Ok, if you couldn't tell I'm a crazy Halloween fan. Like whoa, crazy. It's my favorite time of the year and I just love all of the spooky feelings that come along with it. And the candy isn't half bad either. :) So expect to see me reading and reviewing a lot more horror this month (I have some backlog to get through so it won't be pure horror, unfortunately) and I plan on doing some horror-related posts, showing trailers to my favorite horror movies and a bunch of other spooky things! Wheeeeeee! I can't wait!
The other thing that's going on is that this post doubles as a MASSIVE Halloween giveaway post! And I mean massive. Throughout the month I'm going to be adding stuff to the trick or treat bag and one lone winner will get it all! Awesome, right? So let's get right down to business.
In the pumpkin pot so far*--
The Devouring by Simon Holt
Thirst, Number 1 by Christopher Pike (three books in one, The Last Vampire 1-3)
A Teddy Scares mini comic book with a mini Teddy Scares teddy bear (linked so you know what it is)
The Vampire Survival Guide by Scott Bowen
The Werewolf's Guide to Life by Rich Duncan and Bob Powers
Zombies for Zombies by David P. Murphy
Goosebumps - Monster Blood Collection by RL Stine
Goosebumps - Welcome to Dead House by RL Stine
The Monster Book of Zombies edited by Stephen Jones
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The New Vampire's Handbook by The Vampire Miles Proctor
Ghosts of Fear Street - Hide and Shriek and Who's Been Sleeping in My Grave? by RL Stine
The Little Big Book of Chills and Thrills edited by Lena Tabori and Natasha Tabori Fried
Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz
Soulstice by Simon Holt
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the original movie the series was based on)
Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp version)
The Lost Boys
A bag of gummy brains and fangs
A Skelanimals keychain of Kit
Halloween Pez dispenser and fillers
Bag of Candy Corn
2 Horror Pens (Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees)
Eerie lights tealight holder with 6 Halloween Nights tealights
Halloween goodie bag
*Check back often because I'll constantly be adding not only books but DVDs and random Halloween goodness!
What youse gots to do--
If you think the winner of this epic contest is going to win by posting an email alone, you're out of your mind. You guys are going to have to work for this one! In order to just get an entry, you have to post a comment with your email PLUS one of the following--
- Give me a picture of you in a Halloween costume, at any age, it can be recent or a nice embarrassing one from when you were 2, whatever will do (and no half-assed costumes either! meaning so "sociopaths" in normal clothes, boo)
- Write me a scary story, no more than 1000 words (and I mean scary! none of that high school vampire boys falling in love with plain Janes, how dull!)
- Draw/paint/sketch me a spooky Halloween scene (non-digital, get your hands dirty, man!)
- Make me an eerie Halloween graphic (must be digital, using your program of choice)
- Make something up! This one needs to get approved by me in order to be accepted but if you can come up with something to fill in a gap I have, go for it!
If you don't feel comfortable posting a link or story or whatever in the comments, then email me your entry but please note that everything I get sent will be posted on my blog! I want to share your horror with everyone so you go in knowing it'll get posted. If you don't want it posted, say so, otherwise I'll think you do and I will all of a sudden become deaf to any complaining.
On top of this big ass contest, I'll have winners in each category - best costume, best story, best drawing, best graphic and best miscellaneous - all determined by me. No random generators in this sub-category! Just an added bonus for some added prizes. :) (The grand prize winner will be exempt from winning the "best of" portion.)
Gotta have those, right?
+10 for each extra requirement you do (say you send me a photo and write me a story, you get your entry plus 10 extra points, send in a drawing with all of that, +20, up to an extra 40 points dig?)
+10 for posting my Bites <3's Halloween banner on your blog for the month of October with a link to this contest
+3 for just linking to my contest (unlimited here, that's 3 points for each link you do, link away!)
+5 for already following
+3 for new followers
+3 for telling me your favorite horror movie and/or book and/or TV show
+5 for writing an actual blog post about this
+10 for telling me the scariest thing that's ever happened to you
+3 for telling me how you found out about this contest
+10 for having referred someone that signed up for the contest (meaning you can't just say you referred someone, that person actually must complete the requirements to enter the contest)
I may add more as my sieve of a brain thinks of them so you must, must, must check back often! Not just for that but to see all the fun stuff I'll be adding to the pot!
Just one last reminder - your entry WILL NOT count unless you complete one of the 5 requirements listed above. Do all the extra entries you want, it won't matter. Complete the requirement or your tally gets disqualified. I told you all you'll have to work for this one and I mean it!
If any of this is at all unclear or you have any questions, speak up! I'll answer.
Contest is open to US residents only and ends at midnight, EST on October 31st. Good luck!