Northwood News ♦ December 2020
First House Decorating, Pet Costume Contests Huge Success
Halloween House Decoration Contest Winners
This Halloween, NFCCA celebrated the first annual House Decorating and Pet Costume Contests.
Initially created to make the holiday more festive despite COVID restrictions, the contests
drew more than 30 participants for the House Decorating Contest and another 25 entries for
the Pet Costume Contest.
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Spookiest: 1118 Chiswell Lane
Volunteer judges from the neighborhood — mostly families with young children —
determined the winners of the House Decorating Contest. Those winners were:
- Spookiest: Jean Hickey at 1118 Chiswell Lane.
- Most Creative: Carol Bannerman at 10819 Margate Rd.
- Fall Festival: Robin Loube at 10601 Cavalier Dr.
- Kid’s Choice: James family at 10516 Edgewood Ave.
- Best Jack-o-Lantern: Cox Family at 413 Belton Road.
Pet Costume Contest First Place winner was Cimba the Cheerleader (Glenwild Road)
Pet Costume Contest winners were determined by what pet had the most reactions on Facebook. The winners were:
- First Place: Cimba the Cheerleader, entered by Roxanne on Glenwild.
- Second Place: Dawgie Howser, M.D., entered by Lisa on Northwood.
- Third Place: Dogter of Philosophy, entered by Lisa on Northwood.
- Runner Up: Poodle trio, entered by Janet on Lombardy.
Most Creative: 10819 Margate Road
Winners in the House Decorating Contest each received a $25 gift card to
Red Maple Restaurant, a sign in their yard for a week displaying their victory, as well as
bragging rights for the year. Pet Contest winners each received a $15 gift card and a
bag of pet goods compliments of Loyal Companion, the pet store located in the
Burnt Mills Shopping Center.
Kid’s Choice: 10516 Edgewood Avenue
Thank you to everyone who participated in the contests, and a special thanks to all our
judges who took the time to go through the entries and vote.
In addition, the neighborhood pulled off a successful socially distanced Halloween, with
participants using tables and goody bags strategically played in their yards, and even candy
shoots, to distribute treats to thankful trick-or-treaters. In the strangest of times;
it was a loveliest of evenings. Thank you to those who made the holiday safe and
Fall Festival: 10601 Cavalier Drive
The NFCCA Halloween Working Group, which began meeting in August to work out logistics
for what a socially distanced Halloween would look like, helped provide guidelines for
trick-or-treaters and treat-givers, as well as brainstormed and ran the two contests.
Members included: Sharon Canavan, Jennifer Cox, Miranda Hovemeyer, S. Xiah Kragie,
Jen Larsen, Emily Schifrin, and Kate Waybright. The group is collecting
lessons-learned and looking to coordinate activities again for next year. Please email
NFCCAHalloween at gmail dot com to volunteer or share your suggestions.
Best Jack-o-Lantern: 413 Belton Road
Gift cards and signs were made available by the NFCCA Board through neighborhood
dues. If you would like to support events like this in the future, consider submitting
your dues through the NFCCA website on the “Join Us”
. Dues are $10 per household.
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