Nov 1, 2015

Thank You, Everyone!



I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Countdown to Halloween, and hope that it was an enjoyable, and successful Countdown for everyone involved. Look for my email next August - September regarding the 2016 Countdown to Halloween.

The candy bowl may be full of empty wrappers, but there are still plenty of treats to be had. If, like me, you have plenty of catching up to do in visiting participating Cryptkeeper blogs. Take advantage of the post Halloween season to drop in on your fellow Cryptkeepers, say hi, and let them know what a great job they have done. Who knows, they may even have something that will keep you visiting them through the year.

Thanks again!

Oct 1, 2015

This Year's Participants - Cryptkeepers 2015



Greetings. Welcome to the 2015 Countdown to Halloween, the best Halloween Party on the block. All of this year's costumed guests are listed below. Don't be shy. Walk right up to them and engage in some spirited conversation and join in some of the party games being featured. 

Not on the guest list but want to participate? It's easy. If you'd like to have your blog added to the list of participants, read this post for all the information you need. If you don't have a blog, participation is even easier, you just need to visit any of the blogs on the list below that you want to. All of them have something different to offer throughout the month, and all of the people running them have put in a lot of hard work to help celebrate the holiday we all love. 


Action Figure Barbecue
Adventures of a Geeky Vixen
AEIOU and Sometimes Why
AFB
Airless Chambers
AllHallowSteve's Halloween Addict Twitter Feed
Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide to Hallowe'en On Roku
An Adventure a Day
And Everything Else Too
Apetoes
Armagideon Time
Art By Giuseppe Balestra
The Art of CSR
Autumnal
B-Movie Star
Bat N' Kat
The Batty Chick
Big Scare
Bluestocking Farm
Branded in the 80s
Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun!
Camera Viscera
Caramel Apple Day
Carol's Creations
The Catalogue of Curiosities
Cavalcade of Awesome
Celluloid Terror
Celtic Pumpkin
Channel: Superhero
Chuck Norris Ate My Baby
Church of Halloween
Cinema Crazed
The Cinema 4 Pylon
Cinematic Catharsis
Clockwork Yume
CollectingCandy.com
Corvus Victoriana
Cult of the Great Pumpkin
Culturally Significant!
D I Treasures
The Dark Art of Chad Savage
Dark Mind of a Feminist
Dave Lowe Design
Deadpan Flook and the Blog of Stuff
Destroy//Exist
Distinctly Jamaican Sounds
Doc Terror
DominoART
Doo Wacka Doodles
Dragon Patch TV
DWRAYGER DUNGEON
Earth Station One podcast
Eldritch Hobbit
Eric Scales
Euclid Boo Blog
Fantasy Ink
Fascination With Fear
A Field Guide to Doomsday
Fiendish Fancies
52 WOH
Fiji Mermaid
Final Girl
Forgotten Films
Frankenstein Forever
Frankensteinia: The Frankenstein Blog
Frog on the Pumpkin
Fright Connect
Garage Sale Finds
The Ghost Town
The Ghoulie Guide
The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla
THE GOODS
Goodwill H(a)unting 4 Geeks
Gravedigger's Local 16
The Grim Gallery
Hallowaltz
Halloween Hits
Halloween Holler
Halloween Mix 2015
Halloween Short Films
Halloween Special
Halloween Survivor
HalloweenOverkill
Hallow-Holies Anonymous
Hallow-Holics Anonymous (WordPress)
The Haunted Drive-in
The Haunted Drive-In (Tumblr)
Haunted Eve's Halloween Blog
Haunted Eve's Halloween Yard Haunt
The Haunted Spookshow of Channel X
Hero Histories
Highbury Cemetery
Histories of Things to Come
Holiday Film Reviews
Horror Sexy
The Horrors of Halloween 
The Horrors of it All
Horrors Online
I-Mockery.com's Two Months of Halloween Celebration
Incense and Cookies
Infinite Hollywood
Into the Cauldron
It Came From Beneath My Mind!
It Came From the Man Cave!
Jim Fanning's Tulgey Wood
Joe's Rec Room
John Rozum
Journeys in Classic Film
Just the Stuff Ya Know
Kaedrin Weblog
KostumeGirl's Closet
The Land of Cerpts and Honey
Leaves and Cobwebs
LimerWrecks
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity
Maple Grove Cemetery
Mark Harvey's World
Mark's Super Blog
MassiveFantastic
Me and You and a Blog Named Boo
Me and You Too
Michael May's Adventureblog
Misfit Island Drive-In
Misfit Robot Daydream
Mixed-Up Monster Club
Monster Crazy
Monster Magazine World
Monsterjones
MonsterMartha
The Moon is a Dead World
Moongem Comics
MorbidMuch
Mr. Chicken's Yard Haunt
Ms Misantropia
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
Musty TV
My Rotting Brain
My Scary Blog
My Two Yen Worth
MyBriefs
Neato Ghoulville
Negative Pleasure
The New Adventures of Desdinova the Super Villain of the Ozarks
New World Food
Nightmare City Halloween
NUELOW Games
On the Stick
One Dark Halloween Night
The Other Side
OTIS: Odd Things I've Seen
ParaAbnormal
Parade of Horrorables
Plan D: The Official Website & Blog of Derek M. Koch
Pumpkinrot
Punch & Judy Productions
Radiator Heaven
The Rain Causes Pain In My Brain
Rare Halloween Videos
Reading Authors
Retro Robot Review
Rip Jagger's Dojo
Rob Walker Films
Roger Wilkerson, The Suburban Legend!
Russian Nerd (in Russian)
Scare Me On Fridays
The Sexy Armpit
Shades of Gray
She Walks Softly
ShellHawk's Nest
Sideshow Cinema
Silent Wierdness
6'+ (Six Foot Plus)
The Skeleton Key
Slash the Zombie
Something Got Me Started
Something WicKED This Way Comes
Spock's Record Round-Up
Spooky Little Halloween
Spooky Moon
The Spooky Vegan
Step Up to the Mike
Stephanie Buscema
Strange Kids Club
Swing With Shad
Team Hellions
Terror Titans
13 Visions
Tinker Wolf
Toys of My Past
Tupa's Treasures
Uncle Ernie's Creature Ink
Unique Unusual or Interesting
The Vault of 3D Sculpts
Vraie Fiction
Whatever Happened to the Transylvania Twist?
Who Killed Orrin Grey?
Who Ya Gonna Collect?
The Windesphere Witch
Wonderful, Beautiful, and Strange Finds
Wonderful Wonderblog
Working Dead Productions
The Writer's Journey
YargCade
Your Final Answer

Sep 23, 2015

2015 Badges Are Here

Here are this year's badges, courtesy of my daughter, Daphne. Badges are featured below along with the code to post them with. In the past there were two choices of size for each badge. This year there is just one.


Badge #1:

Just copy and paste the following html code: 








Badge #2: 

Just copy and paste the following html code: 






Badge #3: 

Just copy and paste the following html code:






Badge #4: 


Just copy and paste the following html code:

Interview Subjects Wanted



Dex at AIEOU and Sometimes Why, is looking for bloggers to subject themselves to interrogation for  his Countdown this year. The interview takes only a few minutes, helps out a fellow Cryptkeeper, and can bring potential new readers to your own blog. Find out all the details here.

Sep 8, 2015

Calling All Cryptkeepers for 2015



It's that time of year again. The Countdown to Halloween is less than a month away. We have a new banner, and new badges are coming soon. I'd like to take this time to thank Shawn Robare for the years of dedication he's donated to this event, and this page. We have him to thank for getting this page up and running, centralizing everything, and all the great badges over the years. Sadly, Shawn has had his sanity restored to him, and has stepped down from his role as moderator here. I have no doubt he'll still be present as the man behind Branded in the 80s. Thank you Shawn. I could never have done all this without you. Having said that, please be patient with me as I'm about to do this this year without him.

Now for the official part that should make your life, and mine, easier, and insure that everyone wanting to participate is one the list with the launch at Midnight, October 1st. Please read the following. 

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. 

So far, this year's Countdown has gone smoothly, as each year gets us closer to working out all of the bumps and obstacles revealed in year's past. 

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. I thank all of you for your quick responses, and for providing links and so forth making this process easier than it has ever been. You are all excused from reading the rest of this email. 

If you haven't, please check your email. I did wind up with a few mailer demons infiltrating my inbox pertaining to old, outdated email addresses that could no longer have mail delivered to. If anything has changed, please let me know. 

IMPORTANT: 

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. Also, inform me that you did not receive an email from me. 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 I am trying to keep everything up to speed, manage my own blogs, and my everyday life. There are occasions where we are unable 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.

Finally, the Countdown to Halloween is not an invite only sort of thing. If you know of other blogs that might want to be part of this, please let them know, and direct them to this post. 



Now go feed your bats so they're ready to fly on October 1st. 

Oct 15, 2014

Contests!



Cat over at Spooky Moon has been crafting a lot of Halloween goodies and she wants to give them away. She's asking everyone who'd like to potentially take home one of these spooky treats to enter her raffle by sending her a Halloween card. For full details check out the contest rules here.

Whether you end up entering, or not, to thank her for her generosity, and being one of our very own cool cryptkeepers, be sure to check out her blog and leave comments on what you find there.

Also, Ed over at AEIOU and Sometimes Why is holding a giveaway for some pretty darn neat Halloween-y postcards mailed directly from Salem!  Head on over to the site to snag one before they're all gone and you could win a sweet mystery box of fun goodies.

http://aeiouwhy.blogspot.com/2014/10/salem-postcard-giveaway.html

Oct 9, 2014

This Year's Participants



Here we are, once again embarking on a month long celebration of Halloween. As of just a few minutes before launch time there are 197 participants to start with. No doubt more will be added in the next few days. To everyone involved I would like to say thank you. This year was the smoothest in terms of getting this list together. I have been hearing about some email problems, which I've also experienced at my end. If you don't see your blog on the list below, just email me at universalrobots@aol.com and include a link to your blog and how you'd like it named and it will be added asap. For anyone who is coming at this new and would like to join in you are welcome to do so, but please read this post first. 

I know all of you are now in your costumes and feeling the emptiness of your trick or treat bags and buckets. Below you will find the addresses that give out all the best candy. There are a lot of them, and everyone puts a lot of effort into their Halloween countdowns, so try to visit everyone at least once and be sure to leave a treat in their buckets too by leaving a comment for them so they know that their hard work is being seen and appreciated. Remember too to check back here for further posts from Shawn and I. You'll find some unexpected treats here, too.

Let the trick or treating begin!

Adventures of a Geeky Vixen
AEIOU...and Sometimes Why
Airless Chambers
and everything else too
Andrew Jones Art
Another CreatureFeature Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku
Armagideon Time
Art of C. Tupa
The Art of Stephanie Buscema
Autumnal
Awake Oh Sleeper
B-Movie Star
Bat N' Kat
Beauty in Ruins
Bluestocking Farm
Branded in the 80s
Caffeinated Joe
Calvin's Canadian Cave of Cool
Cannibal Reviews
Caramel Apple Day
Carol's Creations
Catalogue of Curiosities
Cavalcade of Awesome
Celluloid Terror
Celtic Pumpkin
Cheryl's Journals and Sketchbooks
Chuck Norris Ate My Baby
Church of Halloween 
Cinedelphia
Cinema Crazed
Cinematic Catharsis
CollectingCandy.com
Comatised
Comics Oughta Be Fun
Count Gregula - The Official Site
Count Gregula's Crypt
A Coven of Stitches
Craftypants Carol
Craftypants Carol's Fancy Crafty Stuffs
Creepy Glowbugg
Cult of the Great Pumpkin
Culturally Significant!
Dan Schoening's Halloween Post-Its!
Dark Lord Rob's Terrortorium
Dark Mind of a Feminist
Dave Lowe Design
Deadpan Flook and the Blog of Stuff!
Desdinova the Super Villain of the Ozarks
Destroy//Exist
DI Treasures
Die GB! DIE!
Dinosaur Dracula!
Distinctly Jamaican Sounds
DOCTERROR.COM
The Doo Wacka Doodler
Doo Wacka Doodles
Dragon Patch TV
Dwrayger Dungeon
Earth Station One
ThEpic Review
Euclid Boo Blog
Eva Halloween's Haunted Tumblr
Family Strong
Fantasy Ink
Felt With Love Designs
A Field Guide To Doomsday
Forgotten Films
Frankenstein Forever
Frankensteinia
French Toast Sunday
Fright Connection
Frog on the Pumpkin
From the Brain of John
Garage Sale Finds
Geektarded
The Ghost Town
The Ghoulie Guide
The Goods
Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks
Gravedigger's Local 16
Great Pacific Garbage Patch Radio
The Grim Gallery
Hallowaltz
HalloweenOverkill
Halloween Special
The Halloween Tree
Hallowholics Anonymous
Hallowholics Anonymous (wordpress)
Hallucination Horrors
The Hammer Strikes!
Happy-Halloween.net
Hauntcast
The Haunted Drive-in
The Haunted Drive-in Tumblr
Haunted Eve
Haunted Eve's Halloween Blog
The Haunted Mansion Forum
The Haunted Spookshow of Channel X
Hellowe'en Horror
Hero Histories
Highbury Cemetery
Histories of Things to Come
Holiday Film Reviews
The Holidaze
Hollywood Nuts!
The Horrors of Halloween
The Horrors of it All
Horrors Online
House Cat Emelie's Blog
I-Mockery.com's Two Months of Halloween Celebration
Incense and Cookies
Into The Cauldron
It Came From Beneath My Mind
It Came From The Man Cave!
It's Almost Halloween 
Jackie's Bookbytes
JAZZLANDSCAPES
Jim Fanning's Tulgey Wood
Joe's Rec Room
John Rozum
jointhehyperforcekillxana
Just the Stuff Ya Know
KostumeGirlsCloset
Kostume Kult
Kyle's Astro Lounge
Lady M's Haunted Parlor
Ladydragon Wife
Land of Cerpts and Honey
LimerWrecks
Listing Toward Halloween 
Long Full Moon
The Mad Scientist's Monster's Bride of the Vampires
Maple Grove Cemetery
Mark Harvey's World
Mark's Super Blog
Massive Fantastic
Me and You and a Blog named Boo
Me and You Too
Michael May's Adventureblog
Misfit Robot Daydream
Mixed-Up Monster Club
Monster Crazy
Monsterfink's Midnight Monster Spookshow
The Moon is a Dead World
Moongem Comics
Morbid Tales Archives
Movies At Dog Farm
Ms Misantropia
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
Musty TV
My Briefs
My Outlander Love Affair
My Rotting Brain
My Scary Blog
My Scary Halloween 
My Third Parent
My Two Yen Worth
Neato Coolville
Need Coffee Dot Com
Negative Pleasure
New World Food
Nostalgic Memories
On the Stick
One Dark Halloween Night
Orange and Black
OTIS (Odd Things I've Seen)
Para Abnormal
Parade of Horrorables
Parenthetical Asides
Plaid Stallions
Plasticfetish
Procrastonaut
Pumpkinrot
Punch & Judy Productions
Pure Blather
Radiator Heaven
The Rain Causes Pain In My Brain
Random Acts of Geekery
Rare Halloween Videos
Reading Authors
Redecorating Middle-Earth in Early Lovecraft
RetroRobotReview
Rip Jagger's Dojo
Russian Nerd
Scare Me On Fridays
Scary Mary's Monster Pinup Mash
Secret Fun Blog
Seditiosus
The Sexy Armpit
ShellHawk's Creations
ShellHawk's Nest
SheWalksSoftly
Shingle Creek Manor
Sideshow Cinema
Silent Wierdness
Six Foot Plus
Slash The Zombie
Something Got Me Started
Something wicKED this way comes
Son of Celluloid
Spooky Moon
Spooky Scary
The Spooky Vegan
Step Up to the Mike
Strange Kids Club
SusieBlob
Swing With Shad
Talk Like a Transylvanian Day - Dedicated to the Legacy of Béla Lugosi
Team Hellions
Things To Do In LA
13 Dwrayger Dungeon
31 Days of Halloween 
Toyriffic
Traveling Cats
Triumph of a Man Called Da-Da
Tupa's Treasures
2 Cool Ghouls
Vault of 3d Sculpts
Vraie Fiction
Wag The Fox
We Are Pop Culture!
Whatever Happened to the Transylvania Twist? 
Whatever I Think Of
Who Killed Orrin Grey?
The Windesphere Witch
Wonderful, Beautiful, and Strange Finds
Wonderful Wonderblog
The Writer's Journey
Written in Blood
The Year of Halloween