SI looks for goblins, ghouls in costume contest

By: By Kristy D. Carter -

Whether you are planning to dress as a goblin or ghoul, The Sampson Independent has the perfect idea for this Halloween.

Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, the Independent and its key advertising sponsors are hosting a virtual costume party and they are inviting everyone to join the spooktacular fun. The contest begins today.

The Virtual Costume Party is a great way to get the community involved and businesses giving back. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 grand prize, sponsored by Cape Fear Propane, the contest’s title sponsor.

“I think that costume contests are something that all ages can enjoy,” Jason Pearson, owner of Cape Fear Propane, said. “I hope that all of the community will take pictures during their Trunk or Treating at the community churches, or at Halloween on the Square on Monday night, so that we can all have a great time seeing all of the great costumes.”

Similar to the Cutest Kids and Cutest Pets contest held earlier this year by The Sampson Independent, $50 prizes will be awarded to the winners of four other categories, which include, cutest costume, funniest costume, most original costume, and best character.

Matthews Health Mart will be sponsoring the cutest costume contest, and it’s something he is involved in because it’s for the community.

“This is a fun time of year,” Matthews said. “The contest is a great way to let people express themselves and add something fun to life.”

Wiley and Potts is sponsoring the most original costume, Clinton Drug is sponsoring the funniest costume and Freedom Family Homes is sponsoring the best character.

Winners are chosen by online visitors who will be allowed to cast votes — one per day — for those pictured in their cutest, funniest, most original or character costumes. Voting begins on Nov. 9 and continues until Nov. 23, and winners will be announced the following week.

Submissions for the contest began being accepted today and will continue until Nov. 23, but participants are encouraged to enter before voting begins. This change was made in a effort to get more participation in the contest and get the community involved.

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

Like in years past, to submit, visit, click on the contest logo and follow the steps to upload the photo and enter.

All of it is made simple, assured Shannon Best, media director for The Sampson Independent, to encourage participation. The contest is all about community involvement.

“We don’t want this to be difficult; we want it to be easy and fun, which it should be,” she said.

Best offered thanks to the advertising sponsors for their participation and belief in the fun and advantages of the online contest, and urged residents to frequent those businesses and offer their thanks as well.

“Without our advertising partners, these contests, which so many love, simply wouldn’t be possible. I hope others will support them the way they support this community and these projects,” Best stressed.

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.

By Kristy D. Carter

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