I've never really thought of myself as an "Artist" but just the other day I got an email from someone who was talking about needing an artist and said my name came to mind. I have thought for a while now that the Halloween hobby we enjoy is definatly some sort of art expression. It is probably born out of my interest in live theater and the desire to put on a "show". After thinking about it for a while I think the best way to put it is that what we do is collaborative art. It is a collaboration of several skill sets that create the artwork. I can't just do it on my own. When I want to create something it involves others. This is really no different than any theater production. A play can't be easily done by just one person. And an elaborate play with sets, actors, effects, and venue all takes the tallents of multiple people.
So, am I an artist? Sure I am. I can't create my work by myself and show it in a gallery and if you ask me to produce something I'm going to gather my team to do it but as part of that team I am an artist.