How to Host Your Own Virtual Halloween Costume Contest

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How to Host Your Own Virtual Halloween Costume Contest

October 15, 2020
posted by Mindy Schanzle

Everyone remembers their favorite Halloween costume as a kid. Dressing up as your favorite character, celebrity, or for your dream job is just one of the many delights of spooky season! Even though festivities may look a little different this year, you and your family can still celebrate #HalloweenAtHome and show off your creative costume with a virtual Halloween costume contest. Check out our list of 7 steps to make your at-home virtual costume party a wicked good time. Still looking for some costume inspiration? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too with some clever costume ideas.


1. Send out invites

Kickoff the event by inviting your guests. Use pre-made spooky email invitations or contact your guests via snail mail with a postcard. You can invite friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors, or classmates – all near or far, one of the top benefits of having a virtual bash!


2. Coordinate the call

Choose a video conferencing platform that works best for you and your guests. Be sure to send out the link prior to the event!


3. Set a festive video call background

Decide where you will set up your virtual call and deck out the background with pumpkins, fake spider webs, and even bowls of Halloween treats! No supplies? No problem! Host a Zoom costume party to easily customize the virtual background.  Video calling platforms allow you to change the virtual background, so get creative with a seasonal backdrop. Pumpkin patches, a forest full of fall leaves, or even a full moon are a few themed options.


4. Vote on superlatives

Make the party even more engaging with some silly superlatives. Communicate the categories ahead of time. To vote, guests can send their votes in the chat box or use the poll features built into some video call platforms. Feel free to get creative and customize your own superlatives! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Spookiest
  • Most Unique
  • Cutest
  • Funniest
  • Best Sibling/Family theme
  • Best Use of Wagon


5. Costume contest

Allow each participant equal time to show off and explain their costume. Consider turning on music or let little ones “walk the runway” to show off their outfit! Feel free to get as theatrical as you’d like for extra laughter.


6. Keep the party going

Consider adding another activity to the party to keep the fun going. Get crafty by carving or painting pumpkins, sharing Halloween jokes and riddles, or making caramel apples together! Or, cue a spooky playlist and have a Halloween dance party. Go one step further and watch a dance tutorial together to learn iconic routines or make up your own spooky dances.


7. Thank your guests!

If your virtual guests live close, consider dropping off party favors for a one-way trick or treating treat! Create small prize packs with ribbon and candy and leave them on the porches of your guests for a special (and socially distanced) surprise. Or, mail superlative ribbons to the party’s winners with a thank you note.



5 Clever Costume Ideas

Now that you and your little ones have a virtual costume party plan, it’s time to pick a costume! Here are 5 costume contest ideas sure to help you take home a win:


1. Creative Closet Finds

Costumes don’t have to be store-bought! Use what you have at home to create a cohesive themed costume. For example, level up PJs with an accessory or piece together Halloween themed accessories for a spooky set. Have a million stuffed animals lying around? Fill up your wagon with them and you’ve got an easy traveling zoo costume!


2. Decorative Duos

Family themed costumes are always a hit. Whether the whole family is involved or siblings dress up as iconic duos, there are endless possibilities for unique pairings.


3. Festive Flyers

Use your favorite Radio Flyer product to level up little ones' costumes. Families can build an outfit around their little red accessory or use it as the perfect finishing touch.  Our ride-ons are a great starting point for creative costumes!


4. Not So Basic Backdrops

With a virtual setting, the costume is important, but so is the background! Take advantage of the at-home party and decorate the background for a full immersive experience.


5. Transform your Radio Flyer Wagon

With a few extra resources, transform your Radio Flyer to be the central component of your costume! From spaceships to ice cream trucks, the possibilities are endless! Here are 7 of our favorite wagon inspired costumes.


How are you celebrating #HalloweenAtHome this year? Remember to tag Radio Flyer in your photos with #radioflyer so we can celebrate in-style with you!