Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bec McMaster: Dear Halloween

Dear Halloween,

I think you're officially the only international holiday I would want Australians to steal. I can see plastic pumpkins, lollies (ah, candy to the US folks?) and costumes creeping onto the shelves at Safeway, but I would definitely be down with some creepy costume hijinks and some trick or treating of my own. In fact, this has probably come about twenty years too late, but my inner child could still go for it. 

The problem? I live in a small country town in Southern Australia. And whilst I'd love to dress up, kick back at a party or take my little niece and nephew trick or treating, I think most people would probably open their doors and stare at us, asking what we want. Halloween's not a big thing in Oz, though it's growing more prevalent. I know last year I had some poor kid and his mum knock on the door and I had nothing. Apples maybe?

The costume idea is definitely the main appeal (though I'm certainly not going to say no to lollies!). I write steampunk romance, and whilst it's all very good to spend 90% of my writing life in my pink dressing gown in front of the computer, getting the opportunity to dress up sounds awesome. True confession: I have never been steampunked up.

Granted, there's not a lot of opportunity in small country towns to dress up. And I can't sew, so creating something myself is... maybe a bit of a stretch. But I like the idea. I want a sexy corset and some seriously-cool goggles to wear. I'm thinking airship captain or sky pirate. I just need the opportunity.

So, I'm all keen on this new influx of pumpkin flavoured whatever's into our grocery stores. And next October I might just throw my own costume party.

As for this year, I'm buying lollies, just in case.

Bec McMaster

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Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. Read more about her at or follow her on Twitter, @BecMcMaster.

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Aly said...

I love Christmas. It has everything: vacation, presents, snow, great food, family, presents :D

Mary Preston said...

Christmas is my favourite to. The time of year just has such a magic feel to it. I love buying gifts & giving them out. Great food & company - it's ALL good.

petite said...

My favorite is Chanukah since it is especially wonderful for children who are delighted with the cute gifts, the latkes and the celebrations.

Eli Yanti said...

Chinese new year, I don't celebrate Christmas but still I love about Christmas :)

Laurie G said...

My favorite holiday is also Christmas. My whole family gets together to celebrate Christ's birth. Baking and eating are the highlights! Presents have been downplayed over the years. We cut down a tree. The scent of pine and a roasting fire are wonderful scents for me.

Karen H in NC said...

I think I have to go with Christmas. It's the one holiday when my whole family is together. Love the fun of opening gifts, drinking spiced (and spiked) apple cider and/or egg nog!