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Hooks and Tails Costume Contest

Do you love cosplay? Do you celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on a daily basis? Do you refer to yourself as a mermaid? If you answered yes to any of those questions then you are a perfect contestant for the 3rd Annual Hooks & Tails Costume Contest!


  • Contestants must be at least 18 years old by October 25, 2019.
  • Both male and female contestants are encouraged to enter.
  • Contestants must be available to make a guest appearance in costume at the 8th Annual Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash on Saturday, October 26th between 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM OR on Sunday, October 27th between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
  • Contestants must submit via email:
    • Contest application
    • Signed released form
    • Two photos – head shot and full body shot in a pirate, mermaid, or mythical creature costume (photos should be submitted in JPG or PNG formats)
    • If possible, provide a username for Facebook and/or Instagram, which will be used to tag your entry upon approval by the Boynton Beach CRA.
  • No individuals (entertainers, vendors, sponsors, etc.) participating in the event in any capacity are eligible to participate in the contest.
  • The Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash is a family-friendly event, therefore absolutely no nudity will be permitted.
  • Any conduct deemed inappropriate by the Boynton Beach CRA will result in the immediate dismissal and removal from the contest.
  • Once approved, the Boynton Beach CRA will post your photos to their Pirate Fest Facebook and Instagram pages, at which point you will be notified via email to share the posts.
  • By entering the costume contest, you are agreeing to allow your image to be used in future advertising efforts conducted by the Boynton Beach CRA
  • Winners will be required to complete a Background Check Form and a Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Form prior to the event.
  • All submissions (photos, application, and release form) must be emailed to HussainA@bbfl.us and received by October 7, 2019, at 11:59 PM. No late entries will be accepted!


  • Judging will be based upon creativity, originality, authenticity, and complexity of overall costume.
  • The Boynton Beach CRA will select four finalists based on the criteria listed above.
  • Once finalists have been selected, the Boynton Beach CRA will host a poll on www.crowdsignal.com. A web-link to the poll will be available October 9th at 5:30 PM – October 14th at 12:30 PM on the Pirate Fest Facebook page, the Pirate Fest Facebook event page, and the Pirate Fest Instagram page where the public will be invited to vote for their favorite finalists. All votes must be casts through the official poll.
  • The top two finalists with the most votes will win the costume contest.
  • All decisions of the Hooks & Tails Costume Contest are final and cannot be contested.


Two winners will be publicly announced on Facebook and Instagram on Monday, October 14, 2019, by 5:30 PM.

  • Winners will receive:
  • Professional photo shoot during event and digital copies of the photos.
  • A treasure chest filled with “Pirate Booty” (gift certificates to local businesses, VISA gift card, and Pirate Fest swag)
  • Opportunity to be a guest judge of the Mermaid Pageant at the event on Sunday, October 27th.
  • A 4-pack of the Pirate’s Rebellion, a craft beer created by Due South Brewing Company exclusively for Pirate Fest.
  • A 2-night staycation at the Hampton Inn Boynton Beach.

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