The 2014 OTIS Halloween Season

September 12, 2014 — HOLYCROWITSTHEHALLOWEENSEASONAGAIN. So exciting. It’s that time of year where we take our people masks off to show off our monster faces, that time of year where even the most glass-and-metal urbanite becomes suddenly super-interested in agrarian activities, that time of year when candy becomes an officially sanctioned part of a complete diet. Halloween. Fall. Autumn. Samhain. Sweater season.

You know the deal. Maybe. I celebrate Halloween and Fall for a month and a half, a Halloween Season. I blog about it every day, documenting our activities and trips, discussing things we find on store shelves and in the recesses of our own home, screencapping the horror movies and TV we watch...anything that’s spooky or harvest-y. You can peruse the Halloween Season blogs from previous years for a much clearer depiction of how we do this season, and I definitely recommend it. Lotta good memories there and lotta ideas for taking the most advantage of this time of year.

This season, I’m opening with a video. A video I filmed at midnight, by myself, comfortably inebriated, in the spooky attic of my barn…the same barn where we had our Barn Attic Amphitheater night and that other time that we invoked The Ghost of Ray Bradbury. It boasts quite a few bad edits, but I think it’s a good enough starting pistol.

For those of you who hate watching videos on the Internet, here’s the summary:
  • We do Halloween long-time. Starts today.
  • I’ll be writing daily articles on spooky oddities, road trips, candy, movies, activities, and all the weird stuff that only this strange season could make possible.
  • I’m launching a video blog series called “Stuff from My Study.”
  • I’ve got a book coming out. About Edgar Allan Poe. On October 6. We’ll talk about it then. A lot.
Meanwhile, if the OTIS website isn’t enough, I’ll be all over the OTIS socials: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr. Wherever you’re most comfortable sharing the private details of your life, I’m probably there, too, sharing too much of mine, although right now those details are gloriously orange and black and all spikey with corn stalks.

Happy Halloween…every day until October 31.


  1. Looking forward to your book release! And so glad you included Sullivan's Island. Hope you were able to eat at Poe's Tavern while you were there. Mia, Lexington, SC

  2. Glad the Halloween blog is underway! I also enjoyed the video complete with the Danse Macabre soundtrack.

  3. The video was great,and I too loved the music...I need to get my cd out to listen....I can't wait to see your video blog of the stuff in your study.....I want to see everything,and see what I have that you have. *Smirk*. It's gonna be cool, I am sure! Excited about the book.... Gary

  4. Woohoo! It's the most wonderful time of the year!

  5. Nothing like a good fright, especially when you realize your electricity is 1963 code. Wish we could join you...we'll bring our own milkcans too!!

    Joey, Diane, and Jess
    The Haunted Barn in Exile

  6. J.W. You live the life most of us would love . But for all the travel etc ....Thanks for bringing us along .