| Quickly ripping up the other box, I found what I was looking for: my half-skull
face mask. People think I'm strange, for getting a Halloween mask in the middle of May, but I don't
care. If it were up to me, Halloween would be every day of the year. I'm sure most haunters would
agree with this, although I know some who are glad once October is over!
It seems like ever since I became involved with the haunted attraction industry, Halloween almost
has been every day. There isn't a day that goes by where I'm not doing something related in some
way to haunted attractions. As stated previously, people think that haunters are weird. Why? Just
because we love haunted attractions and it's a year-round fascination for us? If you love this
business as much as I do, then it's not something you do by choice, it's something that's a part
of you. Something that just seems natural to do. Granted, if it was a choice, I would still choose
to be a part of this industry. This is just something that flows in my blood. Although, almost
every month, I keep saying that this online magazine is a pain in the butt, after one issue is
released, I'm working on the next. It's almost like a reflex I guess.
This brings me to my next point. Since I have been in this industry, I have fell in love with it.
There are so many people who are willing to help you in any way they can and who are as passionate
about this business as I am. There are a few people who are in this business who are constantly
looking to start trouble, but the good far outweighs the bad in this scenario. One thing that
always gets me is when I see someone criticizing this industry and/or the people involved in it,
claiming "so and so" stabbed "so and so" in the back. I think this industry has worked hard to get
where it is today and for somebody to be 'slamming' it, just upsets me. I ask you, is the movie
industry as helpful to each other as the Halloween industry? My guess is no. From what I've seen,
the movie industry is pretty much a cut-throat operation. Yes, haunters are trying to earn some
money for doing what they love, and most of them will help you with problems you may have. The
ones that give this industry a bad name are those people, I don't even know if I would call them
"haunters", who jump in this business to make a quick buck. These people are not passionate about
the shows they put on. All they care about is making a profit for themselves, not caring whether
it hurts this industry or not. I am not in this for money. I am in it to be around other people
who share the same love for Halloween and to help out this industry in any way that I can.
Now that all of that's out of the way, it's time for me to ask you: "What would you like to see
in this online magazine in the future?" I would like to hear your thoughts on article ideas,
specific haunts/companies you would like to see covered in future issues. What about the possibility of a
"Scream Queen" type article, featuring the beautiful and talented women in this industry? No,
it won't have nudity or "risque" photos (Although I know some of the guys are probably wishing
otherwise.), but rather would focus on their accomplishments in this business.
Do you want to see reviews of Halloween music, books etc? Let me know!
Until next issue, stay dead and keep haunting alive!