Friday, January 24, 2020


Unlike this blog, that really only sees a few posts a year - typically around Halloween, the undisputed master of micro yard haunts Pumpkinrot blog runs all year long - featuring his (and his wife's) own creations as well as cool discoveries and various Halloween type content from all over. Come Halloween you would get a full photo album of that year's most wondrous Pumpkinrot haunt. Always something to behold - always something to anticipate. 

On June 21, 2019 everything on the Pumpkinrot blog ceased. No new posts, no new stuff on IG - just dead air and that last post about Midsummer. My first thought was that he was taking a few days or weeks off. Later I speculated he was gonna roar back onto the scene come October with something big - but Halloween came and went without a peep. 

I dug around online a little bit to see if there were any insights available - hopefully listing a return date, but after checking a few of the known haunts (popular and/or associated forums and blogs) it became clear there was no public word about what was going on. Making the rounds to my favorite sites I probably checked in on the Pumpkinrot blog weekly. Now it's 2020 and that same Midsummer eerily sits there, un-nudged, uncommented on.

I come to realize how much I really enjoyed the frequent posts, music, movie tips and especially the comic-strip "Begging for Candy"...

If Rot has thrown in the towel, decided to take a year off - or even a couple years off, he most certainly has earned it. I ponder doing the same every year with my little Spooky Franklin debacle and I've not put in near the 1/5th work that Rot has. It's a very legit workload and it cannot last forever. 

I do love Halloween and will still enjoy it long after I've stopped carving 30 pumpkins in one long afternoon hoping it doesn't rain or freeze. And I hope Rot does come back at some point and that this has just been a simple self-imposed suspension of haunting not something more dire. The inspiration is invaluable..   Maybe someone who knows more than I will leave a note below or drop me a message about Rot.. Enjoy the cold weather yawl... 

Thursday, November 7, 2019




It was bound to happen. It was so cold on the night that by the time trick or treating was over and I had some time to break out the camera that my hands were completely numb and my eyes were fried from the fire pit. So this year all my shots are sadly iPhone pics..

This year the weather was super complicated so I opted for a simpler graveyard scene instead of the larger fence/sentinel setup. I have three full available scenes that at some point will combine for a massive yard haunt experience some year in the future when it's not raining or freezing..
Maybe 2020. Until then - enjoy!


Friday, October 11, 2019

The Horror Hootenanny 16 - Oct 12, 2019

This year's wondrous poster art by Tom Bagley!  Psycho Charger returns in the form of the Sithfits. First time addition of Ohio's Tiger Sex and The Night Talkers. And of course The Creeping Cruds 16th appearance at this event!

Saturday, November 3, 2018


SPOOKY FRANKLIN 2018 is in the books. This was not a great year but I made past heart surgery, which really zaps your energy so I had no choice but to downsize the haunt by about half this year. Nobody even noticed and I ended up having way more kids and neighbors than any other year so far. The weather was trying to ruin things and for the first 45 minutes or so after sunset it drizzled a bit, then went into perfect Halloween night weather. It was a good time hanging out in the middle of the driveway watching oldie horrors with befuddled neighbors who had a few too many by then. Next year I hope to be back to normal energy levels.

On a sidenote, my Google domain expired while I wasn't paying attention. So now Google wants $100 to reinstate the domain. Fuck them. That's highway robbery. So keep in mind if you ever want to visit the blog head on out to

Enjoy the pics and head on over to Flickr for all the pics!