Hello everybody! My name's Alan and I'm the new guy! So new that I'm just starting to notice that I'm just about the only person using their real name here. Is that uncool? Anyway, I started haunting when I was 10, helping my grandmother who dressed as a witch each Hallowe'en to decorate her house with cardboad tombstones, a hanging man, a wailing pumpkin headed ghost, etc. She passed away in 1975 when I was 14 so I gave up Trick-or-Treating and took over the haunting of my own house, starting with the props from her house but quickly developing into various special effects and then backyard adventures for the Trick-or-Treaters. In 1989, I sent a song called Hallowe'en Hysteria into Doctor Demento and he played it on his Hallowe'en show. The next year, I adapted it as a live show for Hallowe'en night and it was a hit so, from that year forward, I wrote a new musical show just about every year until 2012, ranging from single song - shows to full blown musicals like our 50 minute production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 2006. My mom passed away in 2012 and so, after 38 years of haunting, we had to sell the house so, while I did record a new song in 2013, I'm currently figuring out the future direction for my troupe, The All Hallows Players. Anyway, it will be good to immerse myself in my favorite holiday here at Halloween Forum. You may note, by the way, that I always use the apostrophe in Hallowe'en unless I'm using a title or quote from someone else who doesn't use it. Anyway, I'm slowly figuring out how this whole thing works so bear with me, please! I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks!