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How to Win a Costume Contest

Be original, get creative, and win the next costume contest.


  • Step 1: Know the categories Know the categories of the costume contest and how it will be judged.
  • TIP: Find out which costumes won in previous years.
  • Step 2: Get ideas Brainstorm ideas for your costume. Choose a costume that is appropriate to the contest and choose a character that is familiar to others.
  • Step 3: Ask for opinions Ask friends and family for their opinions on which costume choice to wear.
  • Step 4: Set up a budget Set up a budget which includes the costume, make-up, accessories, and jewelry.
  • Step 5: Get into character Get into character as you get dressed and make your costume come alive.
  • Step 6: Interact Interact with audience members before the contest and get them to cheer you on.
  • Step 7: Win the contest Play the part, have fun, and win the contest.
  • FACT: In 2008, Elvis Presley's peacock jumpsuit costume was sold at auction for $300,000.

You Will Need

  • Information
  • Ideas
  • Opinions from friends and family
  • Budget
  • Costume
  • Acting skills

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