Entry into the costume contest does not have an additional cost, but all entrants must have a valid ticket to the Night in Wonderland Gala.
Registration for the costume contest will open until 4:00 PM on October 13th, 2023. Registration will be held at online on this page or in person at 790 Loughborough Drive, Merced CA 95348
Judging will take place at 9:00 PM, during A Night in Wonderland Gala. All contestants are required to report to be judged at this time.
A contestant can only enter individual categories once. A contestant may enter one individual category and the group category. All contestants will be judged individually for best overall regardless of what category they originally participated in. Depending on number of contestants, participants may be allowed to participate in more than one individual category. This will be announced at the event if requirements are met.
No pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed. Any costume that “makes a mess” will not be allowed. Any items that appear to be a weapon, prop or otherwise is not allowed.
Photos will be taken during the judging of all participants. These photos will be used for record and judging purposes. By entering the costume contest, you are agreeing to allow your image to be used on social media and in future advertising efforts.
Prizes will be announced at the competition.
While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require that the rules be changed. Any changes to the rules will be noted in bold red print on this page. A complete set of current rules will be posted at the costume contest check-in-table. Valley Crisis Center wants to provide maximum creativity to the costume contest participants while still keeping a family friendly environment and safety our top priority. When in doubt, our costume contest administrators will err on the side of caution, and we expect costume contest participants to do the same.
To register for the costume contest, please download this form and complete it.
There are three ways to submit: