Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Memories by J.Q. Rose and Giveaway

Halloween Memories 
by J.Q. Rose

I don't like Halloween. Was that a gasp I heard from you, Dear Reader? Are you thinking how could anyone not like Halloween? I know most folks love the annual costumes and parties. 

It's my least favorite holiday probably because of trick or treating experiences as a child. How many of you at eight years old was dressed up like the jolly green giant with a balloon for his head? Yes, it was my mother's brainstorm to "design" the costume. Balancing the enormous cardboard body and trying to see through the tiny peep holes in its chest allowed me to trip my way to the neighbor's doors. 

At 12 years 0ld my friends and I were racing from house to house in the cold rain. We froze to death because it was not cool in our clique to wear a rain coat and boots. And how about those old folks who invited you into their homes for cocoa and cookies and wanted to talk and talk and talk? They were as creepy as some of the monsters in my imagination.

I went to one scary movie with my older brothers--Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein. I think they told Mom it was Abbott and Costello so she thought it was okay and had them drag me along. I'm sure they loved taking their six year old sister with them. I spent the entire movie under the theater seat hiding from the scary scenes on the enormous screen and crying. Did my loving brothers offer to take me out and keep me safe? Ummm, no. That experience marked me for life. I never go to a horror show, and I don't like scary Halloween creatures (especially Frankenstein!)

Perhaps those escapades explain why I'm not a fan of Halloween. Isn't it ironic that the first book I sold was a mystery/horror story? MuseItUp Publishing released it in March 2011.
 Mysterious deaths upset the Florida retirement community 
interfering with their seasonal activities 
and turning up more than dead bodies.
When I penned Sunshine Boulevard, I never thought of it as a horror story. A paranormal, yes. But 'fraidy cat me write horror? I laughed. However, I do remember not working on the manuscript before bed. I only wrote that book in the light of the day, never in the evening shadows or black nights. 

Take a peek at the novella,  Sunshine Boulevard

What are some of your Halloween memories?? Post a comment and you could win an e-copy of Sunshine Boulevard in the random drawing. Winner will be announced on Saturday at 9:00 pm. Good luck!

Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!!


Penny's Tales said...

LOL! Your post made me laugh JQ! I can see you in your Jolly Green Giant costume. I love Halloween. I made my son a Gumby costume (and I am no seamstress by any stretch) By the end of the night, half the stitches were out - poor kid! My memories were of the million kids out, by themselves, having a ball. It was a blast, waaaaaay back then!

Unknown said...

Great post, JQ! I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I love the candy, the excitement, the fun costumes. And though I love walking with my kids around out tiny little hometown while they trick or treat, I hate being out in the cold! Here in upstate NY, we often have freezing temps on Halloween night. Keeping my fingers crossed for a mild one this year!

Mikki said...

I laughed at your post, JQ! I also hate horror movies, TV, and books, but not because of Halloween. It is one of my favorite times of the year. I love decorating inside and out..on our ranch, we had skeletons and creepy looking carved pumpkins on our main gate, although we were too far out in the boonies for trick-or-treaters. We live in a retirement community now, so still no kids, but I have a whole family of scarecrow people in the front yard, along with witches and ghosts, and my husband has an eerie green light shining on them at night More fun!

Leona~Author said...

I got a laugh from this. I do remember an elderly couple inviting me and my brother in for a long talk.

One year, my teen aged nephew dressed up in a camouflage suit and a over the head gas mask. He sat in a chair by my door and pretended to be a Halloween decoration. When he moved and spoke...Yikes! One girl ran screaming from here, and a few years back, that girl all grown up brought her child here and introduced herself as the scared little girl from the past.

After reading your post, I hope we didn't cause her nightmares.

The grandmommy said...

I don't like it either.

J.Q. Rose said...

Penny--Yeah, it was pretty cool to be out with friends running around like idiots. I remember that part.

Heather--You're right about being out in the cold, especially after putting together a great outfit and then having to cover it up with jackets!

J.Q. Rose said...

Mikki--We live in a retirement community too, so no kids. Kinda sad. I enjoy seeing them all dressed up and excited.

Leona-That's a great scare idea! Our friend made a coffin out of an enormous box and laid down in it. Sure enough when people came up to "pay their respects" he jumped at them. Seeing them run and scream was hysterical.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Grandmommy, Thanks for stopping by. Glad to know it isn't just me who is not a fan of Halloween.

Helena Fairfax said...

Hi JQ, your post made me laugh out loud. We didn't have Hallowe'en here in the UK when I was a child, so I was spared the agony. It's much more popular these days. When my kids were small my brother (who is six foot two) once got dressed up as a mini Dracula and made my kids matching Dracula outfits. I remember him shuffling up and down our street on his knees, the same height as my kids, with his cloak billowing out behind him, knocking on doors with my kids and begging for treats. All the neighbours came out to look at him. My children thought it was the most fun ever, and came back with a big bag of sweets. It helps to have a wacky uncle on Hallowe'en.

mudepoz said...

Oh, when I was a kid, I remember getting tacky costumes. Then covering it up with a heavy coat. And my mom stealing all the chocolate. :)

J.Q. Rose said...

Helena--What a picture I have in my mind of your costumed brother who is a kid at heart! I am torn about feeling bad or happy for you for not having Halloween as a kid. Suffice to say it CAN be fun!

J.Q. Rose said...

Mudepoz--So true about Mom stealing the candy. I was okay with her taking the black jelly beans though! yuck..
Thanks for stopping in.

J.Q. Rose said...

Congratulations to Penny! She won the e-copy of Sunshine Boulevard!! Enjoy, but do not read it before bed time, Penny!!