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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

on October 14, 2014


Happy Halloween! I’m participating in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, sponsored by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I live on a street with many children and love handing out treats and oohing and ahhing over their costumes. One of my own memories of Halloween is the Pumpkin Box costume.  This was a large box painted orange with black eyes and mouth. I wore it during fourth grade and hated it! All the girls that year were fancy witches and as they paraded into the bathroom to get ready, I had to stay in the classroom with the boys who teased me about my costume. That night, I went home and changed my costume to be a witch–just like everyone else. A few years ago, a boy came to my door wearing a box with the Amazon logo. He grinned at me and said, “I’m an Amazon package.” It reminded me a lot of my pumpkin box costume.

Here is a picture of my pumpkin box costume:

The Pumpkin Box Costume

The Pumpkin Box Costume

As a part of the Spooktacular Giveaway blog hop, I’m giving away one Kindle ebook copy of my sweet contemporary romance novella, HALLOWEEN LOVE FORTUNE and a $10 Amazon Gift card! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment telling me about a favorite (or least favorite) Halloween costume that you wore–or that you made for a child. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact the winner. I will announce the winner of the blog hop on November 2, 2014. (US and International entries).


Halloween Love Fortunex

Blurb: Jenny Piercy is excited to help with the Elmheart Hotel’s old-fashion Halloween barn party and enjoys nothing more than working side-by-side long-time friend, Zach Cullver. But, it’s going to take more than a fortune teller’s prediction of true love to bring these two together. Can a coffin and a mummy costume show Zach and Jenny the best romance is found in long-time friendship in this sweet, contemporary romance novella? This is the second story in the Elmheart Hotel sweet contemporary novella series, but you do not have to read the first one to read this one.

A listing of all of the sweet romances in the Elmheart Hotel series can be found here.


To find the listings of the other blogs on the Spooktacular Giveaway Blog Hop, go here.



95 responses to “Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

  1. Heidi Embrey says:

    My favorite Halloween costumes for the kids were a Farmer and the Worlds Biggest Strawberry..Thanks 🙂

  2. Natalie says:

    My favorite halloween costume was the candlestick from beauty and the beats!

  3. K.L. Pickett says:

    One year I designed a unique costume: I was a Christmas tree! I made a tin foil star for the top of my head and painted my face green. The “tree” was layers of green netting on which I attached Christmas ornaments. It was a great hit!

  4. My favorite was a 1920’s flapper.

  5. punkin0001 says:

    Well I am remember wearing the batman mask to work and I won the costume prize! All the kids that came to the deli with their parents were so excited and mostly all of them voted for me.

  6. Angela says:

    Sadly, I have never celebrated Halloween… angela1997at live dot nl

  7. The best costume i ever wore was a pocohantis indian outfit. Email isisthe12th@gmail.com

  8. Mai Tran says:

    My favorite Halloween costume ever was Despicable Me minion. I was a blast at last year party!

  9. Anne says:

    Favorite was recycling a mouse costume I wore in a ballet class. I wore it for Halloween, my younger brother than sister also wore it. I was the cutest.


  10. So much fun reading about everyone’s Halloween costumes–lots of great ideas in here! Thanks for stopping by on the hop. Winner announced on November 2!

  11. stephmb5 says:

    My favorite was my Furby* costume I wore for like five years in a row. I loved that thing! Thank you for the opportunity!! 😀

  12. I went as Carmen Miranda one year. It was my favorite costume. flip at ida dot net

  13. so sad, there is no haloween in my country Indonesia, but couple years ago i came to australia for homestay, and my fiends asked me to go to haloween party…i don’t know how to wear so i choose wearing chinese gown (even i am not a chinese) but that so much fun…i miss the fun…

    thx u for hosting 🙂

    -nurmawati djuhawan-
    chiko_jubilee at yahoo dot com

  14. Judy-Ree says:

    We made my sister a bag of jelly beans one year. We took a large clear plastic garbage bag, put in leg holes and arm holes and “tied” the bag around her neck. It was filled with small waterballoon sized balloons as the jelly beans. It was adorable. She was miserable. The bag and balloons acted as a thermal insulator and she was so hot she was literally sweating and it was in the mid 50’s that night. Poor Baby looked cute, but felt miserable.

  15. Yolanda G says:

    My favourite costume was when I dressed up as Big Bird! My three year old son was so excited! Of course that was 32 years ago! Last year my 1 1/2 year old grandson was Tigger and that was pretty special!

  16. monacpete says:

    My favorite was a biker chick that I wore last year

  17. Jennifer Messerschmidt says:

    I loved all my costumes over the years. I really liked my nurse, firewoman, gladiator, and vampire costumes that I have worn the last four years. Thanks for the giveaway!

    mpg12345 AT aol DOT com

  18. Jennifer Rote says:

    My least favorite costume was when I went as a Hobo as a child.

  19. Lotus says:

    I went one year as a box of Ivory Soap that I made and painted the logo and everything! Reminded me a little of your pumpkin, but mine was more elaborate!

  20. Jan Lee says:

    One year I made a lady gangster costume with a pin stripe skirt suit, a fedora, a cigar, and a red rose on the lapel. It did get a prize at the local Halloween fair 🙂

  21. SheilaS. says:

    The Halloween costume that was a favorite and non- favorite was a gorgeous princess costume I made for my then 7 year old daughter. It turned out beautiful, but it was terrible material to sew and kept slipping while I sewed it on my machine. She loved it and played dress up with it for years, so I guess it was worth it. 🙂 ssdawn2002(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  22. Dovile says:

    We don’t celebrate Halloween over here in country, so I’ve never worn a Halloween costume.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  23. Ashfa says:

    I loved my niece’s Rapunzel costume last year!!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

  24. Jen B says:

    I’ve never worn or made a halloween costume, but a few years ago I went shopping with my mum, gran, aunt and cousin. We were looking for a costume for my cousin, who was about 13 months old at the time, we found her a pumpkin one that could go over her clothes with a hat for the stalk. We put it on her in the shop to see if it would fit, then almost wet ourselves laughing at how funny/cute she looked, as was every other person who walked past!

  25. I have a Minnie Mouse Costume I wore last year that I absolutely loved! I just wore it to pass out candy & everyone that came to the door loved the costume. =)

    Thank you for the giveaway! =)

    Take care & I hope you have a great day! ❤
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  26. Cheryl Rogers says:

    I once was Pippi Longstocking, the wig was hilarious. The show is on Netflix, my kids love it!

  27. Holly Letson says:

    My favorite was the year I made myself a costume to be Jessie from *Pokemon’s* villian team, Team Rocket. It wasn’t exactly like hers, but I enjoyed it.

    bookaholicholly at gmail dot com

  28. JanD says:

    My favorite costume was a ninja because it was so simple to use my own clothes and the props were inexpensive.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  29. morwesong says:

    As a child, my mother made all of my costumes. I think my favorite was the year I was a dalmatian.

    This year I plan on getting some of those paint strip samples from Lowes and I am going to be ‘fifty shades of grey’ 😉

  30. I loved the Indian costume that I wore when I was a teenager (ages ago).

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  31. My favorite costume was when I wore my mom’s hippie dress from the 70’s!

  32. Melissa Crisp says:

    When I was 8 I wanted to be Maggie from The Simpsons. I was the most bootleg looking Maggie ever.
    leighannecrisp at yahoo dot com

  33. heather eg kaufman says:

    My favorite costume was when my 1yr old went as Grumpy Bear…it fit him perfectly…lol

  34. So much fun to hear all about these different costumes!!! Good luck everyone. Giveaway will be announced November 2.

  35. bn100 says:

    a witch

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  36. amy bowens says:

    It was a Christmas tree with real ornaments. As I was walking they kept falling off and when I they did they shattered and everyone looked at me. I was so embarrassed.

  37. My favorite Halloween costume was a princess costume my dad made for me form one of my mom’s old dresses. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 (And cute pumpkin costume, even if you were embarrassed)

    molly.mortensen [at] gmail

  38. Kortney Lah says:

    My favorite costume as a child was my statue of liberty when I was about 10 years old. ❤ I went to our church thing, and this was right after 9/11 and I won best costume there! ❤ It made me feel so awesome, plus it meant a lot because it was something my mother and grandmother worked on together before they stopped talking to each other after my grandfather passed. ❤

  39. ladymagnolia99 says:

    Along time ago I wore a witch costume that was so authentic looking. I got so many compliments on it!!!

    Judy Cox

  40. ladymagnolia99 says:

    Forgot the email (magnolias_1(at)msn(dot)com

    Judy Cox

  41. LJ says:

    I was snoopy when I was 5. I loved it. After being married I told my husband about the costume – He was snoopy too! funhippo3atyahoodotcom

  42. Sarah Miles says:

    It’s a tossup for me. I remember being a fairy one year, the first year I really picked out my costume myself. Pretty, shimmery green dress and wings with sparkles. Earlier on, my parents dressed me up as Raggedy Ann. Red yarn wig, face paint to look like the doll, blue dress with white leggings and shirt under to look like the doll’s exposed arms and legs. It was a *really* good costume. (smilesXalumniYcmuYedu, x is @ and the y’s are dots)

  43. Meg says:

    One of my favorite costumes was my Cinderella costume. I loved it so much I think I wore it for three years or so and probably anytime I played dress up in between those Halloweens.


  44. Ally Swanson says:

    My favorite Halloween costume that I wore was Miss America. I had a beautiful evening gown, sash, crown, flowers, etc. it was fun doing the special wave and dressing up.

  45. Ally Swanson says:

    Oops, I forgot to leave my email address – allyswanson@hotmail.com, thanks!

  46. ESTELA KLEMP says:

    I haven’t worn it yet, but this year, I’m dressing up as a zombie mom. I’m pregnant, and I’m gluing a doll’s arms and feet to a shirt and making it look like I have a zombie baby coming out! Might sound gory, but it’ll be fabulous! (I’m a Walking Dead fanatic, so this is my fave!)

  47. BookAttict says:

    When I was 7, my Mom made me this awesome Snoopy costume that I absolutely loved!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    WordPress: BookAttict

  48. lkish77123 says:

    My son was the absolute cutest Peter Pan when he was 3.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  49. tfs93 says:

    My boys went as Michael Jackson and a sumo wrestler. Best costumes ever.
    videoclimber AT yahoo (DOT) com

  50. So many great costume ideas here! Halloween is just a few days away–getting excited to see all the kids coming to the door to Trick-Or-Treat. Announcement of the winner of the hop will be on November 2. Thanks so much everyone for stopping by!

  51. AimeeKay says:

    My favorite costume was my daughters first real halloween costume. she was Pickachu and she wore it FOREVER!

  52. AimeeKay says:

    Forgot to leave my email! It’s


  53. Melanie McClure says:

    I made a flapper costume for my daughter last year.


  54. Makaela says:

    I went as a Blue M&M in middle school. I loved it! theindigoshelf (at) gmail (dot) com

  55. Toni Porter says:

    My childhood was filled with amazing costumes that my mother sewed for me. A very memorable one, though, was when I was five. She made a mermaid tail out of tulle and lame, and stuffed the tail with polyfill (it was out to the side so I had a range of movement and wouldn’t trip). For the top, she sewed two purple “shells” onto a sweatshirt that matched my skin tone for a shell “bra”. (Hey, we lived above 45 degrees N, warmth had to be a consideration.) In my hair, she sprayed red, one-wash hair color, and sparkles.

    I got so much candy that year….


  56. iriel says:

    We don’t really celebrate Halloween in Argentina 😦 But I did bought a nice clown costume for my niece, because she loves dressing up!

  57. daphnel23 says:

    This sounds great! My favorite costume or least favorite? Least favorite was the cowgirl. Picture this – Grandpa’s boots and cap guns and huge ten-gallon hat. Yikes. Favorite was cheerleader. My mom made the costume (pom poms and all!) and it was very adorable.

    Thank you!

    daphnelynn6 at gmail dot com

  58. Seyma Shabbir says:

    My favorite costume was Elvira, least fav was Little Bo peep!
    seyma_bennett AT hotmail

  59. Elizabeth says:

    My favorite AND least favorite costume was the year that my siblings and friends all dressed up as a band of pirates, and I went as their “captive maiden.” We rehearsed this whole skit where they would do their AARRRRGH yell and I would shriek in fright. We were going to do this at each house instead of saying “trick or treat.” Well, most people kind of freaked out when we started the skit on their front porches. It made me feel embarrassed, and I wanted to go home early or just change into a pirate costume like the rest of my friends. We ended up dropping the skit, and the rest of the night was fine. I just always remember that feeling of thinking we had done something creative and fun, and having no one really understand what we were doing. Fifteen years later, I’d say maybe we could have saved it for a different venue rather than people’s front porches…but our creativity was still awesome!

  60. kumquat8 says:

    My favorite was the year I dressed up as Frankenstein. I loved making my face and hands green, not sure my mom liked the mess I left behind. kumquat8 at hotmail dot com

    • Ha ha! Great story! I bet she didn’t like it! One Christmas, a gal who I mentored wanted to make Christmas cookies. She stuck her hands into the green frosting and ran around with green hands! She would have made a good Frankenstein!

  61. Tori says:

    My favorite is when I was Darth Vader. :3

  62. Kerry O'Dea says:

    I was a red crayon when I was about 5. That had to be my worst costume. tomegnome5@gmail.com

  63. Misha K. says:

    One year I was a pirate and the dress was really soft and pretty reds and yellows. I loved that costume and its big fancy hat! I use to come home after school everyday and change into it after Halloween like it was lounge wear, lol. Good times, good times.
    MostlyMisha [at] gmail [dot] com

  64. sablelexi says:

    My favorite Halloween costume that I wore as a kid was a black cat. I wore that costume three or four years.
    Jennelle J
    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  65. Natasha says:

    My favorite costume was when I was a ghost.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  66. Angela Cisco says:

    I had a half man half woman costume that I made when I was younger

  67. Daniel M says:

    tried to be a ghost, was pretty lame

  68. Beverly Gordon says:

    I was ahobo once cause i didnt wanna dressup really and im letting my 5 yr old dress up like a teenager


  69. Lee Todd says:

    I’ve never worn a costume as we don’t celebrate Halloween in Australia

  70. lissa crane says:

    I was Raggedy Ann when I was a child and it was an awesome home made costume! I even put fifty ribbons in my hair, so my real hair looked just like her yarn hair! Great memory!

  71. Heather Poindexter says:

    My favorite costume is the black widow spider I went as at ECU.

  72. My favorite costume was Casper the Ghost. The costume had a lot a fabric that flowed behind me when I ran. I was the fastest ghost ever. LOL! Thanks for the chance to win!
    soniperry [at] gmail [dot] com

  73. Hope To Read says:

    My son hates wearing any costume with a hat or mask

  74. slashbrook says:

    The best costume I can remember was being Casper the Friendly Ghost even though I hated the mask cuz it was hot!

  75. Erika says:

    My favorite costumes were when my whole family dressed like the Wizard of Oz characters last year. It was super cute and fun! Thanks!

  76. I hope everyone had a great Halloween! The winner of the blog hop will be announced tomorrow on this blog. All comments are officially closed now. Thanks for stopping by!

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