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The Hub’s First Annual Halloween Bash Airs Tonight

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.

Hub Halloween Bash

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.”

hub network halloween bash

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.

hub network halloween bash

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for the Hub Network/AP Images

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.

hub network halloween bash

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.

hub network halloween bash

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for the Hub/AP Images

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.

hub network halloween bash

Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for the Hub/AP Images

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?

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My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.


  1. 1

    How totally awesome! That headless costume really freaks me out, gah! This looks so fun!

  2. 3

    I’ll tell my daughter!

  3. 4

    How incredibly fun! I bet it was a blast, minus the whole Martha Stewart aspect since the whole “who are these bloggers” debacle.

  4. 6

    I love that Headless Marie Antoinette costume!

  5. 8

    This is great. I love shows that are fun for kids without being inappropriate. 🙂

    • 9

      I was so impressed with the whole Hub Network team for really embracing television for the entire family. I love that I can watch their shows with my kids and enjoy myself, but also know that the kids can watch it without me and I don’t have to worry.

  6. 10

    This looks like it would have been fun to attend. I had to pass on it since the timing wasn’t right. Looks like the show was a blast.

  7. 12

    So sad I had to miss this event but looks like it was so much fun!

  8. 14

    I’m SO jealous about Bill Nye! I love Hal Sparks, too. I need to watch this to check out those costumes!

    • 15

      There was something for everyone! One of the other bloggers brought her kiddos and they were freaking out over talking to Cody Simpson. I was star struck by Bill Nye. 🙂

  9. 16

    We caught some of this last night and it was a great show! Loved all of the costumes.

  10. 18

    Looks like fun! The headless costume freaks me out too, but I have to admit it’s very cool!

    • 19

      Each category had amazing entries. There were lots that weren’t quite so freaky, like a family submission of triple dipped ice cream cone.

  11. 20

    What a fun show! I love anything that celebrates Halloween!

  12. 21

    We missed this. I hope it is on again.

  13. 22

    Such fun! We love Halloween – M is loving all the Halloween shows too but a bit young for this.

    • 23

      Most of the costumes weren’t as spooky as the headless one. My daughters are 4 and 6, and the 6-year-old was in love with everything about it. She hasn’t listened to Cody Simpson or Fifth Harmony before, but was so thrilled with their performances. I hope they make this an annual thing so kids can grow up with it. I love the holiday traditions!

  14. 24

    That Headless Marie Antoinette is pretty awesome!

  15. 25

    I guess I already missed it, but I was out of town. I had no idea. Dang! The costume fun was unmistakable.

  16. 28

    So I missed it…bummer. I wonder if they show it again.

    • 29

      They will! Monday and Thursday night. It’d be perfect to watch while passing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

  17. 30

    Oh I can’t believe I missed it. I wanted to watch that.

    • 31

      You’ve got a second (and third) chance. It’ll be rebroadcast Monday and Thursday. You’ll want to check your local listings, but it’s playing at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

  18. 32

    My second-grade nephew loved it and wanted to watch it again!

    • 33

      I’m so glad! My daughter keeps pretending to be a doorbell and then hoping I’ll throw candy at her. Such a fun event!

  19. 34

    Sounds like it is going to be good, I hadn’t heard of it quite of it.

  20. 35

    What a fun experience to be able to go to this! I’d love to be able to watch this, I bet it’s going to be good.

  21. 36

    This looks like so much fun!

  22. 37

    Wow, that looks like one heck of a party & I love headless Marie as well.

  23. 38

    We missed it because we went to a Halloween party at our local children’s theatre. But that headless costume is amazing!

  24. 39

    OMG!! I can’t believed I missed it and I really wanted to see it too, so sad!

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