Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. I love scooping the guts out of pumpkins, dressing up, handing out candy, and seeing everyone's costumes. (And of course, eating leftover candy. I'm not gonna lie. That's a huge attraction.) I'm doing several things to celebrate this year, both on- and offline.
First, I'm taking part in the Sunnydale Project, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan appreciation event run by Teen Librarian's Toolbox, which also runs the wonderful SVYALit Project. I'm a major BtVS nerd, and I love TLT, so this the match-up of my dreams. From Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31st, the Sunnydale Project will be posting read-alike lists, personal stories about finding BtVS, and other fun things. Go check it out!
I'm also participating in the Halloween Book Trail, which sends readers on a hunt across blogs to discover YA & MG books and fun, weird facts about their authors. It ends with the chance to win one of five grand prizes. I'm part of the Galaxy Trail, but there are tons of other trails you can follow, too. Also, you get to see me in a unicorn costume.
And, of course, I'm making myself a Halloween costume. Since our own neighborhood is low on trick-or-treaters, my husband and I usually go over to a friend's house in one of the local neighborhoods struck with Halloween mania and help them deal with the tidal wave of kids ringing their doorbell. We also take turns hiding in the yard and jumping out at teenagers and adults. Normally, it's my husband who does this, but I think the costume I made this year will qualify me for a place in the yard.
Ta da! I'm particularly happy with my headdress, which I made out of a foam floral wreath, fake flowers, and black spray paint. I intentionally left some of the flower tips red, because that's way more creepy, right?
Happy Halloween, everyone! Check back here for links to the Halloween Book Trail and the Sunnydale Project during the week!