Halloween Events in Second Life

Happy Halloween! Photo by Call Me Fred on Unsplash

In a virtual world where you can be anybody (or anything) you want, Halloween is a bigger holiday than Christmas in Second Life! Today I will be giving a quick rundown of many of the events taking place across the grid.

First, if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to visit the Halloween Shop and Hop event before Nov. 1st, 2021 to pick up some fabulous free gifts, including free store credit for a variety of stores! Here’s my blogpost showing just a few of the gifts available.

There’s also numerous Halloween-and-fall-themed hunts! You can get further information on seasonal hunts posted on the HuntSL and SL Hunts websites (two places with all the latest up-to-date information on hunts in Second Life).

SL’s Top Haunted Places Tour and Hunt is something I try to go and do every year! Starting at Shady Manor, click on the large sign to receive a folder containing five notecards with SLURLs to no less than 83 different scary and spooky places to explore! Many have at least one free gift for you to find, several spots have several, and some of them are quite nice!

For example, among the free gifts from the Crazy Cajun Hallowe’en Hangout is a mini-cauldron Mystery Brew drink, complete with a Bento drinking animation!

Second Life has posted a blogpost listing a number of official Halloween events you might be interested in. Among them are:

Many SL clubs will also be holding events on October 31st! Do a keyword search for “halloween” under the Events tab in Search in your Second Life viewer to find out what’s going on, where and when.


This avatar is wearing:

  • Mesh Head: Cleo by Akeruka (a previous group gift; the Akeruka group costs L$150 to join)
  • Mesh Body: Juliet by Altamura (a previous group gift; the Altamura group costs L$100 to join)
  • Hair: Que Bella in abyss black from Hairoin (a store which is unfortunately no longer in Second Life; I bought this many years ago and I forget what I paid for this)
  • Dress: black Karla harness dress (one of many free group gifts from DM Design; the DM Design group is free to join)

Happy Hallowe’en!

Second LIFE Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gifts from the October Round of the SWANK Event

Have you joined the RyanSchultz.com Steals, Deals & Freebies group yet? I will be posting EVEN MORE news and tips on finding fabulous freebies and bargains in Second Life than I post here on the blog! More information on this brand new SL group here.


The October round of the SWANK shopping event is upon us, and there are literally hundreds of gifts for you to pick up! You’ll need to join the SWANK group for free to get all the gifts.

Here’s what you are looking for (it might be larger or smaller, and “hidden” as part of other Halloween decorations, depending on the vendor booth):

The SWANK shopping event is one of the big ones, sprawling across an entire sim! Here’s the promo video for the October round (they call it a pumpkin “hunt”, but the pumpkins are in plain sight in almost all cases—it’s hardly a hunt in my books!).

Once again, I am trotting out Second Life supermodel Vanity Fair to model some of the gifts which I particularly liked. (My main male alt, Heath Homewood, will do the honours for the menswear gifts.) Because it’s such a large event, I have included exact SLURLs for all the gifts I mention in this blogpost, to save you time.

This starry black Wicca dress is a gift from Zoom (SLURL); the top and skirt are two separate pieces, so you can mix and match! This comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara, Slink Hourglass, and Belleza Freya mesh bodies.

From the Firelight booth comes this curly Natalie hairstyle, which comes with a 3-colour mini-HUD as shown:

GGVG’s present is this simple, elegant black Bella ballgown, which comes with the ruby brooch and earrings shown. This gown comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Slink Physique and Hourglass; and Belleza Freya, Isis and Venus bodies.

This cute cropped sweater from COSMOS comes in two colours, red and grey, and in a multitude of sizes: Maitreya Lara; Altamura; Belleza Freya, Venus, and Isis; Slink Physique and Hourglass; and the Meshbody Classic/TMP and Legacy.

The gift from the Park Place Casuals booth is this sassy Attitude T-shirt, which comes in the following sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Venus and Freya; Slink Physique and Hourglass; Tonic Curvy and Fine; Voluptuous; Ocacin; three fitmesh sizes (S, M, L); and three classic sizes (S, M, L; an alpha is included).

One of three gifts from Hawker’s House is this Mia top and matching skirt in caramel. This outfit comes in the following sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya and Venus; Slink Physique and Hourglass; Tonic Fine and Curvy; Ocacin; Voluptuous; three fitmesh sizes (S, M, L); and three classic sizes (S, M, L).

You can snap up two different colours of this sequined Shelly party dress for free at two different locations at the SWANK shopping event: seafoam blue (as shown below), or purple. Sizes include Maitreya, Belleza (Freya, Isis, Venus), and Slink (Hourglass and Physique). These dresses are courtesy of the WILD store.

There are three men’s gifts available from the Hawker’s House booth! The first gift consists of two separate pieces, this olive overshirt/T-shirt combo and the blue jeans, which come in Belleza Jake, Signature Gianni, Slink, and fitmesh/classic sizes:

Heath is wearing both the second and third Hawker’s House menswear gifts in the following picture: the Barton sweater and jeans (the outfit is all in one piece, in sizes to fit Belleza Jake, Slink, and Meshbody Classic/TMP bodies, plus fitmesh and classic sizes), paired with the Trailblazer boots (which come in one unrigged size; you’ll need to alpha out your feet to wear these).

And the men’s gift from 69 Park Avenue is a generous fatpack of these casual shirts, which come in eight different colours and patterns as shown:

The SWANK shopping event ends on October 31st, 2021, so hurry down before it ends…happy freebie shopping!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gifts from the Fifty Linden Fridays Birthday Bash

The Fifty Linden Fridays shopping event, one of the longest-running in Second Life, is celebrating its 12th birthday with a special birthday bash on a dedicated sim, where almost every vendor booth has a free birthday gift for you! Simply join the Fifty Linden Fridays group for free to vacuum up all the freebies!

Here are a sampling of some of the gifts which caught my eye. First up is a hairstyle from Exile Called Erin, which comes in a fatpack of no less than 200 different textures! The lovely Blossom tank top from Flora comes in six different colours.

This Dylan hairstyle is one of three different women’s hair fatpacks available from the Elikatira booth at the FLF Birthday Bash! Moesha is also wearing the gift from Cynful, this purple tube top:

Here’s another one of the Elikatira group gifts, the Penny hairstyle, shown with the present from the Blueberry booth, a fatpack of crop tops with an optional bra underneath:

Now Moesha models the gift from Pixicat, this animal-print River minidress, plus the Happy Glasses from Balaclava!, which come in three different colours.

You can pick up a complete fatpack of these Shelbie platform pumps from Phedora:

The gift from Valentina E. is this green plaid dress called Gigi:

The present from the Luas booth is this tie-dyed yellow bikini:

Finally, the gift from Salem is this beautiful Artemis circlet, which comes with a HUD with 28 different gemstones and eight different metal textures:

If you’re interested in the history of this popular shopping event, Wagner James Au interviews the founder of Fifty Linden Fridays on his blog here.

Here’s your taxi to the Fifty Linden Fridays Birthday Bash sim! As you can imagine, the sim is jam-packed, so you might want to wait a week or two before you try to get in (the event runs until September 3rd, 2021, so you’ve got lots of time to pick up all the birthday presents). Happy freebie shopping!

UPDATE August 21st, 2021: Here’s a handy video showing you all the gifts you can pick up at the FLF Birthday Bash!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Crystal Heart Festival and the World of Mahou Shoujo

Did you know that I run a Second Life group telling you about the best steals, deals, and freebies on the grid, including many finds which I don’t write about on the blog? Here’s how you can join the group.


Second Life is home to any number of regular shopping events, but The Crystal Heart Festival is unique, with a strong emphasis on mahou shoujo, Japanese magical girls, (also kawaii, the Japanese culture of cuteness). You can pick up dozens of free gifts at each vendor booth at the shopping festival (no group needed).

The festival creator writes:

Welcome to the Crystal Heart! We are bringing the magic back to Second Life annually as a fantasy-themed fair. Magical Girls and the Witches who loom in the darkness form the focus of our event, but in the spirit of our magical guardians our doors are open to mermaids, fairies and more!

The Crystal Heart is a passion born from a lifelong influence of mahou shoujo (magical girl anime) that is a tribute to the innocent wonder it instilled in my childhood.  My love stems from anime like Card Captor Sakura and Pretty Cure to Western-themed media like Winx Club, and of course Sailor Moon. That passion has allowed me to bring the Crystal Heart back time and again to celebrate our 6th year! In that time we have worked with over 150 stores, designers, and creative minds who have all collaborated to bring the beauty and charm of this mystical event to life.

Thank you for your endless support since the beginning.

—Elliean

Now, I am not what you would call a kawaii guy 😉 but every so often I find a freebie that brings me joy, and gives the perfect finishing touch to an outfit! And the gift from Jinx is this delightful animated seahorse, which levitates in the palm of your hand!

You can pick up this delightful animated seahorse for free from the Jinx booth at the Crystal Heart Festival (styling credits for my mermaid avatar can be found here)

My mermaid alt is now complete! It’s ridiculous how much creative satisfaction pulling together a head-to-toe avatar makeover brings me (you can find all those blogposts here, if you’re interested in perusing the whole series).

Cat Pink has released another one of her YouTube videos, showing off all the gifts you can pick up at the Crystal Heart Festival:

So why not set aside your worldly cares for a little while, and be a magical girl? Hey, even the official webpage for Second Life is embracing it!

The new Second Life homepage in Japanese also features a magical girl!

Happy freebie shopping!