Hug A Monster Day 2016

SML Annual Photo Contest

To celebrate Hug A Monster Day, SML holds a photo contest every year. We encourage you to share photos of yourself taking your favorite monster (toy) to work, school, or play. It’s a time to show it off. Amaze your friends. Baffle your boss. Frighten your psychiatrist. We say that hugging your favorite creature may be the best feeling you have all day, and we like to reward our most clever participants with a little surprise from the SML Haunted Mansion and Blog Laboratory.

Here are a few of this year’s Hug A Monster Day submissions:

Hug A Monster Day photo submission 2016

Hug A Monster Day photo submission 2016

Hug A Monster Day photo submission 2016

SML’s annual photo contest is open to monster lovers all over the galaxy. It’s never too early to plan your photo for next year. Maybe get manicures together. Take your monster out for a double feature. Convince it to dress in matching sweaters. Stand back to back in the buddy cop pose. You can even capture that precious moment when your monster opens the official Hug A Monster Day greeting card you’ve given them.

We look forward to your 2017 photo submissions.

SML #avlcash Treasure Hunt

This year, SML also held our third annual VHS scavenger hunt around our hometown of Asheville, NC. All participants had to do was follow SML on Facebook and Twitter, solve the clue we posted without warning, and be the first to find the prize.

And the prize was pretty great, if we do say so. Money was hidden inside an old horror VHS tape. There were no strings attached—we operated with a “finders keepers” strategy. All we asked is that winners post or tweet a photo of their find.

Here was the clue to the treasure hunt location:

ham-day-vhs-2016Clue to Hidden Location:

Head north past the food of the gods to a land of many characters. Inside, you will see the Phantom lurking amongst those that are used, but not without value. The Moonbeam points the way.

Answer: North Asheville Library, used books sale section




Intergalactic Hug A Monster Day takes place on July 27 every year. It is a day to show appreciation to all the monsters in our lives. Because monsters are people too.

Hug A Monster Day is sponsored by the Monster Island Tourism Board. Looking for the creepiest gifts to give on Hug a Monster Day? Visit our gift shop for great deals and big squeals.

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