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Paranorman in the Park – Zombie Contest Rules

Posted By Kate Washington on July 30, 2013

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Welcome to the 1st Annual Pearl District Movie in the Park!

The Fields Park (Overton St., between 10th and 11th Avenue)

Saturday, August 24th – 6:30pm


The Pearl District Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks and Recreation have announced the first annual Movie in the Park at The Fields: ParaNorman (PG) which was created by LAIKA, a local animation studio. It’s about a small town that comes under siege by zombies. Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead, take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, can save his town from a centuries-old curse.


In keeping with other Movie in the Park events, there will be more than a flick playing on a giant inflatable screen at sundown. The fun begins at 6:30 pm with live music and ping-pong for all ages, provided by Pure Pong, currently in Pure Space. There will be a zombie costume contest with prizes provided for the winners, judged by crowd applause. Picnics are welcome, but we have also secured vendors to provide food and beverages.


This event is generously sponsored by Bill Dolan at Impac Mortgage. Bill is an active PDNA member, serving on the board as treasurer as well as chair of the new emergency preparedness committee. Bill is a long-time member of the livability & safety committee – talk about dedicated to the neighborhood!


Zombie Costume Contest Rules

1. All participants are required to sign a disclaimer form in order to participate in the costume contest. Participants must be registered by 7:00pm. Minors under 18 years of age require a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian. No signature – no entry.

2. The contest includes two divisions: Youth and Adult (18). Small children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Prizes for the scariest costume in either group will be awarded to first, second, and third place. One grand prize winner will be chosen from both groups.

3. No nudity. Please remember that children will be present in the audience.

4. No dangerous or potentially dangerous props are allowed including – but not limited to – pyrotechnics, flames, smoke generators, real weapons of any kind. This includes air soft guns, paintball guns, and steel weapons. Contestants violating this rule will be immediately disqualified.

5. No costumes that expel any substance (we know Zombies costumes need blood… but don’t squirt it all over).

6. All decisions by the judges and Costuming Director are final.

7. The Costuming Director reserves the right to disqualify any entry from the competition in order to protect other contestants/the audience and maintain a safe, family-friendly event.

8. Picture taking is allowed (and encouraged!). All contestants – and especially the contest winners – are encouraged to spend a few minutes after the contest to be available for photo.


Author: Kate Washington

Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.

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