Halloween Through the Years

Repurposing this one for Wordless Wednesday. All of the photos TimeHop showed me of my kids on Halloween. They are adults now and Halloween likely will not be much fun this year.

For Halloween Let These Zombie Books Eat Your Brains

Just in time for Halloween – my post for work on my favorite zombie books. Feel free to add yours in the comments. I’m always looking for good xombie books to read.

CHAPTER CHATS

Black and white photo of an overpass with the Empire State Building int the background and dark clouds overhead.

by Alan S.

The haunting times are almost here – get in a spooky mood with some of my favorite zombie books.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead (also available in ebook) – If you like your monsters a little more literary, you should start here. Mark Spitz is an uninfected worker assigned to clear Zone One (in Manhattan) of the infected. The book spans three days of work and includes flashbacks of how Mark survived the zombie apocalypse and the reason for his nickname.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – I have always said that zombies were my favorite monster because you could in no way make them romantic. Marion proves me wrong with Warm Bodies. He tells the story of R, a zombie living in an abandoned airport who falls in love with a human girl name Julie after eating the brain of her boyfriend. I thought…

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Selling Fear on Halloween

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Photo by Toni Cuenca on Pexels.com

I notice more and more these days that people are selling fear on Halloween. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the good fear of haunted houses, horror movies, and costumes. I’m talking about the “people are trying to kill/molest your children” fear or the “Your kids might die in a horrible accident” fear. The news is covered with stories on Halloween safety. Some are good with nice tips on pedestrian safety that we need to follow every day. Some are lists and lists of ways your kid’s costume might lead to their death. Maybe they should all just stay home since today’s kids are apparently unable to handle walking down the street in a costume without dying.

If you have a gifted and talented child who can survive the treacherous trek through the neighborhood, they will likely die at home from eating tampered Halloween candy. According to what I read in the news our seemingly normal neighbors have just been biding their time, waiting for the perfect day to kill our children with poisoned candy. Or not. What they don’t tell you is that there has never been a confirmed case of a stranger tampering with Halloween candy. Never. But still, we are told to waste the ER’s time in some areas by X-raying candy, throw out homemade goodies and inspect all other candy for tampering. All for unsubstantiated fear.

I won’t even get into the hype over the round-up of sex offenders.

Why can’t we just let go of the fear and let our kids have fun for a change?