One of the popular features of the Midwest Haunters Convention's costume party has always been the costume contest.
Following the same process they have used the past few years, there was no contest pre-registration. Anyone attending the
party could participate. Near the party entrance, there was a judging table set up where costumed creatures could register
in "American Idol" style and be judged on the spot, in one of three categories. The illustrious judges Chad "Sinister Seacrest"
Savage (Sinister Visions
Allen Hopps (Dark Hour
Kyle Vest (Skin Wars
Ed Edmunds (Distortions Unlimited
watched attentively as a mass of contestants filed through the line, each hoping to be a winner.
The categories had once again changed and sadly this year we had to say goodbye to "Ms Scary Midwest", which
had been a staple of the MHC costume contest for many years. That category had been removed. For 2019, the costume
contest categories were Best Costume, Scariest Costume, Most Original Costume and Best Couple or Group Costume.
While the registration and judging had all been completed at the beginning of the night, everyone would have to
wait to find out the results. At 10:30pm, the winners were announced and brought on stage, along with the top finalists
in each category. In assembly line fashion, the three categories of contestants were rushed on stage and the winners
given their awards. It happened at such a rapid rate, it was not only difficult to keep track of which category they
were announcing, but it was also difficult to get decent pictures of the contestants. We apologize in advance for the
quality of the image gallery below. For the benefit of those (like us) trying to take pictures, it
would have been nice to space things out a bit more, so there would be more opportunities to capture the action.
On a personal note, we really miss the way the contest used to be run, when the presentation was much more
elaborate, with each contestant performing for the crowd. We enjoyed the contest much more when the audience
was involved in more of the process and performance art was favored over expeditious contest execution.
Either way, though, the costume contest continues to be something that MHC attendees look forward to. Every year,
we are amazed by the creativity of the members of the Haunted Attraction Industry... and this year was no exception.
I'm glad that MHC continues to host this contest as a showcase of the fantastic and creative talent that this great
industry has to offer.
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