MIRA Editors Share Their Halloween Traditions
Halloween is almost here and everyone in the Harlequin office seems to be getting into the spirit. In honor of this spine-tingling holiday, a few of the MIRA editors wanted to share some of their favorite Halloween traditions with you:
“My husband and I are always pretty excited for Halloween. A favorite tradition of ours is our themed-movie marathon: a weekend-long event of Halloween candy bingeing, our couch and creepy themed flicks. Last year was vampires. This year: zombies.” — Michelle Venditti, Editorial Assistant
“My Hallowe’en memories…eating dinner at 5:00 so we could be the first out on our street..a small tantrum over having to wear a winter coat over my costume (“Moooom! You’re ruining it!)…making sure to hit the houses that gave out Hilroy notebooks and Jell-O powder sticks…that awesome lady who gave out full-sized chocolate bars…Unicef boxes jangling around our necks…the thrill of being out late, in the dark, without parents (even though it was only like 7:30)…rushing home, nose and ears freezing (Mom was right about the coat), up the driveway and into the warmth of the den to empty out our loot and in time to catch the end of a scary movie before off to bed.” — Susan Swinwood, Senior Editor
“Haven’t been to a Halloween party in years. Now it’s strictly about answering the door, dispensing little chocolate bars and admiring the kids’ costumes (some of which are really extravagant). When our daughter was young, we managed to get her a junior-size Star Trek outfit and Spock ears, since she was a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan–that was probably my favorite of her costumes.” — Paula Eykelhof, Executive Editor
“I try to find a friend’s kid to borrow and take trick-or-treating so later on I can take all their candy… No, no! I’m kidding! I usually dress up and go to a friend’s party, though.” — Giselle Regus, Single Title Editorial and Administrative Coordinator
“My mother is a tremendous (amateur) makeup artist. To this day she always puts on her “face”. Halloween was the perfect opportunity for her to apply some of that magic to my face, transforming me into someone, or something, else. Add to this the opportunity to wear one of her groovy wigs and Halloween night’s spell began well before I hit the lamp-lit sidewalks. There was one house that we loved going to so much that we’d actually pile in my dad’s car to get there. They gave out cans of Pepsi and homemade popcorn balls!” — Margaret O’Neill Marbury, VP of Single Title Editorial
“I always dress up to answer the door. Usually I’m a vampire, but this year I’m going to be a witch, complete with rotting teeth, green skin, long black nails, a black cape and the piece de resistance, a tall hat with a shiny green snake coiled all the way around it.” — Leslie Wainger, Editor-at-Large
“I’ve spent years trying to repress the memories of lame childhood costumes: The time I threw on glasses and a pencil skirt and called myself a librarian; the year I went as Snow White, toting a tomato because we didn’t have apples… As an adult, I’ve actively avoided Halloween, though I have to admit, my 2-year-old nephew looks pretty darn cute in his Thor costume this year, and I’m a sucker for candy corn. Maybe it’s time to throw caution to the wind and embrace the scary.” — Erika Imranyi, Senior Editor
And what would Halloween be without a chilling read to curl up with? If you haven’t found one yet, MIRA has you covered:
Ordinary people become trapped in extraordinary circumstances in Rick Mofina’s upcoming psychological thriller, THEY DISAPPEARED.
Resident ghosts may be the stock-in-trade of stately Philadelphia homes, but Allison–a noted historian–is indignant at the prospect of “ghost hunters” investigating this apparent murder. But Agent Tyler Montague knows his hauntings and his history in THE UNINVITED.
Brandon and Luciana are perfectly matched. Angel and demon. Man and woman. But only one can win the battle of wills, of strength and of desire in THE DEMONESS OF WAKING DREAMS.
MARK OF THE WITCH: Lapsed Wiccan Indira Simon has a destiny to fulfill, one that will require her to once again embrace her belief in the world beyond just as she embraces Tomas, the lapsed priest who will stand by her side to fight an evil that can outlast time itself. Enter “The Portal”…if you dare.
What type of paranormal characters do you like reading about?