By Kath Rutledge of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae
What are you doing for Halloween? Decorating the house? Handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters? I never really got into Halloween much after I outgrew going door-to-door. Never liked bobbing for apples at all. But this year the holiday is going to be . . . different. This year I’m celebrating with a ghost. How fun is that? (Actually, I’m not sure it will be fun. It might just be weird, but don’t tell Geneva I said that.)
For Geneva, I hope it is a lot of fun. She doesn’t remember dressing up in costumes or going to parties during her life. Certainly Emmett Cobb never decorated the cottage she haunted for all those years. The Blue Plum Downtown Merchants Association is sponsoring a “Howl-o-ween” event for kids, though, with a costume parade and kids trick-or-treating from business-to-business. Once I explained it to Geneva, she really got into the preparations. She watched Ardis and Debbie festoon the windows and porch of the Weaver's Cat with fake cobwebs, critiquing their efforts as they worked. I’m glad they couldn’t hear her; she was sure she could do a more realistic job. “If you want a haunted look,” she sniffed, “you should ask the professional ghost.”
She even came with me to pick out pumpkins at the farmers market. She doesn’t often come shopping with me, so that was, um, fun. She LOVED the white pumpkins and begged me to buy a “ghost” pumpkin for her. How could I not? That afternoon, we (well, I) made ghost cookies to hand out to the kids. I decided to dress up as Sherlock Holmes, complete with deerstalker and pipe. (Hah! Take that Clod Dunbar.) Geneva was sad that no one will see her in her “costume.” To make up for that, I promised her we’ll have a slumber party – just her, me, and Argyle the cat – up in the attic study. “Will we stay up until midnight telling ghost stories?” she asked.
I might regret that promise, but probably not. If you don’t have family, who better to spend a holiday with than friends of either the normal or paranormal variety? What normal or paranormal traditions do you have for Halloween?
LAST WOOL AND TESTAMENT and DYEING WISHES, books one and two in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, are available in mass market, e-book, and audio book wherever books are sold. LAST WOOL AND TESTAMENT is the winner of the 2013 Lovey Award for best Paranormal, Sci-fi, or Horror Novel and was named as one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2012.
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