Halloween Is So Not Lame

Are you self-conscious about dressing up for Halloween? Do you secretly love it but worry that your friends think it's ridiculous? If so, first of all, get new friends, because they sound really lame. Second, register to enter the Third Annual Scary Rock Star Costume Contest on Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Davie). Now you're dressing up for cash prizes, more than $25,000 altogether. You can win $1,000 for the best music, pop culture/entertainment; superhero; scary spooktacular; or miscellaneous categories. Each category will have first-, second-, and third-place winners. You could also take home the $4,000 best overall costume prize. Registration is free, but each category is limited, so you should register early. Check-in begins at 7 p.m. the day of the contest. And if you're still feeling self-conscious about dressing up, stop already. Contestants must be at least 21 to enter, so there's no chance you'll be the only grownup onstage surrounded by little Hannah Montanas. Contestants will be judged on creativity, originality, and appearance and are asked to use "good taste" -- whatever that is. Visit the website for the complete list of rules and requirements, and to register, visit seminoleparadise.com/scaryrockstars. And maybe you'll even make some new friends who won't be so lame.
Fri., Oct. 28, 7 p.m., 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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