We’re delighted to welcome Coral Russell, author of Amador Lockdown, to the blog today. Coral and her family are clearly getting into the spirit of Halloween as her post reveals.
The Holiday for Scary Things – Coral Russell
Why is the subject of ghosts or spirits so popular? I’m not sure but interest has waxed and waned over the centuries, at least according to the number of times it’s the subject of books. Life after death is interesting since there are a lot of beliefs but not much concrete evidence as to what exactly happens afterwards. Which is probably a good thing. Makes people more inclined to stick around among the living.
But maybe the spirits stick around for the same reason. Life can be interesting. I’ve always been curious about ghosts and scary things. While other girls were reading romance novels, I was reading the latest horror novel. My father told a date once to ‘go check out my closet’ when she remarked how ‘nice’ I was. He wasn’t implying I wasn’t nice, just that for being such a nice girl I had an unusual reading habit. She checked out my closet filled to the brim with horror novels and come to think of it, she never came back. I’m sure it was my dad’s fault, not my taste for horror novels.
Halloween is my favorite holiday because it is okay to like scary stuff and play dress up and gorge yourself on candy. I don’t dress up anymore. Instead I watch scary movies or read while I ‘ohhh’ and ‘ahhh’ over the kids in cute costumes that drop by for candy. This year my daughter has embraced anime so is going as Death the Kid. My husband who never expressed any interest in dressing up completely surprised me by deciding to go as Ezio from Assassin’s Creed. Both costumes were not cheap so I’ve insisted they re-use them for many years to come!
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