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Funtober is an online e-commerce website that sells halloween costumes and helps consumers find other fun activities in October, including Oktoberfest celebrations, corn mazes, haunted houses and ghost tours.

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Facing ‘disappointing’ revenues, Funtober founder shares what’s next

Oct 7, 2014

Revenue at his seasonal ecommerce startup Funtober has been underwhelming. At about $10,000 a year, Melton, 36, of South Philly, says it’s been disappointing. “There’s a lot of competition in the Halloween costume space, and we don’t have the money to run ads,” he wrote in an email. He added: “My original theory was that people would visit us in the fall for our festival/events/crafts/recipe information and then buy a costume. It turns out they don’t do that.” Having seen success with Oktoberfest information, Funtober plans to expand its content offerings around seasonal festival. But people are coming to the site for a reason. On the first day of Oktoberfest this year, Sept. 20, Funtober got 20,000 hits, Melton told Hire an Esquire . More than 50 percent of the site’s 1.5 million total visitors come for the information on Oktoberfests all over the world, he told us. That’s why Melton, who started Funtober when he was a contract attorney and “needed something with a future,” plans to expand his seasonal festival content offerings. He’ll start with Thanksgiving events, like “Thanksgiving Eve parties to Turkey Trots to Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deals.” He’s also thinking about distributing products from local businesses and farms. Melton delivered a Halloween cake from local cake shop Sandy’s Cutie Pies to our office last week (it reminded us of how ChargeItSpot delivered 150 cakes to Philly businesses as a marketing stunt). Another possibility for Funtober: selling less mass-produced, more boutique Halloween costumes. Currently, the company sources costumes through a costume distributor whenever someone orders a costume. What about expanding further than just fall? He says he’s heard that advice from several people he respects but he’s sticking to his guns for now. “My thought when starting it was that if I worked on something year round that other people only spend one month on, I might have a chance at competing,” he said. Luckily, he said, since he has a day job, it’s not too much of a concern. Melton works full-time as a marketing coordinator for Center City whistleblower law firm Young Law Group. His father is the only one working full-time on Funtober. Melton also participated in last winter’s Philly Startup Leaders’ Accelerator , where he said he learned that “there’s no golden ticket to success.” Related -30- Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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