing" caricature. For the sake of a Halloween costume. C'mon, even Wikipedia knows blackface is racist.
Steve ® November 02, 2012 at 03:36 AM
I like turtles.
James R Hoffa November 02, 2012 at 04:49 AM
@Amanda - Seriously, this is one of the stupidest comments that Hoffa has ever read on Patch - congratulations! Question to you - does this mean that any White, Latino, Asian, Native, Indian, or basically anyone who does not have roots to Africa, who purchased and wore any of these masks on Halloween are also racists? https://www.google.com/search?q=barack+obama+halloween+masks&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=ckp&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvnsuo&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=pU-TUIyfOYzmiwLH84GgAQ&ved=0CDwQsxg&biw=1024&bih=601 You may want to quit while you're behind, as the only racist person here appears to be YOU! Try again!
Luke November 02, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Amanda, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If someone is dressing up like a famous person, it is not racism to try to look like them unless it is meant to mock them. My family is made up of a number of ethnic groups and races. When Halloween comes around the kids naturally pull out the Hmong and Lao costumes, because they are easily available. The next thing that happens is that the brown kids help the white kids to put on makeup so that they look alike. What you are participating in, Amanda, is your own socialized inhibitions. If you had no bias, you would think, like all my relatives do, that when you try to look like someone you actually should do all the things that help you to do so, including makeup. As I said, you need to know your audience. Studies show that blacks tend to have a bias against their own color from an early age. That bias is found all the way through adulthood. Similarly, women (not so much men) with lots of freckles show the same bias against themselves. Therefore, when someone has no bias against skin color, they will have no inhibition involved with makeup that makes them look like a different skin color. But someone who feels inferior because of their skin color will always feel that their internalized, false inferiority is being focused upon. Watch this video. It is okay to cry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG7U1QsUd1g True non-racists feel no inhibitions regarding skin color.
Alejandro Reyes November 02, 2012 at 09:23 PM
There are some great looking costumes and very creative ideas. Good luck to everyone.
ben November 06, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Love the one where everyone is in white. So clever and fun to see all the different ideas!
Todd Witt November 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Love the "White Out" pic. What a great idea to get a big group to all wear a white costume yet come up with original creative costumes. The White Out Group pic is the best one.
Michele Kieweg November 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Maria November 06, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I agree! Very clever to have everyone dress in a theme! That Dawn Carrillo is one clever gal!
Michelle November 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
All in white. Cool idea. That is the picture I like best
Renee C November 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
The group picture of all the people in white is a cleaver idea. Incredible that they all look different and it doesn't look like any duplicates. Also some unique white costumes and not the standard ghost that they could of done.


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