ORDER OF THE THINNED VEIL

“It was said that the veil between this world and the next was at its thinnest on the night of All Hallows Eve.”

The Veil has been lifted!

Welcome to the Order of the Thinned Veil!


   We are a society of like-minded individuals who choose to live our lives steeped in the legends, lore and customs of Halloween. What does that mean? Well, for us Halloween is anything but just a day in October, it is a lifestyle and a lens by which we view the world around us.

The Order of the Thinned Veil is a tiered style of membership for the year. There are three levels of membership and each has it’s own set of perks such as exclusive artwork, a newsletter, certificates, contests and invitations to special events!   

 Members will also have access to exclusive items available ONLY to current Order of the Thinned Veil members.

 Additionally,  members will engage in the cermonial planting of their own pumpkins to eventually carve into Jack O’Lanterns with included seeds. This will be an OTV community event!  

Options for membership are as follows and are a ONE TIME FEE. This is NOT a recurring monthly subscription. Once you sign up, you’re a member for the year of 2019!

Just a to clarify a few points:

  • The Order of the Thinned Veil is meant to be a year long Halloween experience. If you order at the All Hallows level for example, you’ll be receiving multiple shipments throughout the year, not everything all at once.  Candy Corn levels will all ship out together first in May, followed by Trick or Treat in Late Spring and All Hallows in Early Fall. This was always the original conception and may not have been clear last year. Halloween should be celebrated all year long!

  • Members only events are NOT considered as part of the price of the membership packages. The items included in the membership packages ARE the membership packages. The events are just an extra added bonus for folks who happen to to live in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area.  Jason and Sam would be celebrating Halloween anyway and extend the invitation to any member able to attend.

  • Memberships are for the calendar year of 2019. Whether you sign up today or in six months, all memberships expire on December 31st.

  • You can upgrade your membership level at any time! Just shoot us an email at theorderofthethinnedveil@gmail.com and we’ll take care of it.


2019 Membership Packages

Candy Corn Level Membership

The Candy Corn level is our basic membership package and includes the following:

“Vessel Vassal” by Sam Heimer – 5×7 print on high-quality, heavyweight stock. “Inspired by the almost sentient gaze of the Jackolantern, and the almost palpable magic even the most crudely carved gourd seems to wield. A nod to their ability to bridge our world and the spirit world”

“Pumpkin Clown” Wall Plaque by Jason McKittrick“The powers of Lantern Jack are mysterious…
On Halloween night in 1957 tales of a frightening encounter were reported by several bewildered homeowners in an undisclosed New Jersey town. They told of how they had opened their doors ready to dispense candy but instead of finding a garden variety trick or treater, they were confronted by something…else. A child-sized figure dressed in a black and white clown costume stood before them. They were struck by the fact that in place of a head sat a perfectly carved grinning Jack O’Lantern. From deep in the cavernous mouth the raspy words, “trick or treat” issued forth with the sound of the autumn wind. Most complied, handed over the treats and hurriedly closed the door. However, it’s said that one family didn’t offer the strange visitor the requested sweets and kept their door shut tight. Strange noises were then heard throughout the night and the next morning they discovered that “curious damage” had been done to their front yard and their cat had gone missing. Frightful whispers of the “Pumpkin Clown” persist to this day.”
Cast in resin and individually hand painted. Comes ready to display with attached metal latch. (Measures 3.75″ x 5″)

OTV Enamel Membership Pin – The official seal of the Order of the Thinned Veil for 2019 and symbol of membership.

2019 Welcome Letter – Lisa Morton, author of The Halloween Encyclopedia, Trick Or Treat: A History of Halloween and Ghosts: A Haunted History, returns again this year with an artfully crafted welcome letter for 2019. (If you don’t already own them, Lisa’s books are required reading for any OTV member!)

Order of the Thinned Veil Membership Certificate – Proof that you’re a card-carrying member in the OTV! Hand inscribed and signed by founders Jason McKittrick and Sam Heimer. Comes in a midnight black envelope with an orange Jack O’Lantern emblazoned wax seal.

“The Legend of Lantern Jack” – An original tale by Jason McKittrick. This short story is the basis for most of the artwork produced by the Order of the Thinned Veil.

Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin Seeds with included Order of the Thinned Veil drawstring bag. Includes instructions for planting. This is the most intimate way to be involved in the celebration of Halloween. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement for when to plant your seeds!

*The Candy Corn Membership Package is 1 shipment.*

$70


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Trick or Treat Level Membership

The Trick or Treat Level is our mid-range membership package and includes all items from Candy Corn Level plus the items listed below!

“Oak Heart” by Sam Heimer – 7×9 print on high-quality, heavyweight stock. “A study inked in the style of cut-paper art, an aspect of popular Halloween decorations during the Holiday’s American Golden Age. An attempt to appreciate the love put into the holiday that almost harkens back to pre-christian ancestor worship”

“Lantern Jack” Figure Set by Jason McKittrick – Introducing our new ongoing series of OTV figures! We will be releasing several in the line this year and beyond so getting this first figure is a must for collectors! First up, the central figure of the lore surrounding the OTV is, of course, Lantern Jack himself. Pumpkin-headed Jack is shown gripping a bat-winged Jack O’Lantern, which symbolizes the true Spirit of Halloween. Lantern Jack also comes with two accessories: A cluster of three, candy corn toting Jacklings; his minions and Jack’s vine-choked and pumpkin laden gravestone. All are cast in solid orange resin and aged with a black acrylic rub. Comes bagged and tagged with handsome topper by Sam. (Figure stands 4.75″ tall)

Invitation to Members Only Events – Members will be mailed a physical postcard invitation with event details! (The dates and location of the members-only events are TBA and will be announced later in the year. Each member is allowed a +1 for each event and must be wearing their membership pin to gain access.)

*The Trick or Treat Membership Package is broken up into 2 separate shipments.*

$100


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All Hallows Level Membership

The full Order of the Thinned Veil experience! The All Hallows Level is our top-tier membership option and includes all items from Candy Corn and Trick or Treat Levels plus the items listed below!

“Big Night 2” or “We’ll Come to You” by Sam Heimer – 8×10 giclee print on high-quality, archival, acid-free MOAB 290 gsm, 21.5 mil stock. “ An attempt to capture the torchbearers of Halloween, the children. Albeit too young to fully grasp the Holiday and it’s ties to death, certainly feel the magic and embrace both the lore and spirit and are the true color and vibrancy of the night.”

“Harvest” or “Death Makes A Holiday” by Jason McKittrick – The figure of Death in its classic personification as a robed, scythe-bearing skeleton. Death is inexorably linked to the holiday of Halloween and to the Legend of Lantern Jack. Read on:

“Pumpkins and Jack O’Lanterns are seen as a jolly and mildly spooky symbol of the harvest holiday, but like most traditions, their true origin is often obscured or wholly misremembered.
According to the “Crimson Grimoire” of The Witch Lydia Gray, Death himself created pumpkins as a vessel for the souls of the dead. These vessels contained great magic and could be tapped into by individuals with certain arcane knowledge, such as Gray. It was also rumored that souls of the long dead could be summoned to inhabit an enchanted pumpkin as well. If one were so inclined, a face could then be carved into the surface of the gourd and communication with the dead soul would be achieved.
When “Lantern” Jack Halloway was killed at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, Death visited his corpse and collected his soul into a pumpkin. This pumpkin was then placed in “Death’s Patch” where it would remain until the end of the year when Death would “harvest” all of the souls he had collected. Lydia Gray had other plans, though.
Lydia wanted revenge for her son who had died while serving in Jack’s militia the previous Autumn. Using esoteric sorcery, she stepped beyond the veil and gained entrance into Death’s Patch to locate Jack’s pumpkin. Lydia brought the pumpkin to Jack’s lonely grave and using the darkest of ancient magic, cast upon it a most hideous blight. Jack would be cursed to an endless cycle of death and rebirth with each season as a pumpkin-headed revenant doomed to serve at the feet of Lydia Gray, a twisted replacement for her lost son. Death and his machinations, however, are mysterious and are beholden to no mortal man or woman.
In cursing Jack in the form of a pumpkin creature, Lydia had unwittingly spelled her own demise. For every time Jack withered with the passing of the Autumn into Winter, a portion of Lydia’s life was drained away into Jack. With each year that Jack grew and returned at the foot of his own grave, he became more and more powerful until the very essence of Lydia Gray was depleted. Jack detested his accursed existence, however, and beckoned to Death for release. Death was indeed powerful but could not return Jack’s life to him. Death instead suggested to him a new purpose. Jack would become the spirit of the Autumn and the protector of wandering souls. With his glowing face, he would be a beacon in the dark. A “lantern” for lost souls to find. The Legend of Lantern Jack was born.”

Cast in solid resin and individually hand painted. (Stands 8″ tall)

The Order of the Thinned Veil Title– Jason and Sam will bestow upon you a personalized title within the Order. No two are the same! (If you are a returning member you may keep your title from last year or you can request a new one.)

Invitation to Members Only Events – Members will be mailed a physical postcard invitation with event details! (The dates and location of the members only events are TBA and will be announced later in the year. Each member is allowed a +1 for each event and must be wearing their membership pin to gain access.)

Halloween Mystery Gift – The week of Halloween, you will be mailed a mystery gift from the OTV to ring in the greatest of all holidays! (The contents of the Halloween Mystery Gift will not be revealed beforehand and may differ slightly for each member.)

*The All Hallows Membership Package is broken up into three separate shipments.*

$250


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If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at theorderofthethinnedveil@gmail.com

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery on all membership packages.

We both sincerely hope you enjoy what we have put together and look forward to you becoming a member in The Order of the Thinned Veil! Happy Halloween!

Jason McKittrick & Sam Heimer