Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween and Other Ghostly Stuff

To celebrate Halloween, I'm dedicating this week to Melissa MacVicar, author of ghostly YA paranormal tales about haunted homes and ancient rituals. MacVicar herself wraps up this series with a guest post.

Halloween and Other Ghostly Stuff


As a writer of books that have some serious supernatural drama, many people assume I go all out for Halloween.  When I was a child, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays but not because of the ghosts and goblins. Mostly, I loved it for the dressing up, the candy, and the camaraderie. I can still remember that feeling of freedom when I went out for the first time with a group of my peers, feet crunching on leaves as we walked the dark streets alone.
In the last several years, I have to say that Halloween seems to be less about hauntings and the paranormal and more about over-sexed costumes and pumpkin spice lattes. I imagine this would be disappointing to someone who is a serious horror fan, but truthfully that is not me. In fact, I confess that I am really a huge scaredy cat when it comes to the haunted part of Halloween.

When I was writing some of the ghost encounters in my novels EVER NEAR and EVER LOST, I quite literally frightened myself. The exorcism scene (yes there is an exorcism scene in EVER NEAR) was something I never thought I’d be able to write. When a beta reader told me I needed to add it, I initially dismissed the idea because it terrified me. That scene was truly a stretch both as a writer and as a person, but it turned out to be a really great part of the book.  

One thing I do love about Halloween is an awesome scary prank. There is nothing better than freaking out one of your friends as long as it’s good natured and not too extreme.  Here are two fun examples of well done pranks I found on youtube. Enjoy and have a spooktastic holiday however you decided to celebrate it!

Skeleton Drive thru

Supernatural Coffee Shop

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