Join the contest for the fun, chance at cash

If you enjoy Halloween, dressing up or both, then we’ve got just the contest for you. And if you’ve got a costume, flaunt it; if your children get all decked out, show them off; if your co-workers have fun with the season, promote them, with proper permission, of course, and if you want to see them win, come Nov. 9 start voting for them.

It’s all possible now, with the start of The Sampson Independent’s annual Virtual Costume Party, an online and print offering brought to readers and web browsers by the paper and its advertising supporters, title sponsor Southeastern Foundation and Crawl Space Repair, and category sponsors Matthews Health Mart, Wiley and Potts Orthodontics, Clinton Drug, Freedom Family Homes and National Finance.

There are plenty of reasons to enter, not the least of which is the good, clean Halloween fun it offers, coupled with yet another chance to show off your children and their cutest, scariest and coolest costumes. But this time, it’s not just for kids. Everyone can get in on the fun — teenagers, adults and even groups, all who can participate in one of the newspaper’s most liked and participated in online contest, which went live Oct. 22.

The costume contest is a fun competition that allows us and you, both our print readers and our online visitors, an opportunity to have some fun and kick off what has become the start of the holiday season.

All one has to do is visit, click on the Virtual Costume Party logo and follow the simple directions to first upload photos, and later to cast votes.

And, naturally, watch the paper — the website and Facebook — to see who’s entered and, once voting begins, who’s leading the pack. They’ll be surprises along the way, just a little something to pique your interest and, again, to promote all those people we hope will be entered in the contest.

Everyone can participate. All you really need is an email address.Everything about the contest is free, including the fun you’ll have uploading pictures and watching the progress as the contest grows and all those pictures begin popping up on the website and in the newspaper.

The contest winner will receive $100 and $50 prizes will go to winners in four other categories: Cutest Costume, Funniest Costume, Most Original Costume. Best Character and Scariest Costume.

What’s not to love? After all, it’s trick or treat fun that carries on over into November as we get into the holiday spirit and stay that way as we move into a time of honor for our veterans, a time of thanks during Thanksgiving and a time of joy and peace during the Christmas season.

Much thanks should go to our advertising sponsors Southeastern Foundation and Crawl Space Repair, Matthews Health Mart, Clinton Drug, Wiley and Potts Orthodontics and Freedom Family Homes, for without them contests like these would not be possible.

When you see any of our advertising sponsors, thank them for helping make this contest possible. And support them whenever and however you can. After all, they are a big part of this contest and an even bigger part of this community.

We, at The Sampson Independent, hope you have fun with the contest, entering as often as the rules will allow, and, when the time comes, voting … often.

Enjoy it and all those colorful and fun costumes as you peruse the online site. They’re sure to make you smile and, in doing so, make your day a whole light brighter.

Who’s got the best costume? We don’t know yet, but it just might be yours.

Join the Virtual Costume Party today; vote starting Nov. 9