All entries are judged on originality, creativity, and use of the “Halloween” theme. Special lighting and musical effects are encouraged. Remember that small details like lighting pumpkins and playing spooky music will make the experience for everyone more spooktacular!
A Park District Contest Committee will judge all entries except the People’s Choice Award, which is an online voting ballot. One winner will be awarded for each category.
Homeowners will select two categories for judging.
Judging includes the part of your yard and house that is visible/open to the public. Winners will be contacted by phone, posted on Facebook and listed on the Park District’s website. All contest decisions will be final.
Divided into two groups for less than 6 ghouls or more than 7 ghouls.
A delightfully frightening display without actors.
Ghoulish decorating on a budget. Best use of low cost, basic supplies to create a creepy, haunting, Halloween display.
Best Use of Technology
Special lighting and musical effects a MUST!
A whimsical and kid-friendly display containing Halloween fun and lots of Fall color.
First time entry. Eligible homeowner has not previously participated in the Halloween House Decorating Contest.
Participants can expect many drive-bys throughout the tour dates – maybe even a bus or two – and especially on Judging Nights.
More than 2,000 tour guides are downloaded from the Park District’s website each year by families from all over Chicago. Several homeowners provide visitors with a full haunt production on numerous nights.