If You've Got It, Haunt It: GWK's Annual Halloween Family Costume Contest

It's been a year, hasn't it?! But we're not going to let 2020 rain on our Halloween parade! Will there be trick-or-treating? Most likely not (CDC guidelines stress that it is a high-risk activity due to Covid-19) but will there be coveted costumes, frightening fatigues, ghostly garbs, and babies that are too-cute-to-spook? You can count on the dads in the GWK community!

We're still celebrating this year by focusing on the other fangtastic elements of Halloween: decoration, socially distancing at outdoor pumpkin patches, and, you guessed it, the GWK Halloween Family Costume Competition!

The prizes are...*drum roll please*

For 1st place: $500 cash prize

Two runners-up families: $250 cash prize

img108Mark and Rob with their two kids, Florida

Competition information

Submissions must be sent to halloween@gayswithkids.com by October 31 midnight PST, along with dads' first names, Instagram handle (if you're on Instagram), and the city / state or country where they live.

Competition to be judged on November 1st, and the winners will be announced on Monday November 2nd via Instagram and Facebook. Winners will also be notified via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize.

All submitted photos will be included in our Halloween Gay Dad Family 2020 roundup. 🙌✨👻 Our favorite photo essay of the year!

One of the runner-up families will be selected via a voting page (featuring 21 families) that we will set up on the website. When it's live on November 1st, 9am EST, we'll encourage folks to vote for their favorite family costumes! You'll have till midnight Monday PST - we know this isn't long so you'll have to act fast! - and we'll be sharing plenty of reminders via our Instagram to encourage folks to vote!

img1Casey and David with their son, New Jersey

Rules for entry

Gay, bi and trans dads: Send us your favorite family photo(s) of Halloween 2020 showing each and every member of the family in costume: Dad(s) and child(ren). All those featured in the photo must be in costume, and must include at least one dad.

One entry per family, although you may submit up to 5 different photos of your family in the same costumes.

img144Roel and Jorge with their kids, Texas

Meet our fabulous judges!

Alec Mapa


Actor, writer, comedian, and dad, Alec Mapa is America's Gaysian Sweetheart. We know him from his roles on Half & Half, Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. He's also husband to Jamie Hebert and proud dad to son Zion, whom they adopted through foster care when he was 5 years old. Watch Alec on his hilarious comedy special "Baby Daddy" on YouTube.

Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau

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Cheyenne Jackson is best known for his roles on Glee and American Horror Story, but his most challenging and rewarding role is being a dad. Four years ago, Cheyenne and his husband, actor and business owner Jason Landau, welcomed twins through surrogacy. Watch Cheyenne in his latest docuseries celebrating LGBTQ+ trailblazers on HBO Max's Equal. 

We're thrilled to have these amazing folks helping us judge our annual family costume competition. 


While you're here... check out our photo essay from last year.

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