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Halloween Bash: Day 6 with Author Joey W. Hill

Oct 29, 2010


Halloween Bash

 
It’s hard to narrow down my favorite part of Halloween, because, just like Stella, it’s my favorite holiday. For one thing, I’m Wiccan, and Samhain (the other name for All Hallow’s Eve) is our New Year’s Eve, so to speak. It’s the night the Veil is thinnest between the here and now and the worlds beyond – the afterlife, the Fae worlds, all the unknown dimensions. If you step out on a Halloween night and inhale deeply, you can sense it. There’s just something special about that night.

Another favorite part for me is the trick-or-treaters themselves. Each year of course, fewer and fewer of them come out, as churches, schools and other youth outlets offer kids “safe” places to go for organized Halloween activities. Pfffft (Me blowing raspberry). Mom, Dad – stop being such pussies and let them go out in packs to trick or treat at total strangers’ houses, just like we used to do. 99.9% of us survived it, after all (lol).

Seriously, I love sitting on the porch and watching them. From the teeny tiny ones who come right after sundown, their legs not long enough to make the porch steps without their parents’ guiding hands, to the older kids who are vaguely embarrassed, but can’t quite bring themselves to sacrifice the magic of that night to being cool, so they still dress up and come in packs. I wish it was okay for adults to dress up and go trick or treating where we are, because I’d do it in a heartbeat! Being adult and over forty, I know my “being cool” days are loonnng over.

Finally, a favorite part of Halloween that can’t be overlooked is the implicit permission to eat up as much of your own Halloween candy as you want…after the tykes come and grab their share, of course. Which means I always buy the good stuff, the things I most want to eat. Kit Kat, Hershey’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Milk Duds, Rolos… Yes, I get a little carried away. For one thing, twenty is the biggest number of trick-or-treaters we’ve ever gotten in my neck of the woods, yet I usually buy enough candy to feed a Marine squad (now if THEY showed up at my door, I’d be the one getting the treat – woohoo!). Anyhow, I digress. So I gorge myself for a day or two, then the rest goes off with my husband for those hungry scavengers that exist in all company offices to rid you of the food you know you shouldn’t have available to you every day.

Now, JoJo said to mention a favorite Halloween recipe, movie or book. I can NOT cook. Note, I did not say: “I do not cook”. I really, really CAN’T cook. The gene responsible for that is absent, so if I gave you a Halloween recipe, it would poison you and I’d be sued. So we’ll just skip right over that. However, being a huge movie enthusiast, I can give you that favorite easily – The Lady in White, starring a very young Lukas Haas. Set in the sixties, it’s about a young boy who gets trapped one night in the coat closet at school and sees the ghost of a little girl murdered years ago. Of course, the rest of the movie is him finding out what happened to her, and though it is a PG movie, it has truly scary parts, mixed with humor, love and wonderful characters. I highly recommend it.

I’ll throw another one in as well, since I don’t have a favorite Halloween book. I do have a TV series favorite Halloween episode, and that would be the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where everyone “becomes” the costumes they’re wearing – Buffy becomes a dainty, swooning Southern belle who doesn’t have a clue how to fight vampires; Xander becomes a Marine grunt; Willow’s a ghost, and of course the vampires and bad demon element try to take over the town, led by Spike. It’s fabulous, and features a great scene where Angel sweeps Buffy off her feet to carry her away from danger – I’m a sucker for the scooping and carrying scenes.


Giveaway

For my giveaway, I’m offering a signed title of your choice from my currently available books. Just leave a comment and you’ll be eligible for the drawing. If you want to see if my books are worth reading, jump over to my website, http://www.storywitch.com/ where I have free excerpts, beautiful cover art and blurbs for all of them. A little something for everyone - vampires, mermaids, angels, witches and contemporary hero/heroines.

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Halloween Game

All right, to conclude my holiday fun, here’s my Halloween game – creating your own monster. I was actually hoping for something that let me put together a really sexy monster – you know, along the lines of David Boreanaz as Angel, but okay, whatever. Sexy is in the eye of the beholder, and some demoness out there probably feels my monster is a real hottie. With the jean shorts, T-shirt and rabbit head, it kind of reminds me of a disturbing someone you’d see at a fetish fair…but that’s just the way my head works.

Here’s the link - http://www.scholastic.com/Goosebumps/games/monstermaker/monstermaker.html

Be sure and go create your own so everyone can vote on them on Halloween day. Email a screen shot to jojo @ jojosbookcornerATgmailDOTcom . (To get a screen shot, on your game window press Ctrl + print screen, go to windows paint and paste. Save and email to JoJo , but please put CREATE A MONSTER in the subject line.)

Thanks again for letting me be here on Halloween week!

Here is Mine:


*Joey will be stopping by through out the day to chat.
So say Hi

**Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into the comment giveaway**


33 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Linda Henderson October 29, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

I always enjoy your books. Have a Happy Halloween.

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Virginia C October 29, 2010 at 7:09 AM  

Hi, Joey! Happy Samhain : ) I still really enjoy handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Sometimes, my house is the only one in sight with the porch light on, but I persevere! My family really got into Halloween when I was growing up--I do come from a family of candy lovers : ) We lived in a large house with a big foyer. Every Halloween, my grandmother would decorate the foyer and prepare all sorts of goodies. Popcorn balls, cookies, hot chocolate and old-fashioned sugary cocoa fudge were provided along with the wrapped candy. Kids from the neighborhood would stop and rest at our house, fortify themselves with cocoa and goodies, and forge on! My grandmother would even buy boxes of apples from the grocer, wash those apples and dry them to a shine, and have them lined up on the table at the front door. My grandmother was "Granny" to all the kids : ) Those were golden days!

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Joey W. Hill October 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM  

Linda, lovely to hear from you! Glad you stopped by and thanks for that compliment.

Virginia, I'm giving you the trick-or-treater-solidarity high five (grin). Yes, we've had that experience, too. The lady who lives next door to us is a retired schoolteacher, so she does it faithfully as well, which means at least there's two of us on our section of the street. Some years I think we inspire others to participate, though (grin). And I love your Halloween memories - how marvelous. I remember the small, silly things, like fussing at my mom because she wanted me to wear a shawl over my costume when it was cold (and then being glad that she made me take it), coming back to lay out all the candy and swap with my brother...the completely BAD judgment I made by staying home to hand out candy when my parents went to a party one year, and watching the original Halloween movie with Jamie Lee Curtis (think it was her?) by myself - I had to look under beds and in closets for weeks! All of it makes me smile, now. Thanks for sharing!

Joey W. Hill October 29, 2010 at 8:59 AM  

Ack, I forgot - if any of you want a fun free read, I have a Halloween story posted on my site under the Short Story section called Halloween Knight. It's a very old one I've had posted there for a long time, but I always like re-reading it at Halloween. Hope you like it, too. It's a young adult story, no sex, but with serious/poignant teenage themes that most of us can relate to as adults, I think...and of course it does have a happy ending (smile). Here's the direct link (no spaces as usual)...
www. storywitch. com/ Stories/HalloweenKnight. htm

Heather October 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

I love Halloween! We actually have a lot of trick or treaters where I live...in fact, people drive their kids to our subdivision. I have one costume element, vampire fangs that snap over my teeth. I work nights and most of the neighborhood kids don't see me so it's not too much of a stretch. The little ones always ask if I'm a real vampire, and the older ones usually say "cool teeth.". I think I buy enough candy for all of the Midwest. I never want to run out. I also give handfuls out...and a little extra if I love the costume.the older kids know to come to my house late because I start dumping out the bowl. Joey, you are absolutely right about it just feeling different that night...there is a hum in the atmosphere for me that makes me feel alive.

Joey W. Hill October 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

Heather, that's so awesome. I have sort of a similar process - I let them have 2-3 pieces at first, jsut in case, but once it gets later, they can have a handful. When I know most of them have come and my husband and I are watching our Halloween movie choice (this year we'll likely re-watch Shaun of the Dead, because we love that one), I'll put my candy cauldron out on the porch with a note, "take a handful".

Sometimes it's gone by morning and I know a group of late night, older kid stragglers happened by to dump it all in their bags (lol) - little opportunists.

In years past, I've worn one of my ritual dresses that has sun/moons on it, with a fun witch hat. This year I have a colorful shirt that says Double bubble, toil and trouble, but I'll have to decide if I want to wear that one or the one I recently bought with a skeleton bride and groom in a loving romantic embrace on the front. I was going to wear that at Romanticon recently, but it was too warm (it's long sleeved).

fredamans October 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

I played the game but didn't email the screenshot.

Joey W. Hill October 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

Fredamans, I'll let Jojo respond to that, whether she needs anything further for the contest, but hope you enjoyed it. Glad you've come by!

Another one for those looking for even more Halloween fun (not for the contest, this is just something I received from my husband today and thought you all would like to check it out for your own personal fun) - you can plug in a few faces of friends and it's a riot...

http:// sendables.jibjab. com /view/PTAPcIhEcoPbtejbzyuM

jeanette8042 October 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

Great post! I love Halloween and gorging on candy is definitely also one of my favorite parts, but I don't know why some people love candy corn bleck! Hope you have a wonderful Halloween Joey!

lilazncutie1215[at]yahoo[dot]com

Joey W. Hill October 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

Jeanette, I'm not a big candy corn fan, but I do really like those Brach's mini-pumpkins. It may be because they taste creamy and have a touch of chocolate in them (though I think candy corn does as well, just like that dense texture of the pumpkins better). Glad you enjoyed the post and wonderful to see you here, Jeanette! Happy Halloween to you, too. :>

throuthehaze October 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

Great post! I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Rebekah,  October 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM  

Hey Joey,

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, after Christmas and New Years (I don't get off work for Halloween :) ) I'm just giving out candy this year, no costumes....I've found my creativity in thinking up what to be has decreased over the years.

Karen,  October 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

Funny thing Joey, there's a big bowl of those candy pumpkins on the table right now! I'm already about Halloween'd out myself. I used to like it a lot better when it wasn't so commercialized and the Halloween stuff didn't show up in the stores around July 5th. (Of course, now all the Halloween stuff is all gone to make way for the holday stuff.) The only thing good about that is that when I was looking for things for a costume in September, it was all already on sale! LOL

Karen

Lucy October 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway!
Unfortunately Halloween is not celebrated in The Netherlands. So I like to read al your stories about Halloween!

Joey W. Hill October 29, 2010 at 3:10 PM  

throuthehaze, happy Halloween to you as well! And Rebekah, I'm betting if you have candy, the kids won't mind about the absence of costume (grin) - just enjoy the ones that come to your door. Lucy, I'm glad we can give you a Halloween outlet here, then! I'll bet the Netherlands has some cool holidays we don't, so maybe we can swap info and celebrate vicariously through one another. :>

Karen, candy pumpkins! Another thing we have in common (lol). I just ignore all those pesky negative commercial aspects about the holidays and immerse myself in the childlike joy of them. And see, you did find a positive aspect to it - being able to find a costume early! When I was trying to find a stuffed bat to add to the raffle basket for the AAD conference, back in August, the local store had one! (wink)

Of course, I'm one of those people who will go into Christmas stores in the middle of spring just to revisit that Christmas feeling, and/or eagerly devour holiday episodes of favorite series reruns, whenever they come on, again just because I like the festive, out-of-the-ordinary routine emotions associated with those holidays. So yeah, I'm kind of a sad individual (laughter).

Love seeing all you folks out here today, enjoying Halloween in your own unique way.

doris gomez,  October 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM  

Hi Joey,

It was fun reading why you like Halloween. As a former World History teacher I loved Samhain because it is our most ancient custom dating back to the Druids and our most international custom with Egyptian mummies, European witches, Mexican Day of the Dead skeletons, Chinese ghouls, W. African zombies and beloved vamps which some say hail from Israel and Cain's sin and others trace to India and the goddess Kali. The list goes on and on. With all that map work, what's not to love about Halloween?

elaing8 October 29, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

Hi Joey,

The only thing I like about Halloween is the candy :)
Happy Halloween!!

Joey W. Hill October 29, 2010 at 8:00 PM  

Doris, you make great points, as always. Halloween has something for everyone (smile). In Elaine's case, the candy! (grin - can't disagree with that...)

joder October 29, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

That ep of Buffy is great! I think everyone wants to be someone else for awhile. The chance to see what could've been is what draws me to dressing up at Halloween.

*yadkny* October 29, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

Hi Joey!
I agree with what you said about your favorite parts of Halloween... and your right too bad adults couldn't dress up and go trick or treating like the kiddies:)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
yadkny@hotmail.com

iokijo October 29, 2010 at 10:22 PM  

Hey Joey,
I do the same with the Halloween candy.. and it's also the same here as for the number of kids. I think I had a total of 6 last year. Makes me kind of sad. Trick-or-treating was always so fun growing up. Now there are so many people who turn their lights off.
I started giving handfulls to the kids & candy more to adult taste to the parents :) I love Halloween.
For those where it's not celebrated.. start a something new..Have a Halloween Party.
Thanks for posting, and for the chance at one of your books.
[which even if you all don't win you should really ck out..they're fantastic]
Have a Happy Halloween & a Blessed Samhain Joey.

Beth October 30, 2010 at 2:07 AM  

We don't get kids at the door at all. Small tourist town. No street lights on most of the streets, except the small business area. The town says no door-to-door trick or treating. Instead, there are a couple places that have parties with booths that kids can go to, sort of like the events some malls have. Local stores and organizations all sponsor booths(games, quick small scares, snacks, etc.).

Joey W. Hill October 30, 2010 at 7:22 AM  

Joder, that's a great reason to like Halloween, one I never really considered. But I guess that's part of it for the kids, too, when they dress as superheroes and princesses, etc. I can't remember what I went as when I was little, but I'm sure there was that element to it. Good observation! Do you want to share what you've dressed up as? (wink) Oh, I do like the end of that Buffy episode, when she explains why she chose that costume to Angel. Sigh - loved their romance/love story.

Yadkny, we're surrounded by a few retirement communities, and one of them I think did that one year - let the adults go trick or treating. I bet it would have been fun just to hang out there and see the costumes and fun (smile).

Iokijo - that's a great idea - Lucy, you can be the first in the Netherlands to host a Halloween party and start a trend! lol I never thought of giving candy to the adults. I think I'll offer that this year - they obviously still love going out as well, so why not? And thanks for those kind words about my books! A blessed Samhain to you as well...

Beth, that's so sad! Of course, I guess people can volunteer at the events to enjoy Halloween, and that may be fun, right? I know the churches have gone all out in the past with parties, haunted houses, etc, so I do give them credit for trying to give the kids fun memories. I'm just an old traditionalist (wink). My husband's out mowing now and I'm going to go blow off the front steps so the way is clear for our small handful of T&Ts tomorrow night!

Jenn October 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM  

I don't get into Halloween too much, although hoping to go to one of the many events tonight!

JoAnna October 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

Hi Joey!
I want to say it was a pleasure meeting you at AAD. I was reading the Vampire Queen series at the time. I'm happy to say I finished reading the Vampire Queen series. I loved it, cannot wait for the next one! I promptly bought the Daughters of Arianne series. I look forward to reading it!
My husband grabbed 2 bags of snickers one for him and one for the kids - I think his bag is gone already!
Thanks JoJo for the awesome guests this week!

Joey W. Hill October 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

Jenn, it is fun when Halloween falls on a weekend. I know more and more adult folks have gotten into throwing Halloween parties to celebrate the occasion. And whether or not you're a Halloween fan, who can say no to a fun party (lol)?

JoAnna, I'm delighted to hear that! I hope you enjoy my mermaids/angels as much as you've enjoyed the vampires. And it was an equal pleasure to meet you at AAD. Stella and her volunteers put on such a fantastic event. From an author's perspective, I'd rate it among the top of the con list for those that really celebrate and honor the reader, which is the kind I enjoy attending the most. That's because it gives us all the chance to cut loose and immerse ourselves in mutual lovefest of stories/romance (grin).

Snort - as far as the Snickers, yes, my husband has already picked out all the Reese's Cups of my holiday mix, so the tykes will have to make do with the other varieties. Fortunately, they still have plenty to choose from (unless I decimate the KitKats...)

DforDarla's Definite Reads October 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

I always enjoy seeing all of the costumes. I. think my parents are hoping to get rid of all of the candy so we don't eat it all.

Joey W. Hill October 30, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

Darla, I think that's why my husband tries to eat it first (lol).

RENEE October 31, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

No time to visit yesterday...too much going on.

Halloween is my second favorite holiday...first is Christmas. There is just something magical about the day...and it is so much fun to dress up.

As for adults and trick or treating...if you have a costume on - you'll get some candy at my door!

Joey...I think the dress with the stars sounds fun! I'll don the queen of hearts costume I wore at AAD to go around with the kids tomorrow (or rather, later today).

Have a wonderful Halloween!

:) Ren

Jolene Allcock and Family October 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

Your a new author for me and your books look and sound amazing

Joey W. Hill October 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

Renee, the coolest thing about it is the stars/moons glow in the dark a little bit (grin). And I loved your Queen of Hearts outfit! Know the other trick or treating parents are going to love it.

Jolene, I hope you enjoy them when you get a chance! :>

RENEE October 31, 2010 at 9:43 PM  

We had a blast, Joey...and we all dressed up! A lot of houses insisted on giving the costumed adults candy too! Besides my Queen of Hearts costume, Brother & S-i-l were Mario & Luigi, hubby a football player, sis was Lady Gaga,other b-i-l a fireman, mom & m-i-l were witches,and the kids were a punk rocker, Tony Montana (scarface), another gangster, my 2 little ones were Woody & Jessie from Toy Story, my not so little 20 yr old was Sookie from True Blood.

Good times.

Happy Halloween to all.

Joey W. Hill November 1, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

Fabulous - what a great group you all must have been. Hopefully someone clicked a picture so you can enjoy the memory for years to come. And I completely agree with the practice of giving the adults who dress up candy - they like candy, too!! :>

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