The Art of Darkness

It’s Secret Pumpkin Time Again!

September 17th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Secret Pumpkin Logo

The Secret Pumpkin gift exchange is a long-running tradition amongst the Halloween-L listserv members. It’s similar to a Secret Santa exchange, only it takes place in April (six months in either direction from Halloween) and the gifts are supposed to be spooky in nature.

I’ve been managing it for the group since 2004, and last year I finally realized it might be a good idea to mention it here. You can read that post, with more details about the way it works, here.

And now it’s time to open up registration for next April’s exchange! If you’d like to participate, go to the Secret Pumpkin site and:

1) If you did not participate in the last exchange, click the “Join” link and fill out the form.

2) If you DID participate in the last exchange, log in, click the “Update Profile” link and change the “Activate My Membership” option to Yes.

Last year I suggested that participants should join one of the two mailing lists, but they’ve withered away to the point that I’m going to make that optional; I’ll send occasional reminders directly to the participants instead. All that I ask is please, PLEASE don’t sign up for the exchange unless you’re serious about following through. We occasionally have participants flake out, and their Pumpkins are always sorely disappointed.

The deadline for signups is October 15, and non-US residents are welcome as well. C’mon and join! It’s lots of fun, and getting something unexpectedly Halloweeny in April is a treat.

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4 Responses

  1. Cat Says:

    Oh, I was wondering about the lists. I re-signed up (I’d been off for a few years) to Halloween-L, and promptly got nothing. Which confused me, so I just signed up again. Genius, I know. It’s just weird because the Frightfest NW list is still massive.

  2. Kaitlin Michelle Says:

    YAY! I just signed up!

  3. Maven Says:

    I was/am a member of Fright Catalog’s old “Ghost Droppings” board, and most of us just migrated our Secret Ghost exchange to Facebook. It seems to be easier to keep track of the goings on and who has or hasn’t gotten their prezzie over there. Bonus is that we post pics and get to see what others got. We are a relatively small group tho’.

  4. Jessica Says:

    Not able to do it this year. Too much going on in the home. Remind me next year.

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