Halloween Treats w/Matthew Quinn Martin

Today for XOXO After Dark’s Halloween week, we welcome author and screenwriter Matthew Quinn Martin, whose horror novel NIGHTLIFE is now available from Pocket Star (and currently on sale for a mere $1.99!).

We asked Matthew for a guest post on what Halloween means to him, and what we got surprised us. Be sure to answer the question at the bottom of today’s post for a chance to win a Halloween Treat package of some of our favorite books (and something sweet to go along with them)! Read on…IF YOU DARE (bwahahahaha!). 

 

Halloween can sure be a spooky time. The days are getting shorter; the nights (and the shadows) are getting longer. Basic cables stations are running horror movie marathons, and little kids are showing up on your doorstep extorting candy with veiled threats of toilet-papering your house.

And while October 31st might be the creepiest of days, not everything that’s happened on that date was pre-destined to be hair-raising, right? Here’s a look at a few of the least scary things to come out of Halloween:

 

3. Girl Scouts

GirlScouts

While the Girl Scouts of America was officially founded on March 12 of 1912, they wouldn’t exist without founder Juliet Gordon Low, who was born on––you guessed it––Halloween, 1860.

 

Almost seventy percent of the proceeds of each box of Girl Scout cookies sold stays within the local community, helping girls from all walks of life. Consider stocking up for you Halloween treats this year and maybe some trick-or-treater dressed as Wednesday Addams can ask you this…

 

 

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2. Pneumatic Tires

It’s hard to think of something less frightening than the humble tire. In fact most people would agree that a good set of all-weather, steel-belted radials are as important as seatbelts and airbags when it comes to staying safe on the highway.

And we wouldn’t have them without Scottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop who patented the first inflatable tire on Halloween, 1888. Dunlop’s tires were intended for bicycles, however. It would be two more decades before the world saw successful pneumatic tires for automobiles. And it would be well over a century before French writer/director (and friend of Flat Eric) Quentin Dupieux saw the potential for horror there and exploited it in his sentient serial-killing tire movie Rubber.

 

 

1. Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice can certainly be scary. Ask any mountaineer who’s seen an avalanche up close if you don’t believe me. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a word in the English language less likely to give one the willies than “vanilla.” And on Halloween, 1967, Robert Matthew Van Winkle (better known to the world as Vanilla Ice) was born in south Dallas. While Van Winkle is reported to occasionally have a volatile temperament…


…it’s almost impossible to be scared of a guy in MC Hammer Pants.

It is worth noting, however, that while Van Winkle’s Vanilla Ice persona is often little more than a punch line, the man himself has managed to stay in the public eye for almost a quarter century, and reportedly has made millions of dollars renovating houses in his spare time. So while Vanilla Ice might not be all that scary…I’m pretty sure he is an evil genius.

 

So, ladies and gentlemen, banshees and ghouls–what’s the scariest (or the least scary) Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? Tell us in the comments by 9 a.m. October 31st and enter for your chance to win all the great books below–including a free download of Matthew Quinn Martin’s NIGHTLIFE!

Halloween giveaway

 

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16 comments so far


  1. a Harry Potter one

  2. NeedNewSpace

    It would have to be my Witch-e-poo from two years ago! 😉 I’ll tweet you a pic!

  3. Both scary and not, (or not) a homemade mermaid costume where the tale kept falling off.

  4. one year we went w/friends as the “Fruit of the Loom” people – we used sweats for the base and balloons for the grapes-difficult to sit as grapes and the apple but we won first place-which happened to be a selection of awesome liquor. We shared our winnings all night long

  5. I once attended a Halloween party dressed as a country singer, with big hair, a 5-gallon hat, denim skirt, lots of rhinestones, and a “microphone” made from an ice cream scoop and a ball of tin foil . Completing the get-up were a pair of cowboy boots, each of which had a horse silhouette on the side — leather fringe along the backs gave the illusion of a mane. Those boots were my favorite footwear ever, though sadly I outgrew them long ago. I sure thought I was *it* but I since have realized that the concept was executed rather dorkily. Not scary AT ALL!

  6. changeling

    I wana get all of these under MY Halloween “tree”:):):)

  7. ChaoticKarma23

    The scariest costume I have ever worn was a vampiress, it was wickedly awesome! Least scary? Sandra Dee from Grease

  8. The scariest costume I’ve ever worn was Ghostface from the Scream movies. I had the mask and the whole outfit. I even downloaded an app so I could do the voice. I had fun chasing my friends and scaring them 🙂

  9. My scariest costume was as a devil. It was pretty realistic. I had these latex facial pieces n horns for the top of the forhead that you glued on, then covered with makeup. Scared a lot of trick or treaters that year.

  10. Spooky Flyer

    Scary and then some! I was a witch flying (actually wearing) an airplane with a placard declaring, “My other plane is a broom”.

  11. Rhondareads

    A zombie what could be scarier.

  12. vegandaemon

    David Bowie from Labyrinth. Scary because my makeup skills are nonexistent.

  13. My scariest was probably a bat when I was 4.

  14. My least scariest costume is a lop-eared bunny (unless you are Anya from Buffy).

  15. A cute witch!

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