Every year, our favorite Halloween season seems to start earlier and earlier. Today, we received news that Universal Studios is hosting a contest where you get to submit your own monster designs based on Universal Monster favorites. The winner’s design will be unveiled and shown, fully-applied and in makeup form, at the opening night of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights! Here are the specifics:

Re-invent or re-imagine one (1) Universal Classic Monsters character from the list below. The design must be your original
concept and cannot be based on an actor’s likeness or another existing character design (i.e., a movie remake, comic book,
video game, TV show, toy product, etc.).

  • Dracula/Male Vampire (as inspired by Dracula 1931)
  • Dracula’s Bride/Female Vampire (as inspired by Dracula 1931)
  • Renfield/Dracula’s Assistant (as inspired by Dracula 1931)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (as inspired by The Phantom of the Opera 1925)
  • The Mummy (as inspired by The Mummy 1932)
  • The Wolfman (as inspired by The Wolfman 1941)
  • Werewolf (as inspired by Werewolf of London 1935)
  • Ygor/Dr. Frankenstein’s Assistant (as inspired by The Son of Frankenstein 1939)
  • Dr. Frankenstein (as inspired by Frankenstein 1931)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as inspired by Hunchback of Notre Dame 1923)
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon (as inspired by The Creature From the Black Lagoon 1954)
  • The Invisible Man (as inspired by The Invisible Man 1933)


  • Provide an illustration of your character design.
    • Must include full body view of the character and costume (if any) and a separate close up of face (see example).
    • Must include the character name from the list above that you are basing your design on.
    • Can be either full color or black and white on 8.5”” x 11” letter-size paper.
  • Submit a one-page written description of your character idea.
    • Must include detailed information about the look of the character’s face, skin, color, hair, posture, costume, props (if any).
    • Must include the character name from the list above that you are basing your design on.
    • Must be typed in easily readable font on 8.5” x 11” letter-size paper.

To submit your design for consideration in the contest, you must mail one (1) copy of either your illustration or written
description to the address shown on the Official Contest Rules.

Your design must be accompanied by a signed copy of the contest rules and include your name, daytime telephone number, address, city, state, zip code, age and email address. Submittals must be received by 5:01pm PT on Monday, July 1, 2013 to be considered for the contest. Your design submittal will not be returned to you after the contest, so send a copy – not the original.

Check back July 2, 2013 to see the finalists on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/HalloweenHorrorNights for fan voting!

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Jerry Paxton

A long-time fan and reveler of all things Geek, I am also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of GamingShogun.com