Melanie was invited to attend the taping of the show and she received complimentary accommodations during her stay.
Costumes, candy, and a ton of fun! This past weekend I was able to attend the taping of the Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash. With a great group of bloggers, I was able to kick off Halloween with the best costumes in the country.
To participate in the Halloween Bash, people from across the nation submitted pictures of their Halloween costumes, with one semi-finalist selected from each state. These 50 contestants were flown to Los Angeles to participate in the final round of the costume competition. You can check out all of the submissions here. The winner received “The Jackie”-a Jack-o-lantern shaped trophy, plus $25,000 and an opportunity to have a walk-on role on the Daytime Emmy Award-winning series “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.”
While watching the stars arrive on the purple carpet, we saw numerous child stars and grown-ups, too. Some of my favorites were Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez from “Modern Family”, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Bailee Madison from “Trophy Wife.” Bill Nye??? How cool is that! Plus, Bailee Madison is just too cute for words. I can’t wait for my daughter to freak out when she sees Peyton List from “Jessie” on stage, and I get to tell her I saw her in person.
Other celebrity presenters include: Zachary Gordon (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), Keean Johnson (“Spooksville”), Joey King (“The Conjuring”), Ryan Newman (“See Dad Run”), Todd Newton (“Family Game Night”), and Nick Purcha (“Spooksville”).
I adore Kenan Thompson, the Halloween Bash’s host, because of “Good Burger.” People who stay up past 8:30 P.M. may be more familiar with his more recent work on “Saturday Night Live.” He did not disappoint! His innocent heckling of celebrity costume judge, Martha Stewart, had me laughing throughout the whole event. In addition to the “Fairy God Martha,” Hal Sparks (“Spider Man 2″) and Coco Jones (singer of “Holla at the DJ”) judged contestants in six categories and decided the overall winner.
Martha asked the parent bloggers if we made our children’s costumes ourselves (normally, my amazing mother-in-law does). In the presence of the 50 contestants and their incredible creativity and execution, I feel a little guilty about my store-bought costumes. Headless Marie Antoinette, one of the contestants, may be my favorite costume ever.
The focus of the Halloween Bash is the incredible costumes, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Musical performances by Cody Simpson and Fifth Harmony also make the show an incredible experience for viewers of all ages. There really is something for everyone. And I’d expect nothing less from the Hub, a network that presents programming appropriate and appealing for the whole family.
The Hub Network will be airing this two-hour holiday special on Saturday, October 26 from 8-10 ET/5-7 P.M. PT. I can’t wait to watch the Halloween Bash air with my family and ooh and ahh over the contestants, the celebrities, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of myself in the crowd as I attempt to catch candy as was shot out of the candy canons.
Will you be watching the First Annual Halloween Bash with your family this Saturday?