Monday, October 4, 2010

Tricks, Treats, and Travel



ETA: Randomizer has spoken and the winner of an Arc of HAUNTED BY YOUR TOUCH is Melissa from Books & Things! Melissa's comment was: "Pathetically not doing too much. :P Hopefully reading an ARC. ;) (hey, it was worth a try lol). ~Melissa (Books and Things)"

Yes it was worth a try, because Randomizer chose you. Congrats! Please email me at frostlight1 AT yahoo DOT com with your full name and shipping address. To everyone else, thanks for playing, and hope all of you have a wonderful Halloween, whatever you're doing :).





This blog is going up late because I've had one of those days where every time I try to sit down and write, something comes up that needs my immediate attention. In my last post, I talked about how one of the things I love about October is the continual presence of horror movies on TV. Another thing I love is, of course, Halloween. Normally my husband and I spend All Hallow's Eve handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and watching - you guessed it! :) - horror movies. This year, we're doing something very different by celebrating Halloween weekend in New Orleans. I've got my gothic vampire costume all ready for the Memnoch Ressurection Ball hosted by the Vampire Lestat Fan Club, plus I intend to go on some haunted tours of the French Quarter, tour some of the famous cemeteries, and of course, eat beignets (it should be a crime to go to New Orleans without eating beignets, if you ask me). I can't wait. New Orleans has long been one of my favorite cities, and getting to visit there during one of my favorite holidays is a huge Travel Treat for me.

Things can't be all smiles all the time, sadly. Hearing case after case of censorship involving reading material in high schools has been pretty upsetting. I think most people agree that parents have the right to decide what their own children should or should not read. Parents who want to decide what everyone else's kids should or shouldn't read based on - often - no firsthand knowledge of the book itself (because they've never read it, or in some cases, the book hasn't even been written yet) however, is depressing. Making only strictly sanitized books available to teens under the pretext of "see no evil = speak no evil = no evil will ever happen to these kids!" just doesn't seem like a logical formula. I know evil happens even in "nice" areas, and even if it is never spoken of. Another author blogged about how her children attend a school where school shootings are purported to be nothing more than media-led myth. Columbine? Didn't happen according to many of these students. But sadly, pretending unpleasant things don't exist doesn't form a protective shield over anyone (if only it did). Censorship is a Trick, all right, and it's a nasty one played on students, teachers, and parents in areas where access to books or knowledge is restricted based on the uninformed opinions of a few instead of the knowledgeable consensus of many.

Back to more pleasant subjects. New Orleans isn't the only place I'll be traveling to this month. On Wednesday I leave for New York, where I'll be attending ComiCon. If you're in the New York city area and you're interested in meeting me, please check out my schedule . In addition to the panels and the signing, you'll also find me trying to score an autograph from Bruce give-me-some-sugar-baby! Campbell, and Diana Gabaldon, just to name a few. Lots of awesome people will be at ComiCon, so hope to see some of you there!

And I'll close this blog with a treat. Leave a comment telling me what you're planning to do this Halloween, and I'll enter you in a drawing for an Arc (advance reading copy) of the HAUNTED BY YOUR TOUCH anthology, releasing October 26th. My story in this anthology is set in a new world of demons, partial demons, and fallen angels. Shayla Black and Sharie Koehler also have wonderful paranormal stories in HAUNTED BY YOUR TOUCH. Winner will be chosen by Randomizer, and international entries are welcome. Be sure to leave your name, because it's hard to pick "anonymous" as a winner. Contest opens now and closes at 9:00am tomorrow EST. Hey, I'll be leaving soon, that's why the short deadline for entries. I'll edit this post to announce the winner tomorrow, so check back here. Good luck, everyone!

-Jeaniene

150 comments:

Sara said...

This Halloween I'll be taking my son, he's five, out trick or treating and then curling on the couch with all of his "good (read: chocolate) candy with the hubby and watching something cheesy. Something with Christopher Lee perhaps.
Oh, little boy wants to be a knight. A vampire knight. Mommy's so proud!
Sara H

Sullivan McPig said...

We're probably in the middle of a move around Halloween, but we hope to have time for a small Halloween party with pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie.

Elizabeth Kolodziej said...

This Halloween I plan on going to NY to party with some friends. Thinking of dressing has a werewolf. Have never done it before :)

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edyta said...

This Halloween my friends and I are planning to dress up fancy and Halloween-y and go to central London in the night time. I don't know wht to dress up as, help? It will be awesome, so yeah. Have fun.

Lucy said...

I will not be celebrating Halloween, because Halloween doesn't get many attention in The Netherlands. But we have Sint Maarten, on November 11th, when children go from door to door, sing and get sweets.

But I would love to win a book! :)

lucybeugelingramos@gmail.com

Sunshin said...

My daughter is too old to go trick or treating this year so her Anime fan club members from both school and the library are coming over for a Halloween Party!! Cheesy horror movies and scary Anime!!! They will be having a costume contest and handing candy out!!

girlwithapearl said...

I am going to be running a Writing Workshop in the morning with a focus on haunted writings! In the pm, I am going to be on a radio show for my local College entitled "The History of Horror Television and Media."
Once I get home, it's treats and eats and pumpkin sweets!
Rhonda Dynes
girlwithapearlnecklace@gmail.com

nat said...

This year I will be taking my three eldest boys to their first Halloween disco, They are 9,8,6. They havent decided what they want to be yet. My 6 yr old wanted to be a COW!!! He has changed his mind numerous times since thank goodness.
natcleary at gmail dot com

evilqueen21 said...

This halloween I'll be maid of honor in my best friends wedding! It's going to be a blast! =)

Melanie said...

I will more than likely be stuffing my face with candy and watching horror films! Since the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street comes out this week and I haven't watched it yet I may just save it for Halloween.

I have to add that I am oh so very jealous that you get to meet Bruce Campbell! I adored him as Ash!! I'm not sure if you watch it but he's hilarious on Burn Notice. In my opinion he steals the show.

Melanie

Call of Duty Widow said...

I'll be taking my 19 month old son, 4 year old nephew, and 12 month old nephew trick or treating, followed by a candy binge (they can't eat all of that candy by themselves, right?) and watching a few scary movies.

mountie9 said...

I will be taking my 9 yr 2 yr old boys trick or treating. And after they have gone to bed, hubby and I will ransack their goodies and have a mini feast! Shhh don't tell them

contestmom AT hotmail DOT com

Good luck scoring an autograph from Bruce Campbell, I would so geek out if I ever got the chance to meet him.

Jaz.parks said...

I'm from Argentina, so we actually don't celebrate Hallowen. But, we are teens and we use it as an awesome excuse to hang out and get fun. The little ones usually wear costumes but the celebration don't have the same magnitude here. Personally I like the story of the original holloween, not what people celebrate now. I mean, is like more comercial, another way to sell merchandise. However, is a great opportunity to release new things.
Anyway, I don't know if I wrote everything in the correct way... I would love to win.. hehehe!

Jaz.parks

Rachel said...

I love Halloween and we celebrate all month long. Already me and my spawn have baked cat shaped cookies, spooky cupcakes and made chocolate spiders. Everyday we do a new craft. Next week we are going through a haunted hayride and picking a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

Then the week of Halloween we'll go to a reading of Poe stories (my spawn are 3 and 6 and already in love with all things creepy) Boo at the zoo and on the Night itself we will hit the street and Trick or Treat.
then at 10 friends will join us for a circle where we will peer beyond the veil and see what the next year brings as we honor the dead.

I hope you have a truly awesome Hallowed Halloween

Miranda said...

Have fun Jeaniene!!! Wish we could be doing something that awesome too, but we will enjoy our favorite holiday anyway:) We'll be enjoying pumpkin bread, sugar cookies and krispy treats I make every year, and some Chipotle, while watching our fave horror movies and doing things that require we leave the porch lights off *wink* hehe

Ngaere said...

I will be going to Franklin St, in Chapel Hill, NC. Thousands of people dress up and go downtown to walk the street and look at all the costumes. It is a lot of fun.

Lisa Argo said...

I am going on a ghost hunt with some friends of mine. It's in a beautiful old city in Michigan. We always try to hit a great old building on Halloween. It's a grand time!

SummersRain said...

ever since I got married and had a kid of my own I have gotten to see the fun in Halloween. Growing up my whole life was nothing but Censorship. I NEVER got to go trick or treating. So I Love getting all dressed up now (even as an adult) with my 4 year old. After we walk the neighborhood. I will be having a dress up party with friends and Family. With fear factor games and such. Halloween is my fav. holiday of the Year!!

CrystalGB said...

We will be watching movies and eating treats. :)

candice Medina said...

I'll be taking my 4 kids trick or treating than coming home making dinner and waching halloween cartoon than when thay go to sleep ill be going thro there candy to see what i like lol that well be my day for halloween. :)

EmilyK said...

Will take my 5 year old through the neighborhood, then help him hand out candy for the rest of the evening.

emilyking630 at yahoo dot com

Mingzy said...

we wil go trick o treating around the lake. They close it off with road block so you can only walk around. The houses around the lake are heavily decorated. They give out candy and some of the houses make their homes to haunted house. One year they had a maze in the front yard. They made you go through it to get candy. Super fun!

Samantha Stoner said...

I would love to have an ARC!

My plans for this Halloween are to spend it with friends. We have our NaNoWriMo kick off party as well as our separate Halloween party the same weekend. It should be a lot of fun! I'm trying to figure out what to dress as, and if I should dress as the same thing to both parties...

beadedchihuahua said...

I will be taking my two girls trick or treating. Hopefully it won't be too cold. Most of the time their costume is covered up by heavy jackets.

Jen said...

Waking up with probably a headache after a night of Halloween parties (since Halloween is on Sunday). Then pouring myself into my car and picking up my mom's neighbor for an afternoon of bingo! Then that night handing out candy to any children brave enough to walk down my street.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, we don't get many trick or treaters because we live in an apartment. I'll be having some wine, reading my tarot cards, and watching something spooky with my husband.
- Jane

Nicole BV said...

This year i'm going to go to this awesome party a friend of mine is throwing, and party hard seeing as it's my birthday nov 1.! I'm so excited!

-Nicole BV

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

One of my friends is turning 21 the night before Halloween, so we're probably going to be celebrating her birthday! I know we're also planning on going to this awesome haunted house nearby. They have a mirror maze and clowns with chainsaws! Creepy, but loads of fun!

Anonymous said...

I will be spending the night watching a horror move marathon :)

- Kaitlyn Vega

Bella said...

We don't celebrate Halloween here in South Africa (*sad face*) ... clearly, I'm living in the wrong country! :o

elaing8 said...

I usually take my niece and nephew trick or treating but they have other plans this year. So I think I will watch a bunch of horror movies.

melonhead said...

I'm going with my trick or treating with my neice.

svmaddict said...

In Greece we don't celebrate Halloween -but I spent last year in London with flatmates who were Irish, Scottish AND American (strangely enough, no English in the mix) and we had the most amazing Halloween. Well, it was my first Halloween ever so I guess anything would look amazing to me... But it *was* pretty awesome so I intend to continue the fun now that I'm back home and introduce my 13 and 15 yo cousins to it as well.

My pumpkin-carving technic is not that good (I managed to destroy not one but two pumpkins last year) but we will decorate the front porch with un-carved pumpkins, we'll bake cup-cakes and we'll spend the night in front of the fireplace with stories about Baba-Yanka (in case you don't know her, Baba-Yanka is a Russian witch very popular in Russian fairy-tales. I discovered her existence when I was going through my international folklore phase and kept searching for stories from around the world; both my cousins were just todlers back then and I used to put them to sleep with Baba-Yanka's stories. Their mum even bought a witch doll made of wood and put it on the fireplace, that's how enthralled with her the kids became). Anyway, even though there is no trick-or-treating for us on the horizon nor are horror movies (if the kids watch horror movies they won't sleep for a month), I'm really looking forward to it. Story-telling, a fireplace and cup-cakes, what more to ask for! :D

Debi Murray said...

Since we moved outside the city limits and we have a 200' driveway...we don't get any trick or treaters, so I will pack up my treats and head to my old neighborhood where I can sit with my friend, see all the latest in ghoul-wear foe the younger crowd, and hand out goodies for the goblins. Can't wait! Muahahahaha!

Christina said...

This year I will be taking my fiance's 11 and 7 year olds out trick or treating then will spend the rest of the evening after they're in bed watching scary movies to celebrate his birthday!

Jennifer G. said...

I don't have children to take trick or treating but I do have pups that I love to dress up (they don't like it, but they put up with it for a few minutes, lol!) and I will probably end up throwing a small Halloween party on Saturday night. I love Halloween, and have been buying new decorations for the past month!

Angkrosnick said...

Usually, we go trick and treat then have warm apple cider and pizza. This year we been invited to my step daughter house for trick and treat block party.

judit said...

In Hungary we don't have the tradition of trick or treating at Halloween; and only the younger generation accepts it and celebrates it occasionally. On Halloween I make apples with sugar coating and invite my best friends over to watch the funniest "horror" movies and we have fun.

GWOMAN said...

I will be tick-or-treating with my two young daughters (3 and 5). They are going to be a witch and a devil :) It's so much fun with the little ones!!

rachel445 said...

I'll be hanging out with my boyfriend on Halloween. It'll probably just be a movie night. But I'm looking forward to it!

Rachel

Lynelle K said...

This Halloween I'll be taking my son, 9 months old, out trick or treating with my neice and nephew. And probably watch some scary movies too :)

Karyn Gerrard said...

We celebrate Halloween with a horror movie marathon, starting with Coppola's 'Dracula', with other monster movies in between, the end with the original 1931 Dracula!
Lots of snacks. And wine, red of course.

Katie Dalton said...

I will be going to a Halloween costume party in SF with all my friends! Party in the Bay! lol

ismellsheep.blogspot.com

Patricia Lynne said...

I haven't really done anything for Halloween in ages. This year I wanted to go to New Orleans for a Club Hell get together hosted by Adrian Phoenix (Maker's Song series fyi) but my bf and I weren't sure my car would make the trip and we can't afford airplane tickets. *sigh* Halloween is on a Sunday so that means no work for me (yay) but I have no clue what will happen, maybe go out w/ a couple friends who love Halloween or something. lol I'm indecisive.

This Blonde's Life said...

No little trick or treaters at our house so going to a big family party/potluck where the adults have as much fun as the kids!

Sharon S. said...

Going to Myrtle Beach that weekend. Then we come home on Halloween and have to bust our butts to get ready for Trick-or-Treating!! We have a Silent Hill insane asylum to set up.

Seeneke said...

My friends and I are planning a sleepover with scary movies and lots of popcorn...should be fun, as it has been every year. This year we're watching "Nightmare on Elm Street", lookiing forward to it.

Keidi

klansaw said...

This year my youngest is dressing up as a vampire, my oldest is dressing up as a fairy, and my middle child is dressing up as a soldier. I will probably dress up as well, and take them trick or treating while my husband passes out candy. When we are done we will all sit around and watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show. LOL Love It!!!!!!!!

Chrissie (Nay) said...

This year will be a special Halloween for us as my granddaughter turns one year old. So we're having a big dress up party for all her cousins. We plan to do all the traditional things since there will be older children at the party. Then after we do that all the cousins are going door to door trick or treating in the neighborhood. I'm excited for them all 10 of them to be together for the first time ever.

Take care, Chrissie Adkins
nay0014@gmail.com

INCiDeNT (Kayleigh) said...

By scaring the unholy hell out of my siblings. And watching horror movies. Pure fun gained for all. ;)

Coast to Coast with Costina said...

This Halloween I'll be studying law and probably enjoy a psychological thriller or two ;)...with candy.

Jen Dempsey said...

I'll be dressing up as... no idea yet. Hehe. =P And I'll be handing out candy, watching not-so-scary Halloween movies, hanging with a few friends. It should be a good time all around. =)

Cherie said...

My daughter and I will be going to Boo at the Zoo shes going as a bumble bee and im hopping this time she wont be scarred of the zombies hehe

Jessica said...

No immediate plans just yet. Not sure if I'm going out or if I'll be doing something with my family. I have a niece who's little, not sure if she's the right age to go out yet, but will have to see what happens!

jessbess2505[at]yahoo[dot]com

Siria said...

I will be attending a Halloween bash ;)

Crystal said...

Oh New Orleans on Halloween sounds like so much fun! And NY ComiCon too!
Can I tag along in one of your bags? =D

Let's see, this Halloween we are taking the kids to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, SW's Spooktacular,the pumpkin patch sometime soon of course, planning a small kids party at the house in a week or two and then on to trick or treating on Halloween night. And the Friday before we are going to an adult Halloween party which is going to be so much fun, I love dressing up! We just put up our decorations yesterday. I believe Halloween should be a month long celebration. There's just too much fun stuff to fit in one day! LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year.

Have a fun and safe trip!
And a wonderful month to everyone!

Crystal F.

Becci Melson said...

I too will be at the Vampire Lestat Ball in NOLA. Look for me, I'll be dressed as Cat! Can't wait to see you at Halloween.

Becci Melson beccilynn27 at yahoo dot com

van_pham said...

Will be taking my nephew and niece tricking or treating.

Tina Moss Santino said...

Hi ya! Great blog! You hit some really relevant points about censorship and I couldn't agree more.

Now onto fun stuff! This Halloween I'll be attending my friend's annual party. However, I have no idea what to dress up as this year. I love making my own costume, but I'm all out of ideas.

I am especially looking forward to meeting you at Comic Con. Have a great trip to my home town - the big apple!

Nicole said...

Have fun in NOLA!! On Halloween I will be with the other frosties gabbing about HBYT during our special BC ;). Can't wait to hear about ComicCon (sooooo wish I was able to go) and the ball, sounds like a lot of fun. ~kyatty2007

Mysteriousrose said...

I will meet with some friends and we will watch a lot of horror movies:-)

cindy said...

I love halloween, 31 days of halloween i spend it watching horror movies, and no so horror movies but all in the spirit of "Old hallows eve"! I also like driving around (yes its weird)to check out the halloween decorations people put up. Then i end the month walking around with my daughter, husband, and my two yorkies dressed in costums trick a treating

Korri said...

I am going to take my kids trick-or-treating and then watch Buffy episodes.

Danielle said...

I live about a 20 minute drive from Columbine, I was in high school then and knew people that went to school there...so I know it was real.

This Halloween I plan on going to some friends Halloween parties and having a good ole time!

Theresa said...

I plan to take my eight year old daughter trick-or-treating while my husband scares the neighborhood children with his front yard graveyard. He loves to decorate for Halloween!

4thgeneration92 said...

unfortunetely we don't spend halloween in greece.

but because i've heard so much about it and it has become my favourite i decided to honnor it by watching 3 horror movies with my best friend and eat candy until we can't take no more.
KEEP THE SPIRIT NO MATTER WHAT, right??

(thought in a different case, if i did spend halloween -surprise,surprise- i would be hiding in the bushes, waiting to scary the lil' monsters that told me my costume was rediculous and took all my candy.see who laughs after that(no worries.I'm lust joking-even though it's tempting...)

Barbara E. said...

I've always loved Halloween because I was born the day after, but this year because of finances, I can't afford to buy treats to give out. So I plan to keep the lights off and watch movies on TV and I won't be decorating outside. Hope you have fun in New Orleans Jeaniene, sounds like you should have a great time.

Riva said...

At a cook out with our Dulcimer club. Folk music and ghost stories around the camp fire with Dutch oven dump cake to share. What could be better!

Casey H said...

I'm going to dress up as a sexy zombie (yes I will be a sexy, bloody, brain-eating undead creature - don't ask me how I'll pull it off, I don't know yet :D) and go trick-or treating! (You're never too old to go trick or treating!)

Casey H said...

I'm going to dress up as a sexy zombie (yes I will be a sexy, bloody, brain-eating undead creature - don't ask me how I'll pull it off, I don't know yet :D) and go trick-or treating! (You're never too old to go trick or treating!)

throuthehaze said...

I'm not sure what I will be doing this Halloween...either staying in and watching scary movies or going to a party.
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Lindsey C said...

I grew up in Colorado and I remember Columbine. It was real and I agree it's not something that should be swept under the rug. My step daughter recently moved in with us and she loves books like I do. I censor only books that I know have explicit sex scenes. Her best friend isn't even allowed to read Twilight because of it's sexual content. The poor girl is forced to sneak books home and hide them under her bed.

For Halloween we'll be avoiding the Trick-or-treaters. I know, I know, but the kiddos in our neighborhood don't understand that when the porch light is out we're out of candy. So we take the puppies and the family to do something fun. Usually a festival or drive in. I spent last Halloween in NOLA. Definitely wish I was there again.

Tabitha B said...

We will be leaving the kids with a babysitter and will be going to a costume party with some friends. This is my first costume party so I am very excited! I LOVE Halloween!

Robin K said...

I will be trick-or-treating with my children. Unless I can convince them to go out to eat instead :)

TracyW said...

I will be going to a friends house for a Halloween party!

Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies said...

We always have a party and take the kids on a hay ride trick or treating.

Sara M said...

I hope some little witches and ghosts come by for candy this year. Last year, a number of houses on our cul de sac were empty so the street was very dark and most of the kids skipped us (more candy for me!) but I really wanna see all the cute costumes this year.

Oh, Haunted by Your Touch comes out on my birthday! I guess it's on a Tuesday this year! Lol.

Sara M
sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

Christine S said...

I'll be taking my three sons trick-or-treating. Hopefully, I'll figure out how to pull off my mummy-in-a-snow-globe costume in time to be dressed up as well!

Brittnie Kraft said...

This Halloween my boyfriend is dragging me along to go trick or treating with him. But after that my family and I are throwing a major major Halloween party. Which will be amazing because we are really creeping it up this year!! Can you say cobwebs everywhere?

Christine7997 said...

Well, I just got a job after being unemployed for several months, so I'll probably be working. I still plan to decorate since I love celebrating Halloween!

Lexa Levine said...

i plan on dressing up and heading to a bar for halloween!

snagglepuss78 said...

handing out candy to all the little ghouls and goblins who come to the door..i'll be wearing a lovely pink wig and pink eyelashes with rhinestones on them. totally classing it up this year, LOL!

Stephanie said...

For Halloween I'll be staying in and watching horror movies. And eating lots of candy!

Skk25@aol.com

_snitchbitch said...

Alas, we don't celebrate Halloween in Australia. However, I decided to start a tradition with the girls at work! We're playing poker (texas hold-em), and having sexy man-waiters bring us drinks and snacks :)

winters-queen said...

I'll actually be staying home and handing out candy to the little nipperkin.

Nathalie said...

Hi! For Halloween, it will be my cousin's 25th surprise birthday party and we're planning on making it a kind of masquerade/costume party (details are still to be determined, lol).

I'd love to win a copy :)

Amber Lane said...

I am going to a friend's Halloween party and dressing up as Aphrodite!

Alysha Bruce said...

This halloween i am going to my friends house for a halloween party and to spend the night. We'll then probably stay up all night discussing our favorite undead creature books and of course our favorite parts in the Night Huntress Series as alwayss!

JoAnn NG said...

I'm from San Francisco and every halloween (weekend), I drive/travel to Los Angeles to visit my goddaughter for her birthday. Every year, she have a halloween birthday party.

Ashleigh said...

Not quite sure what I'm doing for Halloween yet. I know that I will be costumed. Last year my Disney Club walked around the campus singing Disney songs on Halloween. It was a hoot.

Ashleigh C. Rebakah_cooper@yahoo.com

Letitia said...

The hubby and I always care pumpkins the night before then spend Halloween eating junk food and watching a marathon of scary movies. And are occassionally interupted by trick or treaters. :)

lhasser @ gmail . com

Shae A. said...

I'll be spending Halloween tick or treating with the kiddies. Then we'll come home, hand out some candy to other trick or treaters and then the husband and I will probably spend the night watching scarey movies :)

SylviaSybil said...

My fifteen-year-old is abandoning us to go trick-or-treating with her friends. Such a shame, they grow "too cool" too fast. We'll be taking the twelve-year-old around with our dog in a pair of pink fairy wings. She doesn't even notice the wings but we can't keep the tiara on her ^_~

donna said...

I'll be hiding away from all the scary little creatures of the dark

kevin said...

Ill be trick or treating, after a long day of work, with my friends and then after it i will have a sugar high so i will curl up in bed or the couch or my moms chair and read either a book by you (jeaneine frost) or the mists of avalon
or i will have a sleep over with my friends though its a sunday so probley not sense i have school and work the next day.
but

Loriann422 said...

Trick or treating with my goddaughter and then later that night my BFF and I are hosting a Halloween party at her house...costumes are mandatory! LOL

Lindsay said...

its my best friends birthday.. so we are bar hopping in costumes... the hubby and i want to do master chief and cortana from halo :) slightly expensive, but so much fun!

Lindsay S.

JamieLeaM said...

Usually, I do nothing for Halloween. But this year I'm hoping for a lot more, which includes dressing my dog up in a hot-dog costume and hopefully going trick or treating myself, though I'm 21. If all else fails, I'm hoping for a costume party, just without candy.

Anonymous said...

Let see..... for Halloween I am going to give out tons of candy to all the little ghosts and goblins that come to my front door....

Mandi said...

We bake creepy sugar cookies and I have all the neighbor kids and parents over for cider and doughnuts. Plus treats for everyone. Then we go trick or treating as a big group and just have a good time. Which usually means scary the older kids every chance we get. Plus I got silly string to get them this year. LOL.

lflores said...

For Halloween my family gathers at my mothers house for dinner. Then we take the kids to a carnival. Followed up by trick-or-treating up and down the neighborhood. Afterwards we get home and pass out candy to the kids that are still out and about.

Jen said...

Part of me would love to spend the weekend in NOLA, with my hubby and friends (since it is my hometown.) But it's become more a holiday for my little ones than for me. So I'll spend the evening escorting a pirate princess and Robin the Boy Wonder through our neighborhood, as they collect WAY too much candy.

Hope you have a fabulous night with the grown-ups!

Candace Blackburn said...

I will be with my favorite online people discussing our weekly Sunday night BC (I saw a couple who posted above me). Earlier that night, I will be escorting Cartman around to gather candy (yes, my 9-year-old wants to be Cartman and no I do not let him watch it).

Cindy Valles said...

Halloween is my bday so every year I try to outdo myself but this year I think Ill just settle for dressing up with the kids for our annual festival. My daughter is popcorn, oldest son is coke and 5 year old will be the black spiderman. Guess that means Ill have to go with old faithful (which of course means sexy vampire mom/money dispenser/candy holder)

Shelli said...

I plan to hand out candy to all of the trick-or-treaters this year.

Alana said...

I celebrated my 50 birthday early last year with about 30 friends we attended the Vampire ball hosted by the Lestat Fan Club. Last years event was the" True Blood and Gold Ball" We had a great time all weekend, A few of us are returning this year, Hope to see you around lots of creepy things to do

*yadkny* said...

Oh pick me, pick me! What am I doing for Halloween?... Well nothing except taking my little sis and nephew out trick or treating. Then going home and curling up with a good book:) Ah good times!

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donnas said...

I usually spend it sitting around a fire pit with friends handing out candy. Which so far is the plan for this year as well.

Jerri98 said...

This Halloween I will be passing out candy to the hordes of children in my neighborhood.

Justine R. said...

I'm probably going to stay home and watch zombie movies. They're the best =)

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Melissa said...

Pathetically not doing too much. :P Hopefully reading an ARC. ;) (hey, it was worth a try lol).

~Melissa (Books and Things)

Raynell said...

Who knows what we will be doing this Halloween. Probably handing out candy and watching horror movies.You have given me an idea though of taking a trip to New Orleans..Best of wishes

Raynell said...

Who knows what we will be doing this Halloween. Probably handing out candy and watching horror movies.You have given me an idea though of taking a trip to New Orleans..Best of wishes

Llehn said...

I'll be handing out candy.

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Sheree said...

As per usual, I'll be wandering through the neighborhood Halloween block party. It's really fun. I don't think I will dress up this year though.

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Paranormal Haven said...

I'm going out trick or treating with my 3 godchildren. Their grandmother always comes over and makes a really good post trick or treating dinner so I can't wait for that as well :-D


Stephanie G
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Paranormal Haven

Nicole said...

I will be heading up to wine country with some of my favorite girlfriends for the weekend!

Anonymous said...

This Halloween I will be taking my little ghostbuster along with my little princess (who I am trying to convince to be a care bear because my gramma made care bear costumes for my sister and I when we were her age) trick or treating and to a couple parties over the "hallo- weekend" as target has dubbed it.
Anna E.

MelodiousMelly88 said...

This Halloween I will be dressing up-not sure as what yet- and will be attending a few parties hosted by friends. My favorite part of this time of year is pumpkins so I usually plan more about what I'm going to carve my pumpkin into than the costume but I'll have to think of an idea soon! Happy Halloween everybody!!

Marthapao said...

The hubs and I will take our 3 year old around the neighborhood. Some of our neighbors set up pretty awesome haunted houses so it's a fun evening, and this is the first year our boy picked his own costume.

Jackie Uhrmacher said...

After taking the little man trick-or-treating, I'm dressing as Blind Mag from Repo! The Genetic Opera and going to a party!! Yes, I'm almost thirty, and I still celebrate Halloween. : ) I'm a big kid.

Wenj said...

Halloween, quite possibly my favorite holiday. Who doesn't love all the trappings that comes with it? Spider webbing, cute ornamental gravestones to decorate the front yard and fake blood oozing down my door's window pane with Freddy Krueger laughing jolly homicidal bliss on the television. So needless to say I love decorating my house and scaring the jeepers out of all the little ones that come to my door, squaling in mock terror...music to my ears! LOL So that's what I'll be doing, handing out candy! (And a few scares!)

Bella said...

I don't have any solid plans yet but I'm really hoping my bf and I can manage to get ourselves to D.C. for Colbert's rally to keep fear alive! Perfect for Halloween, lol
Otherwise, we'll probably just watch scary movies :o

Leslee said...

I love Halloween! Best holiday of the year! So first and foremost, on Halloween I will be celebrating 12 years married to the most wonderful man in the world! Then we will be taking our kids, son almost 7 who will be Batman and daughter 3 who will be a vampire princess (so proud she wanted to do that). Hopefully sometime before that me and the kids will make sugar cookies with the new cookie cutters I got with a tombstone and haunted house. They want to do them for their classmates. I don't want this month to end! Oh, almost forgot will be attending a live performance of Dracula!

Stephanie said...

Recovering from a party being thrown by a freind here in Omaha. They are throwing it in an old warehouse and are known for making it nice and spooky. :-)

Bethany said...

i'll be going out with my family. i've got tons of little brothers and sisters and i love trick or treating with them. plus, i also like eating their candy when they ask me to hold their bags. can't wait!!!!

Lindsey Martin said...

MMMMMMM! Well, since I have two Lil Monsters...we're hosting a Lil Monster Mash! It's ghoul friendly and features a Pumpkin Hunt, Ghoul Garnishing for Cupcakes...and all the tricks and treats wee little ones can handle! BTW, both of my Boyz are Batman! Everyone needs a little SuperHero:)

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM to J.F. on her Delish books!
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Lea U. said...

I live in Germany and we do not really celebrate Halloween in a realy big manner ;-) I guess I will be at home watching some horror movies!

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) said...

Sorry if I did this twice, but I don't think my first comment posted.

I always make my husband decorate a haunted gingerbread house with me. Halloween isn't celebrated in Dubai and we have a Sunday-Thursday work week, so I'm organizing trick-or-treating for my coworkers and their families on the 28th.

Kate said...

Same thing we do every Halloween, Pinky... try to take over the world. Okay, not really. Our oldest friends have a huge costume party every year with different themes. Last year, the theme was "Guilty Pleasures" so hubby and I dressed up like Dog and Beth the Bounty Hunters. This year it's "retro" and... we have no idea. I'm thinking maybe sperm and egg. How much more "retro" can you get? :P

Lavina said...

It kinda is a sad thing that I can't spend my Halloween this year as I love to, which means watching horror and going to the Halloween carnival.
But the reason is a good one, I'll be made preases (chairman, well chairwoman in this case:) ) of my student-horsebackriding association that evening! I hope to it with a set of vampire teeth in though :D

nuiteblanche said...

Answering the door as the Grim Reaper, I will try not to frighten "the ghouls". Time... I have none. Then off to play with "the Older Ghouls!"

Cathy said...

I ordered the fangs for my costume last week... I'll be a vampire, which isn't too original, BUT I'll also be dancing in the Thriller parade downtown!

Andrea said...

I normally go to the Dracula's Ball in Philadelphia with the girls for a night away from reality but this year the hubby and I will be in Toronto for a hockey game over Halloween weekend.

Missie said...

Hopefully, if my plans work out, I'll be in NOLA for Halloween. Much is dependent on funds. As usual.

If I don't make it to NOLA, then I will resort to my Halloween tradition: watch Buffy and pass out candy.

Thanks for the giveaway!
Missie, TX
missie at theunreadreader.com

Jen said...

I am going as Anna Volerios from Van Helsing. My 8 year old Rebecca is going as Nancy Drew and my 5 year old Josie is going as The 50 foot women!!! We are having a Huge Halloween bash for the kids!! My favorite decorations are a skeleton Ive named Bones and a gargoyle named Biz!!!

Happy Halloween!!

Anonymous said...

trick or treating!!!!!


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Midnyte Reader said...

I do something every weekend in October, usually going to Haunted Attractions. But on Halloween I will probably go to a friend's house and help with their Halloween event and scare some people! Okay, maybe just give out candy.

I'm bummed to be missing you at ComicCon.

Teresa K. said...

Hi Jeaniene,

I will be leaving on the 26th to arrive in New Orleans and attend the UndeadCon and the Vampire Memnoch Ball also. This has been a tradition for me for awhile now.

What better place to be on All Hallows Eve. I will be doing the Vampire tour as well as the Haunted Houses and Cemetaries tour. Who knows maybe we will meet on the tours or have Cafe Ali's and Beignets together. Happy Halloween everyone and remember be careful out there, you never know what force you may run into.

Victoria said...

We live on a road with only 10 houses so if I'm lucky I'll get one little kiddie come my way. But I will still be making mummy dogs and bloody fingers for dinner :).

Mitzi said...

We, which is me, my 12 yrd old son, and my 9 yrd old son, will be going to thier Nana's huge Halloween party the weekend before Halloween. Very cool party - haunted wagon ride, lots of food, lots of candy, lots of people. On Halloween my boys are dressing up like Angus Young and Mick from Slipknot (have you seen those guys???) We love, love, love Halloween!

Kim D. said...

My husband and I are going to dress up as Vam-Pirate's (vampire pirats) and spend Halloween at Renaissance Festival. They have a costume contest and scavenger hunt that are always awesome! Halloween for adults at its best.

Regina said...

My plans for halloween are that I get my 4 kids dressed in costumes for halloween. My oldest will go out by herself, but I will take the next 3 around trick or treating -- and of course waiting for trick or treaters to come to my house.

Jo said...

Great guest post, Jeaniene! My aunt and uncle hold a fancy dress party every halloween, so I'll be going to that as always! Not sure what I'll be this year, but I still have some time!

taraf said...

I will be celebrating Halloween with my family in Disney World in Orlando, Florida....We purchased tickets to the after hours festivities that they have...I can't wait to be a vampire at the happiest place on Earth!

Kelly M said...

Oh, Halloween use to be so much fun.... Dressing up, trick or treating...But now...
it is put a bowl of candy outside the front door with a note that say please take one or two... Don't ever go to the door anymore... The dogs don't like the knocking and door bell ringing... What a sad little halloween life I have.... :(

But winning a book would make it all better... I am 100% positve about that.... ;)

Kelsey said...

I'm definitely planning on eating a lot of chocolate!

Thanks for the chance to win one of your books! I love them!

-Kelsey
krae991 at yahoo dot com

Janel said...

This year my best friend and I might dress up as Rachel and Ivy from Kim Harrison's The Hallows series. We plan on giving out candy to the neighborhood kids. Can't wait. Should be fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

Janel said...

My best friend and I are thinking about dressing up as Rachel and Ivy from Kim Harrison's The Hallows Series and handing out candy to the neighborhood kids. Can't wait. Should be fun. Thanks for the chance to win.