Gearing up for Halloween with Squidboo Lenses

Maybe it seems a little early to be thinking of Halloween, but Squidoo lensmasters (webpage makers) are all buzzing about SquidBoo lenses. The thinking is that a webpage needs a little aging, polishing and creating of backlinks before the holiday season. The Get Cracking crew have a challenge going on in August to make thirteen Halloween lenses using the SquidBoo format.

I wasn’t going to attempt it after working so hard on the fifteen lens challenge last month. Daily I see the challenge topic for the SquidBoo lens posted on Facebook. My mind starts churning with ideas, but I tried not to get drawn in as I have a ton of non-Halloween ideas that I want to develop into lenses.

I couldn’t resist, so here are the Squidboo lenses I’ve created in August:

  1. I started off with Fun Halloween Costumes for Couples. Memories of all the great Halloween parties I had came back to me. There was Karen Quinn in her Glenda the Good Witch costume and John in his Munchkin outfit with the big lollipop. Ah, great memories, so why not encourage couples to dress in fun Halloween costumes.
  2. While working on that one, I found some great costumes for book lovers. I pulled these together in a lens called Book Character Costumes: Go Literary for Halloween. It includes Gone with the Wind characters (Rhett and Scarlet) and Prince Charming. There’s more, but I want to hunt down additional  ones like some Jane Austin character costumes. This one falls in the same category as the Costumes for Couples, so doesn’t count towards the challenge. Each challenge lens needs to be in a different Squidoo category.
  3. One category was for foods and recipes, so I combed through Squidoo and made a lensography featuring all the weird cakes and desserts, Halloween drinks and spooky foods that other lensmasters had made. It turned out quite good and should be perfect for anyone looking for Halloween themed foods for a party. It’s called Halloween Party Foods.
  4. While researching the party foods, I ran across some great Zazzle products featuring Halloween drinks. They are perfect for the vampire set or for any Halloween party. Again, this lens won’t count towards the challenge. It’s called Halloween Drink Recipes. I ought to subtitle it “I want to drink your blood,” as most of the drinks have a red color from cranberry juice or other red ingredient.
  5. The one I created for the car category is Halloween Golf Cart Decorations. This one was inspired by my Golf Cart Fun lens. It got some traffic at Mardi Gras time and the 4th of July as I had photos of carts decorated for the holidays.

Critiquing My Lowest Ranked Lenses

I’m always trying to figure out what makes a lens (webpage) on Squidoo a winner. Perhaps looking at what isn’t working will help me figure out what will work. These lenses are from the bottom ten percent of my Squidoo list. Feel free to visit one or two and send me an email pointing out some faults or suggestions for improvements. I’d love to have them critiqued so I can fix them up.

  • What Is a Do-It-Yourself Club is not a subject anyone is going to look for, I’m afraid. It’s a bit of a new concept, so people aren’t searching for “fixer-upper cooperatives.”
  • eHow Zazzlers Showcase suffers from the lethargy that overtook eHow writers after the big changeover to Demand Studios. We had a group for eHow Zazzlers on the eHow site, but most have dispersed to other sites now.
  • A No-Cost-Makeover Party for a Room in Your House is a spin-off from watching HGTV shows. Maybe I need to play up the HGTV connection more for it.
  • Vintage Cars from My Family Album is one I meant to add more to. Maybe I’d better freshen it up.
  • Miserable Childhoods Make Great Biographies is a good booklist. I’d better look at my keyword density in the introduction.
  • Homemade Ice Cream was made for the original Get Cracking challenge. Since then, I’ve neglected it.
  • My To-Read List was mostly for my own convenience to have a list of what I wanted to read. If anyone else stumbles on it, that’s a bonus.
  • I Found My Online Twin was mostly for fun. Finding someone with the same name as myself and other similar hobbies and age and appearance was intriguing.
  • Make a Thrifty Christmas into a Merry Christmas needs some freshening up before the fall.
  • Make an Easter Basket for a Lady Golfer is out of season, so I don’t expect anything from this until spring.
  • Sharing Recipes Online
  • Movies to Watch Again and Again
  • Haunted House in Chelsea is one I’d like to boost.
  • See the Spectacle of Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Kansas Gifts of Tote Bags, Mugs, T-Shirts and More
  • Baby Vampire Costumes was to get ready for the Halloween shopping season. I have another vampire lens and a bats lens so they should share traffic.
  • Walking Off Thanksgiving Calories
  • Red Sox Spring Training
  • Donate Crutches to Haiti
  • Create a Catalog of Your Lenses
  • Wildlife Photo Gifts by Virginia Allain