Halloween might be over, but that doesn’t mean the terrifying experiences we might have had don’t linger. The authors of Spooktaclar Seductions help keep Halloween alive all year. I wanted to know what’s scared them over the years on Halloween.
So ladies, what is your most terrifying Halloween experience? A creepy party, horrible date, even scarier haunted house that you peed your pants in…
In high school, a boyfriend took me to the local haunted house and laughed at me when I changed my mind at the last minute about going in. I screamed at every sight and thing that jumped out at me but went through to the end. As I remember, we only had a couple more dates before I realized he wasn’t the nicest guy around. I have yet to go through another haunted house.
I can’t honestly remember if this was *actually* Halloween but we’ll pretend it is.
I grew up in a small town where the electricity could be sketchy, especially when it was storming out, as it was that night. This was back in the eighties and as part of a Halloween party hosted at our house we were all watching Gremlins on television, a movie about these small, evil creatures who mess with electrical appliances. We were at an especially scary part, with the Gremlin theme song (if you have ever heard it, you know what I mean) as the little guys prepared to disrupt a movie theater. Suddenly, the lights went out. In our house. I might have screamed a little. I never have hosted a Halloween party since then.
This happened the same year I dressed up as a witch. At the end of the night, when I removed my costume, and washed my face, the green food coloring had absorbed into my skin. I was green for several days.
Not technically a Halloween experience but I once went on a holiday to Melbourne and stayed in a lovely hotel in the inner city. I had just recently scared the bejesus out of myself by watching the film version of Stephen King’s short story ‘1408’ staring John Cusack; basically a writer enters a haunted hotel room and never leaves it. Anyway, I forgot all about the premise of that story until I got out of the elevator after checking in and looked up at the number on the front on my door – it was 1408 – needless to say I didn’t close my eyes while I bathed that whole week and slept fully clothed.
I was at a girl scout Halloween party. The family that hosted had a VERY elaborate hoax set up. They told of a bride and groom who drove off the road and drown in the lake behind their house. The creepy part was when we saw a bride and groom glowing in the dark that walked up to the house and kidnapped one of the girls. Ten minutes later the girl was returned and we got to meet the “ghosts.” I think I was ten. A lot of years later I still remember it perfectly.
I’ve had all manner of web wrapped Halloweens with scary movies and freaky masks. But the most scary Halloween I ever had was when I went to the wrong neighborhood to trick or treat. No one celebrated the holiday. I walked down lonely, windswept streets, and was offered odd looks and random household objects. I vaguely remember a key bowl filled with old food stuffs, some batteries, keys, and random small objects.
It was absolutely terrifying, a Halloween without Halloween. My candy bag was at dangerously low levels, since I kept waving off the small objects all of the nicer, yet sadly unprepared people kept pushing at me. And of all the people who opened the door and gave me the stink eye, uttering those unthinkable words, “We don’t celebrate Halloween,” before slamming the door shut. Gasp! It can still send a shiver through a trick or treater’s heart.
Lurk in the bushes, make us scream, but always, always celebrate Halloween.
Lisa A. Adams
I was stationed out in San Diego, CA for Halloween once. A group of friends and I decided to hit the city for the haunted houses and parades and such that were being held. However, San Diego is the home to the Museum of Death. It operates year round, but seems even more terrifying during Halloween. Why so terrifying? Because it showcased REAL events from the past. They actually happened. It was definitely creepy. LOL.
My most terrifying Halloween experience was visiting a haunted house in an actual creepy old house, operated as charity fundraiser. I was looking forward to a scary, but otherwise wholesome, haunted house, but instead I was groped by some of the pervs running it. Horror of a different kind!
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Key Words: Romance, Short Stories, Halloween, Paranormal
Bewitching Gypsy by Linda Carroll Bradd
Fiona Mikolas is an outcast, branded by her fiery red hair and a purple birth mark—both signs of the devil. Two years earlier, she survived an influenza outbreak that claimed her peddler husband, Gregos, and her baby son, Tito. Now she lives a solitary life, traveling a circuit of southern states in America and selling healing potions. Until the night of All Hallow’s Eve, when her lonely life is changed by the arrival of two strangers in her camp.
Beaten and robbed, rancher Hagan Fletcher stumbles toward the light of a campfire in south Texas, intent on finding a way to retrieve his stolen stallion. When he awakens, he’s forgotten his name and how he came to be in the company of an exotic beauty. Fiona’s ways are a mystery but when her quick-thinking saves his life again, he looks deeper beneath the surface to who she really is.
Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler
Something, or someone, pulled Miranda to purchase the old carriage house. It was a great deal, most likely because of the cemetery or the unexpected resident, Thomas. The ghost she finds within the sanctuary of her new home should have scared her. Instead she finds herself falling in love with him.
Now, a few days from Halloween, Thomas continues to push her to live her life. He wants one night though; the one night of magic for the dead. Torn by her love for Thomas and her need for reality and human contact, Miranda takes a chance with Sean. Someone who’s alive. The guilt is eating away at her. Sean’s nice and he hasn’t run off yet, pushed away by her craziness. Miranda knows she can’t split her herself.
Choosing her heart’s desire doesn’t seem possible, but living and loving another seems like a life riddled with pain.
If This Be Madness by Echo Shea
Don’t let me go…
Those are words that break her. When the person you love most is gone, how do you let go?
And, more importantly, who will you be once you do?
Ghost of a Chance by Lily Carlyle
After years of having her college boyfriend Sean as an ex with benefits, Julie believes he is finally, irrevocably out of her life. Forever. And it breaks her heart.
Until one night he shows up at the neighborhood hangout—with a mysterious job, luxurious car, and fabulous digs. Not to mention a new determination to woo Julie.
Even as her mind says no, her heart—and other parts of her body—is saying yes, yes, yes!
Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa
Jeff Austin-LeGrange has been fleeing from the remnants of his dark and haunted childhood his entire life. The past always catches up to us, and his is no exception.
Alice Hopkins, Jeff’s high school sweetheart, has tried to forget him and tried to move on. You never forget your first love.
When Jeff’s mother dies and Alice’s father falls ill, the two are forced to confront their mutual history and their deepest desires. One thing is sure: neither of their lives will ever be the same again. Perhaps, the past can be overcome. Perhaps, it is not too late to believe in miracles. Perhaps, more than one couple will be reunited this Fall.
Who can say? With a little magic, anything is possible.
Encantado by Havva Murat
Spending Friday night in an abandoned amusement park sounded like an awesome idea to motherless, teenage track star, Remy Bordeaux—empty rides with no queues, and time alone with his best friend’s alluring sister, Rafaela, was sure to make for a memorable night.
But Friday night at Six Flags became memorable for all the wrong reasons when the park turned out to not be so abandoned after all. Rafaela goes missing after getting cozy with Remy, and everyone thinks that Remy is responsible, even his best friend.
It will take another trespassing trip to Six Flags for the truth of Rafaela’s disappearance to be revealed and for the riddle of Remy’s birth to be unraveled.
Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas
Loralei takes extreme measures to prove her cheating husband has forsaken their bows by seeking confirmation from a fortune-teller. The truth revealed is that she’s been unfaithful in a six hundred year old spiritual marriage.
Samael, the Angel of Death must assist a young girl’s soul in ascending to heaven. An unexpected encounter with his estranged wife distracts him and the precious soul is lost.
Working together to save the endangered soul, they find the price to reach her is higher than they both anticipate.
Spooky Hollow Café by Lisa A. Adams
Aggie Pierce owns a quaint little spot, the Spooky Hollow Cafe’. Tourist come from all over the nation to her confections diner for the entertainment. Real live interacting ghosts make appearances once a day, you just don’t know when.
But, when a ghost’s crush becomes an obsession, just how far will a hero have to go to save Aggie’s life?
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