Hi. My name is Robert Melton. I’m the vampire responsible for creating Funtober.
I lead a pretty boring life during the day. I’m an attorney (the blood sucking variety, of course) living in Philadelphia. It’s the perfect job to keep me locked behind a computer and out of natural sunlight. Recent medical breakthroughs have left it safe for me to go out in the sun and enjoy the world when we’re having beautiful weather. So now all I have to do is find a way to escape my lawyer day job and I’m all set.
Ugh. That’s not as easy as you would think in this economy. So, a few years back, I started learning how to make money online. After a few attempts in other realms, I began selling costumes. The Halloween costume business is tough. But, at its worst, it is always more fun than my day job.
I spent a few years as a wantrapreneur, building websites that made money through Affiliate Marketing and Google Adsense. And praying for a cofounder. I didn’t have the guts to take the plunge and put my name and full effort behind something. In October 2011, I was done being a wantrapreneur. It was time to pick an idea and stick with it until I could quit my day job or it killed me.
The Start of Funtober
In a brainstorming session, I came up with Funtober by putting together Fun and October. The dot com domain name was surprisingly available. And so were the twitter and facebook accounts. I decided that this was the time to go big or go home. I bought the domain on November 4, 2011.
Only a few days later, I realized that Oktoberfest starts in September, and I had to decide whether I would include it under the scope of Funtober or not. It was a tough decision. But I decided that Funtober would be the six weeks from mid-September to October 31st. I just couldn’t leave it off the website.
I started working on the content for Funtober in December. And I built the first server for the website in March 2012. There’s a blog post that I wrote after a sleepless weekend commemorating the event. I registered Funtober LLC as a Delaware LLC in May 2012. I started selling Halloween costumes here in September.
The first season went well. We were named the very first Philadelphia Startup of the Week by Philadelphia Startup Digest. There were issues as every new, growing business would expect. And I was severely sleep deprived by the end. But far more people came to Funtober than I could have ever expected. Thanks!
I’m building out Funtober for Fall 2013 now. Halloween is right around the corner (I’ve been saying this since April 2012, including a few different times in November). So it’s a busy time.
There’s always a short blurb on the website of a startup with the cool things that the founding team has done in their past life. That’s just me here. I never did find a technical cofounder while playing wantrapreneur. And none of my friends want to play in the Funtober sandbox. That’s ok though. Vampires don’t play well with others. And I hack up php something fierce. I’m a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School in 2006 and Cornell University in 2000. My dog hates dressing up in Halloween costumes.
I’m pretty sure I’ve convinced a second person to join me on this journey. I’ll update his information here soon.
The Funtober address is 501 Silverside Rd, Ste 105, Wilmington, DE 19809. You can reach Funtober via 302-298-1000 or 1-866-OKTOBER. You can also use our contact page to get a hold of me.