Sep 13, 2013

The 2013 Badges will rot your teeth!

The new 2013 badges are here a little later than I anticipated, but still, before October! This year, after brainstorming with Jaime of Shezcrafti.com, I decided to use her suggestion of celebrating the return of some long lost Monster Cereal mascots by having the 2013 badges feature Franken Berry, Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Fruit Brute (I refuse to call him Frute), and Yummy Mummy...

**Also, real quick, I wanted to add some noise to the suggestion by Dex of AEIOU and Sometimes Why about the idea of participants grabbing these images and hosting them yourselves.  Least year there was a hiccup with my image hosting provider that caused the badge images to break based on the html I posted.  So if anyone desires, please feel free to grab these and host them yourselves.  I have addressed the image hosting issue, so as far as I know it shouldn't be an issue again.**


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Badge #2 (featuring Count Chocula)...

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Badge #3 (featuring Boo Berry)...

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Badge #4 (featuring Fruit Brute)...

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Badge #5 (featuring Fruity Yummy Mummy)...

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Sep 7, 2013

The Scary Godmother Doll


I'm guessing it's a safe bet that many of you visiting this site, or participating in the Halloween Countdown are familiar with Jill Thompson's delightful creation, The Scary Godmother. The Scary Godmother's adventures have been depicted in a series of books, comics, and even two tv specials, and now Jill wants to create a doll

It's a beautiful doll, lovingly crafted, and a steal at $50.00, but in order for that to happen, she needs to take in a bit more money on her kickstarter campaign. If you want a doll, or many other special incentives, please visit her campaign here. The world can always use a little more Halloween in it, so please donate whatever you can and help make this a reality. 

I've donated this one of a kind cut paper collage of the main characters from The Scary Godmother. It measures 12" x 25." If you are interested in making it yours, please contact Jill via her kickstarter page



Sep 4, 2013

Calling All Cryptkeepers




If you plan on participating in this year's Halloween Countdown, please read this post in its entirety in order to assure your place on the list of participants. 

First of all, let me apologize for being a bit behind schedule this year. This site has more cob webs than usual, but please be assured that the 2013 Countdown is on.

Everyone that I have contact information for should have received an email from me by this time. If you've emailed me back already, you've been added to the list of cryptkeepers for this year. If you haven't, please check your email.

If you haven't heard from me, that means I don't have a current email address for you. Please email me at universalrobots@aol.com. Put Halloween Countdown in the subject line. In the content of the letter please include a link to your blog(s) and the name you would like to see it listed under (since this is often different). You will not hear back from me unless there's a question I have. Once I receive an email from you I will automatically add you to this year's list. Having an email from you also means I'll be contacting you directly next year, hopefully making the whole process even smoother.

If you are planning to participate as a cryptkeeper this year, DO NOT simply leave a message in the comments box. Please email me. There are so many participants now, that it's easy for someone to get overlooked in the comments box, especially when Shawn and I are both trying to keep everything up to speed, manage our own blogs, and our everyday lives. I know there were periods last year where neither of us were able to check the comments box for several days in a row. Neither of us want to keep anyone waiting, or put them through the stress of wondering why they haven't been added to the list yet. By emailing me directly, you can be certain that I'll get you added asap, probably within just a few hours.

Also, if you only contact us through the comment box, we have no way to reach you directly if there's an issue with your link, or any other matter.  As October proceeds, we will be posting other things at this site, and things get lost when left in the various comment boxes, especially when those boxes don't have anything to do with the participant list.

The goal here is to make everything run as smoothly as possible and for everyone to have fun.

Please use the comments box for any questions or comments you might have as to this year's countdown otherwise.

Thank you. Now go blow the dust out of your trick or treat bags and get ready to turn on your porch lights.