Halloweens That Were

Some readers (one) made mention of traveling back in time and reading my prior Halloween offerings.

“Good luck with that!” I thought, “Time travel is kind of messy.”

It turns out they meant revisiting my prior Halloween posts. Well, ever the show-off, I figured I’d lend a helping hand.

This blog was born in March of 2010 following the failure of two other platforms (lots of lost writing, but that’s life . . . or death).

However, there was no Halloween post in 2010 because . . . well, it wasn’t a thing yet. Why, back then I did mostly writing and posts had a scarcity of photos because I (naively) believed people would go to SmugMug and see the photos once I pointed them that way. In fact, clicking on any photos back then would take you to the SmugMug gallery of said photos.

WordPress subsequently made numerous — and ill-advised — changes which resulted in many of those links being lost. I’m still griping about it because writing those posts in that way took a lot of time and effort.

Anyway, blood under the bridge, as they say. What? They don’t say that?

. . . I should probably stop saying it, too . . .

Anyway, blade into flesh, as they say. Halloween 2011 had no dedicated post but there was a post in honor of October being a Halloween month. Still no photo or graphics, but I offered a short story, one of my favorites.

Proper Halloween posts didn’t start until 2012 and featured these photos:

Container of Spirits
Container of Spirits
A good bottle of Spirits helps warm the chill on Halloween
A good bottle of Spirits helps warm the chill on Halloween
Remember; enjoy Spirts responsibly.
Remember; enjoy Spirts responsibly.

Corny, but fun. I also had the Halloween tweets I did that year and a story about a witch-burning. Another of my favorites, it was.

Hallowe’en 2013 found me busy with stuff and all I offered was a photo . . . a photo of Bones, Bob Bones.


For Halloween 2014 — once again busy as we were going on a cruise — I made a hurried effort bot with the photo . . .

. . . and with the story. It’s really not that good. I mean, the concept (I thought) was OK, but the execution was piss-poor. Read it HERE if you must.

Halloween 2015 saw me pen a standard trope but I like the end result. The photo was another quick effort:

Halloween 2016 had another favorite short story (HERE) and that was the first use of the PanosFx free Photoshop Halloween Action. I liked the flexibility of the action and the creative license it allowed in composing the end result.

By the way, there was a subsequent post making use of other offerings from PanosFx (HERE). For example:

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I went back to the Spooky Action for Halloween 2017:

. . . and contributed a background story for Bones, the guardian cat mentioned in the 2016 story.

Last year’s Halloween saw us getting ready to move back to the mainland and I was also dealing with a few minor health issues (old age; can’t live with it, can’t live without it); all I offered up was another graphic using the PanosFx action.

That brings us up to the previous post, Halloween 2019. If you haven’t read that post, it’s not likely you’re reading this one, so no link.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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