Randomosity on Fridays: Halloween Edition

Happy Friday my darling cupcakes! I'm excited for Halloween even though my costume is still only at about 90 percent. It's ok though because I still have tomorrow and Saturday (sort of)! Alz had to come over and teach me her crafty wire skills. If all goes to plan, there WILL be pictures.

My sister's costume is mostly complete though. Best $8 on fabric she ever spent & it helps our grandma has skills.


1. My sister and I have eaten like 3 bags of mini Reese's peanut butter cups. Yeah, we don't buy candy for Trick or Treaters. We buy it for ourselves.

2. We have also never carved a pumpkin before. Seriously, never.

3. I can watch Supernatural, but I'm a total chicken when it comes to horror movies. I have to watch in the day time with people and something to hide behind.

4. Something else I'm kind of scared of is the fact that NANOWRIMO begins on Monday! What the heck?! How did this happen? I was supposed to be all organized and prepared this year!

5. A book I finished reading recently is PERFECT for Halloween. I am, of course, talking about The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. It is a creepy, beautiful, achingly sweet book. I ADORE Mackie, and I love how he has such a great non-supernatural support group - an awesome sister, cool friends, and parents who are involved in his life and care about him.

I also can't mention Halloween books without mentioning my literary crush and hero, Ray Bradbury. No, I'm actually not talking about The Halloween Tree (another confession: haven't read it!). I actually mean The Dust Returned, which is a beautiful sort-of-collection of short stories about a normal boy whose family is a motley crew of supernaturals. Isn't the cover gorgeous?

Specifically, one of the early "chapters" is the short story "The Homecoming," originally published in 1946. The writing is lyrical, the story exuberant and bittersweet, and if you get the special illustrated edition of just "The Homecoming," the illustrations by Dave McKean are a perfect match.

I just love the design and typography of this book!

Happy weekend and happy Halloween! Don't eat too much candy, and watch out for little monsters. And for those of you not Halloween inclined, get ready for November!

P.S. Emy Shin (formerly Sandy Shin) is celebrating her recent move to her new blog with a giveaway! You can win an ARC of MATCHED by Ally Condie. Go check it out and say hi!


Tere Kirkland said...

I'm ready for Halloween, but I need to pick up some candy today for trick-or-treaters. I'll get them Smarties, and save the peanut-butter cups for me. Kidding! I'm not going to buy any Smarties.

Your sister is adorable. Does that outfit come with pixie dust? ;)

Have a fun time, y'all, and good luck with NaNo!

Melissa said...

I really want to read the replacement!!!! Like right now!

I'm getting anxious about NaNo as well, GOOD LUCK!

Elana Johnson said...

Cute picture! And I loved THE REPLACEMENT, and it does have the sort of creepy feeling to it.

Lydia Kang said...

I still haven't bought candy yet! Yipes!
That costume is precious. I love it.

Emy Shin said...

Peter Pan! Your sister is adorable. I can't wait for the pictures. :)

Oh gosh, I know! I'm so terrified that NaNoWriMo begins on Monday. I feel very much NOT ready.

Also, thank you so much for blogging about my giveaway!

XiXi said...

Perfect! I've been looking for a creepy (but not scary!) book to read for autumn. Will get on The Replacement.

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Christina Lee said...

I love your randomosity! Right now, the day after Halloween, I cannot even LOOK at another piece of candy-haha!

Unknown said...

Tere- I hope you got those peanut butter cups. Yum! :) Thanks for the compliments on the sister's costume! I will need NaNo luck!

Melissa- Thanks! The Replacement is SO GOOD. Good luck to you too!

Elana- Thanks! <3 the Replacement.

Lydia- My sister's flattered everyone likes her costume! Yay!

Krispy said...

Emy- No probs! Thank YOU for having the giveaway! Thanks for the Peter Pan costume love! :D

XiXi- Yeah, Replacement is good! Moody and creepy but not something that'll keep you up at night. ;) You are demanding. I may have to comply.

Christina- LOL. The dangers of Halloween. Candy overload!

Ariana Ferrone said...

I read The Replacement and loved it too! I think that creepy faeries are the best kind. :)

Sherrie Petersen said...

A friend gave me The Replacements last week. Looks delightfully creepy. Of course, I probably won't have time to read it until December since I'm doing NaNo too :)

Your sister's costume is great!

Anonymous said...

I have The Replacement and can't wait to read it.

I loved reading Bradbury stories in high school and college. Some day I will reread them.

Your sis looks cute in that outfit.

Krispy said...

Ariana- Yeah, I like the pretty/gorgeous ones, but it's always more interesting when they're also creepy. :)

Sherrie- It's good! But yes, after November. ;)

Medeia- Bradbury had to grow on me when I read his stuff in school, but now I love his writing. So definitely worth revisiting. Thanks for the compliment on my sister's costume!