Halloween competitions to enter right now

Here we go again…. the Halloween competitions have started to creep onto social media!

At the end of this post you’ll find my annual list of creative Halloween competitions to enter – there’s just a few to start with, but the list will grow over the next few weeks!

Be warned! Loads of Halloween competitions will close on 31st October – or even earlier – so you’ll need to either enter last year’s photos, or get organised early with your photoshoot so you’re not panicking about last minute photos on Halloween.

Halloween Competitions to enter

Tips for Halloween competitions

  • Search for #HalloweenCompetition or #PumpkinCompetition on Instagram to find competitions – make sure they’re open to UK entries!
  • Check the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts of your favourite local attractions, restaurants and shops – lots of them will be running Halloween competitions, from pumpkin carving and costume competitions to guess the number of sweets in the jar.
  • Search on Pinterest, Instagram or Google for inspiration for your costumes, make up and decorations, using #HalloweenMakeup, #HalloweenCostume, etc.
  • Take multiple photos of your pumpkins, kids, makeup and costumes so you’re not entering exactly the same shot in every competition. You can also recycle the photos to use again next year.

Pumpkin competitions

  • Get a receipt for your pumpkin and upload to the TopCashback app or website to claim £2 cashback! Find out more at www.topcashback.co.uk/snapandsave/offers/pumpkin-offer-2022
  • If you can reference the competition promoter, or something currently in the news, your entry will stand out in the crowd.
  • YouTube has some excellent pumpkin-carving tutorials to help you improve your technique.
  • If small children are involved, try decorating your pumpkin with felt tips, paint or stickers rather than carving. My son helped create the mini pumpkin ‘aliens’ for our photo, while I carved the UFO!

  • Don’t just buy one pumpkin – buy several, and experiment with your carving
  • Use the pumpkin flesh to create dishes for competitions too – I won a few prizes with my eyeball soup recipe (and it tasted pretty good too!)

Halloween costume competitions

  • Taking photos somewhere dark or creepy will look more exciting than your lounge – do you have a local churchyard you can visit for a photo shoot?
  • Take photos at an interesting angle.

Toilet roll mummy

  • Use props to make your photo eye-catching
  • Cute or daft costumes are usually more successful in competitions than gruesome ones. My baby son dressed as a mummy won loads of Halloween competitions!

Baby mummy costume

Halloween competitions are listed in the linky list below – just click the link to enter! Some of these are local to certain UK towns or areas, so I’ve added this into the title.

If the list isn’t loading please click here to view it! 

Have you found some more fun Halloween comps? Add to the linky list yourself (don’t forget to include the closing date at the start!) or leave a comment with the link.

Are you running a Halloween competition and looking for ideas? Check out my post 13 creative ideas for Halloween competitions

1 Response

  1. The Howden Insurance comp “£50 Smyths voucher (costume/decoration photo)” only links to the t&c’s – the actual competition is on twitter/x at https://twitter.com/howdenlocaluk/status/1714272612308685186 Prize also includes a Cadbury’s selection box

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