Fun Neighborhood Halloween Contests – From Ghostly Goodies to Petrifying Pumpkins

Fun Neighborhood Halloween Contests – From Ghostly Goodies to Petrifying Pumpkins

By Kimberly Blaker

Are you looking for some
fun new ways to celebrate
Halloween with your kids
this year? How about a
neighborhood contest?
Costume contests are just
one of the many options to get everyone
in the spirit. Read on to see if one of these
wicked ideas grabs you.

Craziest Costume
Pass out fliers inviting all the neighborhood
kids to meet at your house an hour before
trick-or-treating begins. Give everyone
a name tag when they arrive. Each child
and adult can fill out a voting slip. Include
best costume, scariest, funniest, and most
creative costume. Hand out a special prize to
the winners of each category. Do not forget
a small consolation prize for all children
who participate.

Scariest Scarecrow
Ask your neighbors to participate in
the scariest scarecrow contest. To keep
the scarecrows safe until voting, set a
specific day when the scarecrows should
be displayed in everyone’s yards. Have
everyone in the neighborhood, whether they
participate by making a scarecrow or not,
hand-deliver their vote to you by the end
of the day that the scarecrows are set out.
Then, deliver a fun Halloweenish homemade
yard sign to the winning home.

Creepiest Food
Hold a simple neighborhood potluck
Halloween party. Each participating family
should be instructed to bring a Halloween
themed food or dessert. Place a numbered
card next to each dish. Have everyone fill
out a ballot for the cutest, grossest, funniest,
and scariest food. Once the winners are
announced, take photos of the families next
to their creepy food. Finally, everyone can
dig in and eat the yummy dishes and treats.

Most Fun Halloween Game
Hand out fliers to everyone in the
neighborhood, or on your street to hold a
Halloween game day. Ask each participating
house to set up a Halloween kids’ game in
their front yard. Participating homes can
give out small prizes such as stickers or
treats to each kid who plays their game.
Kids can wander the neighborhood playing
the games for the afternoon. When they are
done, have each child fill out a ballot for
the most fun Halloween game. Then post a
chilling homemade sign in the yard of the

Most Ghoulish Yard
Invite everyone in the neighborhood to join
in a decorating contest. You could have a
few categories such as scariest, cutest,
silliest, and best overall. Set a decorating
deadline for October 21st. Provide delivery
instructions on the fliers so every house in
the neighborhood can vote for the addresses
they like best. Also, mention that neighbors
should view all the homes after October
21st and deliver their votes to you by a
specified date. Ask some of the participating
neighbors to help you make up fun ‘Scariest
House’ and other signs. Post the signs in the
yards of the winning homes.

Funniest Carved Pumpkin
Ask the neighborhood to join you in a carved
pumpkin contest. You can schedule a date
and time when everyone will meet with their
pumpkins at your home or a neighborhood
park. Suggest everyone who participates
pitch in $2 per pumpkin for a jackpot. To
keep it fair, allow only one pumpkin per
child. Prepare numbered cards in advance
so each pumpkin will have its own number.
Next, have everyone fill out a voting slip.
The carver of the winning pumpkin gets the
jackpot. You could also pass out small goody
bags for all the kids who participate.