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Halloween Costume Contest

[CLOSED] Halloween Costume Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. This contest is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 18 years old, and to legal residents of Canada (except Quebec), who are over the age of majority in their province of residence. Sweepstake void in Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else where prohibited.

How To Enter: To participate in the Contest, visit https://www.threadsmagazine.com/contest/halloween-costume-09 (the “Website”) between 12:01 am ET on October 13, 2009 and 11:59 p.m. ET on November 8, 2009 (the “Submission Period”), and follow the directions to upload and submit a photo of your costume with a description of how you made your costume and why you should win. There is no limit to the number of costumes you can enter.

Submission Requirements: Each garment submission that is entered into the Contest must meet ALL of the “Submission Requirements” set forth below (any Submission that, in Sponsor’s good faith judgment, violates the following criteria will be disqualified):

The Submission must be the submitting entrant’s original unmodified, previously unpublished work;

The Submission must not include images or text that is obscene, pornographic, libelous, illegal, discriminative or otherwise objectionable; and

The Submission must not include any corporate logos or any other material that may infringe on any third parties copyrights or trademarks.

The photograph portion of the Submission should be .jpg or .gif, up to 4 mb, 400 – 4,000 pixels. The Photograph portion of the Submission may not be digitally enhanced or altered.

By entering into this Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that (i) his or her Submission is entrant’s own original, previously unpublished work; (ii) that entrant owns the copyright in and to the Submission; (iii) that such Submission does not violate the rights of any third party or infringe or violate any law, and as of the date of the Submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; and (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be defamatory, libelous, pornographic or obscene. Note: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if Sponsor views the Submission as potentially infringing or otherwise a violation or potential violation of a third party’s rights or seek to secure permission for Sponsor’s benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if it deems the Submission to be lacking in taste, quality, or to be otherwise objectionable.

Posting of Submissions Online: Subject to Sponsor’s sole discretion, all Submissions that meet the Submission Requirements above, may be posted by Sponsor in a virtual gallery on the Website along with entrant’s name.
Publicity Release/License to Use: By participating in the Contest, unless prohibited by law each entrant irrevocably grants the Sponsor the rights to use such entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information and Submission(s) in any and all media for any purpose, including without limitation advertising and promotional purposes, as well as, the Contest and/or other promotions conducted by the Sponsor, and each entrant hereby releases the Sponsor from any liability with respect thereto.

Winner Selection: At the end of the Submission Period, the Sponsor will review the Submissions and select five (5) winners. The winners will be selected from all eligible Submissions and will be judged in five categories: Best Adult Costume, Best Children’s Costume, Most Creative, Best Use of Recycled Materials, and Scariest.

The winner will be announced on or about November 10th, 2009 by Sponsor, whose decisions will be final and binding in all matters related to this Contest.

Prize and Approximate Retail Value(ARV):  Threads prize package ($166.80)

More Fabric Savvy by Sandra Betzina $24.95
Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer $21.95
Easy Guide to Sewing by Lynn MacIntyre and Marcy Tilton $19.95
Threads Fitting DVD Series – Boxed Set $99.95

Claiming Prize:  Winners will be notified by email then by mail within 10 days of the selection.  Winners must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited. Winners will also be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.) All prizes will be awarded. One prize per person, household, or family.

Winners’ List: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by January 1, 2010 to: Taunton Press “Threads Halloween Costume Contest” Winners List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.

Terms & Conditions: No transfer or substitution of prizes. Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible. All Federal, State/Provincial and local laws apply. The winners will be responsible for all Federal, State/Provincial, and local taxes

Sponsor not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the Sweepstake period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the Sweepstake. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Sweepstake should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the Sweepstake. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Sweepstake is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Entrants to abide by the Contest Rules.

Each participant agrees to release and hold the Sponsors, their employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, and their subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and/or liabilities arising out of his or her participation in the Contest or resulting from accepting or claiming any prize awarded hereunder.

SPONSOR: The Taunton Press Inc., 63 South P.O. Box 5506 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470-5506.


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  1. spacey09 | | #1

    I cannot enter any of my costumes into the Halloween Costume Contest! I followed the links and the message keeps telling me that "You can no longer add or edit entries for "Halloween Costume Contest". This may be because:
    •You've reached the maximum number of entries for your account
    •The contest is no longer accepting new entries, or changes to existing entries"

    What do I do? How do I enter my Halloween Costume for the contest?

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    VictoriaNorth | | #2

    I have made adjustments to the contest to fix this error. Sorry for the inconvenience you should have no problems now. I can't wait to see your costume.

  3. DaleAKetch | | #3

    I've tried today, Nov. 7 to add a submission to the Hallowe'en Costume Contest. I know it's near the end of the acceptance period, but it's listed as being open until tomorrow night. All I get is a loop directing me to the contest, then the photos, but never the submission information....

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    derhund | | #4

    i would really like to enter the halloween costume contest, but have been unable to complete my entry due to a circle that keeps occurring between the photos and the entry rules page. the submission link does not appear to be active. the date is 8-nov in the a.m.

  5. Patryce | | #5

    I too was attempting to enter today, still a valid time according to the official rules, but was told the contest was no longer accepting entries.

  6. msnew007 | | #6

    I would like to enter my costumes too, and can't find the link either...according to the official rules we have until 11:59pm (EST) November 8th?

  7. Patryce | | #7

    I suspect there's no one minding the site on the weekend, so we may all be out of luck for this year. Perhaps the problems will be cleared up next year and we can try again then.

  8. SheriFrazier | | #8

    I want to upload my granddaughter's genie costume picture, and it certainly is near the deadline time!

  9. Katie_Kat | | #9

    I wonder what happened to my post from earlier today (Sunday, Nov. 8th). I posted this morning to say that I couldn't upload my photos either. Now there's no sign of the post.

    Patryce is probably right that no one will be looking at this until tomorrow. Too bad, but we'll all have a head start for next year!

    I sure love seeing everyone's costumes!

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    Lolos | | #10

    I can't upload my daughter's costume. Sad!

    Lolo :-((

  11. IHeartHandmadeGoods | | #11

    Who won?

  12. spacey09 | | #12

    This contest is way way outdated, even though it is already October the 3rd of 2012! This contest was dated way back in 2009! Threadsmagazine administraters, please make a new Halloween contest for 2012! >:(

  13. Evamarie | | #13

    spacey09: The 2012 Threads Halloween Costume Contest is scheduled to begin in less than two weeks. More details to come.

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