Happy Halloween!

Halloween, also known as “Break the Internet with Your Noveling Angst Day,” or “Reverse Triskaidekaphobia Day,” is upon us. It is the day when too many of us eat too much bad candy (or argue that there is no such thing as “bad” candy, declaring that the witches have decreed Halloween to be magically calorie free). It is the day when parents convince small children that all the chocolate in their treat bags is “yucky” and offer to take it off their small, grubby hands. It may be the last day, for some, where that trick still works. Alas, the little goblins do grow up and discover the joy of chocolate. Even the dark chocolate is not safe, by the time the little monsters are one and twenty.

Speaking of little monsters, Trockle and his mom, Gurgelda, want me to wish you all a Happy Halloween on their behalf, and to remind you that National Novel Writing Month is not just for grown-ups. Did you know that they offer a really fun and excellent writing program for children and teens, as well? If you’d like to learn more, just drop by http://ywp.nanowrimo.org. It’s not too late. It’s never too late to spark a love of language and set a young person’s feet on the path to being a writer.

I mean, they will end up being a writer with or without your encouragement, most likely, if that’s where destiny leads them. But by then, it may be too late to guarantee you’re immortalized in a dedication, or to ensure that you’re not turned into an ax-wielding psychopath or that character who stupidly insists on going up the stairs in the dark to “check things out” while the creepy music plays. So think about it. I think you’ll see the wisdom in encouraging young readers and writers with lots of books, pens, paper, and writing time. It’s much more fun to be the protagonist, if you know what I mean.

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It is the one day a year I will happily share this on my blog.

Tomorrow, I will smash it and kill it with fire. Not really. The little Halloween-hued orb-weaver is quite industrious and charming, spinning his trap lines outside my kitchen window, stretching them from bricks to oleander, and knows better than to creep indoors and startle me when I am standing near the knives and blunt objects like giant silicone spatulas. He would not want his crunchy, brightly colored self to be mistaken for a Halloween candy when tiny Trick-or-Treaters arrive. We coexist peacefully, and wish the rest of the world would follow suit. If we can, anyone can.

HollyJahangiri

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/hollyjahangiri. For more information on her children's books, please visit http://jahangiri.us/books.
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14 thoughts on “Happy Halloween!”

  1. Hey Holly, happy Halloween and all that.

    Speaking of Halloween, it surprises me that where it used to completely non existent in Australia it has been growing in popularity over the last few years. I reckon if we’re going to take on an American marketing ploy then you should take on one of ours. Maybe sharing the Vegemite around 😉
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      1. Actually it’s my honest opinion that most Aussies love vegemite. Those who don’t know how to use it. Works best on buttered toast and used sparingly. You certainly don’t lay it on thick as if it was jam or something. Speaking of jam why do you guys call it jelly?
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      2. There’s jam, jelly, and preserves. I’m pretty sure they’re supposed to be synonymous – but to me, jelly’s clear (colored, but no visible chunks of fruit) and probably mostly sugar. Preserves are closer to the way your grandma would’ve made them – thick with real fruit and seeds. Jam? I don’t know – Brit for “stuff you spread on toast”?

  2. Wonderful post about my favorite holiday! We actually managed to limit ourselves to one candy bar each. I still have a few bites left on mine.

    Your orb weaver is gorgeous!!! I was lucky enough to have one just outside our garage from August 1 through August 17. I got many wonderful pictures of her, and even managed to get video of her weaving!

    Happy New Year 🙂

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