Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 Yard Haunt Photos

This year's Halloween yard haunt photos's are up for viewing on Flickr. Click on the link below the photo to see them. All the other previous year's yard haunt photos are also available for viewing on Flickr going all the way back to 2004. Enjoy!
Haunted Eve Halloween 2018 Photo Album

Another Successful Halloween

Another Halloween has come and gone, and despite the rain and drizzle that persisted last night we still had a grand total of 88 trick-or-treaters. Not a record, but well within the norm for our 9th Halloween in this neighborhood (can't believe how the years have flown by). The haunt got a lot of nice compliments from both kids and parents, so all in all, another successful Halloween. Still lots of stuff to clean up outside and props to pack away for another year.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Ready To Go!

Haunt was photographed last night and the candy is by the door ready for tonight's trick-or-treaters. Weather is on the wet side but at least it's currently 59 out and is supposed to stay in the mid 50's during trick-or-treating hours which is a warm Halloween night for these parts! Should have the complete photo album of this year's haunt up on Flickr within the next few days.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 Yard Haunt Teaser Photos

Well the weather for the haunt setup today was fantastic and we will be able to get all the night time photos taken tonight. Tomorrow will be warmer but rain showers are expected, but at least we can capture the magic tonight. So here are a few teaser daytime pictures taken with our point and shoot camera.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Jack-O'-Lanterns Carved

22 Jack-O'-Lanterns ready to go for Halloween. Forecast looks like rain showers for Halloween night here, but we should be able to get the haunt photo shoot done tomorrow night after we set up tomorrow during the day. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Haunted Eve Flickr Page

Just had to renew our website's hosting plan for another year and "ouch"! We started the website almost 18 years ago way before free social media and photo sharing websites existed and old habits are hard to break but the web hosting costs are seriously getting outrageous. Another problem is the search engine optimization requirements have also become ridiculous. With each passing year our SEO score gets lower and lower. Back around the late 2000's, a simple "yard haunt" search on any major search engine would find us on the top page of the results. We're practically nonexistent now! The poor ranking reasons change every year. One minute it's making the page "mobile friendly", so we do that, and then the next it's "you don't have a SSL certificate". Well the cost is $75/year for a certificate from our hosting provider (after the first year $60 promotional price). That's on top of domain registration and hosting costs. Bottom line, we have zero need for a SSL certificate, there are no "transactions to secure". Considering our "economy" web hosting already costs $96/year on top of the annual domain registration cost. You'd think they'd throw in a SSL certificate for that kind of money! And we've already switched providers a few times over the years, which in and of itself is a chore. And all this hassle just to get about 800 site visitors in October (our website's busiest month of the year). So we're going to be transitioning over the next year to having just the blog and using Flickr to share our annual yard haunt photos. Already started with last year's yard haunt pics.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

7 Days Until Halloween

We're in the final stretch until the big night with only 7 days to go. There are still a few props to tweak, a whole lot of pumpkins to carve into jack-o'-lanterns, and the yard haunt setup itself. Hoping the Halloween spirits are kind to us and give us a dry Halloween.