Candy binges, voodoo priestesses, pet costume contests and zombie weddings—our main characters have big plans this Halloween! Have fun plans of your own? Tell us how you—or your favorite fictional character—are celebrating this year in the comments below.
Dayna would probably prepare for Halloween a week or so in advance by stocking up on one of those bags that have tons of different candy in it. Variety is the spice of life, after all. She’d immediately go home and eat all the “good candy” in it, promising herself she’d leave the rest “for the kids.” That would last probably about a day, which is when she’d find herself eating the second-tier candy before once again claiming she won’t even look at that bag until Halloween.
Of course, by the time Halloween actually rolled around, the bag would be completely empty. Even that God-awful bubble gum would be gone. Desperate, Day would make a last-minute candy run to the nearest drug store, where she’d fight to the almost-death for the last bag of Snickers. Then she’d go home and wait for the trick-or-treaters—secretly hoping that none would show up so she’d have the Snickers all to herself. She’d probably turn in about 10:30 pm. Why? Because she’d need to be up bright and early for the post-Halloween candy sales.
Being that my series takes place in south Louisiana, which is rife with rituals and a belief in the otherworldly, even the adults in Pelican—the fictional village where my series is set—would celebrate Halloween in a big way. After the kids finish trick-or-treating, grownups would converge on Junie’s Oyster Bar and Dance Hall for a raucous party. The town voodoo priestess, Marie Brevelle, would set up shop in this ancient, popular hangout, and make gris gris bags for anyone who needed a little mojo in some aspect of their lives. (Don’t tell anyone, but I think even the town priest, Father Prit, has availed himself of the occasional gris gris bag.) My protagonist, Maggie Crozat, is an artist, and I think she’d dress up as either Frieda Kahlo or Blue Dog, the iconic Louisiana image created by artist George Rodrigue. There would be much gaiety and imbibing, but when some of the drunker guests declare that they’re going to take the party to the local cemetery, the room would fall silent. Because a spooky cemetery filled with above-ground tombs is the last place you’d want to be on Halloween in Louisiana.
I’m not 100-percent positive what The Ladies Smythe & Westin would be up to, as this is the first Halloween I’ve known them. Summer is in her 20s and Dorothy is 70-something, so they might have slightly different plans. I’m pretty confident, though, that neither would attend the 5:00 pm Black and Boo! Festival in the dining room at the Hibiscus Pointe Senior Living Community. After a more hopping dinner in downtown Milano, where kids and adults show off their costumes in a lantern parade, Summer might—to Dorothy’s horror—enter Dorothy’s appropriately-named cat, Mr. Bitey, in the pet costume competition to win free tickets to a Florida theme park. Later, I imagine Dorothy will retire with a volume of Edgar Allan Poe and Summer will hit the clubs for a ghoulish party scene that pales somewhat to her former Halloween haunts: LA’s West Hollywood and NYC’s West Village.
Since it’s on a Saturday this year, Kelsey would have a wedding to oversee—one of the last of the fall season. However, since the couple picked October 31 as their wedding day, of course it would be a Halloween-themed wedding in an old Victorian mansion—probably haunted. In the afternoon, she’d have to make sure the fog machine was working and that there was plenty of dry ice for the punch bowl. Next, she’d meet with the actors who would be roaming the grounds in costume and give them their instructions: “I mean it, ghouls! Don’t jump out at anyone over the age of 75. We don’t want a medical emergency on our hands!” Then, she’d help the bride get into her tattered wedding dress and make sure the makeup artist applied the zombie makeup just right—one of the last remaining things to tend to before the costumed guests began to arrive. (Oh my God, now I want to go to this wedding!)
Okay, now it’s your turn! How will you (or your favorite character) spend Halloween?