The sounds of excited children, laughing, talking, and strolling down every neighborhood street. Dressed in costumes, going from door to door, knocking delightfully! Then they say loudly, “Trick or Treat!!”

Itʼs Halloween!!

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved Halloween, and everything spooky in between! Autumn, of course, is my favorite season, and sorry folks, but nothing beats candy corn!

Who is this creature who has such a love for Halloween? You might ask, where did all this spookiness come from? Hello, it's me!

If you remember back in the day when loads of trick or treaters filled the streets and Halloween parties echoed through windows of houses jammin' to the Monster Mash! Every front yard was decorated with porch lights on. Halloween treasure hunts, school parties, and costumes were worn all day on Halloween!

As you can see, it started at an early age. I must thank my mom for her influence when I was a child and as I got older, it only got more creepy! I have memories of back when I was in Kindergarten at a huge school Halloween party. A Halloween cakewalk with a costume contest and even the adults dressed up. Then there was, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! That is still my favorite Halloween movie. I hear the Peanuts song and all I think about is Halloween! When my children were little, we discovered Scary Godmother movies as well! I hear the music for that show and all I can think about is Halloween as well!

As an adult, I share my haunted passion with my husband and children. Through the years, we had many Halloween events, parties, and built walk through Haunted Houses. My husband and I designed and built different Haunted Houses at our home from scratch every year for trick or treaters in our community of Owatonna, Minnesota. We were what you call, “Home Haunters”. Our home haunt was open only one night, Halloween. Sometimes, construction started four months before October 31st. Of course, in the beginning, the streets were bare, but in about two to three years it got bigger. A dozen or so children came, then at the top of our home haunting, we recorded 450 people came through on one Halloween! Two adults to every kid! I would have to say that we were keeping the spirit of Halloween alive!

I have a creepy collection of Halloween magazines and books, using them as a source of spooky inspiration every year. My crazy passion for magazines and Halloween, made me realize after years of networking, home haunting, conventions, events, and my passion for Halloween, it was time for me to publish my own Halloween magazine! I decided to use my graphic design skills to share all things Halloween with all of you! Sharing my passion for Halloween through this magazine I feel, could bring out the kid in all of us again! Like that feeling you get when you dress up, show off your costume, scream “Trick or Treat”, and receive candy.

So, letʼs have some fun, feel like a kid and enjoy the season of Halloween which, of course, is year-round for some of us.

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Jennifer Jensen

Jennifer Jensen