WEEK 44: When Halloween Was Canceled

WEEK 44: When Halloween Was Canceled by Steve Troletti

It’s like a bad Halloween Horror Movie. We’re not gaining ground on COVID-19 and many people have suffered. Our daily lives have been greatly affected and even more serious, many have been affected by illness or the loss of a loved one.

That’s why I turn to photography, it’s the distraction from reality that seems to keep me sane by focusing on creative ideas. No matter where we are, no matter how restricted our movements are, there’s a story to tell through photography. No one should be able to take that away.

I don’t really partake in Halloween but I love the joy and Happiness it brings children and families as they immerse themselves in a light-hearted celebration with costumes and door-to-door candy solicitations. Of course, there’s a darker side to Halloween, often amplified with rhetoric.

I started the Halloween Challenge in 2015 because it opened an entirely unique, once a year opportunity for photography. I made them special month-long challenges where the final images/time lapses/hyper lapses and animated GIFs were to be posted on Halloween Day.

Like I mentioned in the intro video, I actually vlogged the intro to a challenge for the first time on the 2016 Halloween Challenge, here it is…

Intro to the 2016 Halloween PhotoChallenge

Last year I took some time off and the Halloween Photo Challenge didn’t materialize itself. I was bouncing from country to country, State to State and city to city.

This year I wanted to go all out. I had scouted the location, scripted scenarios, and even purchased gear to bring the introduction to the 2020 Halloween Photo Challenge to the next level. I should have predicted it, COVID-19 rose to haunt us once more and restrictions were put in place. I have to respect that, lives are at risk and I would feel horrible if my own lack of respect for myself and others would bring upon harm and cause illness to someone else.

Scouted 2020 Halloween Challenge Location, Photo by Esther Trepanier

Even with COVID falling upon us like a ton of bricks, I feel it’s important to take our responsibilities seriously. It’s also important to have light-hearted fun and concentrate on something other than the negative around us.

This is why I decided to scale down my ambitions and move forward with the Halloween Challenge as a normal week-long Photo Challenge.

Here are the links to our previous Halloween Challenges. If you’re up to it and the conditions in your area are right for it, let yourself be inspired by them for this year’s challenge.





As you see there’s no lack of inspiration just looking back at our old Halloween Photo Challenges. As I’m writing this, Halloween decorations are sprouting all over town, one more original than the other…

two skeleton near white concrete building with string lights at daytime
Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash


Like many of my previous Photo Challenges this year, we’re keeping things COVID-19-friendly. That means regardless of the situation in your area, the challenge can be adapted to your specific COVID-19 guidelines, thus we’re keeping things loose and open to interpretation more than ever.

As I mentioned in my video, I’m hoping there’s no lack of subjects for a Halloween Challenge in your area. I know that even in some of the western European nations, Halloween has made its mark as a fun celebration. If Halloween isn’t celebrated in your area, you can still participate by introducing us to some similar local cultural events or adapt to the defined meaning of Halloween for your creative process. You can read about the origins of Halloween on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

white ceramic teacup filled with ghost illustration coffee latte on white ceramic saucer beside maroon leaf photography
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Halloween is closely related to our harvest festivals such as Thanksgiving, creating a wide-open door to creative ideas. As I mentioned in my introduction videos, a few simple projects include close-up/macro photography of decorations and themed food items. Outdoor and indoor Halloween decors and a parade of creative disguises for trick or treaters. Portrait photography can find its place in front of some fantastic make-up and accessories.

woman with skull paint on her half face
Photo by Edgar Perez on Unsplash

I’m also opening the door to full creative montage using images taken in previous years. As long as they are your images and the final submitted collage was specially made for the 2020 Trevor Carpenter Halloween PhotoChallenge. It can be digital or a scrapbook-style montage that you photograph and post for the challenge.

orange paper with sorry next year print
Photo by Ben Shan on Unsplash

Even if Halloween is Cancelled in your area, there are 101 ways to have fun and participate in the 2020 Halloween Photo Challenge.

In a nutshell:

  1. Create an Holloween Themed Image

2. Have fun, play with creative ideas

3. Please Show Support for other Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge Community Members by commenting on their work 🙂

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2020photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2020 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.
Cover Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.