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The Real Secret To Winning A Costume Contest at Halloween

Sep 2, 2008
After years and years of watching other people walk away from Halloween parties with the coveted Most Creative Halloween Costume prize, you are going to make sure that you win this year. But, how are you going to make that happen? Read on to get some great ideas to think about so that you can make your best costume ever.

The most important part of having a creative costume is being original. Originality will make the difference and let you stand out from the rest of the more traditional costumes. If you really want to win a Most Creative Halloween contest, you absolutely cannot buy your costume from a costume shop.

One great way to make a creative costume is to play off of a recent news story involving a famous person. Costumes of this nature will work out even better if the news story has been embarrassing or misfortunate. Consider some examples of just how you can pull it off. You could choose to dress up as Paris Hilton, well accessorized and dressed in a prison outfit. Other options could be Lindsay Lohan desperately searching for a fix, the Obama girl, or Michael Vick dragging a dead dog behind him on a leash.

This type of costume can work out extremely well. Unfortunately, it can also completely fail if other people are not able to recognize you easily. If you do not naturally look anything like the celebrity that you are trying to dress as, you will need to invest a lot of effort into your make up and hair so you can make the costume believable.

A good costume does not stop at the clothing either. Having a truly creative costume will mean that you become the person, even acting and talking like they would.

You need to choose a costume based off of a person that you will be able to imitate comfortably. For example, if you normally dress quite conservatively, but you decide to go to a Halloween party dressed as Britney Spears wearing one of her skimpy outfits, you will need to seriously think about whether or not you will be able to act in character comfortably. The same goes if your body is dramatically different from the celebrity you plan to dress like.

If you are going as a couple, just be sure and not do what everyone else has done before. Originality wins, particularly in couples contests!

Remember that the whole point of participating in a creative costume contest at a Halloween party is for you to have some real fun. Don't lose sight of that while you are working hard to prepare your creative outfit.
About the Author
It's never too early to start planning your Halloween costumes for this year. Don't wait until it's too late and the good ones are all sold out. Get lots of fun costume ideas on the Get In Costume website, where you can also get a free copy of my report "The Family Guide To Halloween Safety.".
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