CITIZENS in costume can now win prizes, prizes, and cash prizes as they participate in Halloween costume competitions across the United States, with some states taking their first steps in making Halloween a holiday of cultural exchange and community.
As of Friday, some states had issued licenses to companies or individuals for a limited number of Halloween costume events.
The licenses, which expire on Nov. 28, allow for up to 500 participants to be participating, but the state of Colorado, for example, has authorized just 50.
A group of five adults and two children from a local community, dressed as characters from the TV show “The Simpsons,” were the first to register for the first event.
They paid $100 each and had a costume contest that included a cash prize, plus a chance to win a free “SuperBowl” beer.
The event is sponsored by the Colorado Association of Governments and the City of Denver, and was a collaboration between the City and the National Parks Foundation.
The event was hosted at the city’s recreation center, located at 2200 Westheimer Drive, and drew more than 1,100 participants, according to the city.
The Denver Zoo has already begun the process of issuing license renewals for its “Treat Me Like Your Auntie” Halloween costume contest, which began in May and will run through Oct. 10.
The zoo will allow people of all ages to enter the contest, but for a costume with a Halloween theme, children aged 12 to 18 must have at least one parent or legal guardian.
The contest will be held every Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and is open to anyone who can prove their age.
“This event is designed to be a great way for our visitors to connect with our great parks, our great city, and our great community,” said Jennifer Coyle, director of community engagement at the Denver Zoo.