When it comes to Halloween, most people either go out to costume parties, or sit at home and pass out candy. I did neither, and yet I still was able to ‘do’ Halloween, just on my own terms. This year I celebrated an “eHalloween” by lounging at my computer chair and partaking in what internet Halloween had to offer. I particularly like how in the word “eHalloween” the ‘e’ looks sort of like a little pumpkin, doesn’t it? Ok, well it does to me 😉
I didn’t dress up this year, since I didn’t really have anywhere to show off a costume. I’m not much into the bar scene, save for rare occasions here and there. Plus, there were no trick-or-treaters at our door, simply because I had failed to change the light bulb on the porch in time for the little critters to come knocking. I suppose I could have sat out there with a bowl of candy, but either way it’s just safer if the kids didn’t try to stumble up our doorstep in darkness. That and I’m quite lazy.
Since I didn’t have a costume, I decided to zombify a photo of myself and at least try to pass it off as an internet costume of sorts. There’s a site called Pic Monkey that offers a decent amount of free photo editing features for simple projects (they have a premium service with better features, but the freebies worked for me). For this Halloween, Pic Monkey offered a handful of free and premium zombie photo effects which were just what I was looking for. The finished product is what you see on the thumbnail for my unboxing video below:
Oh yes, I unboxed this month’s Lootcrate. This seems to be as good a post as any to share the unboxing video with you guys, so please feel free to check out the vid to see October’s awesome zombie goodies! This month’s crate seemed pretty well worth the price, all items considered.
Besides the photo editing, there are other places to dress up for an eHalloween without having to leave your pajamas. I am of course talking about the slew of spooky, temporary cosmetic items you can find in some of your favorite games. I know Borderlands 2 and TF2 offered new Halloween-themed character skins, but for my eHalloween I chose to dink around with some of the gear being offered in Firefall for The Night of the Melding, the Firefall equivalent of Halloween. The Firefall devs held an online costume contest that asked players to screencap their characters in Firefall while rocking the new gear. I didn’t win, but some of the winners had really great entries. Here’s my character rocking the bat wings:
Of course, it wouldn’t be an adequate eHalloween without a fair share of scary games. The great thing about holidays is that you can count on some decent game sales, especially on Steam. Steam had it’s Halloween sale, offering a ton of discounted scary games, including the Halloween edition of Huntsman: The Orphanage. I was given a copy of Huntsman for auditioning for a voice actor part, and I hope to do a video overview of the game sometime soon.
Well that pretty much wraps up my eHalloween shenanigans, and I must say, celebrating online makes for a much more relaxing holiday. Perhaps I’ll start prepping for my eChristmas 😉