It’s time for for the LDN Virtual Costume Party

October 3, 2013

Looking for a treat without the trick? Well look no further than on Oct. 6, where the LaGrange Daily News latest online contest will kick off.

Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, the LaGrange Daily News and its key advertising sponsors are hosting a virtual costume party and they are inviting everyone to join the merriment.

Winner of the Virtual Costume Contest, sponsored by the Jim Thornton for Mayor campaign, will receive a $150 grand prize, a nice chunk of change for someone to use as they begin their holiday shopping.

That’s the treat. Much like the Cutest Kids and Cutest Pets contests, the newspaper offered this spring, prizes will be awarded in three categories which includes, of course, the overall winner with the best costume. Couple that with the bragging rights associated with having the best costume in these parts and it’s a winning party in which everyone should want to take part.

Winners are chosen by online visitors who will be allowed to cast votes — one per day — for those pictured in their neatest, scariest or cutest costumes. Voting begins on Nov. 3 and continues until Nov. 10, and winners will be announced the following week.

Categories include scariest, most unique, cutes, funniest and overall winner, with prizes being awarded to the overall winner and the cutest. Others will get those bragging rights that are just as important.

Photos can be submitted from now until the day before voting ends, Nov. 3, although we urge people to begin entering the contest now.

Just like with other LDN contests, participants — whether entering, voting or viewing — must have a valid email address, which must be listed as they fill out the online form.

To submit, visit, click on the Virtual Halloween Contest logo and follow the steps to upload the photo and enter.

The main draw of the contest — other than the obvious costume competition itself — is the opportunity to begin promoting the start of what businesses hope will be a very good holiday sales season.

All sponsors said they hoped the contest had a lot of participants and they urged people to get their costumes on, shoot a picture and begin entering.

Sponsors for the contest include:

Title Sponsor – sponsored by Jim Thornton for Mayor

Overall Winner - $150 Cash prize

Cutest Category – sponsored by Tournesol

$50 Cash Prize

Most Unique Category – sponsored by Hunter Allen Myhand Funeral Home

$50 Cash Prize

Scariest Category – sponsored by Downtown LaGrange Development Authority

$50 Cash Prize

Funniest Category – sponsored by TWFG Insurance

$50 Cash Prize