Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I get to blog on Killer Hobbies on Halloween this year! 

When I was a kid, Halloween was my favorite holiday.  I loved to figure out the perfect costume each year, then go trick-or-treating in my nice, suburban neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Back then, I also loved horror stories, so it all fit together well.

Today, although I still love things paranormal--hence, my Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne about a covert military unit of shapeshifters--I stay away from the horror side of them.  You don’t have to be scared to enjoy things that are beyond what we think is reality. 

These days, we hardly ever get any trick-or-treaters on our narrow, twisty street in the Hollywood Hills--although doesn’t that sound like a nice, scary setting for a paranormal story?  Plus, Lon Chaney, Jr., once owned some property on our block. 

Our lack of trick-or-treaters is probably a good thing for our dogs.  Both of them, and especially Mystie, tend to bark if they hear anything unusual outside, and Lexie leads the barks when the doorbell rings.  We’d be bombarded by barks all night!

I do have an all-purpose witch’s dress that I wear every year.  It’s black, so I can accessorize it differently.  This year, when I wore it to the Halloween party for Pet Orphans of Southern California, the excellent private pet shelter where I volunteer, I wore a glittery T-shirt with a wolf howling at the moon on top of it.  Appropriate for a creator of werewolves, wasn’t it? 

How are you celebrating your Halloween?  What’s your costume like--or the one you’d most like to wear?


Janie Emaus said...

No costume this year. But the neighborhood where I went Trick or Treating was filled with scary witches, gangsters, zombies and cavemen.

Linda O. Johnston said...

No trick-or-treaters at my house tonight, as anticipated, Janie. I should have gone out trick-or-treating in your neighborhood!

Betty Hechtman said...

We had less than anticipated trick or treaters. Only around 350. At nine we turned off the light and went out to dinner.

Linda O. Johnston said...

Yikes, Betty, and that's less than anticipated. But I'll bet you saw a lot of cute costumes!