TBR Day, Halloween Edition

First off, since I will be working the Evil Day Job from 6 a.m. (yes, you read that correctly) until noon tomorrow (yes, on Saturday, working OUTSIDE in the chilly weather with the bronchial pneumonia that will not go away), this will be my last reminder that you have until midnight Saturday night my time (central, U.S.) to enter the pre-order/early order giveaway for PIRATESHIP DOWN. Click on the preorder giveaway tab at the top of the page for the links.

I’ve only had three people try to game me by ordering the book, getting their receipt, and then returning the book–yes, I can see when that happens–so for the rest of you, your orders are much appreciated! I footed the considerable bill to publish this book myself so if I can make back even half of my costs that will help me be able to put out another collection in the spring. More Jean Lafitte!

In the meantime, it’s time to give away more TBR books. Just share your favorite halloween tradition. Do you decorate? Take kids trick-or-treating? Dress up and go to a costume party?

Honestly, Halloween has never been a big deal for me, maybe because I don’t have kids. I trick or treated when I was a kid; it was a safer time and I lived in a very small town, so my little band of misfits wandered all over the place, knocking on doors. I used to keep candy for trick-or-treaters but got freaked out one year in New Orleans when the “trick or treaters” were way taller than me, not dressed up, and holding out pillow cases for their treats. Since then, I keep my lights off and don’t answer the door. My co-workers mostly dressed up yesterday and I’m sure some will be today, but I’m always on my magazine deadline frenzy this time of year and I just don’t have time to think about it.

How about you? Do you have Halloween traditions or are you, like me, Scroogie McScrooge? One commenter will get a randomly selected book or two from my TBR room. Yes, it now has a room.

36 thoughts on “TBR Day, Halloween Edition

  1. Halloween is only getting popular these last few years over here, but we have been celebrating it with friends for years. It’s our tradition to get together, dress up, and make pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie.

    Good luck tomorrow and take it easy!

    • I hadn’t thought about pumpkin! Yes, this is the time of year here where All Things Pumpkin become popular. The limited-edition Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer comes out and I buy out the store so I can have it past the holidays. Pumpkin soup. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin bread. All good stuff!

      • The first few years we celebrated Halloween we had to hunt down pumpkins, they were difficult to get. The last few years it’s been getting easier.
        My secret for a good pumpkin pie: add apples to the pumpkin filling.

        As for the soup: add potato, carrots, leek and onion πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve always enjoyed dressing up. I trick or treated until I was 15 and people kept making rude remarks that I was too old πŸ™ Now I get to dress up with my daughter and help her with her Halloween candy πŸ˜‰

  3. A TBR room? A whole ROOM!? MY book piles better not read this, ’cause they might get ideas of new (and unaffordable) housing arrangements for them. πŸ˜‰

    Joking aside, I can’t believe people would actually cheat by buying and returning a book, then again, it takes all kinds. *very big sigh*

    Last but not least, no Halloween traditions here, then again it might have started becoming more popular each year even in good old Europe, but it’s nothing I see myself participating in. I like pumpkins, though. Not on the porch. On my plate. Yummy.

    P.S.: Just cough profusely in the general direction of your co-workers (or better still, your boss) tomorrow and maybe they let you go home early. It’s worth a try!

    • I agree with you on the pumpkins. I have new neighbors across the street from me and they have four purple ceramic pumpkins in the yard, six neon-pink “ghosts” hanging from their tree, fake tombstones (at least I hope they’re fake) in their yard that say “I’m coming back,” and white netting “cobwebs” draped over the shrubbery. It’s unimaginably ridiculous-looking (they don’t even have kids!) so I’m shuddering to think what Christmas will look like.

  4. I have to dress up at work. I may be one of the few dressed up, but I always do it. And, I have to make my costume or come up with it out of bits and pieces. I won’t go buy a complete costume.

  5. No Halloween traditions, but I did enjoy making my kids their costumes when they were little. Good luck with the evil day job. Boy, do you need some rest!

    • Boy, are you right! I have magazine due to printer next week, a readers luncheon the next weekend, then have to work another football game the weekend after that. I’m trying to hang on until Thanksgiving!

  6. We hand out candy to the local kids. Last year had about 40. Bought two big bags of fun size candy. Unfortunately I opened them a couple days ago, need to go to the store….

    • Haha–yes, I’ve fallen into that trap myself. I learned I cannot have Reese’s or Snickers in the house. When I was buying candy I finally started buying gummy worms and stuff like that because I don’t like them. πŸ™‚

  7. buy and cancel? tacky tacky should be ashamed of themselves . We don’t have any kidlets in our neighbourhood so lights are off. But I will share a funny. Went out the front door this a.m. and a large bear and a very tall pope walked down the street! Still giggling!!

  8. We don’t have Halloween traditions in my country, but it started becoming popular with kids, so this year we had a halloween party for them at school.

  9. I do hand out candy to the kids who come to my door. And betweeen times, I have a glass of wine at hand and a paranormal romance or urban fantasy to read.

    • Now THAT sounds like a nice Halloween, or at least the wine and reading part :-). Admittedly, I don’t think I have a maternal bone in my body. My nieces and nephew perplexed me until they got about 12 or 13 and then I had fun with them πŸ™‚

  10. I don’t do much for Halloween but I do hand out candy until a reasonable hour. After about seven o’clock all we get are teenagers who aren’t even in costume so at seven we shut off the lights and stop answering the door.

  11. Cheating like that is simply … arf i don’t even have a word they should be ashamed fortunately that’s only 3 which means you have a lot of real fan

    halloween is getting miore popular here as well but our tradition is that my brother organise a 24h Cthullu ropleplaying game so decoration and special menu ( sometimes costumes as in 1920).. they play in teh dark so it’s fun to see what make them afraid or how they eat things they normally wouldn’t simply because they don’t see it

    • You should start the Halloween Down Under movement! I guess I never realized until today how primarily American it is, although here it’s getting a lot of traditions of Dias de los Muertos mixed in with it now, which is kind of cool.

  12. Don’t really have any Halloween traditions. We decided not to decorate and do pumpkins this year since Halloween falls on a Saturday. We decided to travel to my sisters so my kids can have fun with their cousins. It was a nice change on not decorating, now I have nothing to have to pack away πŸ™‚

    • Yes, it’s weird falling on a weekend. Our town had the Halloween Town Party on Thursday night because our town that had 30,000 people in it yesterday tonight has about 125,000 extra people here for tomorrow’s football game. Which is a sore subject with me *grouses*. Have a great time visiting your sister!

  13. For Halloween we decorate the house and hand out candy to the cute little trick-or-treaters in costume. It is very popular in our neighborhood and we get approximately 80 children a year. Hope you feel better soon!

  14. I watch some scary movies with my friends, and afterwards we go out in the dark. Just like a little walk. Kind of to see who of us that was scared the most by the movies… ThatΒ΄s our tradition and I just love it! πŸ™‚

  15. I don’t have kids either so I don’t do any dressing up for Halloween, although I have wonderful fond memories of it from my childhood. I do love seeing everyone in their costumes at work and on public transit though. In San Francisco, there used to be a humongous Halloween celebration in the Castro (the famous gay district), and I used to go to it, but the powers-that-be put the kibosh on that a few years back so now I just stay home.

  16. I LOVE Halloween. There’s dressing up and trick-or-treating, of course (though now I usually hand out candy instead of acquiring it). And costume parties. And the annual screening of A Nightmare Before Christmas πŸ™‚

  17. We have 6 children but the older 4 are in college or high school so they don’t do the dressing up and treating anymore. However the younger 2 still like to dress up and go trick or treating.

  18. I love Halloween, since my birthday is the next day it’s my time of year. But since last year, I’ve decided to turn all the lights off and hide in my house because my neighborhood gets inundated with people from all over town driving in. It gets way to expensive to buy enough candy for it all, it’s nonstop answering the door until after 9:00, when i can finally eat dinner, and then there’s the teenagers that show up with backpacks and/or pillowcases with no costume, not even a mask, and expect me to hand them candy. Oh, and there are adults trick or treating too, it’s just gotten ridiculous. I finally had enough after Halloween two years ago and said I’m done. But I’ll have my pumpkin pie tonight and tomorrow, I always get one instead of cake for my birthday. πŸ˜€