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... 


  1. It is a mystery but I think he intended it that way. Hopefully, it is not the end of his blog. I enjoyed it so.

  2. I think we are all pretty much in the dark on this matter. It is very much out of the norm for Rot to take time off without saying so, and with the length of time that has passed I don't think it is anything "theatrical". I, like you and thousands of others, really miss my daily fix from his blog. Truly hope everything is ok with them and that at some point there will be a return. Im sure with the haunt community being as tight as it is, when there is something to be heard, it will spread fast. Although there has been some minor speculation by a few, I think the community has been respectful of their privacy and has refrained from starting rumors which can get out of hand quickly these days.