Six Days to Haunted Halloween

Fun Filled Night with Orillia Youth Centre and local children

Fun Filled Night with Orillia Youth Centre and local children

I love Halloween. Just ask our son and co-author of the Paige Maddison Series, J.R. Matheson. We annually bought one new decoration that began with friendly scarecrows that grew to five feet tall, a skeleton that we carefully positioned in the front yard and when it was destroyed by high winds, we took the remaining parts and buried them partially into the ground with a gravestone. Scary spiders hung in our front cedar trees caught in their cobwebs. Soon real spiders made it their home. From there, we moved inside collecting battery operated ghosts – one that moves up and down and has the most ghoulish laugh ever! Just ask our son’s friends. One in particular said our house was so scary she couldn’t stay long before they went out and trick or treated. That was the year that I thought okay, perhaps we have gone a bit overboard. Last year I was thrilled to host, with my husband Kevin, Ghostly Gatherings at the Orillia Opera House for the Orillia Youth Centre. We were lucky to have the students of Georgian College help to plan out the games and run them. The generosity of the owners of Brewery Bay will never be forgotten as they donated the most awesome food for everyone! Our tour guide of the event, Terri Rossiter did an excellent job of guiding the kids around the rumoured haunted house. Well done Terri! The Orillia Opera House has picked up the idea this year and are running a fun filled night for kids and their parents with stories being told. I wish them all the best. I hope Terri is the guide again this year. At Ghostly Gatherings, I read from my debut novel – Wake Me Up Inside – and the Kiwanis Club of Orillia generously donated a copy to each participant. This year, we are turning our attention to the young children in our neighbourhood who are just starting out in the Halloween adventure. We have toned down our decorations and they appear softer, not so scary. After all, it is about the new generation of children and it is their Halloween. It is a time for community and since so many people supported our son in his Halloween collection of candy, so will we in turn. I for one cannot wait to see the costumes and hear the laughter as children parade up and down the street for their chance at a little bit of independence and good old fashioned fun, as their parents trail happily behind. Happy Halloween to all. Thank you to all of the readers that support the Paige Maddison Series. Book Two in the Series will be out in 2014. Look for it!

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  1. Bev Daquano says:

    My daughter Kim and her husband are upping the scare tactics this year. This will be the year of the Zombies. Oh my!! I will be Spider Lady at the her door doing the candies while they have their fun!
    Enjoy your evening.

  2. Sounds great Bev! Hope all of you enjoy your Halloween. Zombies…scary! 🙂 TY for sharing. Lee

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