Still Time to Enter Family Voices Fall Costume Contest for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and/or Disabilities

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Halloween is approaching and we welcome any witches, wizards, princesses, vampires, cats, and other costume adventurers who are children or youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities to enter Family Voices free Fall costume contest.

Lisa Schumacher, an FV costume contest entrant, as a container of French Fries

It's helpful to have a father who is a carpenter if you want a really cool costume built just for you.

Family Voices Fall Costume Contest will end Monday, November 5. See all the details below.

To enter, visit

This information is also available on the Family Voices web site at

Family Voices will follow up with everyone who enters the contest.


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.

Winners will be announced by November 9.

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.

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.

Need some inspiration?


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


To enter Family Voices Fall Costume Contest, visit

For more information, contact Melanie Rubin, mrubin(at), 505-872-4774.

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