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Hooks and Tails Costume Contest

Do you celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day or refer to yourself as a mermaid or maybe you like some other form of cosplay like super heroes or anime? If you answered yes, then you are a perfect contestant for the Hooks & Tails Costume Contest!


  • All submissions must be emailed to HussainA2@bbfl.us and received by October 11, 2021, at 11:59 PM. No late entries will be accepted!

Contestants must the following via email:
  1. Contest application
  2. Signed released form
  3. Two photos – head shot and full body shot in a pirate, mermaid, mythical creature, or other costume (photos should be submitted in JPG or PNG formats)
  4. If possible, provide a username for Facebook and/or Instagram, which may be used to tag you if the Boynton Beach CRA posts your submission images.
    • Contestants must be at least 18 years old by October 29, 2021.
    • Contestants are expected but not required to be available to make a guest appearance in costume at the 10th Annual Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash on Saturday, October 30th between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM OR on Sunday, October 31st between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM.
    • No entertainers 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 may post your submission images to their Pirate Fest Facebook and Instagram pages.
    • 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 that make a guest appearance will be required to complete a Background Check Form and a Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Form prior to the event.


  • Once applicant is approved by the Boynton Beach CRA, contestants will be added to the approved applicant list.
  • The Boynton Beach CRA will utilize a poll through SurveyMonkey.com, featuring applicant name and submission images which will be used for judging purposes. A web-link to the poll will live and available October 12th – October 18th at 9:00 a.m.
  • The poll link will be advertised on the Pirate Fest Facebook page, the Pirate Fest Facebook event page, and the Pirate Fest Instagram Bio.
  • Once the link is posted, the Boynton Beach CRA will be invite fans to follow the link to vote for their favorite costume. Fans will be encouraged to make their decisions based on creativity, originality, authenticity, and complexity of overall costume.
  • All votes must be submitted through the official SurveyMonkey poll.
  • The two finalists that receive 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 18, 2021, by 5:30 PM.

  • Winners will receive:
  • Professional photo shoot during event and digital copies of the photos (applicable only if applicant attends the event).
  • A treasure chest filled with “Pirate Booty” (gift certificates to local businesses, $100 VISA or MasterCard gift card, and Pirate Fest swag bag)
  • Opportunity to be a guest judge of the Mermaid Pageant at the event on Sunday, October 31st.
  • A 4-pack of the Pirate’s Rebellion, a craft beer created by Due South Brewing Company exclusively for Pirate Fest.
  • A 2-night hotel stay in Boynton Beach.

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