Irvington Halloween Festival Contests

The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival invites you to participate in one of the many contests throughout the year and specifically in the month of October.

All unclaimed prizes can be picked up at the Irvington Branch Library.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Sponsored by Waterman’s Family Farms

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 | 10am-2pm | Ellenberger Park Skating Rink| FREE

Come out to the Ellenberger Park Skating Rink for a free pumpkin carving contest! Pumpkins and tools will be provided. Food trucks & prizes for K-12 and adult categories!

Download the registration form here >>

Window Painting Contest

Sponsored by Irvington Insurance

If you grew up as a kid in Irvington, then chances are you at some point painted windows for the Halloween Festival. Now that some of us are older, we have the same opportunity to pass along this tradition to our children. And for those adults who still enjoy painting the windows, don’t worry, we’ve got an adult category too. Click the link above for details and how to enter.

Haunted House Decorating Contest

Does your house scream Halloween more than any other in Irvington? Do you spend more time and money decorating your house for Halloween than any other holiday? This is the one time of the year it’s socially acceptable to make your house look frightening and unapproachable.  Click the link above for entry form and how to enter.

Categories include:

Best rookie entry, scariest, funniest, judge’s favorite and best use of pumpkins.

Scarecrow Decorating Contest

Contestants purchase simple scarecrow frames from Central Ace Hardware and embellish them with imaginative outfits and props. Judges award prizes to the best entries in various categories that include kids, families and businesses.

Costume Contests

If you would like to enter your child (or adult) in our costume contest, judging is to take place just outside the Irvington United Methodist Church on the North Audubon Circle from 11am- 2pm on Saturday, October 29th during the Halloween Festival Street Fair. 


Ages 0-5, Ages 6-9, Ages 10-13, Ages 14-18, Ages 19+, Most Original, Best Make-up, Best Group, & Best Pet + Person.

Pet Costume Contest

2016 Pet Costume Categories: Scariest, Cutest, and Most Creative/original.  Judging will take place outside of the Irvington United Methodist Church Saturday, October 31st from 11am-2pm.

NEW THIS YEAR!  Online cat costume contest!  Dress up your cat, take a picture and load it to the Pet Costume Contest Facebook Page!  More details and rules to come.

Writing Contest

This is an annual contest in which participants submit original pieces of poetry and essays about Halloween. This contest is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade students. Winners are invited to read their work at the Spooky Stories event at the Irving Theater on Thursday, October 27th at 7pm. Click the link above for entry form and directions on how to enter.