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CONTEST IS CLOSED!  Jeremy Owen is the lucky winner!

This year for Halloween, Teenage Love Zombies is going all out!  One of the things we are doing to celebrate the season is holding a massive contest!   I love Halloween and I want to hear your fondest memories of the season!

The Prize!

The prize includes the following items:

1 copy of Teenage Love Zombies #1 and #2

1 original hand drawn custom sketch card from artist Kevin Gentilcore.  You pick what you want me to draw on the card!

One Moleskine Sketchbook featuring 31 orignal horror/halloween inspired drawings.  One for each day of the month!

How to Enter?

Entering is simple.  Leave a comment below about your favorite Halloween memory.  That is it!  I will randomly pick one entrant and announce the winner on the front page November 1st!  Only one entry per person please.

Also don’t forget to check out the facebook page and my twitter page where I will be holding smaller contests all month long as well.

Happy Halloween!

  • Rob Elrod

    Halloween 2011. I married my best friend at the Stanley Hotel in Estes. It was an evening ceremony, wonderful weather and beautiful scenery. That day was nothing short of perfect. The weekend before, we had a costume party complete with beer pong and shots. My wife and I were day of the dead bride and groom, I did the face make up myself. It was a blast.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      I remember seeing those pictures. That is a Halloween to remember for sure!

  • AndyMoore

    I remember the first time there was ever a snow on Halloween. Good stuff!

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      I remember to always expect snow on Halloween as a kid. We would spend all this time on our costumes and then our parents would make us cover them up with winter coats.

  • Nate D. Burleigh

    My buddy was a sledge hammering, pumpkin crushing punk. One Halloween when we were about 12 years old, we went on our usual nightly escapade of destroying the neighborhood Jack-o’-lanterns. A couple about two streets over from us caught on to our little game from the year before. We didn’t even think of why they had drawn on the face that year. Needless to say, we crept into the yard at about 2AM. The biggest pumpkin we had ever seen sat at the bottom of the porch. With me in tow, my friend raised the all mighty pumpkin hammer as if he were Gallagher. I stood back, but not too far. When he hit the pumpkin, it exploded. AND I MEAN EXPLODED!! Something akin to the rancid rotting fish you chum a shark with shot like a geyser from the pumpkin, covering us from head to toe. My friend began puking because he got a mouth full of it. Lights from the house went on and we heard laughter as we ran away. Never to pick up a pumpkin hammer again.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      In which the prankster becomes the pranked. Great story!

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  • Ben Smasher

    My best friend Ron use to hold epic halloween parties. One year when I was 20 or so I got a little too drunk to party. So I stumbled out into the back yard which overlooked this vast freshly harvested corn field. The moon was full and there was a fire crackling beneath a tree. To top it all off there was an enormous dog (a newfoundlander) sleeping beside the fire. I managed to plop down beside the beast and I fell asleep to the sounds of the crackling fire and the snoring dog.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      There is nothing like an October night.

  • Luke Henderson

    I remember when I was, probably about eight or nine, I came home from a really hard day at school one fall. It was just one of those depressing, I feel alone in the world days. The bus dropped me off at the end of our road (we lived in the woods of East Texas) and it was a long lonely walk from there to our house. The leaves were changing and it was colder than usual. I still remember that cold wet smell in my nose. Anyway, as I came into our house I was met by a witch hanging in the doorway. My mom had taken off early that day and decorated the entire place. It was the first time I could remember the house being decorated for Halloween and it was just perfect.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      It is a great season. It is funny how I can remember so many vivid details about this time of year like the leaves and the smell. Nothing smells like an autumn night.

  • ant’ny

    When I was a kid, we had an old mausoleum in my town. The older kids would hide in the open vaults on Halloween and would scare the heck out of the younger kids, a new batch of whom would get lured into the mausoleum every Halloween to prove how brave they were. I was freaked out as a kid, but they demolished the mausoleum before I could get my karmic due as a teenager. Best Halloween memory ever, though!


    • Kevin Gentilcore

      I love that you have like your own local urban legend!

  • Adam Laarsen

    I recall that my first Halloween wasn’t here it was iN Chile. I was about 5 years and my mom found out that the Chileans don’t celebrate Halloween the way we do here. No costumes. No trick or treating. So my mom was talking to some other Americans and found out that the US Consulate in Chile had a list of American houses that signed up to take part in Halloween. My mom dressed up and drove us around to all the American houses and we would run up to the door, ring the bell then run back to the car. My mom has pictures of it.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      That is crazy! I was in Europe on Halloween once and was really surprised to see that it isn’t celebrated. Well at least as much as it is here. That place is home of the spooky!

  • Greg Seaman

    My wife dressed up as a pumpkin, and I wore “nerdy” glasses and a shirt with 3.1415962.. So together we were Pumpkin Pi.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      This is great! I love hearing about those team costumes.

  • Rio Herrera

    My favorite Halloween moment was when I was about 6 and just finished watching the original HALLOWEEN. I had to pee so bad and the bathroom was upstairs. I kept thinking Michael Myers was going to come around the corner and slice me up with that big knife. I ran up the stairs so fast and literally leaped into the bathroom (thank goodness the light was left on LOL) :-)

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Man Halloween scared me senseless the first time I saw it as a kid. I think an entire generation may have been traumatized by that movie lol.

  • Ravenous

    most holidays are pretty traditional and standard in my youth although I recall one attempt i made trying to spice things up and it didnt go well for me. i snuck in a little bicardi from my Moms stash and was hiding it well. then i was forced into bobbing for apples and thats when I realized I may have had too much. trying to act normal I made two attempts before bringing my face out of the water, puking on my Mom, and ruining the fun. Never again did I try to be so “clever”.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      What is it about Halloween that brings out our devious sides lol.

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  • Vincent Ward

    This is certainly fantastic! I enjoy hearing about these crew halloween
    costumes. I enjoy which you have like your very own regional city tale!

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      We definitely have some great stories on here!

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  • Julian Andrews

    A friend and I dressed up as slenderman to prank some friends at a state park. When they walked by, we’d walk between trees at random intervals swapping so they thought Slenderman was teleportin’ all around ’em.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Nice! Love the idea lol!

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  • SolticeStudio

    My boyfriend and I dressed up as aliens. I was painted silver and he was green and we used a putt stuff to make out noses longer and had pointed years. I even sewed us some costumes. we went to the party and it got so hot our noses kind of melted off but we wont the costume contest ! our prize a big bottle of champagne. we then drank our prize, wet home and puked! best halloween ever! hahaha it was kind of weird to wake up with green and silver skin.. man was that stuff a bitch to get off! I had silver in the creases of my skin it seemed for weeks.. lol
    I love the comic so far! glad i found it , and right before halloween too! it will just make this month all the better for reading it! thanks.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Thank you! I love Halloween because it changes as you get older but it is still fun.

  • Robert Elrod

    Not to be repetitive but last year my son got married at the Stanley Hotel on Halloween. Nothing spooky about the night … other than seeing all those relatives in one place. *shivers*

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      What an awesome place and time for a wedding. I am sure you are one proud poppa!

  • Scott Springer

    It was shortly after STAR WARS came out, we were trick-or-treating and we went to a house where a guy was dressed as a jawa.. with one of those black masks that you can see out of but not through, and he had two orange lights for eyes. It was really effective.

    Also, lots of scantily clad girls at the Church in Denver a few years back. Different kind of memory, but still good :)

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Star Wars and Halloween, like chocolate and peanut butter.

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  • Shannon Outlaw

    I think my favorite Halloween moment was when I was working in a haunted house in PA. When we opened the house that yr we didn’t have a Mike Myers, he’d gotten fired the last yr for touching. You can’t touch the actors & the actors can’t touch you. So anyway we’d been opened for weeks, with no Mike. Then one day I was making my rounds making sure very one was in place & the teenagers weren’t sleeping (I was managing) & all the sudden there was a Mike in the spot. Confused I went to every actor in our part of the house trying to figure out who the new Mike was. No one knew! Not even my shift leader who was the main guy & opener for our section! I mean e had to pass him to get in. The more people I asked who didn’t know the more freaked I got!
    So I finally went over to the kid & made him take off his mask! It was some scrawny kid with glasses & red hair. But if I hadn’t have checked I just knew it was going to be the real Mike.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      You can’t have a Haunted House without a Michael Myers. What is spookier is some kid just really wanted to be Michael and stand in a haunted house.

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  • Desirae Seter

    Three years ago I took my little brother trick-or-treating. He was seven then, so prime age for enjoying the ritual. We had a blast, running across his neighbor’s lawns, taking dozens of candies from bowls labeled “Please take one” and knocking over the too-slow kids in the way of our optimum candy collection. When it was fully dark, and his bag was bursting and cumbersome, we stared the long trek back to my parents house while eating as much candy as we could choke down before mom and dad set the limit. At 26 my parents couldn’t really put a cap on my candy consumption, but he and I knew that once we made it through the front door there was a three-piece limit for him.

    My text alert buzzed away in my pocket, and a little giddy, I hastily pulled it out to check. I was disappointed the message was not from someone in particular, but rather an old friend checking in. I realized at that moment, in my disappointment, that I was crazy about someone. Let’s call him Kevin: the boy who did not text. Once we made it home, poured out the impressive haul and sorted through looking for those ever-rumored-razor-blade-infected candies, my little brother fell asleep on the couch, in his costume, watching Halloween. I felt the familiar buzz in my back pocket, and there it was: a punctuation smiley and a “What are you up to?” from someone special.
    Not long after that I let him know how I felt, and since then the fall season reminds me of him, of nervous excitement and anticipation. It’s a special time of year for us, and one we like to celebrate together.
    There is nothing I would have changed about that evening. Bonding with the little brother, laughing with my parents, staying up late texting, and falling asleep with my phone in my hand. It was a great night.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      This is the number one reason I love fall so much. I fell for you in the fall and my life has been amazing ever since.

  • Raymond W. Bruels III

    Halloween was always a magical time for me, often dressed in home made costumes, such as the wolfman with itchy wool glued to my face with kayro syrup. I miss trick or treating and the carefree nature of the holiday from my youth.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Oh man we put some horrible stuff on our faces. I still remember the messes we made but it was completely worth it!

  • Jeremy Owen

    My favorite Halloween memory, eh? Hmm… I think it was when I was 5 or so and Halloween came at the same time we were visiting my grandma in Missouri. There were fireflies, and I was Hordak.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      I saw fireflies in a graveyard in Iowa and I thought they were ghosts lol.

  • SK Ceccorulli

    Haunted Houses! I remember like it was yesterday when My cousin and I were very young and we talked our Dads into taking us to one not too far from us. We were laughing and joking all the way up until we had to go in. There was this giant undertaker looking guy that was our guide and he would randomly pop out and scare us. We made it to the third room where there were cloaked figures popping out of boxes and that was it. Tears and screams of fear were all you could here from the two of us. They led us back outside. As we were collecting our cool we watched as two little girls, younger than we, came out of the exit playfully laughing and having a good time. We were failures as young men. hahahaha

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Don’t worry the same thing has happened to me lol.

  • Rip G

    When I got home from Iraq, Halloween was right around the corner. My son wanted to surprise me so I didn’t get to see his costume until Halloween night. That night, he walked into the living room wearing a Captain America costume, my favorite Marvel character. I was surprised and couldn’t be prouder. Then he said, “Dad, I wanted to be you for Halloween.” Greatest Halloween ever.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      That is fantastically heart melting!

  • christopher Sheppard

    I don’t have any good traditional stories from my childhood, and I hate to get all sappy on here, but my favorite Halloween memory was in 2006. My son, who has since passed, was born on the 25th, so he wasn’t even a week old yet and we dressed him in some Halloween outfit and he had a little Frankenstein beanie- was the cutest ever. Of course he wasn’t old enough to trick-or-treat or anything, but it was fun to celebrate that first Halloween- even if it just consisted of me watching the Halloween specials like Charlie Brown and holding him as he slept. BEST HALLOWEEN EVER!!!!

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Thank you for sharing Chris. What a wonderful memory.

  • Matthew H. Smyth

    me and my friends went to Blackpool for Halloween, I dressed up as Gene “The Demon” Simmons (from KISS) earlier on during the day I had snuck out to buy fake blood pellets, while rocking I slipped all the pellets into my mouth without my girlfriend noticing, then as Gene does on stage pre seeded to spit the blood all down myself, my girlfriend proceeded to throw up all over the place, KISStastic!

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      LOL Fantastic! I went as Ace Frehley once. Star Child!

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  • Mark Ninness

    Having the same nightmare scene from the American werewolf in London…waking up to realize that it was Halloween and dressed as a Werewolf and seeing others dressed as zombie Nazis!!!
    That was Halloween!

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Yeah that would scare the crap out of me!

  • Nina Bakker

    The first time we did pumpkin carving with the family, seeds everywhere!

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      I still get seeds everywhere!

  • David Paccia

    I was 10 and my parents obviously weren’t into Halloween that year because I was dressed in a big ol’ green sheet and given a giant tree branch “staff” to carry around. When I asked my parents what I was supposed to be, they said to tell everyone you are Moses. Moses?! The only good thing is that with such a crappy costume people at the houses felt bad for me and I got extra candy from almost everyone.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Pity candy lol. Nice!

  • Mike Purdy

    I remember you and i as kids going trick or treating and always freezing but didn’t care and I remember going to that house with the please take one and you and i took half the candy lol

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      I wonder if any kid has ever listened to that sign?

  • Jason Pierce.

    I was about 12 years old. My buddies and I were out trick or treating. We saw the mom of a girl in my class making out with her boyfriend on the couch through the window. Of course we giggled and stared. About the time they started getting hot and heavy one of us went up to the door and rang the doorbell to trick or treat. They stopped and went to the door, gave candy. Then continued to get down to some nasty time. Well,we still watched from the window and every time they started to remove clothes or get down to some serious stuff. We went to the door and interrupted. This went on for about 45 mins. I bet they hated it.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      If you don’t want kids hassling you on Halloween don’t make out by the window lol. Love it.

  • Tonia Brown

    A few years back, we did a haunted garage at our dad’s place. We had a few stragglers but not many folks seeing as how Halloween fell on a Tuesday that year and the city had already done their “official” trick or treating on that past weekend. But I remember one little girl who we scared the crap out of so badly that she dropped her bag and took off up the hill toward her mother’s car. I snatched up her candy sack and took off after her. (Bear in mind I was in full Halloween regalia as a haunted house hostess!) Her mother saw me running after the kid and she leaps out of the car and starts yelling, “Come on honey! Get in the car! Run!” And they leap into the car together and drive away. Needless to say, we ended up with more candy than we started with.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      Ha! I wonder how many people get that scared and confused on Halloween lol.

  • paige

    When I was a kid, so many people in my hometown went all out for Halloween with heavily decorated homes and yards. There was one couple who made a spooky haunted forest along their walkway every year, the husband would be dressed as a werewolf and hunt you through the forest while you tried to make your way to the porch where his wife was with an amazing array of homemade candies. There was also a character roaming the streets called The Zany Zapper. He wore a suit and had light-up eyeglasses. He’d jump out of the bushes and throw snap caps at your feet to make you jump,then run away. Halloween was great in my hometown.

    • Kevin Gentilcore

      There were a couple houses like that in my neighborhood as well. We made sure to hit them up every year!