Carina Press Authors Share Halloween Memories
Halloween is a time for spooks, scares and plenty of candy, and it’s also a time to create family memories and traditions. So we asked Carina Press authors to share with us some of their favorite Halloween moments.
R.L. Naquin, author of Monster in My Closet
In our house, Halloween means bringing out the severed arm. Made of a rubbery plastic, it looks real enough when it’s poking out from under a blanket on the armrest of the couch. We’ve all been startled over the years.
The rules are simple: whoever stumbles across the arm hides it next. It’s been in my kids’ beds, the refrigerator, buried in the candy bowl and in the shower. The most memorable for me was finding it in my underwear drawer. Yes, I screamed. My husband remains unforgiven.
This year, I have plans to get him back. Big Plans.
R.L. Naquin has one husband, two grown kids and a crazy-catlady starter kit. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas.
A.J. Larrieu, author of Twisted Miracles
My grandmother was an excellent seamstress, and when I was a kid she made me a new Halloween costume every year. It was our tradition—choosing the pattern, the fabric, the perfect accessories. My favorite was the year I was a genie, with a sparkly pink top and silky, ballooning pants. I even had a lamp. It felt completely authentic to my ten-year-old self, exactly like the character I was mimicking, and to me, that was always the draw of the holiday. For a girl who loved to lose herself in stories, there was nothing better than inhabiting one for the night.
A.J. Larrieu was born and raised in the deep South, where she still spends most days nose-deep in a book or knee-deep in a swamp.
Dana Marie Bell, author of Blood of the Maple
My favorite childhood memory of Halloween was going trick-or-treating with my mother, my brother and sister, and the neighbor kids. My sister and I always wound up wearing our dance recital costumes as our Halloween costumes. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but our parents made sure we got the dance lessons we wanted, so wearing those costumes for Halloween was a small price to pay. But that’s probably why I still love dressing up for Halloween to this day.
Dana Marie Bell lives with her husband, two children, two cats and two dogs who think barking should become the next Olympic event.
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Monster in My Closet by R.L. Naquin
Twisted Miracles by A.J. Larrieu
Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell
Bite Me by PJ Schnyder