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Halloween Photo Contest

This great “Mummy” get up was worn by William Ball, who was four-years-old in 2004 when this photo was taken. This is an example of a simple, inexpensive, and fun costume that won in that year’s contest. William is the son of Charles and Melissa Dennis Ball and grandson of Curtis and Dot Dennis of Water Valley.

Are you going to wear an original, creative, and not-off-the-rack costume this Halloween? If so, we would love to have you contact us by email at to set up a photo for possible use in the newspaper and to enter in our contest.

However, all photos are eligible for Halloween Photo Contest! It’s easy to enter. Just submit a photo of yourself in costume, so it can appear on our Halloween Costume Parade Page. All entries will be automatically entered in the contest.


Send your entry form (print out the .pdf file or cut the form out of the newspaper) along with your snapshot to: North Mississippi Herald, P.O. Box 648, Water Valley, MS 38965; or bring it by 416 N. Main St; or you can email it to: Time is short, so we recommend email or drop off if the photos are taken on Halloween.


All submissions must be received by this newspaper before the deadline. Decision of judges is final. Employees of this newspaper and contest sponsors not eligible to win.


Safety tips:

Independent Agents Offer Halloween Safety Tips

To help families and businesses have a good time and protect themselves against Halloween risks, Independent insurance agents and brokers, offers the following Halloween safety tips:

  • Prevent Accidents: Remove lawn furniture, or any other obstacles, to avoid accidents or damage. Ensure your home’s entry is in good condition, free of loose or broken pieces on stairwells and walkways to avoid trick-or-treaters’ injuries on your property.
  • Fire Dangers: Prevent fires by making sure pumpkins containing candles are placed at a distance where a child’s costume cannot be ignited or a curious guest may tip it over. Extinguish all candles before going to bed and use battery operated lights wherever possible.
  • Costume Safety: Be careful with costumes. All disguises should be made from flame-resistant materials and shouldn’t be too long or contain sharp accessories. Try to avoid masks that may obscure vision and try to use hypo-allergenic make-up instead.
  • See and Be Seen: Encourage each trick-or-treater to carry a flashlight. Apply light-reflecting material to costumes.
  • Don’t be a Scary Driver: Drive sober, slowly and even more carefully than usual on Halloween. Watch for children who may be running or wearing dark costumes in the road.
  • Power in Numbers: When walking, travel in groups and cross only at corners—never between parked cars—and stay on well-lit streets.
  • Unwelcomed Guests: Deter property vandalism by keeping outdoor lights on.
  • Pet Safety: Keep pets inside. Warn your children to stay away from animals as they visit door-to-door. Halloween night can be stressful, even on the friendliest dog or cat.
  • Candy Inspection:  Cavities aren’t the only candy-related risks on Halloween. Inspect children’s treats. Never eat unwrapped items, collect candy only from those you know and ask the local police department if it offers a candy x-ray service. Throw away any suspicious candy.

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