Halloween 2012: September 1 2012 – October 31 2012

Is Halloween really OVER? Is it EVER really over? It’s hard to tell – my house is still about 70% Halloween decorated, I’m drinking a pumpkin beer, and I’m writing on a Halloween blog. I can’t fight the march of time though. It’s November 6th. My house is still decorated because I haven’t had the time to un-decorate, and I’m drinking this pumpkin beer because I didn’t have enough time to drink it all before the 31st. If I were more on top of things, I’d have my sights set firmly on Thanksgiving.

But there’s still unfinished business. I gotta button up this Halloween season, and as in so many years past, I like to start with some statistics.

  • First Halloween display sighting: August 11

    The year’s first Halloween sighting at Big Lots
  • First day of “celebrating” Halloween: August 11 (It got me in the mood)
  • Types of pumpkin beer consumed: 16 (New record!)
  • Time taken to completely decorate the house: The entire month of October
  • Horror movies viewed: 31
  • Tales From the Crypt episodes viewed: 8
  • Pumpkins carved: 4
  • Haunted houses visited: 3
  • Costco bags of candy handed out: 2.5 (a slight drop)
  • Money spent on “Halloween 2012”: A lady never tells…
  • Attendees at the Halloween party: More than usual (around 60 at best estimate)
  • Halloween tattoos: 1

Do the numbers speak for themselves? I don’t know. But I do know that Halloween 2012 was pretty, pretty, pretty….. Great. Really great. I was busier than ever before but it just made this Halloween season feel Big. It may have been two months long for me, but it felt like…. I don’t know, three. It’ll be really tough to top this one.

For those of you who came to the party, thank you. I hope it exceeded your expectations. For those who couldn’t make it, I feel for you. And for those who donated to the cause, one million and one thanks. We got some great anonymous cash donations at the party, and please forgive me for not being able to thank you personally. We also had a pretty good response to the Paypal account, so I’d like to show my own deep personal gratitude to:

Mike Rudolph
Amanda Gustafson
Chelsea Frasier
Julie Farson
Phil Truong
Vanessa Pacheco
Justin Gerblick
Alison Gerblick 

In addition – some people really stepped up and contributed in a BIG way that I completely didn’t expect. Special big ups to Thomas Duran and Andre Troung. You guys rule. If you went through our haunted house entrance between 8 and 9:30, you probably got freaked out by Andre, lurking in the dark. You were also greeted by the incomparable Stephen and DonDon Bergeron and Jordan Gerblick who graciously volunteered to work the door. Couldn’t have done it without you guys.

My guys on the inside

I’ve always held on to the thought that I would continue to throw this party every year, and build upon it every year, until the day it failed to top the previous year. By a couple of hours into it, I could already tell I’d be throwing Halloween 2013. It was epic. I’m really glad that Becky Lilley-Gerblick and Liz Curry had the composure to document the night in pictures, because I sure didn’t. It was a blur. A blur of alcohol, orange and green light, fake blood, skeletons, and screams. Hearing the screams of people entering through the haunted house was so much more intoxicating than I ever expected. I can see how people get into that stuff as a career. Me, it fulfilled a childhood fantasy. Next year, I hope to be That House that sets up a haunt for trick or treaters. Plans are in the works.

Things outside of the party were just as epic. I got the incredible opportunity to tour behind the scenes of an honest to God haunted attraction courtesy of Jackson, of Jack and Jill’s Haunted Hill. Read my interview with him. I also finally got to experience the haunted house right in my backyard at 13th Floor. I reviewed some pumpkin beers. I watched AMC’s Fear Fest – Gory Matters Here. I kept up with Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness and Dinosaur Dracula. I went to countless Spirit Halloween stores. Decorated my desk at work. Built props. Made costumes. You get the idea. I dove deeper into Halloween in 2012 than I have any other year.

And really, that’s what matters most to me.

So with that, it’s time to start filling up those orange and black plastic crates and get that weird feeling that my house is strangely empty. As I don’t like to mismatch holidays, this site will most likely be totally inactive until after Christmas. But then it’s time to look towards Halloween 2013, or as I’ll be calling it, H13. And I will always have this with me to keep me in the spirit:

Candy apples and razor blades
Little dead are soon in graves
I remember Halloween 

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