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To really wow contest judges, you know you'll need a great contest, and my article will help you find or make one. But the costume is just the first step; you'll also need to present yourself as well as possible by imbuing your costume with the right "Halloween spirit."
For tips about how to choose a costume, taking a prize-winning photograph to getting votes for online costume contests, and even how to come up with great (and safe) costumes for kids and pets, read the full article.
Do you love costume contests? Tell us about the costumes you've used to enter contests over the years here: Costume Contest Tips from Readers. While you're there, you can also get inspiration by reading the tips from other costume contest pros.
This post is part of the About Parenting Halloween Blog Carnival. Be sure to check out all of the great Halloween tips from around the web!