Loving Halloween with Stacey O’Neale

I love Halloween. It’s my second favorite holiday.

Since I was a kid, I’ve always been intrigued by the history of Halloween in this country and beyond. Because of this fascination, I spend a lot of time watching the History channel during the month of October. They always show different specials about the history of the day, and other fun things like witches, pumpkins, and costumes. I guess you could say it’s become a tradition.

Another is that I watch Hocus Pocus every year. It’s my all-time favorite Halloween movie. I’ve been known to quote the movie from time to time. Bette Midler has so many quotable lines, and I think it’s one of her best performances. The other two witches are great, but she really steals the show. It’s fantastic. I never get tired of it. And now that my daughter is nine, she watches it with me.

I also enjoy decorating. My house is cluttered with orange and black of everything. I have spiders, pumpkins, witches, monsters, vampires, and candy everywhere. We even have a blow-up black cat that sits in the driveway. And regardless of how much I own, I buy more every year. I can’t help myself. It’s so much fun. I swear, I’d keep those decorations up all year if my family would let me.

I’m not much into costumes. I used to do it every year, but it became a hassle now that my daughter is into it. She loves dressing up and usually creates a matching costume with my husband. Last year, they were Star Wars characters. She was Darth Vader and he was a Storm Trooper. She doesn’t care much for the girlie princess stuff. She usually dresses up in whatever character she’s into at the moment.

It’s difficult to point out which Halloween-type books I like to read because fantasy is my favorite genre. Instead, I’ll just name a few YA fantasy series that I really enjoyed. Vampire Academy, Hex Hall, Starcrossed, Splintered, and The Mortal Instruments are all completed series I loved from beginning to end. There are many individual books I liked, but there’s not enough space to name them all.

fragile-reign-amazonEach year, I also tinker with the idea of writing a witch series. I’ve done a truckload of research on the subject. Actually, I did an entire presentation on witchcraft in college. Unfortunately, I haven’t come up with something that I’m just dying to write. I have one idea about five witch families in a small town. Sort of a mish-mash of the Covenant and Secret Circle. But I haven’t fleshed it out yet. Maybe someday.

Big thanks to Judith at Binge On Books for giving me the opportunity to talk about such a fun subject. If you’re interested in reading something in YA Fantasy, my book, The Shadow Prince, is available for free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’s about an exiled fire elemental prince that has to decide if he’s willing to kill an air elemental princess he has never met to save his court. Sound interesting? I hope so. 😀

Happy Halloween!

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author-photoAward-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

the-shadow-prince-amazonStacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Goodreads. You can also visit her blog at

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22 thoughts on “Countdown to Halloween: Loving Halloween with Stacey O’Neale + Giveaway

  1. Nothing really gets me going for Halloween I actually don’t really like it too much It’s more a pain than a Holiday for me Especially when T or T’ing is on a school night LOL Sorry

  2. What gets me into Halloween mode is the weather and my daughter who is always looming forward to dress up.

  3. All the activities at our local theme parks get us in the mood! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights! I love them both!

  4. I think it’s the combination of the spooky stories/legends, history of the holiday, and the movies. Not the horror movies, but the fun ones like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, The Halloweentown Series, Great Pumpkin, and the classics that are not shown anymore (The Worst Wotch and The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t.)

  5. Decorating the house for Halloween and fall. Carving pumpkins with my daughter and preparing the candy for the trick-or-treaters.

  6. I get in the mood for Halloween by purchasing special treats for my grandchildren and bagging them.
    I love to play the witch and hand out Halloween “goodies’.

  7. I love Halloween, so it doesn’t take much to get me in the mood – as soon as summer is over and I can’t swim anymore, and the kids are back in school, I’m ready for Halloween! 🙂

  8. CANDY! All the mini candies get me in the mood for the holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll movie marathon every horror film out there. But I turn into a child around the fun-size version of sweets.

    I want to see the new Hocus Pocus movie.

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