Thursday, October 01, 2009
31 Days of Halloween - Welcome
Welcome to the 4th annual Halloween Countdown . Everyday for the month of October, I will be posting various tricks and treats for your enjoyment. As with the past two years there will be a daily Halloween riddle with the answer being provided the following day. There will also be a daily movie, and periodic musings, photos, and links to other sites. The big candy bar which I'll be dropping into your Halloween bucket each day is a collage portrait of a movie monster. These portraits are made entirely out of cut paper. The selection of the monsters was pretty much random in nature, and as there are only 31 days in the month, I will obviously be missing many, many favorites, of mine as well as yours. I'm aware of this, there's no need to point it out, though I'm open to requests for the future. If you like these portraits remember them when the Rondo Awards begin next February and you're filling in that blank space for Artist of the Year.
If you click on the Halloween Countdown button at the top right, you will be directed to the Halloween Countdown home page, created for this year by Shawn Robare as a home base to start out from in order to visit the almost 100 (so far) blogs participating in the Halloween Countdown this year. Everyone puts a lot of hard work into their own personal countdowns, so make sure that you drop the some appreciative comments as you stop by and hit them up for tricks and treats.
This brings me to one last item regarding my own Halloween Countdown. I am having a contest. What do you have to do? Not a whole lot. This year's contest is based entirely on participation. As I stated, a lot of hard work goes into these countdowns, and I am very grateful to all the people who have left comments in the past, participated in the riddles, etc. For each comment a person leaves, I putting their name into hat -- a moldy hat taken from the severed head of a rotting corpse. I'd prefer that the comments be a little more well thought out than simply "Cool!" I also recognize that there are dozens of other blogs for you to check out each day, so I don't expect in depth analysis each and every time either. I just want to know what people think so that I can make it even better next year. So what do you win? In the spirit of Halloween, I will just say that it will be more of a treat than a trick. I will drop a random item into five people's Halloween buckets at the end of the month, announcing the winners on October 31.
For newcomers, here are the Halloween Countdowns I ran for the years 2006 , 2007 , and 2008 . Enjoy!