Temecula and Murrieta collaborate for annual Halloween home decorating contest


TEMECULA ─ Is your yard filled with terrifying tombstones, spooky spiders or petrifying pumpkins? Calling all lovers of creepy crawlers, masterfully carved pumpkins and frightening front yards.

Temecula is collaborating with Murrieta to host this year’s Halloween Home Decorating Contest. Residents from both cities can enter the contest in their respective cities, and homes will be judged based on the category of their choosing. Each city will select a winner in four categories which include Scariest, Most Humorous, Most Original and Best Theme. Homes can enter as an individual residence or as a neighborhood. In a friendly competition, the public will choose one overall winner from each city’s winners, thus declaring the king of Halloween.

Zak Schwank, Temecula city council member and president of Temecula Community Services, said, “I would like to encourage our residents to enter this year’s contest as we expand our reach in collaboration with our Murrieta neighbors. This special event allows you to safely load up your ghouls and goblins into the family vehicle to check out all the spooktacular homes in our surrounding community. Please have a happy and healthy Halloween, Temecula.”

Murrieta residents can register at http://www.tinyurl.com/halloweencontest2020. Entrants must send photos of the decorated home for judging by Monday, Oct. 26, to ahalvorson@murrietaca.gov. The city will post a map of the category winners at http://www.MurrietaCA.gov, and voting for an overall winner will run from Oct. 27-29, with the top vote-recipient announced Friday, Oct. 30.

Temecula residents located within the city limits can register online using Activity No. 9090.201. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 23. Photos of the home decorations must be submitted for judging by Monday, Oct. 26. Visit http://TemeculaCA.gov/register to register a home.

All entries will be judged and included on the online Halloween Home Decorating Contest map. The map will include entries from both Temecula and Murrieta. Judging will consider front yards only, and not decorations in the backyard or inside of the home.

Eric Levine, chairman of Temecula Community Services Commission, said, “The annual Halloween Home Decorating Contest has always been a community favorite. So, what are you waiting for? Start decorating your house today and give ’em pumpkin to talk about! I can’t wait to see how spooky, creative and humorous your homes turn out. Your family is sure to have a fang-tastic time.”

For more information from Murrieta, visit http://MurrietaCA.gov or call 951-304-7275.

For more information from Temecula, visit http://TemeculaCA.gov or call 951-694-6480.

Submitted by cities of Temecula and Murrieta.