IMPORTANT: Please read these Official Rules before entering the 2017 HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST (the “Contest”), presented by Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC (“Sponsor”). By entering the Contest, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules.  These Official Rules shall govern in the event of any inconsistency with other Contest-related materials.

Penguin Random House is the sole sponsor of this Contest, which is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


ELIGIBILITY:  The Contest is open to residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. If this is a Contest offer on Instagram, entrants must have a public Instagram profile.  All federal, state, and local regulations apply. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PER METHOD OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED. Employees of Sponsor its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, and agencies, and their immediate family members and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter the Contest.

ENTRY PERIOD: The Contest begins on October 2, 2017, and ends at 11:59PM (ET) on November 5, 2017.

HOW TO ENTER:  Enter by taking a photograph of your child or family in Halloween costume(s) inspired by book characters and:

  1. Posting the photograph on the Penguin Kids Facebook Page using the hashtag #PenguinKidsCostumeContest2017; and/or
  1. Tweeting your photograph with an @Reply to @penguinkids using the hashtag #PenguinKidsCostumeContest2017; and/or
  1. Posting a photograph to your Instagram account using the hashtag #PenguinKidsCostumeContest2017; or
  2. Completing and submitting the Woobox entry form by uploading your photograph and entering your full name, mailing address, and email address. 

In the case of a dispute, entries will be deemed made by the authorized holder of the applicable social network account and/or e-mail address used  for entry.  Automated entries are prohibited, and use of any automated devices will result in disqualification.  Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information by entrants; lost or late entries or transmissions; interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections; scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, or electronic, technical malfunctions of any computer hardware, software, or any combinations thereof; or problems associated with any virus or any other damage caused to entrants’ systems.  Incomplete or ineligible entries will be voided.   All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. 

Comments and/or posts including photographs may not include obscene, offensive or inappropriate (in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion) material or defame any person, or otherwise infringe on any person’s proprietary rights.  If you are posting a photograph, you must have permission from the photographer (or be the photographer yourself) and have permission from any persons who appear in the photo before submitting it, including the permission of the parent or legal guardian of any child under 18.

PRIVACY POLICY: All information submitted in connection with entry to this Contest shall be governed by Sponsor’s privacy policy (at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/privacy/). By entering this Contest, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to this privacy policy.


Three (3) Grand Prize Winner(s) will each receive (i) a $100 American Express gift card; and (ii) a collection of Penguin Young Readers Group books.  (Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value: $316)

No transfer or cash or other substitution of all or part of a prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute the prize or prize component with another of comparable or greater value. Any and all taxes on the prize will be the responsibility of the winners. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any delays, damage in the delivery of the prize, and/or loss of any prize in connection with delivery of the prize via mail.  In the event that there is an insufficient number of eligible entries, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.

JUDGING/WINNER SELECTION:  Three (3) Grand Prize Winner(s) will be selected by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Sponsor on or about November 13, 2017 from all eligible entries received by the entry deadline. Entries will be judged on creativity and the connection to favorite children’s books or characters, with equal weight being given to each criterion.  The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to the selection of the winners, and in regard to all matters relating to this Contest, shall be final and binding.  For Facebook and Twitter entries, winners will be notified via direct message on whichever social media platform their winning entry was posted. For Twitter entries, winners must allow for direct messages so that Sponsor can contact winners via direct message.  For Instagram entries, winners will be notified via a comment by Sponsor that he/she is a potential winner and Sponsor will provide an email address (or other contact information) where he/she can make a prize claim.  For Woobox entries, winners will be notified by email.   Winners must respond to such notifications within ten (10) days of receipt. Winners must provide Sponsor will full contact details in order to be awarded the prize.  Winners may also be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. Noncompliance with these conditions may result in forfeiture of the Prize, and Sponsor reserves the right to select alternate winners (in random drawing from other eligible entries received before the deadline) in such circumstance. If winner notification of the Prize is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor may, at its discretion, select an alternate winner.

DISCLAIMERS/CONSENT TO PUBLICITY:  By competing in this Contest and/or accepting the prize, entrants agree that Sponsor, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and their respective parent companies, assigns, subsidiaries and affiliates, and advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and all of their respective employees, officers and directors will have no liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by entrants for any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person and property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prizes, or participation in this Contest. By accepting a prize, each Winner consents and grants Sponsor a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license to use their name, city, comments, photographs and/or other likenesses and their entries for publicity, advertising or informational purposes, including without limitation, posting on Sponsor’s Contest website, Facebook pages, Twitter or Instagram accouts, with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law). 

Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and by entering the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

WINNERS LIST:  For a list of the Winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope by May 13, 2018 to Amanda Orenstein, Penguin Young Readers Group, Attn: 2017 Halloween Costume Contest, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.

SPONSOR:  Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.