This month is Halloween time for many people. They love to dress up in costume and make elaborate decorations and do scary things. While I enjoy Halloween, it’s not my favorite holiday. There are several reasons:
- I’m not into spooky and scary. My idea of a good horror story is something by Edgar Allan Poe. I don’t like blood and guts, and I avoid scary movies and haunted houses—they give me nightmares. (My theory is that my imagination works too well, but maybe I’m just too sensitive.)
- I have had plenty of experience playing pretend so I don’t need Halloween for that. I did a lot of drama in school, and I dress up in Gold Rush clothes for some of my author appearances. So costumes are not a big deal to me.
- Trick or treating in Alaska is uncomfortable. I remember shivering even though Mom insisted on my wearing a layer of clothes underneath my costume. And most of the time there was snow in the ground too—those snow boots were awkward for some of the outfits.
But it’s not all bad. I still appreciate the creativity people have when they carve cool jack-o’lanterns and create awesome costumes.
And, of course, there’s all that chocolate available this time of year! So there are advantages. Halloween can be fun. It’s just a tricky holiday for me personally.
Enjoy yourself out there, and have some candy on me! :-)
Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.