NIAGARA FALLS, ON - Based on the success of last year’s inaugural Spooky Awards, the City of Niagara Falls has once again launched the Halloween-themed decorating competition which will run October 29, 30 and 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. each night.
More than 50 homes entered the first-ever Spooky Awards last year with hundreds of colourful inflatables and jack o'lanterns, and dozens of delightfully grisly scenes on display. Highlights include large-scale productions like the haunted corn maze with a Stranger Things theme, an eight-foot slam-dunking skeleton, an animated singing pumpkin show, a ghastly pirate ship, and the Neitherworld Waiting Room complete with the Ghost with the Most in a tribute to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice.
"We were thrilled with the enthusiasm on display last year," says Councilor Chris Dabrowski. "From the massive display on Thorold Stone Road to the smallest yards packed to the roof tops, the talent in Niagara Falls is awesome. We're anticipating an even more spectacular year and, personally, I can't wait to tour the city with my family this Halloween and for many years to come."
The Spooky Awards competition was initiated by Councilor Dabrowski last year in response to the 2020 COVID-19 restrictions that put a damper on many Halloween festivities and traditions across the city and beyond. The success of the competition prompted the City to take up the Sparkle Awards in December, which also proved widely popular under Dabrowski's direction.
Nine winners will take home an official Spooky Award and prizes for placing first, second or third in three categories: Best Effects, Judges Favourite and People’s Choice. A panel of judges will assess each official entry for Best Effects and their overall favourite. Voting for the People's Choice will be open to the public.
The deadline to enter the free competition is Sunday, Oct 24 at midnight (aka the Witching Hour, if you're spooky). The public is invited to tour the displays—from the sidewalk—and cast their votes beginning Friday, Oct 29 at 4 p.m. All official entries will receive an official lawn sign to include in their display and will be featured on the City's interactive Spooky Map to help everyone plan their own tours.
Everyone is invited to check out the competition in advance and competitors may campaign for votes online by sharing sneak peeks and more on the 2021 Spooky Awards Facebook Event or by using #spookyawards on any other social media platforms.
For a full list of criteria, details on how to enter the competition and to access the Spooky Map, please visit niagarafalls.ca/spookyawards.
For more information, contact:
Councillor Chris Dabrowski
City of Niagara Falls
Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator
City of Niagara Falls
905-356-7521 ext 3341