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Tips to Win Halloween Costume Contests in El Paso

If you participate in a costume contest each year, you can probably tell that it gets increasingly competitive as the years go on. Many places that host costume contests are giving out bigger and better prizes, which means contestants need to step it up and truly show the best costume anyone has seen that year. It takes some planning to win a Halloween costume contest, but with determination, you can succeed.

Plan Ahead

You can’t put together a winning Halloween costume in just a day. Start planning a few weeks ahead of time. If you want to go in a pre-made costume, this will give you plenty of time to shop around and find what you want. This is especially true if you are buying it online. You want to have enough time to receive it, try it on, and make any necessary returns or adjustments if you need to. If you want to make a homemade costume, a few weeks should be enough time to gather the materials and put it all together.

Know Your Audience

You aren’t going to win if you show up at an El Paso school’s costume contest in sleazy outfits. Keep in mind who is hosting the event, what type of people tend to go to the event, and what categories they will be sorting contestants into. If you go to the same costume contest every year, you can probably figure out which category has the least competition to increase your odds at winning. Of course, you probably won’t get the best prize that way. If you’re going for the top prize, be prepared to get creative.

Think Creatively

Witches, vampires, zombies, and ghosts can still win Halloween costume contests. You simply have to stand out and be unique so you catch the judge’s attention.

You can find Halloween costumes that can be up to hundreds of dollars. While this may be a lot, these are made with better materials and tend to look better than cheaper pre-made costumes. However, make sure you buy all the accessories to truly stand out. Jewelry, wig, props, and makeup can all make the difference between winning and losing.

Try to be as realistic, believable, and showy all at the same time to increase your chances of winning. For example, don’t forget a creepy broom or a stuffed black cat if you are a witch.

No matter how creative you are, make sure the Halloween costume fits you properly. If it’s too short or too tight for the look you’re going for, you can expect to be beat.

Be Prepared

The last thing you want to do is get out your Halloween costume an hour before the event and find it all wrinkled, missing buttons, or is two inches too short. A few days before the Halloween costume contest, take out the costume and give it a look over. If needed, steam or iron to get all the wrinkles out. Test a small patch first to make sure you get the right temperature setting.

Grab the Audience’s Attention

Yes, you have to have a cool costume to even have a chance at winning. How you behave with the El Paso audience will also help. Show some personality to truly win them, and the judges, over.



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