Entering a new fandom means taking some time to get used to all the terminology that comes with it, and the spooky community is no exception. There are tons of new words and phrases to get used to, so I broke them down.
Take a look at some of the most common words used by the fall fandom:
The term the community uses to notify the others when Halloween and/or fall items hit the stores. Code Oranges tend to hit stores at the earliest in late-May.
Christmas with a spooky twist. Fellow October lovers use one of these two variations to talk about the time between Black Friday and Dec. 25. Note: See the entry for “Spookmas.”
A merchandise drop is the term shop owners use when they’re discussing the date they plan to launch their new items on their stop. If a shop owner says, “My items drop on Friday,” it literally means their new products go live on their website Friday.
Easter with a Halloween twist. Think spooky-faced Peeps and pumpkins with bunny ears.
An affectionate term used by spooky fans to refer to other people in the community. An example: “Hey ghouls! Hope you’re having a happy Halloween.”
Halfoween, Half-o-ween, Halfway to Halloween
The halfway point from last Halloween to this year’s Halloween. It’s celebrated six months before the big night. It’s usually celebrated on April 30 or May 1.
The act of visiting different stores on the search for fall and Halloween items. Typically this starts around late May and goes until October. Prime Halloween hunting time is usually around July and August when most stores bring in their stock of autumn items.
Leaf Raker’s Society
A group on Facebook created by Starbucks for those of us who love love LOVE fall and all things pumpkin spice. It’s one of the happiest places on the web. Members there spend all year waiting for fall and always have countdowns for the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Shorthand for the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Community members use that phrase a lot so it’s much easier to just say PSL.
Coined by Mandy Spooks, Spookmas is another term that explains the Christmas, Halloween mashup holiday that has taken over the spooky community. Another word for Spookmas is Hexmas, or the more popular word Creepmas.
The most wonderful time of the year. Usually it means the time from September through Oct. 31, but true fans know that spooky season really begins on July 5 and lasts until Black Friday.
This one comes with a history lesson about memes. Back in 2009, a meme went around with the word spooky misspelled as spoopy on a Halloween sign. So now it’s internet slang used to describe something that is both funny and spooky.
Springoween, which is sometimes spelled Spring-o-Ween, is a mashup of spring and Halloween. While the first day of spring officially begins on March 19, 20 or 21, you’ll typically see people bring out their succulent pumpkins shortly after Valloween (which is on Feb. 14). While technically spring goes on until June, you’ll see less Springoween content in May when the community starts their Halfoween celebrations.
The period between June 1 and Aug. 31, in other words, it’s another term for summer time. The last season before the best one of all.
Pineapples and watermelons are referred to as summer pumpkin because sometime people carve them like jack-o-lanterns.
Valloween, Valoween, Valentin-o-ween
The spooky version of Valentines Day. Small shops will release heart and love themed items for the season. A common thing to see is classic horror movie monsters on valentines cards.