2023 Costume Contest Winners

Prizes are here! A huge thank-you to everyone who participated in the contest. I’m in awe of all the beautiful costumes, the boundless creativity, and the warm sense of camaraderie in our little community. I was delighted to see so many familiar faces again and thrilled to welcome new participants to our contest. I will […]


Announcing our 2023 Costume Contest!

It’s time for the annual Dress Parade Costume Contest! This is the first year with our new name, but it’s still the same contest. We’ve tweaked the categories and the rules just a teensy bit as part of our never-ending quest to make things simpler and clearer. This year we have eight prize categories spread […]


Welcome to Dress Parade!

The great transition has happened: Take Back Halloween has now become Dress Parade. You’re on our new site, which we’ve been working all summer to get ready. It looks exactly like the old site, but the backend is updated and we have a new server. Now that our innards are good, we can upload new […]



Just a note that we hope to resume our costume contest in 2023. Until then, happy costuming!


Halloween 2020 Costume Contest Winners

Our 2020 Costume Contest was interrupted for three months by COVID and my work, so only now, three months later, are we posting the winners. I am so grateful for everyone’s patience and good humor through this long, bizarre situation. What a year. I will be emailing the winners their Amazon gift certificates over the […]


Announcing our 2020 Costume Contest!

UPDATE 10/26/2020: The deadline for entering the contest has been extended to November 15! Due to real-life circumstances, we’re going to have to delay the judging by about two weeks, so we’re also extending the deadline to enter. We’ll plan to get the prizes awarded the week of Thanksgiving. Thanks for understanding! After a one-year […]


No contest this year, but we’ll be back next year!

Hi everybody – Just a quick note that we’re not having a contest this year because our new website isn’t ready yet. (This one is barely creaking along.) We plan to re-launch in 2020, and we’ll have the contest again next Halloween. But if you’ve got a great costume this year, never fear—just get some […]


Halloween 2018 Costume Contest Winners

Every year the entries to our contest get better and better. I want to give everyone a prize. So many beautiful costumes, so much creativity, so many agonizingly difficult decisions. I’m just in awe of all this heartfelt handiwork. Some of the categories were brutally competitive this year. If you didn’t win, don’t be discouraged! […]


Announcing our 2018 Costume Contest!

The countdown has begun: exactly two months from today is Halloween. Will you be ready? Will you be wearing a fab historical costume? Will you have photos? Will you enter our contest??? Let the answer to all of those questions be an enthusiastic “yes!” Our 7th Annual Take Back Halloween Costume Contest is on. Send […]


Big news!

Hey everybody! It’s time for our annual costume contest, and I’ll be putting up the announcement for that very shortly. But I also have some other news to announce. None of this is going to happen until after the contest, but I wanted to go ahead and put out the alert. So, three things: 1. […]


Heads up: 2018 Costume Contest

Hey everybody – just a quick note that the formal announcement for the 2018 Costume Contest will be up at the end of August. This is usually the time of year when people start emailing me to check in on the contest, so just spreading the word. It’ll be similar to last year’s contest, but […]


Halloween 2017 Costume Contest Winners

Hoo boy, it was tough this year. So many great costumes! And we had so many entries in the new Masquerade Division that we divided it into amateur and professional sub-divisions, added a category for “Fantasy” costumes, and reworked the prize money a little bit to make it go further. (For reference, here’s the original […]