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Contest rules + Details

Here are a few tips to ensure that your contest entry is the best it can possibly be before it is viewed by our expert panel of judges.

Costume Entry Tips and Guidelines

Improving Your Entry

Use a creative title: Have a little fun by coming up with a witty title for your costume. Don’t simply use the character’s name. Come up with something more creative like— Couple of Green Army Toy Soldiers, Yaba Daba Doo, or It’s a Little Hocus Pocus.


Write a great description: Provide as much information about your costume as you can! You can include your source for inspiration, describe how you created it, what materials you used, and the approximate cost of creation.


Improving Your Photos

Submit high-quality photos: Ensure your original photos are great in both quality and exposure and are at least 800px wide without any logos or watermarks. You’ll want to include great photos like these—Wreck It Ralph, Edward Scissorhands, and The Fisherman.


Set the scene: When taking a photo of your costume, add some extra flair to your portrait by setting the scene. This may include a location or props that complement your costume. Example: The Sanderson Sisters, Pennywise the Clown 


Photo Guidelines

Submit one high-quality photo that is at least 800px wide. Please submit original photos only. 

The following photos do not meet the contest guidelines and WILL NOT be posted or entered into the contest:

•    Snapchat filters or screenshots: pictures of pictures (screenshot) or any artificial overlay (like a Snapchat filter) will not be posted. 

•    Selfies holding a camera: selfies can’t include your entire costume. Submit a picture with your entire costume in the frame of the picture.

•    Too small: if your photo is not at least 800px wide, it’s really difficult to see the detail of the costume and your entry will not be posted.

•    Not Family friendly: Ensure your submission is family-friendly. (EX: Devoid of material deemed inappropriate for children such as sexually-explicit text or images, use of profanity, or references to the use of illegal drugs.)


Contest Categories and Rules

It’s time to get your costumes ready for the 2021 Halloween Costume Contest for a Cause! All entries for this year’s contest will be considered for prizes in four exciting categories. All costume categories have equivalent prizes for the selected winners. Winners for each category will be chosen by our amazing panel of expert judges. Take a look below for some additional details about the 2021 Halloween Costume Contest for a Cause.

  • Eligibility: The contest is open to amateur photographers only. PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, BOTH FULL AND PART-TIME WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Photos must have been taken within the past 12 months.

  • Entry deadline: November 5th 2021, 11:59 pm (no exceptions)


Adults are never too old to dress up for Halloween! And now that your childhood days are over, here’s your chance to still get some recognition for all that effort you put into your amazing DIY costume. The winning selections for this category are awarded to the top costume worn by those 18-years-old or older. To be considered the “Best Adult Costume,” you must add an extra level of detail to both your costume and description to stand out from the crowd. All costumes are fair game—scary, funny, and especially unique as long as your costume submission is family-friendly.


  • 1st place: $100


The “Best Kids Costume” is now for infants, children, tweens, and teens from 0-years-old to 17-years-old in age.. You’re in a category all of your own! Get the help of your parent or guardian to submit a photo of you in your brilliant Halloween costume along with a summary describing your Halloween masterpiece.


  • 1st place: $100



Join forces for this year’s Halloween Costume Contest with your partners in crime. For the couples/group category, this could be your significant other, family, sibling, friend, co-worker, relative, or neighbor. We’re not picky who chose to pair up with, but our judges are picky about the contest entries that will be awarded as winners. So, you’ll have to be a truly dynamic team to set yourself apart from the other couples + groups that enter. Because simply dressing up in complementary costumes isn’t going to cut it. Whatever DIY costume strategy your group chooses to agree on, your entry should include a story behind the costumes, how you know each other, and of course some incredible pictures that showcase your group’s amazing outfits.


  • 1st place: $100



The pet costume category is sure to steal some of the spotlight of this year’s Halloween Costume Contest as this category is sure to have some of the cutest contest entries. Humans shouldn’t have all the fun this Halloween! So, get ready to dress up your dogs, cats, and other creatures you have as pets in adorable DIY Halloween costumes. Any pet can be entered and the more creative the costume, the better your chances of winning! Get your pets in on the Halloween fun by channeling your creativity as a pet owner and submitting an entry with some great pictures and a thoughtful description. Bonus points for telling us about your pet!


  • 1st place: $100

Contest Rules

Entries will be accepted through Friday, November 5, 2021, Entries do not automatically appear once your entry is submitted. The Contest team reviews each entry to ensure the content meets the contest guidelines. Due to the number of submissions we receive, your entry may take up to 72 hours to be posted.



Prize money for contest winners will be delivered via PayPal or in person by appointment following the announcement of the winning entries. In addition, the winning entries will also be posted on following the completion of the Halloween Costume Contest.


Costume Description

Write a creative costume description that provides as much information about your costume as possible. You can include the source of your costume inspiration, how did you make your costume, what materials did you use, and the approximate cost.


Multiple Entries

If you’re submitting photos of different costumes, please create separate costume entries. Exceptions to this are entries that are submitted into the group and couple’s categories. If different individual costumes are submitted as a single contest entry, it will not be posted.


Your Info

We will use your email as a means to notify you as a winner. Your email address will not be displayed on or shared with any third-parties. By entering the contest, you give John L. Scott Real Estate permission to use your contest entry for marketing purposes both for John L. Scott Real Estate and John L. Scott Real Estate’s annual Halloween Costume Contest for a Cause.


Photo release

By entering this contest, permission is hereby granted to John L. Scott Real Estate to publish and use this photo in print, online, and in social media. The photographer retains ownership and copyright of the photo.

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