Scare Me Silly 2022 in Second Life

Scare Me Silly 2022

Scare Me Silly 2022, in support of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), opened its doors on Friday, October 14th, 2022, and will remain open through until October 31st.

Now in in its 7th year, the event is organised by Team Diabetes of Second Life, the event features live performances. DJ parties, a hunt and a quest, tricks and treats, a haunted mansion, ghostly rides and – of course – shopping!

Participating merchants this year comprise:

!Firelight!!, .catori., DBS DesignsBySoosy, Afantasy, Angel Fae, Boutique, ARCUS, ART & FASHION, Artisan Antiques, BE BOLD, Broomsticks and Cauldrons, BYRNE, Cosmos Boutique (Katy Cosmos), Couture Chapeau, Dalrymple Designs, Dark Willow, DINKIEWEAR, Envision Textures, Ever Green, Fire Within, Ghosts & Ghouls Halloween Superstore, GK, Grumble, HJM DESIGNS, Just imagine by Vita, K R E E P, Kittycat’s Creations, LC Fashion (Liss C ), Manikin, MC Community, MG Designs, MMP – Muircastle Motors & Parts, Multifarious, Mystical Dreams Design, No Rush, Peeps Dinkies, Pendragon Designs, Pixel Box design, Pixelancer, Potomac Homes, QUE RICO Design, redangel, Tchelo’s, Technicolor Dolls, Telsiope’s Couture, The Undiscovered Jewel, & TRS Designss.

Set out as a haunted town, this year sees artist studios mixed in with merchants shops, the entire space split into small sebsets of shops and boutiques separated by deep chasms crossed by bridges. Details of participating merchants can additionally be found in the event shopping guide.

Scare Me Silly 2022

Artists participating in the art event comprise:

aquarius27, Blue Blauvelt, Chic Aeon, cutewillow.carlberg, Divine Nature, Eucalyptus Carroll, Hannah Starlight, JackStarr21, Jamee Sandalwood, John Blackwood, Llola Lane, maggiemagenta, Meishagirl Resident, Moora McMillan, Matt Thompson, Mystic Audion, Sheba Blitz, Teresa Firelight, Vita Theas, & Xia Chieng.

Scare Me Silly offers a full schedule of entertainment, with the following still to take place (all times SLT):

  • Monday, October 24, 2022:
    • 16:00 –  Angels & Demons Party with DJ John.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022:
    • 17:00 – Live performer Angelikus Deo.
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2022:
    • 16:00 – Live performer Rapid Randy.
  • Thursday, October 26, 2022:
    • 16:00 – Halloween Trivia with DJ John.
  • Friday, October 27, 2022:
    • 16:00 –Live performer TBD.
  • Monday, October 31, 2022:
    • 16:00 –  Halloween Costume Party with DJ John.
    • Hunt ends.

This year the Evil Pumpkin Hunt offers a number of exclusive prizes available from a number of this year’s merchants. The prizes cost L$10, with 100% of proceeds going to Team Diabetes.

Scare Me Silly 2022

About the American Diabetes Association

 Established in 1940, the American Diabetes Association is working to both prevent and cure diabetes in all it forms, and to help improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes. It does this by providing objective and credible information and resources about diabetes to communities, and funding research into ways and means of both managing and curing the illness. In addition, the Association gives voice to those denied their rights as a consequence of being affected by diabetes.

About Team Diabetes of Second life

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorised fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association in Second Life. Established with the aim of raising funds in support of diabetes treatment and to raise awareness of the disease in SL, Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessi2009 Warrhol and John Brianna (Johannes1977 Resident), who serve on the Advisory Board along with Eleseren Brianna, Veruca Tammas, Rob Fenwitch, and Dawnbeam Dreamscape.

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Seanchai Library: Spooky tales for October

Seanchai Library

It’s time to highlight another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library – and this week previews the launch of a very special event.

As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s home in Nowhereville, unless otherwise indicated. Note that the schedule below may be subject to change during the week, please refer to the Seanchai Library website for the latest information through the week.

Sunday. October 23rd,  13:30: The Halloween Tree, Part 2

On All Hallows Eve, young Pipkin is due to meet his eight friends outside a haunted house on the edge of town. But as he runs through the gathering gloom, Something sweep him away.

Arriving at the house in expectation of meeting Pipkin, his eight friends instead encounter the mystical Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, who informs them that Pipkin has been taken on a journey that could determine if he lives or dies.

Aided by Moundshroud and using the tail of a kite, the eight friends pursue Pipkin through time and space, passing through the past civilisations – Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Celts – witnessing all that has given rise to the day they know as “Halloween”, and the role things like ghosts and the dead play in it.

Then, at length they come to the Halloween Tree itself, laden with jack-o’-lanterns, its branches representing the confluence of all these traditions, legends and tales, drawing them together into itself.

With David Abbott, Faerie Maven-Pralou and Caledonia Skytower at Haunted Hollow in Chestnut Hills.

Monday, October 24th, 19:00: The Wolfen

Gyro Muggins reads Whitley Strieber’s 1978 debut novel.

Two New York Police Department detectives investigate a series of suspicious deaths across New York City. These are revealed to be the work of a race of intelligent beings descended from canids, called the Wolfen.

The novel is told from the point of view of the human characters as well from the Wolfen themselves. The savage killing of two New York City policemen leads two detectives, a man and a woman bound together by a strange, tough passion, to hunt down the wolfen – once called werewolves.

Tuesday, October 25th

12:00 Noon: Russell Eponym

With music, and poetry in Ceiluradh Glen.

19:00: Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle.

To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Caledonia Skytower reads Diana Wynne Jones novel.

Wednesday, October 25th, 19:00: Seanchai Flicks – Spooky Edition

The Seanchai cinema space shares Halloween-themed video adventures.

Thursday, October 27th, 19:00: Notebook Found in a Deserted House

Shandon Loring reads Robert Bloch’s 1951 short story.

A notebook is discovered in an empty house telling a strange tale.

Apparently written by a farm boy called Willie Osborne, it relates how for part of his young life, Willie lived with his grandmother, who would often tell him stories about “them ones”, strange creatures she claimed live in the forest around the farm owned by Willie’s aunt and uncle, and which who be particularly active during Halloween.

With his grandmother’s passing, Willie finds himself living with his aunt and uncle, and their actions lend support to his grandmother’s stories: his is forbidden from entering or remaining in the forest any time from dusk through dawn, leaving the house during the hours of darkness was forbidden, all doors being securely locked. A further point of interest for Willie is the discovery that, during daylight trips into the forest, the woodlands appear devoid of any animals.

Then as October winds towards Halloween, Willie has a disquieting experience in the forest. Hurrying home as dusk falls, he is forced to hide when he hears strange sounds coming towards him and something – or things – talking in a strange language and accompanied by a hideous smell pass close by, leaving strange hoofprints in their wake. More worrying still is his uncle’s disappearance after he sets out to collect Willie’s cousin Frank, coming home to visit for Halloween; whilst the buggy taken by his uncle returns, it does so sans uncle and cousin. And then Willie’s aunt vanishes…

Resting at The Outer Garden in Second Life

The Outer Garden, October 2022 – click an image for full size

For want of the need to unwind, I found myself in-world and re-visiting The Outer Garden, the always-engaging garden world designed by Bisou Dexler. The last time I visited, he gardens had moved from a sky platform to the ground; with this visit, I found it has not only moved back to the sky, it has relocated to a Mainland region.

The Outer Garden has always been a place of beauty and enigma, and this remains the case for the current iteration. The core of the build are the ruins of what appears to have once been a mighty manor house, much of it roofless and caught within the glowing light of a misty morning / evening (take your pick as to the time of day) which haunts the huge building with a ghostly glow.

The Outer Garden, October 2022

The landing point sits at one end of the ruin’s main hall running from west – and the landing point – eastwards, various rooms and halls opening off of it, each with its own theme or secret. The first of these, opening on the right as one walks away from the landing point, forms a watery garden where water tumbles from the walls and forms a curtain within the arch of the room’s great window. These falls feed into a stream running within the room, shrouded in mist, and with trees and plants growing along its banks to form a mystic garden enclosed by the high stone walls.

Further along the hall sit another room, this one under a surviving part of roof of the manor house. Cluttered with furniture, it forms a cosy yet untidy space full of the warmth of life and a sense of retreat. Balloons float within the room, and a bed and painting canvases suggest this is home to someone, and the manor house not entirely deserted.

The Outer Garden, October 2022

And there is still more: a broken access way into an inner garden the manor house may once have surrounded; a hall heavy in vines and with a stairway within it forming an artistic statement rather than being intended to anywhere; and a strange room of vanity screens and bed and an mannequin, all of which appear to be trying to tell a story. All bring character to the setting and are linked by smaller details waiting to be found along the hallway.

Beyond the ruins, the land continues to be shrouded in mist, the inner courtyard garden flank on this far side by the broken remains of the main house and a smaller, glass-roofed hallway now serving as a unique, if narrow, tea house.

The Outer Garden, October 2022

The garden is also home to both a carousel and what looks to be a small Ferris wheel. Lit by a hundred glowing bulbs, the latter is beautifully ornate, if lacking cars one which people might ride around it. Beyond this, amidst the trees and mist lie still more ruins, chapel-like in form, but sans anything within their broken walls.

In my previous visits to The Outer Garden, teleports offer then means to visit two more settings The Moon is Serene and The Rose Garden, both of which I had in the past enjoyed spending time within. While the Destination Guide entry references a teleport mirror within The Outer Garden’s landing point and providing the means to visit other gardens, I confess that I did not see any such mirror either at the landing point or during my wanderings. Ergo, the images here only represent the main build.

The Outer Garden, October 2022

Whether my lack of success in finding any teleport is down to my own failure or because the other gardens mentioned on the DG description are no longer available, I have no idea. If I did miss both teleport and additional spaces to explore, then the fault is mine alone, and I offer my apologies to Bisou from missing them.

Even so, The Outer Garden still retains its sense of beauty and mystery whilst offering multiple opportunities for photography and for simply escaping and relaxing. As such, it remains a recommended visit.

The Outer Garden, October 2022

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