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Friday, September 25, 2009

Helluva Halloween Contest!

Alright, so after a lot of hemming and hawing (how exactly does one 'haw'?), I have decided to have a contest to go along with my Helluva Halloween Challenge.

Basically, it's going to work like this:
  • the contest is open to followers only (so go click the button)
  • participants in the challenge can earn points for everything they do:
  1. Post reviews of Halloween-y books, movies, tv shows, etc. for 10 points each
  2. Post about this challenge, how well they're doing, they're plans, etc for 10 points (once)
  3. Participate in any randomness that I come up with, points variable
  4. Answer my out of the blue pop quizzes (good job w/ the 1st, Titania), points variable
  5. Legitimately comment on posts, reviews and randomness that I put up (must have
    Helluva Halloween" tag to count) for 5 points
  6. Post their own Helluva Halloween giveaways and link to the prize page for 25 points
  7. Tweet #HelluvaHalloweenContest or this link, remembering to @DarlingMisty so I know for 2 points (daily). Also, comment and let me know who you are, so I can award points.
  8. Advertise this contest and the challenge (sidebar, blog post, facebook, myspace, etc) and comment with a link for 2 points each
  9. If you have done something that you think is worth points, let me know. I may award them, same as I did E. Guevara for posting about my review of The Graveyard Book on her blog, just because she liked it (thanks, E!)

Remember to always comment with links so I can verify and award points, and to always link back or mention the Challenge in the post to get your points. I would also recommend that you keep track of your own points, too, in case of discrepancies.

It's still fairly informal, but basically, the more you do and the more interactive you are, the more points you get. The contest ends with the Challenge on October 31 st, so at the end of the Challenge, the two top point getters will get a prize, as will one random participant (the random participant is open internationally, though the bigger ones -- well, that depends...).
I will put up a list of potential prizes, which will change and grow depending on the response I get. This is retroactive since I started the challenge, so all posts, comments and links, etc, count for points.

Don't have a blog? You can still participate. Email me @ mbradenwf@gmail.com to tell me what you'd be interested in doing, and we will make it work. If you'd like to review for points, I'd be happy to do guest posts.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone does!


  1. I won't be able to keep track of all the ways to earn points! But I'll do my best to link, post, comment, review, watch, etc for this challenge! I just love Halloween and all that it inspires...thanks again!

  2. I love the contest! I'm trying to read lots of scary books! :)

  3. I wish I knew what the hell twitter was...
    And yes I'm like prehistoric compared to you people.

  4. Wow! This is awesome! How fun!
    I'm going to have to get on doing halloweeny things!

  5. Well, welcome to the game, brizmus!

  6. Here's what I got so far:

    +2 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/bookgoil/status/4602179191

    +10 Posted about challenge and my plans:

    +2 not sure if I can use the same post, but it advertises your contest?
    Let it count? http://www.bookworminginthe21stcentury.com/2009/10/challengecontest-over-at-book-rat.html

    +10 First Halloween-y book review: http://www.bookworminginthe21stcentury.com/2009/10/other-side-teens-guide-to-ghost-hunting.html

    I have a question about the Helluva Halloween giveaways that you can post. Do you want us to just use the title Helluva Halloween with our Halloween-y giveaway? I may do a few. Is it okay to do more than one?

    I wanted to do something Halloween-y so the way you set this up is perfect for me. Then I don't have to be creative... haha.

  7. Kristen: I don't know if you still have questions after seeing the other post, but I'm going to go ahead and answer them. You can do as many reviews, challenges, etc that you'd like, and so long as you link them and tag them Helluva Halloween in some way, then they count. If, on your giveaways, you just want to mention the challenge or link back, that's fine, it doesn't have to be in the title (though that's fine, too). I will count the advert/challenge plans for both; I'm not picky. :) Thanks for letting me know you tweeted. I'm keeping track, but it helps when you guys do, too. Hope you have fun with this!

  8. Twitted and first time reader of your blog
    Love you read reviews of books to find more for my TBR pile

  9. Well, thanks, alterlisa! And welcome. :)


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