I came back from my run the other day and found this note left on my kitchen table. It was a terrifying experience when I learned it was from the masked psychopath Michael Myers himself. I really don't understand what it says; hopefully you can help me before my time is up!

  1. afwpjhs ovyyvy tvcpl aptl + mlthsl ovyzl

  2. zvtlaopun pujhyuhal

  3. aol mvn dhz kluzl, huk pa dhz khyr; hz aol upnoa whzzlk if, ivul iylhrpun ovdsz iyvrl aoyvbno aol ayllz; aopz zlaapun dhz? l3?

  4. aophdy

  5. nylha ovyu, ihyu, zuvdf, ihyylk, ibyyvdpun, lsm

  6. thkl myvt h tlahs myhtl dpao zlclyhs zpklz (bzbhssf mvby, iba bw av lpnoa), > jvttvusf dpao h ovvr vy ovvw vm tlahs vu avw

  7. oaawz://p.zahjr.ptnby.jvt/2cuDb.qwn

  8. Tlayvthu pz ihjr myvt aol klhk!

  9. Lkkpl Tbywof hz Qpt Lclyz

  10. WZL?73479

  11. tvauhow

  12. tpeabyl, iyld, lspepy, dpajolz

  13. oaawz://p.zahjr.ptnby.jvt/nQqTQ.qwn

  14. 484M574J

$$-\mathfrak{Michael Myers}$$

What is Michael trying to tell me?

  • $\begingroup$ Everything is simple once you've figured it out. :) $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Oct 5 '18 at 12:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Chowzen I agree; I believe the math may have thinned the audience. I removed it since QuantumTwinkie figured out that you can just ROT19 the note. The intended solution was to perform ROT(8, 7, 3, 1) on it to decode. However, it turns out if you just add them together you can decode anyways. The math was $1 + 2 - 3 + 4$ for all four variables, then performing the same math on $a, b, c, d$ would give you $R13(8, 7, 3, 1)$. I've removed this portion of the puzzle as it is already difficult enough without it. $\endgroup$ – Perpetual J Oct 5 '18 at 14:19

If you

Do rot 19 on the text you get


1. typical horror movie time + female horse
2. something incarnate
3. the fog was dense, and it was dark; as the night passed by, bone breaking howls broke through the trees; this setting was? e3?
4. thiawr (anagram of wraith(synonymy of ghost))
5. great horn, barn, snowy, barred, burrowing, elf
6. made from a metal frame with several sides (usually four, but up to eight), > commonly with a hook or hoop of metal on top
7. https://i.stack.imgur.com/2vnWu.jpg
8. Metroman is back from the dead!
9. Eddie Murphy as Jim Evers
10. PSE?73479(could be this)
11. motnahp(anagram of phantom)
12. mixture, brew, elixir, witches
13. https://i.stack.imgur.com/gJjMJ.jpg
14. 484F574C


These things seem to be hinting at scary Halloween things, so maybe each hint has to do with a movie?


1. Night + Mare
2. Enchanted
3. Errie
4. wraith
5. Owl
6. Lantern
7. Lights
8. "Are you a ghost?" is a quote form Megamind the movie
9. Haunted Masion
10. Y for you
11. Phantom
12. Potion
13. Afraid
14. Howl (because T Dude used ascii!)

If the acrostic is corrected then

It spell "Happy Halloween" backwards.

And a great thanks for some help from T Dude!

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    $\begingroup$ Plus you’re missing part $\endgroup$ – Perpetual J Oct 4 '18 at 23:21
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    $\begingroup$ @PerpetualJ edited QT's answer from my incorrect link to the right link. I think? $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Oct 5 '18 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ Good find @Chowzen and good finds to you as well QuantumTwinkie! +1; The AND portion of your answer will lead you down a rabbit hole, though there are technically two movie references here with number 8 probably being the hardest to find as it's probably one of those, guess what I'm thinking type answers, but there are technically only two words in that section of the movie that would fit. $\endgroup$ – Perpetual J Oct 5 '18 at 14:40
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    $\begingroup$ Also, I would like to additionally clarify the AND portion of your answer; the movie part will lead you down the rabbit hole. You're right in thinking of scary Halloween things. $\endgroup$ – Perpetual J Oct 5 '18 at 14:44
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    $\begingroup$ Looking at the list of correct answers, I noticed that ROT13(Gur svefg yrggre va rnpu bs gur pbeerpg nafjref svgf gur jbeq arrjbyynulccnu, juvpu pbhyq znxr frafr vs lbh ernq vg onpxjneqf.) $\endgroup$ – Ben J Oct 5 '18 at 18:11

Going off of QuantamTwinkie's list, here's what I've solved so far:

1. Nightmare
2. Death? A zombie, maybe?
4. Wraith
5. Owls (or Owl)
6. Lantern
8. Megamind? (quote from MegaMind)
9. The Haunted Mansion (film title with that char/actor)
10. Asimov (solution to the linked puzzle, answer might include Isaac)
11. Phantom
14. HOWL (hex to ascii conversion)


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