Spooky Awards

Welcome to the 2022 Niagara Falls Spooky Awards!

The Niagara Falls Spooky Awards is our free, outdoor Halloween display competition. Last year more than 85 homes officially entered the competition!  Altogether, 9 awards will be issued to our spookiest residents across three categories: Judges' Favourite, Best Effects, and People's Choice. Thanks to all for joining in the fun and showcasing your incredible talent and enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing all the spook-tacular displays!

Spooky Awards

Get Spooky! There are lots of ways to participate:

  1. Create an outdoor Halloween display at your home or business. See Official Entry Rules below. Registration is open October 5 - 23 and the Entry Form is linked here
  2. Tour the displays across the city with the Spooky Map! Displays will be lit from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct 28 to 29 while the judges creep through the neighbourhoods!
  3. Cast your vote in the People's Choice Awards. Voting will be open to the public during the judging window (6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct 28 to 29). People's Choice Award Voting Form linked here (available once voting opens)
  4. Follow the competition on Facebook! Competitors campaign for visits and votes by sharing photos and videos.

Official Entry Rules

  • Open to residential and commercial properties in the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • Competition dates are Friday, October 28 through Saturday, October 29, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Contest is limited to exterior decorations, which must be visible from the curbside
  • Decorations must not cover/interfere with any fire safety equipment, roadways or sidewalks/walkways.
  • Keep everything PG-13.
  • Special Effects/Lighting/Inflatables must be operating each night during the competition (until 10 p.m.)
  • Voting/Judging may take place anytime during the competition dates/times.
  • Photos & Media: participants must agree to have photos of their displays and their addresses posted online, including, at the sole discretion of the City: the Spooky Map, voting forms, and our social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).
  • Official Spooky Awards Entry lawn signs must be placed in your yard and easily visible from the curbside. Free of charge, pick yours up at the MacBain Centre starting Wednesday, October 5. If you have one from last year, you can save yourself a trip: they're the same. (Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30)

Rules For Judges and Public Voting for the People’s Choice Awards

  • Assessments to be conducted from the curbside (sidewalk) only.
  • Do not block traffic.  Be courteous to others.
  • Voting for the People's Choice will be open to the public during the competition from 6 p.m. on Oct 28 until 11:59 p.m. on Oct 29. One vote per person, per entry/display. Online voting form is posted above.

Assessment Criteria

Judges Favorite:

  • Originality (20 marks)
  • Overall theme (20 marks)
  • Creative use of lights and special effects (20 marks)
  • Detail/placement of decorations (20 marks)
  • Overall Presentation (20 marks)

Best Effects (20 marks)

Prizes

  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the three categories: Judges Favourite, Best Effects, People's Choice. 
  • 1st place winners will receive a Spooky Awards trophy!
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a commemorative lawn sign acknowledging their spooky display and category they placed in!
  • 1st place winners will receive a $100 gift card of their choice
  • 2nd place winners will receive a $75 gift card of their choice
  • 3rd place winners will receive a $50 gift card of their choice

For more information on the program, please email or call Recreation & Culture at 905-356-7521 ext.3345 during regular business hours.

Spooky Map (Available after registration closes)

Tap on a ghost and the address will pop-up. Scroll down in that little window for a link to driving directions from wherever you are. Scroll down for more options, including a new Google Maps import (step-by-step instructions below).

DISCLAIMER: The Spooky Map is intended to outline participating destinations.  Please obey all traffic laws and use precaution when visiting these locations in order to keep everyone safe and to avoid any traffic congestion.  Consider driving through some of the map points and connect back onto the route where applicable to eliminate any turn-around scenarios. Residents are encouraged to define their own route that is most suitable to their needs.

Spooky Awards Route Map & List 

A list of all Official Entry locations (you can also download the Spooky List (TBD)). The sequence corresponds to the Spooky Route Map.

  1. TBD

The Spooky Awards: Winners Announced!

2021 Spooky Awards

Media Release

Judges’ Favourite
1st Place: 8393 Feren Drive
2nd Place: 4627 Eastwood Crescent
3rd Place: 4026 Montcalm Crescent

Best Effects
1st Place: 4120 Campbell Avenue
2nd Place: 8389 Feren Drive
3rd Place: 5688 Belmont Avenue

People’s Choice
1st Place:  8393 Feren Drive
2nd Place: 6720 Jupiter Boulevard
3rd Place: 6467 Burdette Drive

Spooky Costume Awards Winners
1st Place (tied at 94 points): Lennon Woodland-Cenniccola (UFO and Alien Abduction)
1st Place (tied at 94 points): Rose Lovell (Headless girl)
2nd Place (tied at 91 points): Ethan Ridsdale (Ghostbuster and Ectomobile)
2nd Place (tied at 91 points): Jem Kelley (Ice-Cream Sprinkles)
2nd Place (tied at 91 points): Payten Lambert (Oogie Boogie)
2nd Place (tied at 91 points): Jordan Antonio (Green Army Man)
3rd Place (tied at 90 points): Brayden Tabuelog (Bass Pro Fishing)
3rd Place (tied at 90 points): Bill Ritcey (Jack Skellington)

Honourable Mentions: Leonardo Dell'Isola, Scarlett Spooner, Logan Woodland-Ceniccola, Kyle Shakya, Jake Kelley, Isabella Ridsdale, Hannah Farr, Abi Steele, Ayla Chedore, Kameron Morley, Evan Kostuk, Milah, Carmen & Bob Hunter, Danielle & Bob Pybus, Troy Sager, and Leia Bond-Luffman & Ozzie Fozzie Bond

2021 Photos

Visit our Facebook Event to see highlights from the 2021 competition.

2020 Spooky Awards

Thank you to all who participated in the first ever Niagara Falls Spooky Awards in 2020!  In total, 56 properties geared up to scare all that came to visit.

2020 Winners

People's Choice

  1. 2570 Kalar Rd
  2. 6720 Jupiter Bv
  3. 7159 Richmond Cr

Judges Favourite

  1. 5866 Delaware St
  2. 8925 McGarry Dr
  3. 7701 Chorozy St

Best Effects

  1. 6467 Burdette Dr
  2. 5688 Belmont Av
  3. 6720 Jupiter Bv

2020 Photos

Visit our Facebook Event to see highlights from the 2020 competition.