Hub Network scares up Martha Stewart to judge its “Halloween Bash” costume contest

For what it’s calling “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” (let’s just all agree to overlook that something can’t really be “first” and “annual”), Hub Network has conjured up a scary-big celeb to take part: domestic/lifestyle guru Martha Stewart.

Hub Network Halloween Bash Martha StewartStewart will decide whether she wants to say “it’s a good thing” to 50 finalists (one from each state) competing in a nationwide Halloween costume contest, which will take submissions starting today through Sunday, Sept. 29. The winner will take home $25,000 and have a shot at a walk-on role in the popular Hub series R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. Contestants can visit to find out how to enter.

The contest is open to all ages (although I don’t imagine we’ll see too many 70-year-olds rocking a homemade My Little Pony outfit), and you can do it individually or in a group of up to five people. The costumes should break down into one of these six categories:

  • Howl-arious – Shows the lighter side of Halloween with a take on a fun, funny or otherwise hilarious costume.
  • Spook-tacular – Get ready to frighten America by showcasing the most spine-chilling costume for all the ghosts and ghouls out there.
  • Mad Genius – Unique, original, innovative and never seen before. A knight in armor fashioned from bottle caps, bat wings made from old umbrellas, or a cardboard-box jetpack, the possibilities are endless. Display a costume unlike any other — show your Mad Genius.
  • Blast from the Past – Take a stroll down memory lane with a timeless costume. Memories, nostalgia and yesteryear brought to life. Show your take on great figures from before the 20th century or a retro ’50s sock hop get-up, ’60s flower child or other “period” inspired costumes.
  • Animal Kingdom – Transform into a living creature from the past or present. Be a roaring lion, a school of jellyfish, a firefly, or a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • Everyday Stuff – We’re looking for the coolest refrigerator/freezer, remote control, mailbox, block of Swiss cheese, telephone and more.  Be creative and transform the ordinary into the extra-ordinary.

The two-hour special will air Oct. 26. More participating celebrities, including a host and more judges, will be announced later.