It seems that the CTAN network has been updated to appear as if users are on hard drugs or in the twilight zone. The moving background is making me dizzy.

This is not the same as What is CTAN.org now? because it is (was) not April Fool's Day. There you have it. I have explained why this question is unique for that one person who wanted to know why.

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    Halloween special I imagine. – Dai Bowen Oct 31 '16 at 12:22
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    halloween skin: ctan.org/user/settings – Ulrike Fischer Oct 31 '16 at 12:23
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    @UlrikeFischer Phew. Good grief. I was scared for a minute. – Jonathan Komar Oct 31 '16 at 12:24
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    the scariest part is tabularx – David Carlisle Oct 31 '16 at 12:27
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    If the April Fools question isn't closed an has more than 60 upvotes, why close this one as off-topic? It is the same funny stuff we appreciate once in a while. – Johannes_B Oct 31 '16 at 12:34

The 31st of October is the day of a festival called Halloween. This custom was established long time ago to scare away ghosts by dressing up as spooky creatures oneself. It is common to decorate your house with horrifying accessories and since CTAN is the home of TeX it is all Halloween-themed today.



For a spooky browser game click here.

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    You forgot to add that Halloween is a dialectal form of "All Hallows Eve" which is also dialectal for All Hallows Evening, the evening (and I suppose day of Nov. 1) before All Saints Day. I completely forgot about it today. I guess the ghosts will get me... – Jonathan Komar Oct 31 '16 at 14:39
  • @macmadness86 True, but for everyone interested in such details I put the Wikipedia link. – Henri Menke Oct 31 '16 at 14:41
  • You haven't seen the upgrade: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/336768/…! – CarLaTeX Oct 31 '16 at 15:23
  • Just in case... set a theme in Settings. – Herb Schulz Oct 31 '16 at 22:56
  • @JonathanKomar Actually “eve” is a word on its own, archaically “even” from ”æfen” (same origin as German “Abend”) from which “evening” developed. – egreg Nov 19 '20 at 8:56

It is possible to return to the normal site skin on the site's user settings page (login not required).

I found the halloween skin (and especially the sound effects) quite tasteless.

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