May 19-21, 2023 @ DoubleTree by Hilton at Universal Studios 954-258-7852

Costume Contests

Sunday, May 21st


The weekend is not complete with out a Spooky Empire Costume Contest to cap off a weekend of fun!

Be sure to stay and take part in our annual costume and cosplay contest. We’re giving you plenty of time to get ready so we want to see the best costumes or cosplay you can come up with ! We’ve been known to award some pretty great prizes in the past, so be sure to stand out from the crowd. Our past winners have been pretty outstanding!

TIME: 4pm
LOCATION: – Main Stage



Best in Show: $500 & Custom Guitar
Best Craftsmanship: $250
Best Exhibition: $150
Best Look-Alike $150
(x3) Judges Awards: Honorable Mentions awarded by the Judges.
Plus…People’s Choice Award

PLUS..A KIDS CONTEST – Everyone’s a Winner!




  • You must pre-register and fully complete the Spooky Empire Costume Contest registration form in order to participate in the contest.
  • You (or your parent for underage participants) must have purchased admission to Spooky Empire.
  • There are two categories you may choose to compete in: The Craftsmanship Category and The Exhibition Category. The Craftsmanship Category is solely for entrants who have made over 75% of their costume from scratch, and the Exhibition Category is solely for entrants who have purchased their costumes and wish to portray their characters in front of a live audience. You may choose only one category to compete in.
  • The Craftsmanship Category will be capped at 50 entries, and the Exhibition Category will be capped at 50 entries, totaling 100 entries for The Spooky Empire Costume Contest. Sign up early in order to secure your space!
  • The Re-Run Rule: If you have worn your costume during a previous Spooky Empire Costume Contest and have won a major award, you may not compete in the same costume again. It is time to show us something new!
    Only one costume entry per person. You may enter as a group entry, but you may not participate in multiple groups. The group limit is five, and no more than five people will be allowed on the stage at a time.
  • All costumes must be PG-13 friendly. If your costume offends your 5-year old sister or your 75-year old grandma, please leave it at home.
  • Lineup and Roll Call will occur 30 minutes prior to the start of the Spooky Empire Costume Contest. Please be aware that entrants who fail to show up on time will be penalized for their tardiness.
  • Props will be allowed on stage, but please do not swing them around in a careless or dangerous manner. Your prop could potentially harm someone on stage or in the audience, and no one wants that to happen.
  • Hazardous materials or any materials that will involve clean up or damage to the stage will NOT be allowed. This includes any liquids, confetti, silly string, etc.
  • All awards will be presented at the Judges’ discretion. There may be more or less awards given than originally listed.
  • Please refer to our Weapons Policy.