Haunted Holidays are Here!

Welcome, December!


After giving it some thought, I changed this month’s theme to Haunted Holidays. I realized I was creating two different themed plans in December and I wanted to take a little bit more time to plan out my approach to writing haiku next year, so…Blood and Ice will be next month’s theme.

This December is all about the haunted holidays! Back in the day, people told ghost stories during Christmastime and I would love to bring that tradition back. I encourage everyone to create, write, or find a short ghost tale to tell on Christmas eve, and if you’re having trouble, might I recommend simply retelling the classic timeless tale from Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is the hero we need right now!

Scrooge art by Carter Goodwich

December Fun

Here’s a look at some of the shenanigans I have planned this month:

  • Haunted holidays haiku every Monday
  • Brand new gift-giving guides for Halloween and horror fans
  • New recipes for christmassy cocktails
  • Haunted Holidays Photo Challenge
  • 12 days of Christmas gift-giving countdown (Details TBA)

I’m kicking off the celebrations with a daily photo challenge. You may post both traditional or haunted photos or artwork. Jump in any time, even if you skip a day, or 5, but, if you can post all 25 days in December, I’ll enter your name into the cauldron for a drawing to win a haunted holidays prize pack.

No purchase is necessary for any of the upcoming contests, but you must be following my blog and be friends with me on at least one of my social media pages (listed below) for a chance to win! Please see official contest rules for more details.

To join in on the fun, follow me @Halloweenhorrorhaiku on Instagram and @Halloweenkristy on Twitter or r/Halloweenhaiku on Reddit.

I wish you a season filled with amusement, inspiration, love, and joy. Please be safe and stay healthy. Remember to take some time for yourself, relax and recharge, so you don’t burn out or lose your damn mind by January.

Krampus postcard, circa pre-1920

4th Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge 2022

4th Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge 2022
#Halloweenhaikuchallenge

We’re just 13 days away from Halloween night and now the real fun starts! Share your most original or scariest Dystopian or Halloween Memories Haiku for a chance to win some spooktacular prizes.

The contest starts on October 18th and ends at midnight, the witching hour, on October 31st. Winners will be announced on November 1st here and on social media. 

To join in on the fun, follow me @Halloweenhorrorhaiku on Instagram and @Halloweenkristy on Twitter

Three ways to share your haiku:

  1. Post your haiku here in the comment section of this specific blog post. (After review, I will make your haiku visible to the public.)
  2. Post your haiku on Twitter, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge and tag me @Halloweenkristy to ensure that I see your post.
  3. Post your haiku on Instagram, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge and tag me @Halloweenhorrorhaiku to ensure that I see your post.

Judging Criteria:

  • Originality. You must be the sole author of the haiku you post. No exceptions.
  • Theme. The theme of your haiku must either be 1) Dystopian Halloween or 2) Halloween Memories.
  • Scares. The scarier the better! It is Halloween after all.
  • Format/Style. All haiku, senryu, and zappai are eligible and should fall within the usual standard 17 syllables (i.e., 5-7-5). Sorry, Tanka or any other style of poetry is not acceptable for purposes of this contest. We’re not hating, just a matter of space and time.
  • Only one entry per participant.

Prizes*:

1st Place Winner:

Halloween Prize Pack, retail value over $50

Disney Oogie Boogie Bash Pin from 2022
Disney Halloween Die Cut Magnet
The Conjuring Horror Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
Evil Dead Sticker
Halloween buttons/stickers
Halloween card

1st Place Halloween Prize Pack for 2022 – #HalloweenHaikuChallenge

2nd Place Winners:

Two runner-up poems will be chosen to win a Halloween card and one Halloween magnet.

2nd Place Halloween Prizes for 2022 – #HalloweenHaikuChallenge

3rd Place Winner:

One third-place winner will be chosen to win a Halloween card and some Halloween stickers.

*Open to US residents only. Prizes subject to change.

Disclaimer:

All works are copyright of their respective owners. By participating in this contest, you agree that Halloween Kristy can use your haiku to further promote this contest and http://www.halloweenhorrorhaiku.com on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) Unauthorized use, modification, reproduction, or distribution of copyright poems submitted to Halloween Haiku Challenge 2022 without express written permission from the copyright owner is strictly prohibited.

For further details on contest rules, please visit: https://halloweenhorrorhaiku.com/contest-rules-eligibility-and-some-disclaimer-stuff/

Halloween Kristy reserves the right to remove and discredit any haiku and/or images posted here or on social media containing plagiarized or copyrighted material, pornography, vulgarity, bigoted, racist, or sexist views.

31 Days of Halloween 2022

Happy October! After starting late this Halloween season, I’m now ready to post the schedule of this year’s 31 Days of Halloween Celebration. The theme this October is dystopian Halloween. With the doomsday clock ticking down, due to savages like Russian dictator Vladamir Putin and gun-crazed trump-loving jesus-freaks, it’s probably way past time to think about how humankind plans to survive the apocalypse, in particular, how we’ll preserve our traditions and holidays, like Halloween.

Part of the month, we’ll have some fun with the dystopian Halloween-horror theme, but I have decided to mix in some good old-fashion Halloween traditional themes as well, cuz, I just love talking about those Halloween memories.

Have a safe and happy Halloween season!

31 Days of Halloween Schedule

Monday Macabre
Mondays are always dedicated to Haiku, but every Monday in October we’ll explore a dystopian Halloween.

Tuesday Terror
Every Tuesday, I’ll share my favorite scary movies that I believe make great Halloween season viewing.

Wicked Art Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, I’ll share some spooktacular Halloween art with an apocalyptic twist. I might even post some my own original Halloween pencil stencil art.

Throwback Thursdays
Preservation of Halloween traditions is important for several reasons. Every Thursday, let’s explore the origins of some Halloween traditions and muse over whether these traditions might survive the apocalypse.

Friday Fright Nightcaps
Ghosts aren’t the only ones who like to get sheet-faced on Halloween. Check back every Friday for Halloween season-inspired cocktails.

Sinister Saturdays
In the past few years, Sinister Saturdays have always been dedicated to food and Halloween recipes.  The problem was, besides my being the worst cook in America, people are simply reluctant to let you share their recipes online, even if you give them complete credit and link back to their website. So, in the true spirit of Sinister Saturdays, we’re just going to let the demons loose that day and see what they come up with.

Poe Sundays
This year’s tribute to the master of macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, will feature my thoughts on the best Poe adaptations on film.

4th Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge 2022
#Halloweenhaikuchallenge

Share your most original or scariest visual Halloween Haiku photos during October for a chance to win some prizes.

More details about the haiku contest will be announced on October 18th.

Join in the fun, and follow me @Halloweenhorrorhaiku on Instagram and @Halloweenkristy on Twitter

Halloween Haiku Challenge 2020 – Last Week to Submit Entries

There’s one week left to submit those entries for 2nd Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge. Details about the entire contest can be found here. You can submit in the comment section or via Instagram or Twitter. Just don’t forget to use tag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2020 and tag me @HalloweenHaiku9 so I see your post.

Winning haiku gets a free copy of Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life by Roxanne Rhoads of A Bewitching Guide to Halloween. This awesome book has amazing photos, party ideas and 50 DIY designs, a must-have for Halloween fans.

Halloween Haiku Challenge 2020

Happy Halloween 2020!

Share an original and scary Halloween or horror-related haiku throughout the entire month of October, using the hashtag #Halloweenhaikuchallenge2020 for a chance to win a copy of Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life by Roxanne Rhoads of A Bewitching Guide to Halloween.

Contest Locations:

There are three ways to share your haiku:

  • Post your haiku here in the comment section of this specific blog post. After review, I will make your haiku visible to the public.
  • Post your haiku on Twitter, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2020 and tag me @halloweenhaiku9 to ensure that I see your post.
  • Post your haiku on Instagram, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2020 and tag me @Halloweenhaiku9 to ensure that I see your post.

Judging Criteria:

1) Originality. (you must be the sole author of the haiku you post, no exceptions)

2) Scares. The scarier the better! It is Halloween after all.

3) Style. All haiku, senryu, zappai are eligible and should fall within the usual standard 17 syllables (5-7-5). Sorry, Tanka or any other style of poetry is not acceptable for purposes of this contest. We’re not hating, just a matter of space and time.

4) Participants may post up to three haiku for consideration.

The Prize:

The winner, chosen and announced on November 1st, will be gifted a copy of Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life by Roxanne Rhoads of A Bewitching Guide to Halloween. Winner will receive the book via Amazon, standard shipping rates apply. Sorry, US residents only.

Disclaimer:

All works are copyright of their respective owners. By participating in this contest, you agree that Halloween Kristy can use your haiku to further promote this contest and www.halloween-haiku.com on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) Unauthorized use, modification, reproduction or distribution of copyright poems entered into 2020 Halloween Haiku Challenge without express written permission from the copyright owner is strictly prohibited.

For further details on contest rules, please visit:
https://halloween-haiku.com/contest-rules-eligibility-and-some-disclaimer-stuff/

Halloween Kristy reserves the right to remove and discredit any haiku and/or images posted here or on social media containing plagiarized or copyrighted material, pornography, vulgarity, bigoted, racist, or sexist views.

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Halloween Haiku!

The honest truth is, I almost skipped celebrations this year. It’s hard to find something to smile about with the all world turmoil, pandemic fears, and sadness over the loss of lives taken by Covid-19, but what else is perseverance for, if not to stand up to fear and death by finding the things that make us happy and living our best lives?

People keep saying ‘I cant wait for Fall’  but no one knows what the rest the year, much less October,  has in store for us. So, let’s channel our energy into making our realities good, right now.

If nothing else, it’s a helpful distraction.🎃

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SCHEDULED FESTIVITIES THIS WEEK:

MONDAY

Halloween Haiku Contest
Contest ends at 12 Midnight Pacific on Thursday, April 30th.

Prize: $50 Gift Card to Dark Delicacies Store in Burbank, CA.

(Please note: there might be delivery delays due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. I’ll do my best to get the prize to the winner in a timely fashion.) Please click here for contest rules/disclaimer stuff.

Two Ways to Win:

1) Via WordPress:

  • Create a login or sign into WordPress
  • Follow Halloween-haiku.com
  • Post your own original Halloween haiku in the comment section of this post

2) Via Instagram:

  • Follow us on Instagram: Halloweenkristy9
  • Like the photo announcing Halloween Haiku Contest
  • Add your own original Halloween haiku in the comment section of said photo
  • Tag at least 3 friends who love Halloween or Haiku, using the following
    #HalloweenHaikuContest2

That’s it!

The winning haiku based on originality, spookiness, and best invokes the spirit of Halloween.

Winner will be announced sometime after 12noon PT on Friday, May 1st

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TUESDAY

Halloween Haiku Zoom Watch Party
This will be my first time holding a Zoom party. It should either be fun or a total disaster, entertaining either way!

Grab your favorite cocktail, snacks, and come hang on Zoom to celebrate two years of Halloween Haiku, while we watch Night of the Living Dead, dir. By George A. Romero, 1968.

I’m going to try and share my screen with the movie playing. You’re free to stream the movie on your own, via whatever platform you choose and just follow along in the chat. Night of the Living Dead is public domain and can be found here, or on other streaming services.

Link to Zoom room will be posted on Tuesday, April 28th. Please check back here or on Instagram.

The movie starts at 7pm PT/9pm CT/10pm ET

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WEDNESDAY

Pastel Halloween

Celebrate Wicked Art Wednesday by posting your favorite pastel Halloween images, in honor of springtime.  You might not think pastel and Halloween fit together, but it does, I swear!

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THURSDAY

Happy Walpurgisnacht!

Calling all witches! Come celebrate the halfway point to Halloween on Instagram and Twitter.

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FRIDAY

Spooky Spring Photo Challenge

25 days of gothic spring, pastel pumpkins, and flower-covered tombstones.  Post on Instagram or Twitter, using #Spookyspringphotochallenge
Photo challenge clues will be posted the night be posted night before.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining my blog and sharing in the joy and love for Halloween.🎃🎃🎃

 

 

 

1st Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge

Happy Halloween!

Share an original and scary Halloween or horror-related haiku from October 31st through November 2nd, using the hashtag #Halloweenhaikuchallenge for a chance to win an awesome $25 gift card from Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA.

Here are the details:

Contest Locations

There are three ways to share your haiku:

  • Post your haiku on Twitter, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge and tag me @Halloweenkristy to ensure that I see your post
  • Post your haiku on Instagram, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge and tag me @Halloweenkristy9 to ensure that I see your post
  • Halloween Haiku Message Boards. Look for the board that says Halloween Haiku Challenge to post your original or scary halloween haiku.

Judging Criteria

1) Originality. (you must be the sole author of the haiku you post, no exceptions)

2) Scares. The scarier the better! It is Halloween after all.

3) Style. All haiku, senryu, zappai are eligible and fall within the usual standard 17 syllables (5-7-5). Sorry, Tanka or any other style of poetry is not acceptable for purposes of this contest. We’re not hating, just a matter of space and time.

4) Participants may post up to three haiku for consideration.

The Prize

The winner, chosen by November 4th, will be gifted a $25 gift card only to Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA, an amazing specialty bookstore, dedicated to all things horror related, and recently named one of the top ten bookstores in Los Angeles by Travel.com website.

Disclaimer

All works are copyright of their respective owners. By participating in this contest, you agree that Halloween Kristy can use your haiku to further promote this contest and www.halloween-haiku.com on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) Unauthorized use, modification, reproduction or distribution of copyright poems entered into 2019 Halloween Haiku Challenge without express written permission from the copyright owner is strictly prohibited.

Halloween Kristy reserves the right to remove and discredit any haiku and/or images posted here or on social media containing plagiarized or copyrighted material, pornography, vulgarity, racist, sexist or bigoted views.

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Return to Spooky Season – Happy October

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October 1st is only a few days away and it’s one big Halloween party all day, every day, around here. This season, I’m encouraging people to do two things, 1) be Green for Halloween, and 2) take the Halloween Pledge, a pledge to practice one old Halloween tradition and introduce a random new tradition into your celebrations this year.

Before I share the schedule of festivities coming in October, I have an exciting new development to report, Halloween Haiku has new message boards! You can access the forum by clicking on the spinning pumpkin on the right sidebar of the home page.

The forum hopefully will be a place where we can have a little fun together.  There’s going to be Halloween trivia, scary movie trivia, along with random chat and silliness, and a special contest on Halloween Day.

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Halloween 2019 Schedule 

Monday Macabre

Every Monday, you’ll find spine-tingling haiku so scary, you’ll sleep with the light on

Tuesday Terror

Every Tuesday, we’ll be celebrating the best of horror cinema, dug up from the Hollywood Vaults

Wicked Art Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, I’ll be showcasing art from five of the most brilliant Halloween artists in the industry

Throwback Thursdays

Every Thursday, we’ll share in the memories of vintage Halloween and Halloween traditions

Friday Fright Nightcaps

Every Friday, you’ll find chilling adult cocktail recipes from the other side

Sinister Saturdays

Every Saturday, I’ll be serving up decadent desserts and savory Halloween recipes so sinful, you might need an exorcism on November 1st.

Poe Sundays

Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and read the chilling classics of the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe

October 31st – Halloween Haiku Challenge

On Halloween day, people will have the opportunity to post their own original, spooky haiku for a chance to win a prize bag, valued over $25 (more details to be announced).

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31 Days of Halloween (on Social Media)

Instagram – Halloween Haiku Photo Challenge
Join us in posting cool pics to match the #HalloweenHaikuPhotoChallenge this October.  Don’t worry about missing any days. It’s Halloween, you should be out having fun. You can post anytime, just remember to use: #HalloweenHaikuPhotoChallenge

Halloween Photo Challenge (1)

Twitterween
Halloween Haiku is a proud member of the Samhain Society, and I’ll be happily sharing the Halloween fun and festivities of my fellow community-goers. Everyone has been working so hard and I’m super stoked to join in the celebrations.

Pinterest
Check out our boards for more Halloween fun ideas and inspiration. We’ve got at least 5 new boards!

Wishing you all a fun, safe and memorable, haunting season!

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Halloween-Haiku Giveaway Winner: JEBUS!

Congratulations to Jebus, who entered our contest via Twitter.  Jebus shared his favorite Halloween memory and won the following prize pack:

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Halloween Giveaway, in honor of our first-year anniversary celebration. I loved hearing all the Halloween stories and I encourage everyone to continue sharing their favorite Halloween Memories.

 

Halloween Giveaway

 

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Halloween-haiku.com Giveaway 2019

We’re celebrating our first-year anniversary here at Halloween Haiku and what better way than to host our very first Halloween giveaway! I’m so thankful to everyone for being here and sharing in the love for Halloween.  You’ve all read about my love for Halloween, now, I want to hear yours!

Tell us your favorite Halloween memory, moment, or what you love best about Halloween, you will be entered into our Halloween giveaway, now through April 21st.

Everyone who enters will have a chance to win an amazing Halloween prize package, valued at over $60, which includes:

Halloween Tree book by Ray Bradbury, illustrations by Gris Grimly (regular, unsigned)
Beistle Socks at Creepy Co.
Haunting Spooks Pin
Sugar Fueled Print by Michael Banks
Sam Trick R’ Treat Card 5×7 from Diana Levin of Ghoulish Bunny Studios
Kreepsville Iron-on Patch
Nightmare Before Christmas Personalized Stationery Book

All prizes are new officially licensed merchandise, in their original sealed packaging, and purchased from authorized retailers.

 

 

There are two ways to enter:

If you already follow us here at www.halloween-haiku.com, leave a comment with your favorite Halloween memory, moment, or what you love best about Halloween, under Halloween Memories section

Or

Follow us on Twitter at @Halloweenkristy, find our contest post, RT contest post, and leave your favorite Halloween memory, moment or what you love best about Halloween with the following #Halloweenhaiku and #Halloween2019

Please do not create multiple accounts or post duplicate/repeated posts, or do anything to violate either Twitter or WordPress policies. I will only consider one entry per person per day. Spammers, bots or artificial postings will be disqualified and could get you banned from this site.

Contest Deadline: Ends on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at midnight Pacific Time. One winner will be chosen at random and announced here at http://www.Halloween-Haiku.com and on Twitter by @Halloweenkristy within 24 hours of the end of the contest. Do not post personal information in comments or in Tweets. Winner will be contacted in private to work out prize delivery.

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