November Holiday Contest Ideas

A Comprehensive November Holiday & Hashtag Guide

November brings a lot of known and not-so-known holidays worth recognizing in your marketing efforts. We’re giving you the monthly (and weekly) break-down of celebrations, campaign ideas, and trend-worthy hashtags to steal.

NOTE: When using hashtags in Woobox, consider unique hashtags or pairing a generic hashtag with your brand name to ensure you’re pulling in submissions meant for your contest specifically. Learn more by checking out The Do’s and Do Not’s of Hashtags blog.

*Replace “BrandName” with your own businesses name when using any example hashtags below.

November Holidays & Promo Ideas

  • National Adoption Awareness Month
    Landing Page: Details on adoption, stats, ways to help, etc.
  • Aviation History Month
    Quiz: Aviation History
    Sweepstakes: Prize – award flying lessons
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • International Drum Month
  • Military Family Month 
  • National Entrepreneurship Month 
  • National Novel Writing Month
    UGC: Essay on Novel Idea
    Poll: Favorite Novel
    #NaNoWriMo, #NaNoWriMoContest2017, #WritingANovelWithBrandName
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
    Video Contest: Peanut Butter Recipe
    Coupon: Peanut Butter product

November Daily Holidays

November 1st

  • All Saints Day

November 2nd

  • All Soul’s Day
  • Deviled Egg Day
    UGC Recipe Contest: Most Creative Deviled Egg Recipe

  • Men Make Dinner Day (First Thursday of November)
    Photo Contest: Men Cooking Dinner
    #MyManCanCook2017Contest, #MenMakeDinnerDay2017 and #BrandNameContest

November 3rd

Sandwich Day

November 4th

  • Book Lovers Day (First Saturday of November)
  • National Candy Day
    Pinterest PinToWin: Favorite Candy Recipe Pins
    Bracket: Different Candies, head-to-head competition

November 5th

  • American Football Day
  • National Doughnut Day

November 6th

  • Basketball Day
    Sweepstakes: Win Tickets to a Local Basketball Game
  • National Saxophone Day
  • National Nachos Day

November 8th

  • Cook Something Bold Day
    UGC: Recipe contest of course!
    Download: Provide a Recipe or Recipe e-book for users to download with “bold recipes.”

November 10th

  • Forget-Me-Not Day
  • United States Marine Corps Day
    Photo Contest: Nominate a Marine
  • National Vanilla Cupcake Day
    #CupcakesAndBrandName, #NationalVanillaCupcakeSweepstakes

November 11th

  • Veteran’s Day
    Coupon: Offer a free or discounted service or product for a Veteran
    UGC: Nominate a Veteran; Veteran will win prize

November 12th

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
    UGC: Heartwarming Stories
    Coupon: Discount on Chicken Soup if you’re a restaurant

November 13th

  • World Kindness Day
    Video Contest: Have users submit a video of them showing kindness or making a difference in the world

November 14th

  • Young Readers Day (Second Tuesday of November)
    Form App: Have young readers “pledge” to read a book
    Download App: provide a short story e-book that is downloadable
  • National Guacamole Day
  • National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
    Form: Send pickles to users who submit their data via form
    #FreePicklesFromBrandName, #NationalPickleAppreciationDay and #FreePickles

November 15th

  • Clean Your Refrigerator Day
    Photo Contest: Worst Fridge
    Instant Win: Win a Brand New Refrigerator

  • America Recycles Day
    Landing Page: Why recycling matters, how to recycle, display videos on recycling, etc.
  • National Philanthropy Day

November 16th

  • International Tolerance Day
  • National Fast Food Day

November 17th

  • Homemade Bread Day
  • Take A Hike Day
    Download App: Provide maps or reviews and information on best local hiking paths
    Sweepstakes: Award winners with hiking gear
  • World Peace Day

November 18th

  • National Apple Cider Day

November 20th

  • Beautiful Day
  • Universal Children’s Day

November 23rd

  • Eat a Cranberry Day
  • National Espresso Day
    Photo Contest: Selfie with espresso drink
    #NationalEspressoDay, #SelfieAndCoffeeContest, #NationalEspressoDaySelfieContest 
    Sweepstakes: Win an Espresso Machine
    Coupons: Discount on espresso drink
  • Thanksgiving (Last Thursday in November)
    UGC: “What I’m thankful for” or any type of recipe contest
    #ThankfulOnTurkeyDay2017, #TurkeyDay and #BrandNameContest, #Thanksgiving2017Sweepstakes, #YummyStuffingContest

    Sweepstakes: Award a Thanksgiving-themed prize – a Turkey, an entire meal, Thanksgiving decor, a trip to take with “loved ones,” etc.

November 24th

  • Black Friday (Friday after Thanksgiving)
    Poll: “What I’d rather be doing than shopping on Black Friday” (Add poll options that are funny and relevant)
    UGC: Collect videos and photos of Black Friday Shoppers
    #BlackFridayBrandName, #BlackFridayAdventures and #Contest, #BlackFriday2017 and #BrandName, #BoycottingBlackFriday2017WithBrandName

November 25th

  • National “Eat with a Friend” Day
    Coupon: Buy One Get One Treat or Meal
    Sweepstakes: Prize – meal for two. The user enters and submits the name of the person they’d bring with them to redeem prize if they won.
    #EatingWithOurFriendsBrandName, #BrandName and #NationalEatWithAFriendDay, #FriendandFoodGoals and #BrandNameSweeps

November 26th

  • National Cake Day
    Deals: Pay $20 for a $35 cake 
    Pinterest PinToWin: Pin unique cake recipes

November 28th

  • French Toast Day
    #FrenchToastLife and #BrandName, #BreakfastWithBrandName, #FrenchToastRecipeContest

November 29th

  • National Chocolates Day
    Instant Win: Prize – Box of Chocolates
    Personality Quiz: What kind of Chocolate Suits your Personality
    Video Contest: Nominate someone who deserves to be spoiled rotten with chocolates

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