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Well it's Springtime. While most people are out planting flowers, I sit here, in my dark, damp, cold house, far beneath the warm sun, deep within the earth I sit, writing this article. (Ok, so my house isn't cold, dark or damp, and I'm not completely underground, just partially underground, but at least I didn't lie about writing this article!)

Any ways, I guess the fact that we're almost halfway through this year is kind of odd, in the fact that it doesn't seem like it's been that long since the beginning of 2003. But it's actually a sort of good thing. I mean, October is less than 5 months away. That may seem like long to you, but to me, the time has flown by already, so October is just around the corner for me. I'm already getting prepared for this year. My first mask of the year came yesterday in the mail. I nearly wanted to hug the mailman when the package came, but decided it was in both our best interests to not do so. I tore through the packaging to find a smaller box.
Quickly ripping up the other box, I found what I was looking for: my half-skull face mask. People think I'm strange, for getting a Halloween mask in the middle of May, but I don't care. If it were up to me, Halloween would be every day of the year. I'm sure most haunters would agree with this, although I know some who are glad once October is over!

It seems like ever since I became involved with the haunted attraction industry, Halloween almost has been every day. There isn't a day that goes by where I'm not doing something related in some way to haunted attractions. As stated previously, people think that haunters are weird. Why? Just because we love haunted attractions and it's a year-round fascination for us? If you love this business as much as I do, then it's not something you do by choice, it's something that's a part of you. Something that just seems natural to do. Granted, if it was a choice, I would still choose to be a part of this industry. This is just something that flows in my blood. Although, almost every month, I keep saying that this online magazine is a pain in the butt, after one issue is released, I'm working on the next. It's almost like a reflex I guess.

This brings me to my next point. Since I have been in this industry, I have fell in love with it. There are so many people who are willing to help you in any way they can and who are as passionate about this business as I am. There are a few people who are in this business who are constantly looking to start trouble, but the good far outweighs the bad in this scenario. One thing that always gets me is when I see someone criticizing this industry and/or the people involved in it, claiming "so and so" stabbed "so and so" in the back. I think this industry has worked hard to get where it is today and for somebody to be 'slamming' it, just upsets me. I ask you, is the movie industry as helpful to each other as the Halloween industry? My guess is no. From what I've seen, the movie industry is pretty much a cut-throat operation. Yes, haunters are trying to earn some money for doing what they love, and most of them will help you with problems you may have. The ones that give this industry a bad name are those people, I don't even know if I would call them "haunters", who jump in this business to make a quick buck. These people are not passionate about the shows they put on. All they care about is making a profit for themselves, not caring whether it hurts this industry or not. I am not in this for money. I am in it to be around other people who share the same love for Halloween and to help out this industry in any way that I can.

Now that all of that's out of the way, it's time for me to ask you: "What would you like to see in this online magazine in the future?" I would like to hear your thoughts on article ideas, specific haunts/companies you would like to see covered in future issues. What about the possibility of a "Scream Queen" type article, featuring the beautiful and talented women in this industry? No, it won't have nudity or "risque" photos (Although I know some of the guys are probably wishing otherwise.), but rather would focus on their accomplishments in this business. Do you want to see reviews of Halloween music, books etc? Let me know!

Until next issue, stay dead and keep haunting alive!

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