The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest EverMedia Release -- Halloween ComicFest is holding "The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever", where participants grab a button and upload their costume photos to win great prizes, including two random Grand Prize winners who will receive a $500 shopping spree at their local comic shop!

Starting September 13th until November 15th, contestants can match themselves to one of the five costume categories— Superhero/Comics, TV/Movie, Gamer, Horror and Original — upload their photos at www.halloweencomicfest.com/costumecontest and fans will vote on their favorite entries to pick the category winners. In addition to the random Grand Prize winners, two random prize winners will be chosen in each category to receive a $100 shopping spree. The Adult and child who earn the most votes in their respective categories will receive a prize pack valued at over $250 which contains great prizes from contest sponsors, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Boom! Studios, Archaia, Zenescope, Diamond Select Toys, Action Lab, Papercutz, Dark Horse Comics, Red 5 Comics, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and Stride Rite.

To enter, you must first go to a participating comic shop and get an official Halloween ComicFest button, featuring Dark Horse's Itty Bitty Hellboy. Wear it in on your costume, and then upload your photo to the www.HalloweenComicfest.com website. You can find a participating shop by going to www.halloweencomicfest.com/storelocator. You will be automatically entered to win one of the random prizes, but you can also win more prizes by being the top vote-getter in your category—so encourage your friends and family to vote!

"Comic shops are packed with great Halloween and horror related comics, graphic novels and other merchandise. Now, they'll be packed with customers picking up the Itty Bitty Hellboy button and trying to win all that merchandise for free!" said Dan Manser Diamond's Director of Marketing. "Competition from cos-players both young and old should make for some stiff competition, but anyone can win!"

The costume contest is just one part of the Halloween ComicFest celebration, which takes place at participating comic shops across the country on October 26th and 27.th. During that weekend twenty-two free Halloween-themed comics will be given away, while participating stores will also host individual parties, events and sales celebrating the Halloween season.

To enter the contest, go to www.halloweencomicfest.com/costumecontest to upload your photo, view other costumes and to vote on your favorites. You can find a participating shop by going to www.halloweencomicfest.com/storelocator. For more information about Halloween ComicFest , regular updates, information about "The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever," participating store's events, interviews from cosplayers, decoration and Halloween treat ideas, and a listing of the free comics visit http://www.halloweencomicfest.com.

ABOUT HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST—Celebrating its second year, Halloween ComicFest is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and beyond celebrate the Halloween season by giving away free comic books to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is held the weekend before Halloween and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many reasons why comic shops are a great destination for Halloween themed comic books, products and merchandise. From zombies, vampires, monsters and aliens to costumes and more, comic shops have it all when it comes to Halloween fun!