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With the Creepy Crawl less than two weeks away, it’s time to get serious about Halloween. We’ve been brewing up a wicked treat that’s easy on the eyes and on your Linden wallet. Starting today through October 31st - we’re hosting a shopping event that is sure to liven any dead man’s party! With frights and delights from some of Second Life’s best designers at deals that seem simply insane - this party central for all things Halloween - is your one stop shop ( ‘til you drop!)

Costumes, accessories, decor, and much more await you and your friends in this mysterious haunted village. I dare you to venture the cobblestone paths and see what our vendors have in store for you.


Shop Til You Drop

Don't get caught dead without a costume for those Halloween parties! Liven up the party with spooky steals and deals from Second Life Merchants at the first Shop 'til You Drop! This event runs from Oct 21 - Oct 31st, so hurry before these deals are dead!

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You can also visit these merchants on the Marketplace to see what else they have available.




If the Destination Guide were a bowl of Halloween candy, it would be full-sized handfuls of your favorite sweets. It’s packed with tons of fun-filled treats to check out with your Second Life family and friends.

Later this month, we’ll be kicking off the Shop Til You Drop and Creepy Crawl events but there’s no need to wait until then to get frightfully festive! Just reach into our bag of Haunted Halloween spots, and surprise yourself.

Scared of all that decision making? We’ve made it easy by shaking our sack of destinations and selecting some of the newest goodies to fall out of the bag. If your spot should be in the Destination Guide, please submit it for us to consider.

With everything decorated to the rafters, it’s perfect photo-taking time! Don’t forget to share your photographic adventures to the official Second Life Flickr .

Grab a flashlight and take a deep breath the merry mayhem is about to begin!

BURN2: Da Vinci's Workshop

BURN2 "Da Vinci's Workshop," set for October 15-23, echoes the spirit of the High Renaissance with contraptions of wood, canvas and rope gyrating, undulating and vibrating to music around the dusty playa. The festival will be brought to a close after the Burns of Virtruvian Man and Temple.

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The Women of Science History Museum

The Women of Science History Museum is a monument to the often forgotten or misattributed accomplishments of women in the sciences. It's easy to forget that we would not be where we are today without them. It's about time they got the recognition they deserve!

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Mictlan: Aztec Underworld

Mictlan was the underworld of Aztec mythology. Most people who died went to Mictlan, although other possibilities existed. Mictlan, far to the north, consisted of nine distinct levels. The journey from the first level to the ninth was difficult and took four years. Learn more in this special Day of the Dead exhibit, held through Nov. 5.

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Halloween Tour

Do you dare take a ride in the Haunted Halloween Tour? Strap in and prepare to experience haunts, ghouls, death, scares, and a descent into madness itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart!

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The Boo! Bunny Hunt 5

That boo! bunny is a jokester! Dressed as a ghost, this bunny yells BOO! at everyone and steals their candy. Little does he know that he has left us a trail of shiny wrapped yummies to help hunt him down. The Boo! Bunny is a fun Halloween hunt, held through Oct. 31. Follow the trail of candy and you'll be led along a path of clues to hunt down your themed prizes!

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Scare Me Silly

It's time to get scared silly at the Scare Me Silly event, which supports Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team of the American Diabetes Association! This event will feature shopping, a pumpkin hunt, live performances, tribute bands, tricks and treats! For more information, visit teamdiabetesofsecondlife.org/scare-me-silly-event.html

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The Fallen

The Fallen is a haunted village full of surprises, twists and turns. The residents sure are a friendly bunch - and may invite you to stay! Visit this great place to adventure and be sure to check out all the nooks and crannies!

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Edgar Allan Poe's House of Usher

Back for 2016 for its 10th season! Edgar Allan Poe's House of Usher will spook you into learning a little bit about Poe's work and life while searching for treasure chests filled with free prizes. Visit the Spooky Ride next door to feel Poe's impact on modern horror! Sponsored by Literature Alive!

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Halloween Storm

Halloween Storm is an eerie place where you don't know what's around the next corner. Enter the Asylum with its crazy occupants who may get you to stay awhile as a guest. Drop by the Haunted Mansion and find secret rooms and interact with items. Then pay your respects to the dead in The Storm Graveyard.

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Hunting Hollows

Wicked whisperings and sinister shrieks pierce the night among the darkly lit pathways of Hunting Hollows. A dreadful darkness lingers throughout, beckoning you to venture further into the woods. Dare you stray from the path? A forest of sinister secrets awaits the foolish and the brave...

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Frightmares! - Face your Fear

Face your worst nightmares at Frightmares! Explore the many terror-themed areas, including a ghost town, maze, boardwalk, toxic sewer, space station, and go kart nightmare. Each area is filled with things from your nightmares and fun that is sure to give you a fright!

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Trunk or Treat

Welcome to the third annual Trunk or Treat, a family-friendly fun Halloween and fall-themed event for all to enjoy. Designers will have all their favorite fall creations to browse and buy as well as free treats for all!

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Dragon Chambers

Join the celebration for this 4th Annual Halloween Masquerade Ball, held Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. (Pacifci). The night begins with a show designed specifically for the Arges County Sim, home of the infamous, Vlad the Impaler.

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Gacha Good Events present The MadHouse

Gacha Good Events presents The MadHouse, a monthly themed event. The MadHouse has all your needs for everything haunted and Halloween.

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This episode of the Drax Files is the very first of the series to use 360° for an immersive and innovative viewing experience! You can move around in the video to view the full 360 degrees of the space. If you’re new to 360 video scroll down to the end of this blog for instructions on how to get started it’s easy!

Now, back to the show! Vista Animations provides dances, AOs, and other types of avatar interactions for Second Life Residents to purchase. As CEO of Vista Animations/MoCap Barcelona, Vista Barnes owns and operates a motion capture studio in Spain, and employs a small team of three to help create realistic animations that add personality and customization to your avatar. Have two left feet but wish you could dance like Fred Astaire? You can with motion capture animations the level of freedom and expression is limitless!

Vista Animations is already delving deeply into the upcoming release of Bento developing cutting-edge beta products that Residents can already enjoy in beta form. For example, Bento-enabled hands allow expressive finger articulation that has not been possible before.

The process of motion capture isn’t simple, but it sure looks like a lot of fun! Get a sneak peek at what goes into creating an animation, and why it is such a labor of love for this tight-knit team by watching the video here or pressing play in the embedded window below.

Want to see more Second Life stories? Find previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s website, or at the links below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can watch the entire series.


The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 40: Bernhard Dörries

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 39: Sergio Delacruz

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 38 : Eboni Khan

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff

New to YouTube 360° videos? It's easy to get started!

On a desktop computer, just click the play button like you do other YouTube videos, then rotate your view by: (1) pressing the WASD keys on your keyboard, (2) dragging with the left mouse button, or (3) clicking the directional widget in the upper-left.  if video playback looks fuzzy, click the gear icon in the lower-right and set that to a higher resolution. 

On a mobile device, you'll need the YouTube app. On Android, you can even use Google Cardboard for more depth.

Make sure your web browser is up-to-date. Most modern browsers support 360-degree videos via the HTML5 standard. You can check for compatibility and learn more.


Hello, October -- you gorgeous beacon of the mysterious and magical! Our Residents are ready for you -- with a virtual cauldron full of haunted treats in the Destination Guide. And as for those tricks? We have got a few up our magician’s sleeve this year. The Creepy Crawl has clawed its way from the Graveyard of Halloweens Past, and there’s a special inworld shopping event a-brewing that should prove to be a thriller! Find out how you can participate as a host on the Creepy Crawl, or a participating Merchant in the Shop ‘Til You Drop Shopping Event at this blog.

We’ve prepared a sackful of some of the sweetest Halloween spots to hit the Grid this year. If your spot should be in the Destination Guide, please submit it for us to consider.

With everything decorated to the rafters, it’s perfect photo-taking time! Don’t forget to share your photographic adventures to the official Second Life Flickr .

Let’s get to haunting that Grid! See you on the other side!

2016 Halloween Town

Halloween Town is full of shops for all of your Halloween needs from party food to costumes. Be sure to enter the haunted house where you will turn from spectator to participant as Halloween Town pays tribute to the greatest horror movies of all time.

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The Mad Circus Halloween & Gacha Fair

The Mad Circus is not your "typical" Halloween experience. The theme of the event is Halloween and includes everything dark and twisted. You'll find L$10 gifts at every store! There are over 100 gachas in the theater and all around the sim. Event open Oct. 8-31. More info at evilbunnysl.com.

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The Nightmare Event

The Nightmare Event is a yearly event for the month of October where creators get together to bring you the scariest Halloween walk through possible! The walk through is completed with obstacles, characters, and a hunt for prizes! And don't forget about the vendors where some of our favorite creators will be displaying new and awesome Halloween items!

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Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze

Bay City's fairgrounds have gone spooky, with a hay bale maze full of creeps. Can you make it through -- or will you be dinner for the ghouls and creeps? Come try your luck in Bay City's Halloween Hay Maze! It's a-MAZE-ing fun for all!

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The Haunt of Herston Canyon

Set to a story, you'll hop on a boat that'll take you through a haunted canyon. Will you make it out alive? Live interactive characters will haunt you and look to kill. This haunted experience is open 24/7 with live characters interacting on daily scheduled times. Don't be afraid of the dark. Be afraid of what's in it. Opens Oct. 7.

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The Faery Crossing Black Marsh

The house on the rise has seen happier days, now its timbers strain as though to flee. In this waning time the veil between worlds thins as an aged, pocked, suppurating skin. Where it breaks, a corruption invades. Life becomes as dead, though not dead. This blight leeches into the ground too and infiltrates the halls of rest that lay below. Then what is truly dead…is no longer quite so.

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Pumpkin Town 2016

Pumpkin Town is back! One of the most famous Halloween towns in Second Life, Pumpkin Town is where you can experience deejay sets, live performances, shows, horror movies, freebies, a hunt and more. More info at pumpkin-town.blogspot.be. Event held October 1st to October 31.

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Fallen's Haunting

Fallen's Haunting is an interactive haunt that is perfect for everyone. Visit this old haunted mansion that is complete with a cemetery and dungeon and prepare to be frightened! You never know what lurks in the shadows. Grab a lantern at the landing point to help light your way. Due to inclement weather, the hunt and weekly events will be held indoors. Have a haunting good time!

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Krazy Kritter's Haunted Isle

Are you brave enough to explore Krazy Kritter's Haunted Isle? This entire sim, conceptualized and designed by Pierce Design Studios, features an abandoned campground, cemetery, haunted forest, freaky carnival and more! Highlights include Ghostly Lake (a programmed boat ride) and the Terror Coal Mine (a programmed coal car ride),

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Manson-Crowley Hall: Foggy Hill Island

Explore a centuries-old manor deep in the foreboding woods of Foggy Hill Island. Purported to be haunted, it is rumored to be inhabited by an evil presence and cursed by the restless, wandering spirits of those who mysteriously and violently lost their lives there.

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Haunted Halloween Horror

Nightmare Halloween Horror brings all your favorite characters together in one Halloween destination. Experience the ultimate fright night experience with rides,ghosts, zombies and more. Leave your nerves at the door and enjoy the experience.

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With the beginning of its 7th year, Calas Galadhon creators Ty Tenk & Truck Meredith share their 2016 Halloween build Neverland. In the spirit of the season with the creator's unique mix of beauty and terror, this enchanting build provides many opportunities for haunting exploration and fun for every Peter Pan & Wendy. The magical boat tour with its overview of the build is a must!

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FoM Corn Maze Hunt

Fall of Man proudly presents the Corn Maze Hunt, held through Oct. 31 with lots of prizes from several great merchants! Come wander through the maze and find the hidden pumpkins. Several stores have hidden more than one, so make sure to find them all! On Oct. 29, there will be a Halloween party with music and prizes for costume contests!

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As we say goodbye to September, and greet the crisp breeze of October, it’s only natural that Residents have pumpkins, fall leaves, and things that go bump in the night on their minds. There’s been more Haunted and Halloween-themed dens submitted to the Destination Guide than you can shake a cinnamon stick at. Please submit your Halloween spots to our Destination Guide so that we all can find lots of haunts to visit over the next month!

In addition to the cornucopia of events, destinations and parties, we are brewing up some Samhain shenanigans here at the Lab, and we need your help! Take a look at this blog and join in the fun, if you can!

Don’t forget to share your photographic adventures to the official Second Life Flickr . Right now we’re looking for Halloween-themed images to use in a marketing campaign. Find out more about that here.

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Furillen depicts an island off the north-east coast of Sweden containing abandoned industrial builds that were once part of a former limestone factory. Remote, bleak and beautiful, this is a Second Life photographers haven.

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Pandora Resort

Pandora Resort is a unique experience for visitors. It's a place where SL residents can feel a touch of reality as well as wonder, blended into an experience and adventure throughout the resort. Pandora Resort is also a place with numerous locations that will simply amaze.

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Skull Island has sunk beneath the sea and WaterWorld was born. Explore the depths of the sea and the islands above. A special Halloween level will be opened on October 8th!

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Time is everything or is it nothing at all? Experience Evre from Tahiti Rae and delve into the power of your mind, merging the paranormal and unexplained with new quantum physics. Evre step outside your dream...and walk right back into it? Maybe we exist everywhere, all the time. Travel through time and then out of it. Exhibit open through Dec. 31.

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Designed to evoke the tenor of the 1692 witch trials, Salem hits the grid just in time for Halloween with over 100 vendors and two ways to shop! Dive into Salem's Macabre Market and connect with artisans across the grid, selling autumn and Halloween-themed goods. Or if you dare, try your luck in the Gacha Gallows. Salem runs October 1 - 31 and promises to bewitch you!

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Holly Kai Park

A peaceful, photogenic park accessible from Blake Sea by boat (moorings provided!). Home of Art at the Park, Stories at the Park, Caitinara Bar and the Art Garden, The Pavilion and Storyteller's Circle. Come explore the trails, sit in secluded spots, see the art at the studios and on the hill. Take a kayak ride along the river.

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Surf Cove At Playa Perdida

The clear blue waters, pure white sands and tropical plants and bird life make Surf Cove a paradise for beach lovers. Ride the Maoli surf waves or wander the island to discover secret caves, a zip line and other fun activities before relaxing with loved ones under the stars in the beachside shacks.

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The Last Unicorn Experience

Experience the magic of The Last Unicorn as you join her quest to find the others of her kind. Hidden throughout the sim are secrets that only the magic HUD can help you find.

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Sound Effects in Virtual Worlds

This limited-time exhibition features a set of demonstrations of how sound effects can be used in virtual worlds. You will find soundscape environments, interactive music machines and a number of other audio demonstrations displayed by Lorin Tone, Meriadne Merlin, Nance Clowes and others.

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SL's Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt

It is the seventh year for SL's Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt! Take a tour of scary haunts all over SL. Everything is organized so that people can more easily find haunted places to explore. New haunts will be added all month long. Pick up a continuously-updated list from the sign at each location and go in whatever order you want!

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London City Halloween

Experience Halloween in London City. Join the spooky fun for a month of concerts and live music every weekend in October. Enjoy exhibitions from the scariest attractions in London. More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk.

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The Pumpkin Patch at Fancy Decor

The Pumpkin Patch at Fancy Decor is a fun pop-up autumn destination full of pumpkins in every shape, size and color! Just like a real pumpkin patch, search for the perfect pumpkin to pick and take home!

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Hypnotic: Romantic Island

Hypnotic is a special place for love and romance with couples dances and secluded places to cuddle and kiss. Hidden throughout are special romantic animations. Can you find them? Bring your partner, lover or date...or come alone to meet someone with romance on their mind.

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Haunted Silent Peacock Hotel

Miss Penny Peacock recently inherited the Silent Peacock Hotel from the passing of her dear grandfather. But little did the will say anything about it being haunted! Upon your arrival, please be sure to get the folder from the greeter as it has an important welcome message and directions on how the hotel works.

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Corpsewood Haunted House

Want a good spook? Are you a screamer? Visit Corpsewood...where the chills never end. Experience a holoroom filled with ghostly surprises and travel sim-wide to find new horrors! Hunt in the main house for great prizes!

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Wild Zombie Lands - GCS Zombie Hunting

Wild Zombie Lands offer the finest in GCS Zombie Hunting. There are three main areas (The Beach, Prison and City) that offer a variety of toughness. New to zombie hunting? Visit the Noob Zone and learn how to hunt Zombies like a pro!

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Kinky Event

The Kinky Event evokes the fancy side of the erotic dimension of the human relationship with the fantasy. Awaken your passions monthly with amazing brands and provocative products such as decorations, poses, clothing, tattoos and accessories for people of all tastes and pleasures. This recurring event begin on the 25th of each month.

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We’ve got some tricks and treats in our Halloween goodie bag this year and it’s sure to be a scream!



Halloween is just around the corner and we’re trying something new that will help Residents find their perfect costumes, and help Merchants reach new customers. If you’re a Merchant who specializes in costumes and other Halloween-themed items-, and would like to participate, please fill out this form for a chance to be considered for our upcoming shopping event running from October 21 - 31. Selected Merchants will be offered a booth to display and sell some of their items at a special discounted price to shoppers. This event is coming up fast, so please get your submissions in as soon as possible! Also keep a General-rated audience in mind, and understand that we may not be able to get back to everyone who applies - but hope that you will sign up for a chance to be part of this special event! Stay tuned for more details!


A-haunting we will go! Last year we took inworld meetups and Halloween shenanigans and mixed them together for a frightful mashup of mind-blowingly fun times. This year - we plan to do the same - but we need your help to make it happen.

Are you interested in hosting a stop along our Second Life Creepy Crawl? We’re looking for spots that will have music, are appropriate for general and moderate audiences, and don’t mind having a few Lindens and Residents dropping in all at once to dance and hang out for a bit.

The Creepy Crawl will be taking place on Halloween day - October 31st - more details to follow for those who just want to come along for the fun! But for those interested is potentially being a stop along the crawl - here’s what you should do.

  1. Make sure your place is listed in the Destination Guide - here’s how to submit.
  2. Hop over to this form and fill it out before October 21st - we’ll start selecting the venues after that!
  3. Keep an eye out for an email and/or notecard after the 21st to let you know if your venue was selected.

We’re excited to visit as many Halloween spots a possible - and can’t wait to have some spook-tacular fun!



Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 09/23/2016

by Community Manager ‎09-23-2016 10:00 AM - edited ‎09-23-2016 10:16 AM

Goodbye summer and hello fall! The autumnal equinox just happened yesterday, and the season is upon us! We know it means much more than pumpkin spice and cute boots. Creativity really start to kick up in Second Life as we lean into coming holidays.

Our Destination Guide is starting to bubble over with incredible Halloween haunts and a ton of new non-seasonal neatness to be explored. We’ve made it super easy to stumble into somewhere spectacular — just click a destination below.

Please submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be! While we are always keeping our eyes peeled for new events and spots, your suggestions are always appreciated.

Don’t forget to share your photographic adventures to the official Second Life Flickr . Right now we’re looking for Halloween-themed images to use in a marketing campaign. Find out more about that here.

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Inspiration is back, and it is weird, kooky, bizarre and unconventional. This round won't be "Oh So Quiet"... get ready for Bjork, Queen of Crazy, Princess of Peculiar! What is it like to be "normal" these days? Meh, do we even know or care? Embrace your weird with poses, hair, fashion, skins and accessories all inspired by our wacky celeb!

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Eliza Wierwight's PATRON

Tour the evocative and sophisticated PATRON sim by multi-award-winning Eliza Wierwight. A full sim that incorporates retail, art and recreation with genuine dedication. Don't miss the Banyan House and more recently-released Patron House 2016. Shop for exquisite furnishings and decor, or stop and savour the art.

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Vecchi Amici

A photographer's paradise - Vecchi Amici is a charming picturesque estate nestled amongst rolling hills. Enjoy nature's wonderful sounds as you sit by the lake, visit the winery and orchard, or explore the estate's beautiful gardens.

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Romance in the Clouds

Anaconda's Romance in the Clouds is a beautiful, romantic venue to enjoy with your special someone. Enjoy slow ballads ripe with passion as you dance in your lover's arms. The Clouds is always open for your pleasure, There are deejays nightly in this atmosphere created specifically for the lover in you.

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Autumn in the Land of Rainbows

Fall has arrived in the Land of Rainbows! Land in the Visitor Center where you can learn about forests, wildlife and preservation then take a tour and enjoy the gorgeous colors of the trees in this splendidly-landscaped countryside sim. Click on items around the sim to learn more about them and keep an eye out for the diver's wildlife! If you are lucky, you may run into a Ranger for a guided tour!

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Angel's Haunted House

Dubbed the scariest haunted house in all of SL, Angel's Haunted House has been brought back by popular demand. Featuring live actors, music, scary story nights and more. There's a jump scare around every corner!

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Dark Sewers

Dare you venture down to the dark underground old sewers? Inside this dark and damp place are creatures of your worst nightmares!

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Slaughter Creek

Christopher William Crawley and his young bride Elizabeth arrived in Junee in 1876. 137 years later, they are still here. Slaughter Creek Manor, located on theMonte Cristo homestead, has a reputation as Australia's most haunted house. It has been explored by many Ghost Hunter teams from all around the world. Their conclusion confirms the existence of ghosts, What will you discover?

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MedievalFantasy Manor

Are you brave enough to visit the abandoned village built around a Victorian haunted manor? This spooky spot is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped cemetery that is adorned with all kind of tombstones and statues Don't forget to visit the MedievalFantasy store, which offers high-quality medieval and creepy original mesh, antique decor and fancy furniture.

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Deadman's Island Haunted Sim

Deadman's Island Haunted Sim is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted! Are you looking to visit somewhere dark, ominous and creepy? Deadman's Island will leave you feeling like someone is right behind you.... watching... waiting....

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Haunted Home of Frankenstein

Long ago, Dr. Victor Frankenstein created his dreams. Eventually, those dreams destroyed him. Here at the Home of Frankenstein, many spooks still haunt this land; wandering, restless, weary. Are you brave enough to take a boat ride or climb a lighthouse? Perhaps you would like to visit the orphanage or asylum? You can even visit the home of Dr. Frankenstein. All things are possible...if you are brave enough!

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All Hallows at Moochie

Among the treacherous trees, the moldering mist, the rattling ruins and the wretched wailing winds, there are creepy corners and secluded shadows waiting for those who dare to venture into the darkness. Sable black, sable black, windy and weird, All Hallows at Moochie is a place to be feared.

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ShenaniganS Spooky Halloween Cemetery

ShenaniganS takes its turn to celebrate Halloween in the traditional vein of Second Life by rezzing a haunted dungeon decorated by the fab Blublaize. Come and explore, be scared - brave the rats and spiders and take lots of pictures. Happy Halloween!! Open Sept. 24 through Nov. 5.

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Screaming Woods

Come and explore the Screaming Woods, if you dare...

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Oh the Horror Cart Sale & Hunt

Visit Camp Mineral Pond from Oct 1st to 31st,where horror movie baddies are holding their annual horror event. Browse 36 carts full of goods, including a creepy theme and L$10 item on every cart. Feel your heart leap as you seek hidden objects of terror that contain L$2 hunt gifts. If you don’t have Lindens to spend, not to worry as the ghastly menagerie has something for you…

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Skeleton House - Halloween Store

When the moon is full, little creatures scamper and lumber out of the old haunted house. Dancing through the halls, they cavort in the pale moonlight as they keep a watchful eye on the cemetery below. They say zombies and skeletons enjoy these moonlit nights

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Important Viewer Evolution Update

by Community Manager ‎09-22-2016 12:11 PM - edited ‎09-22-2016 12:17 PM

We're in the process of rolling out some important Viewer updates, with more to come in the near future - this note is to summarize those and to alert you to some changes in the supported Viewer platforms.

Embedded Browser Upgrade

We've recently updated the web browser technology in the Viewer to use the Chromium browser technology; this does a much much better job of supporting the latest web standards and media formats. With this change, we are removing the Quicktime plugin from the Windows Viewer; that plugin has been poorly supported for a long time and a persistent source of security problems. Quicktime support will be removed on the Mac version too in a later update so that both platforms will support media in the same way. It may be that some Quicktime media will work even without the plugin, but many more modern formats such as mp3 and mp4 will work more reliably. You can try this Viewer now by downloading the "Second Life VLC Viewer" from the Alternate Viewers page.

Extended Avatar Skeletons

You've probably heard about this as the "Bento" project. This Viewer correctly displays the new bones and attachment points we're adding, giving you lots of ways to make much more sophisticated and flexible avatars at a lower cost. For more information about “Bento” visit the wiki, check out our blog, and give it a try using the Release Candidate viewer.

64 bit Viewers

The current official Viewer is built to use only 32 memory addresses, which limits how much of your computer’s memory it can use at a time. We're updating our builds so that Windows users will be able to choose between a 64 bit (large memory) version or a 32 bit (backwards compatibility) version. The 64 bit version will be much better for most users; any computer bought in the last several years should be capable of running in 64 bit mode. In fact, if you're running a 32 bit version of Windows now, you should look into upgrading to a 64 bit version; our data shows that even just upgrading your OS should reduce the frequency of crashes.  Coming soon to a project viewer near you.

Platform Versions

In order to be able to continue making progress on these and other projects, we'll be making some changes to which Viewers and configurations we support; this week we will:

  • Discontinue support for Windows Vista
  • Discontinue support for Mac OS X versions less than 10.9

The Viewer may continue to work on those platforms for a while, but we won't be testing for it or attempting to fix any compatibility issues.

Coincidentally, Apple has just released OSX 10.12 (Sierra). We do have reports that installing this upgrade will clear your Second Life inventory cache. Normally, that should only cause some performance impact as the cache is reloaded, but in some cases at least in current viewers it causes your avatar to appear as a cloud (see BUG-37653). The workaround is to open your Inventory, find an outfit folder, and drag the outfit folder onto your avatar; after this, you can modify your appearance using any of the usual methods.

We'll also be making upgrades from any Viewer version older than 4.0.5 a required update. This will get you a lot of bug fixes, including many crashes, and will ensure that you're in a better position to upgrade in smaller steps to the great new features above.

Updated system requirements are available here.

I don’t know about you, but I am a 365 days of Halloween kind of person. I go home decor shopping when others go party decoration shopping, and if I deck a hall, it will most certainly be with boughs of spiderwebs and clouds of dry ice. I know that lots of us feel the same and wish stores would pack up those Winter Holiday decorations for a few more weeks and roll out more spook-tacular Halloween treats.

Now is the perfect time for us to pull out the stops and do it up in a BIG WAY. We’re looking for some of your great inworld, Halloween-themed images!

Share your pics, and your work could be featured in an upcoming email or banner campaign - with your avatar name credited of course!

Share your pic on our Official Flickr Page with the tag “SLHalloween2016” so that we can see all of your amazing work. You may submit as many as you like between now and October 5, 2016. Please include your avatar name in the image description so that we know who to credit!

We’ll showcase the chosen image(s) in an email to Residents, as well as in some banner campaigns. We’ll let the chosen image creators know via Flickr.

Tips for your submissions:

  • Make sure that your submissions are appropriate for all audiences.
  • Layout:

    • The main content of your image should be near the center and to the right of the image - similar to the images you’d see on the Second Life login page.
    • Horizontal images work best.
  • Show your avatar or avatars in a scene inworld - an image that tells a story is going to make an impression.
  • Keep your image free of additional text/logos.
  • Higher resolution images work best.
  • Check below for examples of images that we’ve used in the past.

If you need a little inspiration - catch the Halloween spirit by ghost-hunting some of the frightful haunts already submitted to the Destination Guide.


Friday is one of the most popular days of the week. You have the entire weekend ahead of you a wide open canvas for plans, friends, hobbies and fun. In Second Life, that means grabbing your SL squad and enjoying some of your favorite spots. How about a little adventure with some new spots that you can discover together?

Our Destination Guide keeps a pretty incredible catalog of events, exhibits and more — a variety of different tastes, styles and environments to suit any mood. Each week we try to gather a few of these places to share with you here in the blog. All you have to do is click the links below and login to see what we’ve uncovered this week.

You can also submit your spot for Destination Guide consideration, if it’s not there and you’d like it to be.

What are you waiting for? We’ve got plenty to see inworld!

LTD The Event

LTD The Event is a monthly home and garden event, featuring amazing home and garden designers across the grid. Runs from the 12th of each month to the first!

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Fluffy and Fierce Event

At the Fluffy and Fierve event, you will find your true nature. Between the paths of light and dark, your true calling will come. While on the prowl checking out the shops, grab the "hint givers" to locate your free prize at participating stores. Event held Sept. 16-20.

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White Tigers Islands Pirate Hunt

White Tigers Islands presents a large scavenger game-based adventure "Pirate Hunt," held Sept. 15 through Nov. 15. This hunt has the best booty of any SL pirate hunt with 50+ prizes.

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Spoonful of Sugar Festival

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival 2016 is dedicated to raising funds for the world-wide, non-profit group Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). More info at thesosfestival.com.

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Couture Fair 6 - Back to School

This sexy couture event is back for the sixth time with a special "back to school" edition! Come and join one of Second Life's most popular shopping experiences where exclusives and quality is a guarantee and fun is to be had! Event held Sept. 10-Oct. 1.

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U L T R A Events

U L T R A™ is a bi-monthly event featuring some of the best creators across the grid. Shop in this modern, one-of-a-kind build, rich with Palm Springs charm. The latest round of about 45 elite designers offers a truly unusual array of exclusive fashion, furnishings and all things from antique to contemporary. Event held Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

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Avilion Harvest Arts Festival

The Avilion Harvest Arts Festival will be held in Avilion Heart from Sept. 16-18 when it will close with a Literary Ball in the wonderful Avilion Ballroom. The weekend entertainment includes five plays, a poetry reading, ballet and dance drama, a back stage party, live singers, puppet theatre, fireworks and many other delights.

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The Pirate Maze of Templeton Cove

Explore this underwater maze by traversing across a bottomless pit, walking the plank, and finding the hidden openings between the pilings under the boardwalk. If you're smart enough to find the end of the maze, you'll win your share of The Pirate's Lost Treasure!

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Kingdom of Giliath

Small dragons of varying hues were dispatched throughout the lands bearing scrolls of invitation. With a flap of leathery wings and stretching of graceful necks, they crooned as their scrollcases were removed, flicking their tails and trilling for you to accept the invitation and visit us in a world like no other.

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Loch Haven

Come enjoy the forest, woods, meadows and wild seas at Loch Haven. This is a romantic and peaceful spot for a date or couples to explore, relax, dance, kiss and cuddle. Activities include fishing, horse trails, surfing, swimming and hiking.

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Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Sonata is the friendliest little piano bar in all of SL for romantic pop music. Come dance with your date or meet someone new. The surroundings are warm and the people are friendly and fun. You'll find yourself laughing at the open chat as you become a part of the family. Formal wear, please, or cocktail dresses are always fine for the ladies.

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The Shire

Discover this picturesque Tolkien-inspired realm, built by Chocolate Aftermath. Highlights to explore include two caves, an artist gallery, a party area and several picturesque trails to wander.

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Harvest Moon Club and Beach

Harvest Moon is a romantic beach setting with a small club, photogenic areas, whale watching and even a wedding spot. It's a perfect place to bring your date, play games with friends, fish or just chill alone. During club hours you will find friendly, fun, international deejays of all genres.

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The Dark Rose

The Dark Rose is a mysterious, small space station with a cool color scheme.

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MeadowWorks is a purveyor of fine weeds, useless objects aka 'art' and some great gachas. This quality mesh store has an assortment of products like dancing animal sculptures, neon signs and undersea plants.

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Tortuga Bay Airport

Tortuga Bay is a community in SW Eden. Over time it has seen many changes and it is frequently visited by traders, smugglers and pirates. Since the war when the military built an airstrip, it is now a flourishing tourist destination.

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Explore this sparse alien habitat that, in some lighting conditions, is reminscent of Mars. There are some neat nooks to explore and don't miss the moving cube art.

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KYMATIK is an electronic music club with lots of layered animated elements.Attend a performance on the open stage or just explore and look at the oscillating lights.

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A brand new monthly event in SL. TWE12VE runs the 12th of the month at 12 noon (Pacific) through the end of the month. Each round is themed with a word. Visit the venue to see the list or go to the website evilbunnysl.com. September's theme is "enchanting."

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