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Paying writers out-of-pocket and never making a profit, I’ve struggled my way through a full decade of creating fun, content, games, giveaways, and contests for the Halloween and horror community. And even if we don’t receive a single dollar from this attempt at funding, Halloween Love will never die.
It’s a labor of love and the most important thing in my life. I don’t have a spouse; I don’t have a house; I don’t have a mouse; I don’t have any children; when I’m dead and gone, Halloween Love might be the only mark I made on the world, and while it’s not a very big mark, it made me happy and hopefully I put a smile on someone else’s face here and there with the different little projects I create for the community.
I need your help.
It’s taken me a long time to learn how to ask for help. I’ve tried half-ass asking for help in the past here on Halloween Love, but now I’m really asking.
I was a latchkey kid, and even from a very young age, I walked myself to and from school, fed myself, and played by myself. Many of the basic things in life that most would take for granted like how to use shampoo and conditioner was something I had to teach myself. And for the more complicated aspects of life, I was really on my own.
Being alone most of the time, with no one to ask for help, I had no choice, but to be independent and learn to be strong in a lot of ways: having an incredible imagination (to stave off the loneliness and boredom), creative problem-solving (because there wasn’t anyone else to do it for me), and critical thinking (there simply was no manual or resources around other than my own brain), going inward to find the answers.
While I’m grateful for all those attributes that largely shaped who I am today, I have to admit that it perhaps created some weaknesses in my character that are harmful to my survival. I’d basically rather starve than ask a friend or family member for grocery money when things got rough, and I did starve on multiple occasions. Pride and insecurity about allowing myself to be vulnerable in front of others has definitely caused suffering in my life. But going outward and asking for help isn’t a weakness at all; it takes courage and the ability to humble oneself.
As I said, HL won’t simply go away if I receive no help from the community, but not being able to keep adding value consistently each week and taking hiatuses for months at a time, hurts the project. A few times now, we just almost got over the peak, where traffic was high, advertisers were interested, etc. to get self-sustaining momentum going, only for the money to run out again because my personal circumstances changed.
Luckily, I’ve finally got a pretty good handle on financial security in terms of keeping rent and groceries paid for, but I usually don’t have enough leftover to pay writers, who I have to keep pausing, which certainly can’t be good for their morale either.
If Halloween Love brings you any kind of joy and you too, want a higher consistency and frequency of new content, please consider making a monthly donation, even as little as $1/month helps quite a lot, more than you know.
Thank You and Happy New Year!
“Halloween Love will forever have a special place in my heart, as it’s a website that provided me with both freelance income & creative freedom at a time when I was in desperate need of both. My years there were incredibly important to my growth as a writer. Happy to give back.“
“Halloween Love was one of the first horror blogs I followed. I always looked forward to their creative articles“
“Love Halloween Love!“— Vinnie
“I’ve been following Halloween Love for awhile, and the site has some truly great content.“
“I love what Halloween Love brings to the world; a passion for all things horror and Halloween! I really enjoy reading their content!“
“Long live Halloween!“
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