October 31, 2020

#Halloween in #Miniature: Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat!


 (Candy, Megan Conlon, see interview, Halloween In Miniature, 2010)

👀 Start at Day 1

Today I bring you the perfect Trick or Treat story...heh-heh....

LITTLE SQUIRT

By A.L. Kaplan

Chocolate, gooey caramel. My mouth almost waters. If only I could still taste that luscious candy, but the reanimated can’t do that. It wouldn’t be bad if I got out more. I mean, Grandma is great and all. She brought me back to half-life after I was killed. It’s just not the same without other kids to play with. Halloween is the only day I can go outside without freaking the living. Believe me, you don’t want the pitchfork and torch brigade chasing you.

“Trick or Treat.” I hold out my sack with the other children.

(Dish and spoon, Julie Campbell Doll Artist)

A lady hands me a handful of candy. “Great Costume.” 

I thank her and hurry toward the next house. Two little girls sob at the curb. Halloween should be fun, not sad.

(Ghost girls,  Julie Campbell Doll Artist)  

“Are you ok?”

(Bunny pattern, larger size, The Wishing Shed, Etsy. Cute!)

The bunny points a gloved paw at three disappearing teens. Her ears bounce with each sniffle. “They…took… our…candy.”

I hate bullies. “Here, take mine.”

Big, round, adoring eyes look up at me. Being undead has its perks. I track the thieves faster than a bloodhound.

“That candy isn’t yours.”

(Candy bars, Patricia Paul on Etsy)

        They laugh and tower around me. “Get lost or get pounded, squirt.”

“Squirt, is it.”

I take a deep breath and squirt them with inky old blood.

      A moment of stunned silence, then they clench their fists. I point down. They stare as skeletal hands reach up and pull them into the ground. Half-buried, they shriek and struggle.

“Don’t steal, especially from little kids on Halloween. I’ll be watching.” ##

** For fun, here's a link to some great dollhouse candy printies. 

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A.L. Kaplan is the author of Star Touched and Wolf Dawn, Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers. But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.
      In Star Touched, Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends and herself.##
Thanks for stopping by for another year of HALLOWEEN IN MINIATURE! 
I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as I enjoyed planning it. You can check out last yer and previous years on the tab on top of this blog.
* Be sure to visit my website for the latest news on my new book, In Miniature Style - Halloween! (If it isn't done, It's in the production phase, so stay tuned!)

A big THANK YOU to all the artists and authors who kindly lent their talents to this year's event! Please visit their sites and check out more of their work.
 (Be sure to come back for a few late posts on what I've been working on! Halloween never ends, you know. haa!)
The Artists & Authors:

🎃 Julie Campbell hand-sculpts an incredible array of dolls. Check out her Halloween dolls preview on Etsy.
  If you didn't know, she also made the figures featured in the movie based on the book, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. (See more about the film. Read more about the film's dollhouse and Campbell's dolls here.)

😈 Debra Hinton makes some ghoulish minis at Darkside Morbid Miniatures. Warning: not for the fainthearted.  Also be sure to check out her amazingly detailed 28-room Victorian-era Kangley Hill Asylum.

💀 Other miniature creations by Meredith Paige and Angela Potts from the Haunted Orchid Dollhouse Club on FB.

👄 Patricia Paul makes the most fun and spooky Halloween and Haunted miniatures. (PS - sign up for her newsletter for a free printie book cover set!)

 😸 Carola Dunn is a multi-published British author of  the Daisy Dalrymple classic mystery series, the Cornish mysteries and over 30 regencies. See her author book page here.

👹 Leta Hawk loves writing about fantasy, ghosts and other spooky things. She is the author of the Kyrie Carter Supernatural Sleuth series.

 👺A.L. Kaplan is the author of Star Touched and Wolf Dawn, plus some great (and spooky!) short fiction.  See her author page here.

👀 Be sure to check my website and this blog for more news on my upcoming In Miniature Style: Halloween book and ebook by C.A. Verstraete! 

** See you next year!! **

HAPPY