Page Updates & Calendar Upgrade

We fear that, for the past few days, Hollywood Gothique home page must look rather static, but behind the facade we feel like Sisyphus pushing a giant Jack O'Lantern up the slope of Everest. As far as information is currently available, we have updated our pages on Halloween Festivals and Fun, Halloween Home Haunts, Halloween Mazes and Rides, and Halloween Tours and Shows. We still adding new events (such as the Wicked Pumpkin Hollow Home Haunt in Sherman Oaks, pictured at top), and we are waiting to hear back regarding some shows that may or may not return this year; by and large, however, these pages are up-to-date.

What has really kept us busy, however, is upgrading our Events Calendar. Though the visible difference may not be obvious at first, there has been a huge improvement: we can now add recurring events.

What does this mean? Take for example Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which runs this year from September 15 to October 31, mostly on weekends but on some weekdays, too. With our old calendar, there was no practical way to display Horror Nights on multiple days other than literally creating a new event for each and every day - a ridiculous amount of work for something that was essentially a series of duplicates. Consequently, we tended to list only opening days and leave it to our readers to figure out what happened after that.

With the new Events Calendar, it's just a matter of a few mouse clicks to specify the dates on which any event recurs. Now, dear readers, you can click on any day of the month and see everything happening - or you will be, once we have finished inputting the multitude of haunted houses, plays, screenings, tours, and shows that will be taking place from now until October 31.

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.