Oct 1, 2017

The Countdown Begins with October Awfulness

Happy October!

In case you're unaware, the annual Countdown to Halloween is upon us. Bloggers from around the web will be filling up your treat bag all month long, so be sure to check the list of participants over at the Countdown site.

To kick this year's festivities off with a bang, I'm having a contest!

You've heard of March Madness?
Well, this is October Awfulness!

October Awfulness is a bracket style showdown of the things nobody wants in their Trick or Treat bag at the end of the night. If you want to play, take a look at the bracket sheet and enter your picks in the form below before October 6th. Voting is open every week to determine the "winners". Every Friday I will post the updates and current leaderboard. 
Voting will be in the right sidebar.

The Big Prize will only be awarded to a US shipping address. If someone outside the US wins, they will get a postcard from Salem MA and the top US score gets the Big Prize.
Voting is open to anyone, anywhere, even if you're not submitting a bracket!

You will get points every week for correctly guessing the winners of each bracket.

1st week - 1 pt ea (8 pts total)
2nd week - 2 pt ea (8 pts total)
3rd week - 4 pt ea (8 pts total)
4th week = 6 pt
Perfect prediction = 30 pts

And what will you win? In the spirit of Trick or Treating, you won't know until you get it!
But I promise it won't be anything this bad.

This will not work without participants so I'm asking to share this far and wide. Not everyone has to submit predictions but I think it'll be more fun the more people are actively voting. If it doesn't seem like we're getting enough votes by Friday, this will be scrapped and I'll figure out another contest.

Here are your October Awfulness "Sinful Sixteen"
It's the "Inedible Eight" vs "You Call That Candy?"
You can get a printable pdf here.

Click to enlarge
Make your predictions below!
Be sure to scroll down to fill in all fields.
Picks must be submitted before midnight Thursday, October 5th.

Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers by clicking the link below!


  1. I love your concept, but I'm not getting the bracket.

    1. The first week picks are easy. You just select which one you think will get more votes.
      After that it gets trickier because it's not as obvious which items will be next to face off. For example, you know pencil or toothbrush will go up against pennies or religious pamphlets. That's why the future weeks are worth more points if you pick correctly.