Family Voices Announces a Free Fall Costume Contest for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and/or Disabilities

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Many cultures include children dressing up in costume at some time during the year as part of their tradition, and often these celebrations take place in the fall. This practice can be ceremonial or recreational – it is always exciting and often meaningful for both children and adults. Family Voices Free Fall 2012 Costume Contest will run from October 15 - November 5 with gift card prizes in three age categories. Winners will be announced November 9.

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You are never too young - or too old - to dress up and have fun!

To enter the Family Voices costume contest, visit

A $100 Target gift card will be awarded to the winner in each of three age categories:

0 – 7 years old, 8 – 14 years old, 15 – 21 years old.

Judging criteria will include:

  • Creativity/originality of the costume
  • Craftsmanship or handiwork
  • How engaging, charming, or meaningful the costume is
  • Overall appreciation for this costume on this child

The judges will include

2 – 3 family leaders from different parts of the United States,
2 – 3 youth with special health care needs, and
2 – 3 members of the Family Voices staff representing diverse cultural backgrounds.

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(scroll down to see a gallery of photos of all kinds of kids in costume)


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