That's too bad. But at least you know you've got a great group here you can count on!
Well, I am sorry. That is why I registered here. I have had contact with 3 "big" haunters in my area. All 3 were men, and total jerks to me. I am a woman and I do my own stuff with occasional help from my husband, bless him.
(These aren't "known" haunters, just guys in my area who have pretty big yard haunts.)
I think I am an ok person, and very enthusiastic about haunting and halloween. These guys were cold, non talkative, and very very berry very very competitive.
Now, we all know what we like, but I personally don't judge another's haunt. Other than to say hey great I love halloween too your yard looks great.
And I mean it, too. Kids love that stuff, I love that stuff, and we need more of it. Much much more.
One of the big haunters is on my street. He is friends with our neighbors and he never speaks to me even though I made a good effort, without being creepy, overbearing, or mental, to chat with him about his haunt and our obvious mutual love of halloween.
Message received, dude.
So I like halloween forum. People are nice here.
And I expect that not all haunters will fall into each other's arms and deeply kiss one another. I expect that all kinds of people haunt, and we all can't be buddies.
But these guys can't even be polite. I even bought from one of their kids while they were making the school fundraising rounds, hoping he'd at least not be a cold fish.
It sounds like you ran into a group with serious power issues and you can't help that. I'd rather be alone than have some kind of strange group rejecting me and being buttheads to me.
The best thing is if you don't like your local group is you can start your own and most likely others would want to join because they've had similar experiences with the group before