Happy Halloween, everyone!
In true bookworm style, I’m not doing anything special tonight to celebrate the season (my excuse is that the Great British Bake Off finale is on…), but I thought that I would attempt to get somewhat into the Halloween spirit with a spooky little book tag for your reading pleasure.
1 // Favourite scary, must-read for Halloween?
I’m not the best when it comes to scary books (or films, for that matter), so I’ve never been one for all-out horror. Just the thought of a Stephen King novel frightens me, and anything with excessive blood and gore is an instant turn-off. Despite my scaredy-cat ways I do, however, enjoy a good old-fashioned ghost story, and nobody does a spooky story like Susan Hill. The Woman in Black is iconic and one of my absolute favourites, and I try to read it every year – no matter how many times I read it, it still chills me to the bone.
2 // Scariest book cover ever?!
The covers that instantly come to mind are those that feature on Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. While not obviously terrifying, they are particularly unsettling, especially when one considers that all of the images are genuine vintage photographs found by Riggs in various charity sales and flea markets… so creepy!
3 // If you could go trick-or-treating with any author, who would you pick?
This was a particularly tough question, but after much deliberation I’ve finally settled on Laini Taylor. I adore her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and, in addition to being able to pick her brain all night, I bet she’d have some wonderful stories to tell about Karou and her ‘monster’ friends.
4 // If you could dress up as any bookish character for Halloween, who would you be?
There’s so many fantastic options for this one, as who wouldn’t want to dress up as a bookish character?! I’m going to have to choose one of my all-time favourite characters, Luna Lovegood (her spectrespecs!), with Roald Dahl’s Matilda coming in a close second. I strongly suspect I resemble a cross between the two on a day-to-day basis anyway, so fashioning a costume probably wouldn’t be too difficult…
5 // If you could find anything (from any book) in your trick-or-treat stash, what would you hope to find?
A Hogwarts acceptance letter, of course! Or a Niffler from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I’m not too fussy.
Judging by the descriptions of Honeydukes, I’d say that the Harry Potter world is a pretty safe bet when it comes to delicious sweet treats! Chocolate frogs, every flavour beans, fizzing whizbees… yes, please.
7 // What book villain would you not like to meet alone in a dark alley on Halloween?
Given the choice, I wouldn’t like to meet any book villain, in a dark alley or otherwise, but there are a handful that I would most definitely be running the other way if I happened upon them! Voldemort, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, Pennywise, Hannibal Lecter, and Bill Sikes from Oliver Twist are all characters that fill me with dread, so it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be sticking around.
8 // Would you rather dress up as a vampire, zombie, werewolf, or shadowhunter?
Well there’s certainly no way that I’m cool enough to be a shadowhunter, temporarily or otherwise, so I’ll go with a vampire.
9 // Pick a candy (just one) from Harry Potter that you would love to find in your stash?
There are so, so many delicious sounding sweets to choose from, but I’m going to stick with a classic and go for peppermint toads. I love peppermint cremes, although the “hopping realistically in stomach” sensation may be a little odd…
10 // What is your favourite Halloween candy?
I don’t think we have many Halloween-specific candy here in the UK, but I’d basically take anything chocolate and fun-size!