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It’s Secret Pumpkin Time Again!

September 26th, 2013 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 a couple of years ago 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.

I’d previously suggested that participants should join one of the two mailing lists, but they’ve withered away to the point that it’s now 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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3 Responses

  1. xJane Says:

    You know, I was totally going to do it this year and then I realized it was in April and there is no way I shall remember! (I, um. Still have multiple xmas gifts from last year that never got sent.)

  2. Sisifo Says:

    YES. I received oodles of stuff in April. Such fun.

  3. BellaPok Says:

    Yippee! I did it! I’ve been a longtime lurker and always thought this sounded like a blast!

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