Posts in category "Halloween"

5 last minute Halloween costumes for cold weather

5 last minute Halloween costumes for cold weather
It’s cold and yucky in Chicago today including rain and even some snow, and we aren’t the only ones dealing with a cold Halloween. Instead of complaining about having to cover up your Halloween costume with a coat, you can just bundle up in one of these last minute Halloween costumes for cold weather. Skier, snowboarder, or other... Read more »

The Halloween Key

The Halloween Key
Trick-or-treating in Maggie’s neighborhood was regimented. No kid dared show up on a porch a moment before 6 pm or a second after 8 pm. All candy was nut-free. Most was chocolate with a few other options kept off to the side for anyone who was allergic (Lewis). The ritual always ended with a careful... Read more »

18 weird Halloween stock photos

18 weird Halloween stock photos
I am often looking for images to go with my Halloween posts. Sometimes I use personal photographs or I make something using design software. I also try to look for pictures with creative commons licenses or in the public domain, but when all else fails I sometimes look for Halloween stock photos. Most Halloween stock... Read more »
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Adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood

Adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood
When we were looking at houses I never thought to ask, “How many trick-or-treaters do you get?” Neither did my husband. We had no idea that we were moving into a Halloween destination neighborhood. I didn’t even know that Halloween destination neighborhoods existed. Prior to moving into our house, Halloween wasn’t a very big deal... Read more »

The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood

The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood
The Haunted Dollhouse is a book from my childhood that has survived multiple (usually move-inspired) book purges. I still have it even though the pages are falling out of the binding. The copyright says 1982. I’m not sure if that’s exactly the year my parents gave me this book, but it wouldn’t have been long... Read more »

In defense of a grown woman in an Elsa from Frozen Halloween costume

I am a 41-year-old woman whose Halloween costume this year is Elsa from Frozen. You might think someone who dedicates her blog to Halloween each October would come up with a more original Halloween costume. You might also be think that I’m a bit old to be dressing up like a Disney Princess (although, technically, by... Read more »
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A short ghost story: My son is afraid of the dark

My son is afraid of the dark. He never used to be, but now every night he screams in fear. He complains of shadows, sounds. Ghosts. How does a three-year-old even know about ghosts? From some cartoon Halloween special I suppose. I try to comfort him. I lean down over his bed and whisper, “It’s... Read more »

Boo Humbug: Dear Prudence tells off a snobby Halloween scrooge

We don’t get over 1,000 trick-or-treaters in my neighbhorhood because our street is full Dugger-sized families. Most of our trick-or-treaters are coming from neighboring areas, and yes, some of those areas are poor. This is why I was particularly interested in a recent Dear Prudence advice column on Slate.com that addressed the topic of poor... Read more »

13 of the best scary books for Halloween or anytime

13 of the best scary books for Halloween or anytime
Halloween is a great time for scary books whether you are looking a spooky book to give away for All Hallow’s Read or something to read yourself. Because it’s been a while since I’ve read a lot of scary books, I asked people on Facebook and Twitter to name their favorite scary books. Here is... Read more »
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All Hallow's Read: Give a scary book this Halloween

All Hallow's Read: Give a scary book this Halloween
Have you heard of All Hallow’s Read? This is the fourth year of All Hallow’s Read, a tradition to give someone a scary book for Halloween. All Hallow’s Read was thought up by professional thinker-upper (and author) Neil Gaiman. In a a 2010 blog post Gaiman wrote: I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the... Read more »