I’ve been very blessed to know some superb bloggers, however one who was very expensive to my coronary heart was my good pal, John Wolfe. He ran the weblog Season of Shadows and embodied all issues classic and true Halloween. He would start early within the yr designing elaborate house haunts and sharing on video how he went about designing them. He did plenty of volunteer work and was all the time obtainable for anybody. He sought to grasp the religious and the opposite aspect. The truth is, as he was dying, he stated he would contact me by means of EVPs. And, he requested me to jot down his memorial which I did and he learn it and authorized of it earlier than his passing at a lot too early an age in his 30s. Every Halloween, I’ll submit his memorial right here. Halloween is his season, his paradise, and I miss him one thing terrible each October. I might prefer to share him with you now –
“All that we see or appear is however a dream inside a dream”
(Edgar Allen Poe)
“Evening of the Wolf” Nox Arcana (considered one of his favorites)
I’m so very sorry to must announce that probably the most beloved Halloween Bloggers of all time has handed from this earthly airplane to his larger objective.
John Wolfe of Season of Shadows weblog was not solely adored by all who got here to his weblog, however felt they have been visiting his house. He was a gracious host. His love of nostalgic Halloween, horror, and crafting haunting props was what drew folks in, but it surely was charity and kindness to others that made him so beloved.
After I began running a blog in 2008, he discovered my weblog and we quick turned associates. By way of the years, we emailed recurrently and shared our ups and downs in life and his knowledge and spiritually centered perspective helped me throughout my divorce once I was frightened of the unknown. He jogged my memory of my potential and likewise of the truth that I like horror and so the unknown shouldn’t frighten me. He comforted me, believed in me, supported my weblog, and was a voice of motive once I wanted it most.
John was every thing Halloween and horror. He had an artist’s eyes and fingers, a Buddhist’s soul, and a toddler’s pleasure and enthusiasm. Right here is John’s favourite Halloween reminiscence in his personal phrases:
On the evening of October 31st, we had an enormous turnout of trick-or-treaters and oldsters. One masked face shortly blended into one other amidst the backdrop of strobe lights, black lights, darkish hallways and creepy music. By the point the fog machine had belched its final puff of smoke, the clock signified November was upon us.
Shortly, we broke down the hang-out’s inside, realizing our 5 AM wake-up name would quickly be screeching louder than a bunch of scared, plastic jack-o-lantern toting, eight yr previous’s. My grandparents have been to be distributors at a neighborhood arts and crafts sale that morning and a number of other of us had volunteered to help.
4 hours of sleep and tons of caffeine later, the beforehand masked faces of trick-or-treaters have been now changed by the faces of paying clients blurrily passing by. Alone I sat, half coherent, manning my grandparents’ sales space – exhausted from climbing out of a grave (a few thousand instances) the evening earlier than.
“Excuse me,” “Excuse me,” a cheery voice known as out, interrupting my detailed evaluation of the within of my eyelids. It was a girl, in her mid 30’s, inquiring in regards to the value of an merchandise on the desk. She commented on how drained I appeared, so, I frivolously brushed on the actual fact I used to be exhausted from Halloween actions.
With out lacking a beat, the lady started explaining how horrible her evening had began out. She had the intentions of staying house, totally depressed over many circumstances in her life, when her telephone rang. Associates, conscious of her temper, have been inquiring about getting her out of the home to go trick-or-treating with their children.
After a whole lot of persuading, she lastly accepted however was nonetheless unable to shake her depressed state all through the evening. Finally, they stumbled on a house that contained haunted rooms and a hallway main as much as the home’s entrance porch. Contained in the hang-out, there was scary music, strobe lights, a graveyard, fog and “monsters” in every single place.
Impressed by the actual fact somebody had a lot ardour to create one thing so massive, all for a single evening; that hang-out (our hang-out), helped to drag her out of her temper and shift her angle. The truth is, she stated she was nonetheless feeling the constructive results that subsequent morning and was impressed to extra persistently observe inventive retailers in her personal life.
Although I’m appreciative of all customer suggestions, and I’ve a whole lot of fond Halloween reminiscences, I’ve all the time been extraordinarily happy with that second. It’s not usually that Halloween is regarded as an uplifting evening. Many instances, we see people (and teams) chastising Halloween due to its darkness and supposed negativity. It goes to indicate that even amidst the darkness, a ton of affection, gentle and pleasure might be unfold and other people might be uplifted by the efforts of haunters and Halloween lovers in every single place.
So, that was considered one of my favourite Halloween reminiscences.
(That is video above is considered one of his superb Halloween haunts he placed on for the neighborhood)
“For many males, time strikes slowly, oh so slowly, they do not even understand it. However time has revealed itself to me in a really particular approach. Time is a dashing, howling wind that rages previous me, withering me in a single, relentless blast, after which continues on. I have been sitting right here passively, submissive to its rage, watching its work. Hear! Time, howling, withering!”
(quote from “Darkish Shadows” present)
He shared his data as a Halloween haunter. He had how-to directions meticulously laid out and movies on YouTube. John additionally was a person who put 110% into every thing he did from his work to his hang-out designs, his weblog to his religious development. Right here is his different website Winds of the Soul that reveals what a really religious and tender soul he was.
Right here is a few commentary by different bloggers who beloved him:
John Wolfe was an Artist, by means of and thru. Not only a haunter, however an Artist, of the best variety; gifted, humble, variety, pleasant, and humorous. I had found his website in late 2009, by means of Pumpkinrot’s weblog. I used to be astounded by the sheer element, but simplicity, of John’s superb creations; a lot so, that I instantly emailed him to inform him I loved his work. We began sending emails backwards and forwards, and he would generally advise me on hang-out concepts. I got here to take pleasure in studying his nearly day by day weblog posts, listening to his on-line radio, and chuckling and smiling at his tales of Halloweens previous. He by no means failed to understand his loyal followers and readers; I bear in mind at Thanksgiving 2010, he had despatched me a free Nox Arcana CD and different cool Halloween goodies just because to indicate his appreciation of his common readers. I nonetheless have the CD, and I’ll all the time cherish it, as a result of it was a mark of an amazing Artist, Haunter, and Pal. If there may be an Afterlife only for Haunters and Halloween Folks, I do know that John Wolfe will probably be there. John, for those who can learn this, know that you’ll by no means be forgotten, not by me, or anybody, for Artists By no means Die. God Relaxation.
From Barry at Gnostalgia He was a person who loved giving pleasure. Infrequently, I’ll watch his Halloween movies. I am unable to assist however snicker on the trick or treaters’ response to his animated prop witch. Shock adopted by laughter. The Halloween sweet was completed in just a few days, however the reminiscences will endure. The ripples from his good deeds will final perpetually.
Please donate in his reminiscence to John’s favourite charity. Water was the main focus of his charity work. It’s the essence of life. I’ve additionally positioned a Season of Shadows button my weblog in his reminiscence to make it simpler to donate. Or you possibly can donate right here.
“We aren’t human beings having a religious expertise. We’re religious beings having a human expertise.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Secure passage, John, to the best hang-out of all. Ceaselessly you can be the guardian of Halloween in our hearts and within the spirit of the Season of Shadows.
**See John’s initiatives on video right here**