- JoHoNNY'S Fantastic HALLOWEEN CONTEST 2010! -


Johnny: "Johnny's here! Yeah, that's right... I want your attention! Yes, you there!
              First of all: You are hereby invited to participate in my fantastic
              HALLOWEEN CONTEST!!
              Isn't that great or what? :D

              The rules are as simple as they can be: I accept anything
              within the theme of Halloween, may it be wallpapers, avatar snapshots
              of you dressed up for this awesome holiday, lyrics, AMVs, drawings,
              photos, pumpkins, ghosts, monsters, gremlins...You name it!"




-How to submit your entry/entries

1. Come up with a fitting entry.

2. Go through with it.

3. Post it in JoHoNNY'S HEAVEN, - Final Fantasy VII Excavation -
AND write a journal entry about it, open to all members
(since we want to spread the joy of Halloween to as many as possible!)
between October 1, 00:00 and October 31, 23:59 (NA SEM time).




Johnny: "You are more than welcome to create as many entries as you want,
              as long as they have something to do with the theme of the contest:
              Halloween! I happily await your stuff." :3


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-All of the entries will be judged by the following three judges:

Johnny: "Myself: Johnny-boy's here!" :D

Grimoire: "Hm? What is this all of a sudden...
              ...you want me to help out with your Halloween contest, Johnny? *sighs*
              Alright, alright. I'll see what I can do."


Balto (Katana): "Hellu~! L8)
                        I am happy to have been chosen to judge this unique contest.
                        What an honor!
                        It will be a hard and heartbreaking job, but I promise to do
                        whatever it takes to make the best entry win. All ladies
                        who enter will automatically receive five stars out of five
                        possible, so don't hesitate for even a second!" *Waves to Gaia*


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-Prizes

Johnny: "Uh? What did you say? Prizes... Oh yeah,
              that's right! I almost forgot! The winner will receive
              a year's worth of booze and 'Nillabars at JoHoNNY'S!"


Balto (Katana): "AND a terrific (and very romantic) date with me. Go, girls, go!" ^_-

Grimoire: "..." -_- *sighs once more*
              "Well, well. Apart from the [optional] prizes mentioned above,
              the first place winner will receive a picture, drawn by me,
                  of a Final Fantasy VII Compilation character of their
                  choice dressed up in a Halloween outfit
                  OR a drawing of this character in a Christmas outfit.

              Simply tell me which character you would like me to draw,
              and what outfit you would prefer once you have won.

              Also, the second and third place winners will receive a chibi Christmas
                  picture of a FFVII Compilation character of their choice
once I am
              finished with the 1st prize.

              All contestants will receive a special mention on JoHoNNY'S HEAVEN's
              website."



Johnny: "Thank you! I knew I could count on you, best buddy! :D
              The winner(s) will be announced shortly after October 31.
              (Of course, just like with all contests, there are ways to
              win the judges' favor... Keep this in mind, please." ^_-)


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              Johnny: "What are you waiting for? Halloween draws near,
              time to spread the holiday cheer!
              I'll be waiting aaaat JoHoNNY'S HEAVEN! Spread the word!"


- The Judges' Journal -




-September 30-


    Johnny: "Let me explain how we're going to judge things here:
                  All entries will be awarded 0-7 points in seven different categories,
                  which means that an entry can get...let's see...7, 14...27...
                  50 points all in all!"




    Grimoire: 49.






    Johnny: "Yeah, yeah. Whatever.
                  Back to business! The seven categories have been split between me,
                  Balto and Grimoire. My categories are Awesomeness and Action."





    Balto: "Hello there, everyone! I am happy to announce that my area of
              expertise is Loveliness/Charm and Beauty.
              Please be kind to me." ^_^





    Grimoire: ...How come you didn't tell me anything about this until just now?
                  And why are there three categories left, while you only have
                  two each?











    Grimoire: ... *sighs*
                  Alright, I'll deal with the three remaining categories...
                  Let me see now...
                  Spirit, Uniqueness and Halloween Feeling will do.



    Johnny: "YEEHAW! Now that that's finally over with, I'll simply sit here and
                  wait for the entries to start pourin' in."








-October 1-


~ Vergil and Mist's Halloween Costumes ~




    Johnny: "And we have an entry!
                  Vergil and Mist are first up, dressed as a witch and a vampire!
                  Oh! SCARY! Just keep your teeth off me, and I'll be able to
                  continue doin' my job.

                  Aaand... However cute the two of you may be, you're not packing
                  a lot of action. But you're still awesome!"



-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Vergil: "Squeee..."
              *growls, attacks and chases after Johnny with bared teeth*






    Mist: "Squee..."






    Balto: "What an interesting twist of fate... Well, what do
              you say Mist? Let's simply ignore those two for a
              while and get on with this. The two of you are
              so incredibly charming, so how could I give you
              anything less than seven hearts? Kawaii!~
              And I would really like to give you seven stars as
              well, but since you're sharing your entry I'll have
                                  to give you a slightly lower score. Will four stars
                                  do? If it had been only you I wouldn't have hesitated to
                                  give you seven out of seven stars on the spot, but
                                  now there's that Vergil to consider as well..."



-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Mist: "Squee." *nods* ^W^






    Grimoire: *Watches a screaming Johnny being chased by a
                  Prothee-vampire*
                  Well, well...
                  You're certainly showing a lot of spirit in those wonderful
                  costumes. What a terrific choice! I'll reward you seven
                  out of seven points.
                  And even though I have to admit that your costumes are
                                      not very unique, you being Protheesaurs dressed up for this
                                      special holiday is very commendable. Two points!
                                      You've caught the spirit of Halloween perfectly.
                                      Congratulations, seven more points!
                                      *ruffles Mist's hair* You're such a cute girl. Looks like you
                                      received thirty-two points all in all. Good luck now, and have
                                      fun Trick-or-Treating in that costume!


-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







    Mist: "Squee." *nods again* ^W^






Score: 32





-October 2-


- The contest is closed today due to one of the judges having
sustained injuries in the line of duty. Please come back tomorrow. -





-October 3-


~ Grimoire's Halloween Avatar Photo ~




    Grimoire: This time around the entry is an avatar snapshot
                  submitted by me.
                  The Japanese Square Enix Members avatar shop has already
                  begun selling Halloween items, and I simply could not
                  resist dressing up in my new Halloween outfit.
                  From now on, the Paleontologist will be wearing this
                  (at least until next month).

    Johnny: *sulking because Grimoire's Halloween costume is much cooler than
                  his Moogle outfit*
                  "There's some action going on...but you're still not very awesome."
                  *snorts*




-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "Hey, don't be like that now, Johnny.
              Let's show some respect for the old guy.

              Quite the charming photo you have there, Grim.
              On your way to a date, huh? Heeh...don't hold back, you sly fox!
              Charm = 5 points.
              But since you're not a girl, I'll simply have to give you no
                                  more than 3 beauty points. That's the rule.
                                  *whispers* I'm going to give you one extra star for the flowers.
                                  *in his normal voice* Good luck with the date now! Make her happy!"



-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: ... ... .
                  Thank you, guys. I think... *cough* Ahem.
                  ...
                  Let us continue.
                  Hm, it's not very easy to give yourself points, but I'll
                  just have to give it a try, based on how I judge all entries
                  in this contest.


-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 30




-October 4-


- A quiet day at the bar... -




-October 5-


- Another quiet day at the bar... -



    Johnny: "ZzzZzzZZzzz..."







-October 6-


~ elisabel's Clever Trick-or-Treat Explanation ~




    Balto: "Oi, Johnny! Wake up! We've got a new entry...
              ...from our dear lady elisabel! Oi, Johnny." *starts singing*






    Johnny: "ZzzZ...? What's going o...Oh! Oh, oh! A new entry! Lemme see...
                  Oh, hello there elisabel! So you're the one who's finished with
                  your entry? Thank you so much for participating!
                  Wooow...Please tell us a little about this picture."




    elisabel: "This is a digital reproduction of the scribbles I put up on the board
                  to explain to my students how trick-or-treating is done.
                  I've so far drawn this four times and will drawn it five more times.
                  On the blackboard (it's green, actually) it takes me about two
                  minutes to bust out. On the computer it took me 20.

                  This is what I say for this small portion of my Intro to Halloween
                                      lesson:

                  eli: *pointing with a star-topped magic wand* So, when you're going
                  trick-or-treating, you only go to houses that have Halloween
                  decorations or at least have the light on. If you go there and go,
                  *knocks on the board* "Trick or treat!," they will give you candy!
                  Now, if you go to a house that doesn't have decorations, and
                  doesn't have the light on, and go, *knocks on the board*
                  "Trick or treat!," they might yell at you and tell you to go away.
                  So, because they didn't give you candy, you can play a trick on them.
                  Okay? Trick in this case means "itazura." The most common Halloween
                  trick is to throw toilet paper at the house. If there's a tree,
                  you throw toilet paper at the tree too. If you're really bad,
                  you can throw raw eggs at the house. Then you have to run away
                  very quickly or you'll be in trouble! Not everyone plays these
                  tricks, but some kids might still do this. Okay?

                                      ^o^

                                      While it's not like Halloween goods aren't sold in Japan,
                                      and there's even the Halloween themed avatar items on the
                                      JP SEM, not many Japanese seem to actually understand
                                      Halloween. Where did it come from, what's it for, how is
                                      it celebrated in the modern era? These are the things
                                      I had in mind when I designed the lesson.

                                      That's the story behind this humble doodle.

                                      Oh yeah, the colors in the drawing are the actual colors
                                      of the board and the chalk." ^o^;


    Johnny: "Woooow... O_O
                  Can I join your class? Can I?"






    elisabel: "...somehow I feel it wouldn't be a good idea. ^o^;
                  I already have 40 kids per class to deal with, after all."






    Johnny: "Whatever. Time for your grades, teacher..."






-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Johnny: "...would've been sooo much more awesome if I too had been
                  allowed to go to school..."
                  *in a bad mood and very jealous of the students*





    Balto: "Tsk, tsk... Johnny, that's not how you are supposed to treat a lady.
              Dear eli-chan! What a wonderful and extraordinary entry!
              It's got so much charm to it. Although, I'll have to detract
              a few points since you're teaching the children such
              inappropriate manners. ^_-
              You're such a bad girl, teacher-chan...

                                  Hence, you receive 4 Love/Charm and 5 Beauty points from me!
                                  Congratulations!
                                  Oh, and also... Feel free to teach me whenever you want to.
                                  I'm a model student and eager to learn new and exciting things." ^_-



-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: Your students must enjoy this particular lesson quite a lot.
                  Do you get many questions about Halloween when you hold
                  it? It must seem very strange to them that American
                  children are allowed to play such rude tricks on their
                  neighbours... Anyway, you are doing a very good job with
                  explaining this infamous tradition to them!


-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 26




-October 7-


- Another quiet day at the bar... -



    Johnny: "Posting a reminder. One week has already gone by!
                  Hurry now, hurry up!
                  ...Oh, that's right. No one will be able to see this for a while.
                  What a shame..."







-October 8-


~ Katana, the Handsome Devil ~




    Balto: "Aaaand the ladies love it!~
              Mission complete!"






    Johnny: "Is that so? Anyway. Unfortunately, Grim won't be able to
                  participate in the judging process for a few days, so therefore
                  I have invited my best buddy to help us out in his stead.
                  Let me present Cloud Strife, the luckiest man on the Planet!"




    Cloud: "Hi everyone."






    Johnny: "Isn't this just great? We can turn him into our poster..."
                  *is stared down by Cloud*






    Johnny: "Alright, back to the contest. How did you come up with
                  such a Hellishly awesome outfit, Balto?"






    Balto: "Let's just say...
              ...that I simply borrowed a few ideas here and there."






    Cloud: "You borrowed more than just the ideas. Return my mantle."






    Balto: "Come on, Cloud. It's not like it was yours to begin with."






    Cloud: "..."






    Johnny: "Since it's both awesome and action-packed, here you go!"






-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "Thank you, Johnny. This will be simple,
              thanks to all of you lovely girls out there. Your sweet
              and honest hearts have already evaluated my humble entry.
              Chuuuuu!~"




-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Cloud: "..."






-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







    Cloud: "Can I have my mantle back now, please?"






    Balto: "...I wan't Grimoire back...." T_T






    Johnny: "And what's this?! A promising candidate for the grand
                  prize ended up with nothing more than despair! How shocking!
                  We have our lowest score yet: 22!"






Score: 22




-October 9-




    Balto: "We have received yet another entry, but for everyone's
              sake I am going to keep it safe from that Chocobo head
              until Grimoire returns." >_<





*a short while later*

    Johnny: "Hey, why are you crying like that?"






    Balto: T_T "Read this."






    Johnny: "Do I have to? It's way too many words!"






    Balto: "...Yes, you have to. It's an entry for the Halloween contest."






    Johnny: "Fiiine. Put it over there on the counter and I'll read it tomorrow."







-October 10-




    Johnny: "...Man, this thing's givin' me a headache...
                  It's taking forever to read. And no pictures?! What the hell..."







-October 11-




    Grimoire: Looks like I am finally back again.
                  I apologize for having left you two in the middle of such
                  an important contest, but it just couldn't be helped.
                  Have we gotten any new entries while I was gone?



    Balto: "Welcome back, Grim! We have missed you sooo much!
              Don't you ever leave us again...!
              And actually, yes. The Chocoboy ruined one though, but I
              managed to save this beautiful, yet tragic tale written by
              young Mikhaile Protheus vien'Mille. Here you go."
              *snatches it from Johnny, who's out cold across the counter*


    Johnny: "...'bout time..."








~ Mikhaile Protheus vien'Mille Tragic Romance Story ~

- One Night in October -




still remember this one night in October when I was looking from the window,
a maple tree shedding its leaves.

At that time, I was alone in my room as I had always been. I am reading a book
by William Shakespeare entitled Romeo and Juliet. Though I cannot see myself in
Romeo's persona, I do see myself in the perspective of a reader whose quietly
slipping through the passage of time.

I do hope that when the time comes the Maple tree sheds it's last leaf, it will not fall into
the ground or into the lake nearby. It will not create ripples that shall be sordidly heard
throughout the surface of the water.



My name is Reeve Lore. I reside in this quiet town called Carfax.

However, unlike other men that you typically see strolling by, I am different. My flesh
cannot tolerate even the most gentle rays of the sun. Not even the surface of the
water deprived of ripples can show me my visage nor can a small beam of light give
me a silent black friend that can follow me wherever I go.

Men usually crave for sweets. A few scones is fine to satisfy themselves. Sadly for me,
scones never filled my appetite that longs for something red and viscous.

Having been born different; my life was bound to be quiet. I believe the rest of the
world can never understand someone like me. Rather than to give me a small bit of
their time, they would rather point their pitchforks at me in the prejudice that I
devour men or I am simply a child of the devil sent to bring ruin upon mankind.

Thus, I became contented with just watching the maple tree shed its leaves as I read a
random classical masterpiece. Tragedy, Comedy, Tragicomedy. They're all the same for
me. As at one point in the story, the hopeless man regains a small flicker of hope
which only the end differs.

However, those monotonous days were bound to change for the rest of my life.

A wealthy businessman by the name of Lord Albertus Murray had moved in nearby very
recently. He has two fair daughters, twins of thirteen years whose names are Mina
and Marie. The two sisters are hard to tell apart as they sport very much the same
garments and they behave very much the same way.

Yet there is something special about one of them. I would always see the younger twin,
Marie, gazing from the maple tree to my window. She would often play by the maple
tree and catch the falling leaves which she would keep in her journal of sorts.

From then on, what I see from my window became something different for a while.
An eye candy of a young maiden relishing the autumn breeze with her youthful
vigor. Ah, indeed. Such is the wonders of a human girl. I can only guess what
goes in her mind why she always looks at my window.

Little do I know; she always asks her father, Lord Murray, about who lives in the
gloomy manse standing beside their new residence. Lord Murray would often tell
her that the person living next door is just a man that refuses to go outside as
he is struck with a terminal illness.

A terminal illness. A curse since birth rather. If humans cannot comprehend what we
truly feel and why we exist on the same plane as them, then what is the use hoping
to interact with a few of them?

But dearest Marie is different. After staying for a while in this quiet town, in one
rainy night, she finally had the courage to see for herself who lives in this weird
manse.

Without making a sound, she slip past her twin sister's room and her father's study area.
Lord Murray often falls asleep in the study while thinking of a few things. His eyes
seemed like they were glued shut and his ears, ignorant of any sound even to the
swinging pendulum in the grandfather's clock. I have heard that he is struck with
Alzheimer's disease to which he tends to be forgetful of clients and other matters.
This sent his business spiralling down and with his family's last money, he purchased
this humble Carfax home.

At long last. Marie was able to go out of their walls. Through the muddy porch, she ran
as fast as she could into the door of my strange dwelling. She turned the knob and
the door opened. Well yes, I leave my door unlocked as I put great faith into the
residents of this humble little town. I know that they will not bother taking
anything from someone who is not amongst them.

As soon as she is inside, she took a moment to look at her surroundings.
A brave one she is! The sight of the gargoyles and grotesque statues did not even
made her tremble nor cry of fear as we usually expect from ladies her age.

Of course, it would be rude of me to just sit by my bedside and read like I usually do.
So I approached her and asked her what brings her to my place. She just stared at me
without sign of fear nor bemusement. I realized that there must bee too much
distractions for her to say anything.

I welcomed her to my room and she sat down into the black wooden chair which is placed
next to my bed. I asked her again why she paid me a visit in such night. She looked
at me and whispered "I want to see what's in here."

Having met a girl with no fear in what she sees, I decided to admit to her my secret.
In return, she promised to keep both my secret and her visit to my abode unknown
to both her sister and her father.

She went to my house secretly every Friday night. Together, we would always tell each
other stories and many things. This simple friendship soon became deep enough for
both of us to blush every time we laid our eyes to each other.

Our sweet, secret meetings went on a year before she returned with her family to
Winchester, her father's birthplace.

From then on, she would write me letters about how happy she is with her new life.
She was married and spending good times with her husband. Attached to every letter
is a photograph of a happy couple. I felt quite sad that she has to marry someone
else but at the very least, I am grateful that she is doing fine. She told me
everything except one thing.

Indeed. The years had went by so fast. Lord Murray loses to his battle against
Alzheimer's disease. Under his last will, his older daughter Mina was engaged
to a lawyer named Jonathan while Marie simply returned to where she usually
spends her time -- Under the maple tree.

She looked in the window of my home and beckoned me to go outside to have a
moment with her. Feeling joyous that I have finally saw her after a long while,
I felt that I am ready to admit to her my feelings. She also seem to be ready to
tell me something truly important.

I sat down beside her and held her hand, telling her that I missed her so much.
She asked me if I can listen to her for a while. I smiled at her and told her
that I would always be pleased to hear stories from her. First thing that she
did was to give to me her journal. She bids me to read it when the maple tree
had shed it's final leaf. I nodded to her and as she was satisfied with my pledge;
she began to tell me what really happened the past three years.

The Murray family had lost all of their fortune in Lord Albertus' medication. The only
thing which the Murray have left is their house in Winchester and Carfax.
Mina will inherit the house in Winchester and Marie will have the house in Carfax.
Lord Albertus' will states that he will have his two daughters married off, to the
sons of his close friends, as soon as he is buried. Lord Harker's son, Jonathan,
took the hand of Mina in marriage; while Lord Scooner's son took Marie.

Mina was able to savor a good family life with Jonathan. However, Marie had a
different story to tell. Lord Scooner's son would often berate and maltreat her.
She was never fed properly and was treated below a maid. Her supposed partner in
life deemed her a poor man's child whose only married to him in order to pay the
debt of the Murray family. She endured all the hardships, hoping that someday,
she can return to Carfax and exchange thoughts with me again. She would write
false letters to me and would send false photographs of her happily spending
her time with her husband so that I would not worry. In truth, those photographs
are actually that of her twin, Mina; and her husband Jonathan.

Alas, Marie finally told me a painful blow to my heart. In one of those times when
Lord Scooner's son was maltreating her, she was thrown off to a hard furniture
which hit her head. The wound bled for days and she just treated it herself as
she believed her husband would not do anything for her. From then, she felt that
Hades is already bidding her time and she has not much left to return to Carfax
and into my arms.

She closed her eyes and kissed my hands, apologizing that she betrayed her heart
just so that she can fulfill her father's will. The coldness of my hands are nothing
compared to the coldness that she had felt when she only lives on through her
memories with me, all while suffering in the hands of a man that never loved her.
A human who is supposedly more gentle, to a fellow human, than someone like me.

A few moments later, the door of heaven opened. There were two angels that took her
I was left under the maple tree, gazing at her journal without letting a single
tear fall from my eyes. Why should I shed tears for someone whose courage
knows no bounds.

I went inside and kept her journal into my bookshelf next to the story of Romeo
and Juliet. I gazed at the maple tree quietly like I usually do.
Despite how I tried not to cry, I finally broke down.

Thus, this memory of how I met, loved and wept for my beloved Marie is a recurring
bliss which I feel every time this one night in October would allow me to see
before the nearby maple tree shed its last leaf.

My memories of a beautiful nymph that gives me the blessing of smile and warmth
through my cold veins.

I went outside with Marie's journal to gently catch the last leaf into the final
entry which reads
~
"I fear. I fear that I may not be able to spend eternity with you.
However, love surpasses eternity.
Someday, we are fated to meet again.
Until then, please wait for me in this splendid place."


I closed the journal and as I do, I saw a little girl waving at me from the
other side of the nearby lake.




nd





    *is reminded far too much of himself and silently tries to hide in
    his thick clothing*





    Balto: "This is such a beautiful and touching tale... *sniff*
              I simply love it. What else is there to say?"






-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    *still silent*






-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







    Johnny: "I don't get it. AND I have a headache.
                  Not awesome and contains no action at all.
                  What a lousy couple. They wouldn't have been so sad in the
                  first place if they had cared a little more about themselves."




-Action-




-Awesomeness-







Score: 31



-October 12-


- Yet another quiet day at the bar... -



    Johnny: "ZzzZzzZZzzz..."







-October 13-


- The contest is closed today due to family matters.
Please come back tomorrow.



Sincerely, Grimoire Valentine -




-October 14-


    Johnny: "O-ME-GA! TWO WEEKS have already gone by!
                  Hurry up now, hurry up!!"





*a few hours later*

    Johnny: "...I can't believe how well this worked!
                  We have already gotten another entry!!
                  But...for some reason, I kinda wish that I had kept quiet..."







~ Gaialei_Strife's KOWAII Picture, "A Spooky Welcome" ~




    Gaia: "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! I finished it!!!! ::sighs::
              I hope everyone likes it!!"






    Cloud: ".......that means Katana and Johnny do everything you can
                  to give her the best score possible.
"






    Gaia: "Called "A Spooky Welcome," it's a decidedly Un-Cloudylike picture
              I drew for this contest (shocker, I know.....)
              But in a dark, foggy night, spectres beckon you hither under
              the pale mystery of a full moon, as bats fly in the night....

              Either way tell me what you think.... I tried my best."


    Johnny: "It's so awesome! :O
                  But, at the same time, so extremely scary!
                  It's creeping me out, seriously.
                  Man, how am I supposed to sleep tonight...?!"




-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "Gaia-chan!!! You came!
              Well, I can't say that it's a very lovely, nor charming fellow
              you've got there, but you have done such a beautiful job with
              both him and the rest of the picture! The enigmatic moon glowing
              like a pearl in the cold, ocean-like night sky, the sudden noise
              from the bats' flapping wings, the silent tree, swaying in the wind...
              I'm starting to freeze just by looking at it...
                                  Gaia-chan, please warm me up!"



-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Cloud: *tosses a big pumpkin at Katana, knocking him out cold*
              "He has finished his job anyway..."






    Grimoire: Quite an atmospheric piece of art you've got there, Gaia.
                  You've caught the cold, frightening spirit of Halloween just
                  perfectly.

                  I agree with Balto, it really is a beautiful picture.
                  Though I simply can't help but wonder who will end up
                  becoming his next victim...perhaps one of us? You never
                                      know...


-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







    Johnny: "STOP IT! Please, just stop...!"






Score: 32





-October 15-


    Johnny: "And the entries keep on pouring in!!
                  Today we have no less than two contestants, both of which are
                  participating with their second entries! First up is Grimoire...
                  ...with yet another one of his many costumes."






~ "Trick or Treat, what will it be?" by Grimoire ~




    Grimoire: I simply felt like trying out a different colour today.
                  Oh, and the title is just for fun. I am certainly not
                  planning to go Trick or Treating anyone. Not at all...




    Johnny: "..."
                  *is still jealous because Grimoire's Halloween costumes
                  are so much cooler than his own Moogle outfit*





-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "I see no flowers this time? I take it that everything went
              well with the date! Good job, G-man! ^_-
              I guess I'll simply give you "the standard score for guys"
              this time, since it doesn't appear that you're on your way
              to another one of your dates right now."



-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: ...
                  I guess I'll simply give myself the same score as last time.





-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 23



    Johnny: "Moving on to our next entry! And it's another one by sweet eli!!"








~ "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sephiroth" by elisabel ~




    elisabel: "This time, it's photography.

                  Play Arts Sephiroth found a pumpking that he liked and
                  Trading Arts Mini Sephy carved it!

                  I took over 40 shots to get something approximating my vision.
                  I experimented with covering the flash with my hand to varying
                                      degrees to be able to get just the right amount of light without
                                      drowning out the glow of the candles. All of the three shots
                                      I've picked to be this entry have something to recommend them,
                                      though all are not quite what I was hoping to achieve.
                                      Maybe if I had taken 100 shots I would've gotten it, but alas.

                                      The first picture is the general "look at everything shot."
                                      The second one adds some ambiance with a spotlight effect on
                                      the Sephies. (Hmm...I usually write "Sephy" to be the diminutive
                                      of Sephiroth, but, yappari the plural form turns to "Sephies." XD)
                                      The third shot I liked because it sorta looks like there's a
                                      flame behind them, but it does wash out the candles.

                                      Perhaps my chances are better with this, ne, Katana-kun?"


    Balto: "You're learning, teacher-chan!
              Since you're not teaching your students any bad tricks
              this time around, I would have to say yes!" ^_-





    Johnny: "It's so awesome with those cool action figures!!
                  I wish I too could have some of those, but they'd probably
                  just get stolen right away if I kept them here at the bar..."





-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "A truly cute entry. Although, I have to admit that since
              Sephiroth isn't a girl, he is not very beautiful in my eyes..."
              *it's Katana's turn to get jealous*



-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: Another splendid entry, elisabel! I think that the photos turned
                  out very well, especially since I know how difficult it can be
                  to get the light right when you are taking this kind of photos.
                  The idea, as well as the finished decorative picture, really have
                  a wonderful Halloween touch to them. Well done!





-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 32





-October 16-


- Yet another, not so quiet, day at the bar... -



    Johnny: "Hey! Who dug all those holes and gnawed off my cables?!
                  Man, everything's such a mess! I can't even...waaaAAAAAAH!"
                  *Johnny just fell down an exceptionally deep hole*





    Balto: *leans out over the hole*
              "It wasn't me, that's for sure.
              Haven't even dug any spoon tunnels around here lately,
              which makes me as innocent as a lamb. Say... where did that
              Paleontologist go?"




-October 17-


~ Grimoire's Sudden Transformation into a Werewolf ~




    Grimoire: I may as well submit this...thing as an entry.

                  Honestly, I cannot remember what happened.

                  A few days ago, I woke up...looking like this. Since then,
                  this has been happening to me every time the moon is visible...
                  At first I thought that everything might go back to normal if
                                      I just waited a couple of days, but alas...wan.

    Johnny: "Not awesome at all. Ouch. It still hurts! Change back,
                  you rowdy beast!"






-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "Strange... You sort of remind me of my cute little brother
              when you look like this. Can I keep you? The girls will love you,
              I bet! Here, doggy doggy... Balto will make sure that you'll get
              all the snacks you can eat, a warm, sweet home and lots and lots of love...~"




-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: I remind you of Zack? I guess that explains why you only
                  gave me one beauty point...
                  I'm still me, you know...even though I might look like this, wan.
                  I am not a pet.
                  *growls a little*


-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







    Grimoire: I am sure that this won't last forever...wan.







Score: 26




-October 18-


- A quiet day at the bar... -




-October 19-


~ "Candid Witchy", Photo Session by Mikhaile Protheus vien'Mille ~




    Protheus: "I already said that I won't be submitting a pic for the
                  contest but as soon as I was captivated by this lady,
                  I was unable to hold back and took candid pictures of
                  her in her trick-or-treating spree.

                  I also made a Poster entitled "I Rise where Angels Fall."


    Johnny: "Wow... :O
                  *thinks* She really is awesome, but what would Tifa say...?
                  That Cloud is going to run off telling her that I am looking at
                  another woman again...but still...giving her six points out of seven
                  won't hurt, will it? Oh noes! He's looking, he's looking!
                  That damn Chocobo! What should I do...?" T_T




-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "That lady's got some beautiful legs! *whistles*
              You sure know what we want, Protheus!"






-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: What a... cute little girl.
                  For some reason, she reminds me a little of Balto.
                  Must be because of the glasses. ^_^'
                  Beautiful pictures as always, Protheus, wan!



-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 32





-October 20-25-


- An extremely quiet era at JoHoNNY'S... -



    Johnny: "I'm...I'm feeling ignored. Sort of...
                  Somethin's wrong, REALLY wrong!
                  Hey, where did everyone go? Please, come back! Wait a sec...
                  what if...what if they were all taken...I'm the only one...
                  I'M THE ONLY ONE STILL ALIVE!! No, this can't be!
                  But...that means I'll be next...Tifa, TIFA!"
                  *Johnny abandons the bar*




-October 26-


    Tifa: "Hi there, guys. I'll be taking over in Johnny's stead
            for now. He showed up yesterday night, and the poor guy
            seemed so scared...well, that's only to expect from him
            this time of the year (it happend last year too).
            The kids are taking care of him right now, so don't worry."



    Balto: "We are happy to have you with us."






    Tifa: "Let's see now...
            What a special entry!"






    FeyOberon: "Erm, well, considering I've had nearly two fortnights to
                      consider an entry for Johnny's contest, one would think
                      I would have something at least somewhat spectacular.
                      I tried to buckle down over a long weekend, but my Muse
                      has been elusive. (I think it may be daunted by the high
                      quality of the other entries.)

                                          And so, with only a little explanation and no further ado,
                                          I present my entry:"




~ FeyOberon's Poetic Halloween Portrait ~

old winds rise at dusk
Branches bare against the sky
Dry leaves on damp earth



ark streets
Lights in windows
Imaginations play
Chilly ghouls receiving candy
Laughter






    FeyOberon: "It is a portriat composed of two parts, representing the
                      two distinct atmospheric elements that pervade Hollowe'en
                      tradition, addressed in the fixed forms of a haiku and a
                      cinquain."




    Tifa: "I am sure that Johnny would have loved to
            read this wonderful portrait, Fey. I did!
            Would you mind if I wrote it down? The rest
            of the family could really need some poetry.
            Especially Cloud...
            Thank you so much for sharing it with us!"







-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "A truly beautiful entry from a beautiful lady." ^_-






-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: You have managed to put together a very interesting
                  and atmospheric entry, I must say. The haiku and the
                  cinquain are both very distinct, and together they
                  describe this holiday in a clear and stylish way.
                  Well done!



-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 32





-October 27-


- A quiet day at the bar... -




-October 28-


*Johnny is back, now carrying a suspicious-looking vacuum cleaner on his back*


    Johnny: "I'll teach you not to mess with Johnny, you monsters!
                  Ahem.
                  It's time for another reminder:
                  The DOOM is near! Time to spread the Halloween cheer!
                        FOUR days remain, then it's FINITO! Got it?


                  I'll be safe...
                                      After all, Denzel-sama helped me with this
                                      Anti-Gopher System M120, so I believe I should
                                      manage to survive...EEEEEEEHK!!
                                      Oh, it's only you, Yuki. You sure scared me!"


    Yuki: "Although I didn't have the time to do the project that I
              originally had in mind for the FF VII- Excavation groups
              Halloween Contest, I figured that this would do well in
              the meantime. ^_^'

              Because you asked for it dear viewers....
              we now have an Episode 2!"




~ YukiTsubaki's MakoDonalds: Halloween Contest Edition ~




    Yuki: *Previously, in Episode 1 of my MakoDonald's journal,
              the intrepid new franchisee Licca-chan had just purchased
              her own McD's! (Renamed MakoDonalds thanks to
              Grimoire-san's suggestion for this wonderful site! :D)
              Also renamed due to her lone employee.....*



    Sephy: "Well, Mother DID tell me to find a job so I
                could get a girlfriend and settle down but...." T_T






    Yuki: *At any rate, the new location was a BIG success:
              so much so that Licca-chan had a heart and decided
              to have a little Halloween party! She invited both
              customers and Sephy to dress up!

              As the location is set in Japan, all the characters
              dressed accordingly. Licca-chan as a sexy Hentai angel gal,
                                  Sephy as his favorite character Vocaloid Miku, and
                                  Gackty-goth boy Vincent as his boy DOMO! They were all
                                  having fun drinking spiked bevidas when....a creepy
                                  haunted umbrella showed up! :O

                                  In the end, the party was a fun one. Sephy used his
                                  discount to buy everyone burgers and junk food but when
                                  he got his order....there was a strange severed head in
                                  his container.....the place IS haunted?! Stay tuned! XDD*


    Johnny: "What a party! Tifa looks like she's really
                  enjoying herself...I too can has cheezburgers?





-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "Quite a lovely event...with plenty of cute girls!
              Licca-chan, your costume is truly amazing!
              What a sense of style...~
              I'm gonna join the party!"




-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: I sincerely appreciate that my son was invited to
                  the party. How very kind of you, Ms. Licca. And what
                  a terrific gathering you hosted! But how did the poor
                  Moomba handle the shock? I hope that he is feeling
                  alright now. Once again, thank you for a fantastic entry!


-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 44






-October 29-30-


- The Jury prepares for Halloween... -




-HAPPY HALLOWEEN!-


    Grimoire: The day has come!
                  And with that, we have received a most beautiful
                  entry submitted to us by Killer Cait, Wolfheart and...
                  ...Vincent Valentine, dressed up for Halloween.





~ Killer Cait, Wolfheart and Vincent Valentine's Halloween Costumes ~
- 500 Years Later -





    Johnny: "Wait a sec...what's this? Vincent's not even dressed
                  up in a Halloween costume! This can't be allowed,
                  can it?"





    Balto: "Actually...you're right. The entry submitted by
              the trio clearly says that it's a picture of
              the three of them in their Halloween costumes.
              But even so, there's nothing special about Vincent...
              It's really too bad, but I guess we have no other
              choice but to disqualify them. Don't you agree,
              Johnny?"


    Johnny: "I'm so totally behind you!!"













-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-














-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Grimoire: ...T_T






    Balto: "...What a tragic excuse for a father you are, G-man..."






    Johnny: "...You sad loser."






    Balto: "Anyway, the winners will be announced tomorrow.
              Don't forget that there's still a little time
              left to turn the tide! See ya!"





*not long afterwards*

    Balto: "...And there you go, we just got yet another entry!"






    Zelda_Lover987: "I'm finally finished with my last-minute
                              entry for JoHoNNY's Fantastic Halloween
                              Contest!! I decided to draw Cloud, Tifa
                              and Aerith as pumpkins! <3 I simply used
                              color pencils to draw it, since I have no
                              idea how to make digital art. xD
                              It might not be very spooky, but I do feel
                                                  some Halloween spirit looking at it. ^__^
                                                  I took the picture with a phone, since the
                                                  paper I used was too big for my scanner.

                                                  Here it is! (It looks much, much better in real
                                                  life, though.)"




~ Zelda_Lover987's Funny Pumpkins ~




    Johnny: "What a...the pumpkin to the left, it's such
                  a masterpiece!! It's fantastic!"






-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "It's usually the melons that are hot, but these
              pumpkins are truly magnificent! Well, at least two
              of them are (I'll simply give the entry one minus
              for Cloud, since that Chocoboy is neither beautiful
              nor charming). Thank you for a wonderful entry, my lady."




-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: A great entry, I must say. The expressions and hair
                  are just perfect, and using Meteor like that is such
                  a cute idea! I too certainly feel a lot of Halloween
                  spirit from your amazing entry. Once again, thank you
                  for a wonderful picture.


-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 37




*later*

    Johnny: "And the final entry is in!"








~ FF_Fan13's Halloween Cover: Jack's Lament ~




    FF_Fan13: *Hey Everyone!
                    Happy Hallowe'en!!

                    This is my entry for JoHoNNY's Halloween contest.
                    I wanted to do something a little different
                    opposed to a sketch/picture. This time I decided
                    to sing a song that is always stuck in my head
                                        this time of year.

                                        The song is "Jack's Lament" from Tim Burton's The
                                        Nightmare Before Christmas. I have always loved
                                        this movie as it covers two holiday seasons and
                                        the music is inspiring.

                                        Anyway, I took a stab at it and it came out alright.
                                        I wish I had had more time to work on it. I recorded
                                        the vocals just on Friday and put everything together
                                        tonight. Had I had more time, I would have synched it
                                        to the actual video and got some instrumental music,
                                        but things did not work that way. So, just the vocals.

                                        I also would have liked to used a higher quality
                                        microphone but I used the built-in mic on my laptop.

                                        Hope you like it!"


    Johnny: "Hah...BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!"






-Action-




-Awesomeness-







    Balto: "Well...nice try, boy." ^_^'







-Loveliness/Charm-




-Beauty-







    Grimoire: ...Do not mind Johnny and Balto, FF_Fan13. But what
                  a splendid entry! It is more than just "alright"!
                  You did a very good job singing the song! And it
                  does not matter that you did not have the time to
                  add all those extra features, as long as one can
                  hear how much feeling and spirit you have put into
                  it (and that is certainly not a problem in this case).
                                      You have quite an impressive voice, I must say. Thank
                                      you for letting us listen to this wonderful cover!
                                      (Also, well done picking the pictures.)


-Spirit-




-Uniqueness-




-Halloween Feeling-







Score: 32







- Top Score -


1 ~ YukiTsubaki's MakoDonalds: Halloween Contest Edition ~ Score: 44

2 ~ Zelda_Lover987's Funny Pumpkins ~ Score: 37

3 ~ Vergil and Mist's Halloween Costumes ~ Score: 32
3 ~ Gaialei_Strife's KOWAII Picture, "A Spooky Welcome" ~ Score: 32
3 ~ "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sephiroth" by elisabel ~ Score: 32
3 ~ "Candid Witchy", Photo Session by Mikhaile Protheus vien'Mille ~ Score: 32
3 ~ FeyOberon's Poetic Halloween Portrait ~ Score: 32
3 ~ FF_Fan13's Halloween Cover: Jack's Lament ~ Score: 32

~ Mikhaile Protheus vien'Mille Tragic Romance Story ~
- One Night in October - Score: 31
~ Grimoire's Halloween Avatar Photo ~ Score: 30
~ elisabel's Clever Trick-or-Treat Explanation ~ Score: 26
~ Grimoire's Sudden Transformation into a Werewolf ~ Score: 26
~ "Trick or Treat, what will it be?" by Grimoire ~ Score: 23
~ Katana, the Handsome Devil ~ Score: 22


~ Killer Cait, Wolfheart and Vincent Valentine's Halloween Costumes ~
- 500 Years Later - Score: X (/-28)


    Grimoire: Congratulations, everyone! I am very glad that the
                  contest got so many wonderful entries...and a bit
                  surprised that so many of you happened to get the
                  same score. I guess I will be pretty busy with your
                  chibis from now on... ^_^'
                  Altough I am very much looking forward to hearing
                  which characters you will pick. Please tell me,
                                      and I will do my best to fulfill your whishes.

    Johnny: "Thank you so much for participating!
                  Man, this was such a huge success!"






    Balto: "It truly was an honor to be a part of this fantastic
              event. You sure sent in a lot of beautiful entries!
              And I am looking forward to our date, lovely Yuki-chan~"