Halloween Read-A-Thon: My Progress, and a Mini-Challenge!

October 15, 2010

This weekend – October 15th to October 17th – Lesley over at YA Books Reviewed is hosting a Halloween Read-A-Thon! The goal for this weekend? “read Halloween themed stuff. Not necessarily with the day of Halloween, or even the month. None of that (unless you want to). What I am thinking is examples like this: vampires, ghosts, witches, werewolves, shifters, immortals, urban legends, zombies, anything horror or paranormal related.”

Since I’ve been planning for a while to read and review some Halloween-ish themed books for the week of Halloween (coming up, from October 25th – 31st), this is a great opportunity for me to get a little bit ahead of myself!

Here’s what I’ll be trying to read this weekend:

  • The Wizard, the Witch, & Two Girls from Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou
  • Vampires: Encounters with the Undead edited by David J. Skal
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones
  • A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series edited by Ellen Hopkins
  • Body Snatchers, Stiffs and Other Ghoulish Delights by Frederick Drimmer

I probably won’t get through them all, but I should get through some!

As well, I’m participating as a mini-challenge host! At the end of the weekend, I’ll be drawing a winner using random.org, who will receive a supernatural-themed book of their choice from Book Depository (up to a value of $15 Canadian).

Mini-Challenge: Halloween Treats

When I went trick-or-treating as a kid, I always went with my younger siblings – at first just my brother, then later my sister and then a second one. As soon as I was old enough to be considered “responsible”, my siblings and I would walk up to front doors together, while my parents (or just one of them) followed along with us on the sidewalk or (on colder years) in the car.

We used to carry around these cute little orange plastic jack-o-lantern shaped buckets (exactly like the picture on the right!) that we would get candy in, which we loved because they made fantastic rattling noises when there was candy inside! My parents, who were trying to get us the “best” Halloween experience possible, would periodically empty out our little buckets into a centralized bag in the car, which we would share equally once we got home.

There were always certain kinds of treats, though, that each of us preferred, and would try our hardest to trade for!

For this mini-challenge, I want you to think back to your time trick-or-treating, and tell me what “treat” you wanted most to get on your ramblings! What treat would you have traded the rest of your haul for?

You can answer in the comments below, or answer on your own blog and leave the link in the comments.

Enjoy the read-a-thon!


  • Ambur October 15, 2010 at 2:12 am

    I always loved getting chips, pop, or big chocolate bars! You felt so wealthy…in candy wealth of course!!! 😀

    I would trade anything for crunchie bars 😀 *yum*

  • Mika October 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Licorice! Oh, I love licorice. I’d trade all my candies for licorice!


  • Nathalia Monteiro October 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I love Howl’s Moving Castle! Hope you like it 🙂

  • Lauren M October 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I would always look forward to getting gum in my bag! It was really rare, and I was a HUGE gum-chewer.
    (I know, weird, right?)
    If not gum, then Tootsie Rolls were my second facorite treat. 🙂

  • Kelly October 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I always loved getting little sweeties, like haribo type jelly sweets, they still are my favourite now 😀

  • Courtney October 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I always wanted Snickers or Mr. Goodbars…I would trade a lot for those. I love chocolate! But also loved getting blow pops too!

    Fun Challenge!

    stilettostorytime at gmail dot com

  • Francine October 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I was always looking for now and laters. I was quick to trade the orange and black wrapper candy. Think they are called Mary Jane. NASTY

  • Jessica A. October 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Oh man. Bubble gum, smarties, or tootsie rolls. I would end up with hoards of all three by the end of the night from all my trading. Those were some of the best.


  • Adriana October 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I never really liked chocolate or candies that much, but the one I absolutely can’t live without is Twix. I would always give away all my candies to have everyone else’s Twix bars.

  • Melissa C October 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I would always scour through my haul for the caramel type candies or the butterscotch ones! I would loose my mind if I found a Sugar Daddy in my bag!

  • Angelique October 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Reese’s cups. My all time favorite. My daughter knows to hide hers from me or they WILL disappear from her bag =)

    You know, my parents never let me go trick or treating as a kid so I couldn’t wait to go with my kids. My daughter was a month old the first time I put a costume on her (she was a bunny rabbit) and took her trick or treating lol….

  • Callista October 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Ooh I always preferred the chocolate bars. The tootsie rolls went to my mom, the goodies (looked like coloured pills) went to my dad and I ate most of the rest. But I would trade it all for chocolate.

  • titania86 October 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    My favorite candy is Reese’s peanut butter cups and anything dark chocolate. Yum!

  • Amanda W October 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Here is my entry:

  • Cassay C October 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Dots…in Canada we only get them at Halloween 🙁

  • Ashley @ Ashley's Bookshelf October 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I would trade for anything Reese or crunch chocolate! I love those! YUM!!

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  • Elena October 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Reeses peanut butter cups. My favorite!

  • Badass Bookie October 16, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I loved lolly bags, my neighbours used to give these lolly bags with keyrings, lollipops, gummy bears, chocolate bars and everything you can imagine! Last year my brother got this pack of halloween lolly pops in the shape of witches etc. they were the coolest things ever ( and he didn’t even give me one…)


  • Whitney October 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I’ve always loved Reese’s Peanut butter Cups and Snickers trading them for the less worthy Tootsie Rolls. Even now, I put my favs at the bottom of the treat bucket — sorry kiddies.

  • elizabeth October 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I would always look for Reese’s! I absolutely loved them. I would always trade my sisters for them.

  • kristen October 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Ok when I was a kid I loved the Chocolate bars I would never trade them.. But I always traded those little rockets I still hate those blah!!

    Great giveaway!!

  • Stella (Ex Libris) October 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for telling us your trick or treat memory, and I love those buckets! Would have liked to have one 🙁

    My favourite treats were either gummybears (loved all kinds of Haribo candy: the sour cherries, the frogs, the sweet hearts), the Kinder eggs (loved all the suprisese inside) and caramel candies covered in chocolate 🙂

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Alejandra D.L.F. October 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Oh.. i never went trick or treating when i was a kid… my dad just wont let me go out alone at night.
    But i would loved something tangy : wonka nerds or other sweet and sour stuff xD

  • Mrs. DeRaps October 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I have never ever like Three Musketeers or Milky Ways. I really don’t like them, so they were always the first to get traded. But, I also don’t like any candy that sticks in my teeth. So, Sugar Daddies and other caramel candies were out. I’ve always loved candy with nuts…Snickers, paydays, stuff like that.

    Now I’m hungry!

    mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

  • kai charles October 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    for me its reeses peanut butter cups! i know love the dark chocolate ones 🙂
    thanks for hosting


  • Kristen October 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    For me it was usually just one thing and it was only at one of the houses and it was ghosts or other creatures made out of solid chocolate homemade from one of my neighbors. We always went there first and ate it on the way out and then went by towards the end and begged for a second if there were any left. 😀

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  • Mandy October 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Reeses!! (:

  • Charlotte October 17, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Anything chocolate! Except for reeses and mounds bars…not so nice.

    And I loathed the Bit O Honeys!

  • Heather October 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Snickers and Reeses Peanut Butter cups… not because I liked them the best, but because that was my Dad’s “tax” for driving us around all night, so we never got to eat those ones!!!

  • Jennelle S October 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I’d have to say Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and caramels were my favorite candies back then and they are still my favorites now.

  • Lesley October 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    my favorite candy is 3 muskateers. I could LIVE off that candy!
    Also Snickers and Twix. Anything with chocolate please lol!

  • Momo October 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Wow! The memories of trick-or-treating when I was younger just came flooding in! After all us kids came back from trick-or-treating, we’d sit in the living room and dump our buckets of candy and I’d always pick out the “Bottle Caps” candy, not a fav or mine. I never really like chocolates. The only thing that I liked of chocolate was the snickers and twix bars. But other than those chocolates I’d always look for the solid candies. Like jolly ranchers, and lifesavers, or candies that you can just suck on for a bit, lol!

  • Ava October 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I loved anyone who gave out handfuls of candy! But my favorites were the big candy bars… Hersheys or Twix, loved them!


  • Valorie October 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    My favorite treat was mini snickers. OH My GOSH I loved those and anytime that people gave away potato chips. Those have always been my favorite 🙂

    truthbetold004 at gmail dot com

  • Michelle @ The True Book Addict October 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I would have traded all of my candy for Hershey’s mini-bars. Mr. Goodbar, Crackle, Hershey’s milk chocolate, Hershey’s dark chocolate. Yummo! In second place, Sweetarts. Love me some Sweetarts!


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