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2023 Parma “Spooky Showdown” Decorating Contest

September 1 - October 15

Get ready for spine-chilling thrills and hauntingly creative displays as Parma’s neighborhoods become a battleground of Halloween décor! The Spooky Showdown invites all brave and imaginative residents to join in this epic Halloween house decorating extravaganza! Get ready for a hair-raising and spine-chilling event like no other — the “Spooky Showdown” Halloween House Decorating Contest!

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How to Enter

Participation is open to all City of Parma residents. The goal is to build community connections through friendly competition while also making Parma a decoration destination.

Entry is free. Send photos or a video of your display with your name and address to Halloween@ParmaYPs.com by Sunday, October 15. Please mention in the email whether you would like your display judged during the day or night.

Ten finalists will be selected among those initial entries. Members of Young Professionals of Parma will review finalists in person on a bus tour taking place Thursday, October 19. The four winning entries will be announced shortly thereafter.


Judges will use the following scoring criteria when judging homes on October 19th. If you are a finalist, please make sure all lights and decorations are on and operating. Homes will be judged on coverage, showmanship, and use of theme.


This scores how well the home owners have covered their house/yard with lights and decorations.


This scores the wow factor of the display ó blinking or flashing lights, and items that move or change, or music are some examples. This can also be anything that took obvious forethought and planning. This is about the ownerís level of creativity and thinking outside of the box, while still maintaining a Halloween/Autumn feel.

Use of Theme:

Pumpkin House – Kid Friendly Display. Not-so-scary, kid-friendly Halloween decor.

Harvest House – Fall Display. Are they less horror & more harvest? Think flannel, pumpkins, leaves, scarecrows … classic & cute!

Haunted House – Scary Display. What do you fear when you’re alone in the dark? Blood, gore and horror? Creepy clowns, haunting ghosts, cemeteries? This theme sends a shiver up your spine! 


Each winner will receive a gift card and a plaque.

Theme Winners (3)
$50 Gift Card
(One winner per theme)

Overall Winner
$100 Gift Card
(Excels in all three judging categories)



September 1
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