Monday, October 4, 2021

Feeling the Halloween Vibes

by Debra Sennefelder


Happy October!

This has to be my favorite month of the years for so many reasons. I love sweater weather and seeing big, fat orange pumpkins always makes me smile. I enjoy layering my home in warmth with cozy throws and fragrant candles.

Last year was the first time we set out a lawn decoration for Halloween. Typically our road gets very little trick-or-treat traffic, so we haven’t gone all-out for the holiday. That changed last year. I know, one four-foot inflatable is not going all-out. But, considering we have never done that, it was monumental. The reason for the change was that our next-door neighbors have a son, and last year he was three years old and started to understand Halloween. His parents planned to take him trick or treating on Main Street, where the candy collection is pretty sweet among the historic homes. But, you know what caused the cancellation of the annual tradition (I won’t say the word), so his parents had to look elsewhere – the road on which they lived.

Since they wanted their son to experience his first real Halloween, they sent letters to everyone on our road. They asked if we would participate in trick or treating.

Of course, we all said yes! It was so much fun. The little guy went up and down our street, stopping at each house with his parents and grandparents to get some candy, show off their costumes, and chat. There are some older kids on our road, and they also went trick or treating, and so did some of the adults – no costumes, but they helped themselves to candy. Luckily among our closest neighbors, we all had different candy.

Now it’s a few weeks before Halloween, and for the first time in forever, I’m thinking more about the holiday. It’s probably because my husband and I decided to purchase two more inflatable decorations for the front yard last month, along with a graveyard tombstone and a skeleton head with arms.

I thought I’d share some fun Halloween links with you to help get you in the Halloween spirit or if you’re all in on the holiday, just get you more excited about it.

Check out this website all about Halloween. Over at Spooky Little Halloween you'll find recipes, to crafts to a playlist for a pumpkin spice season. How fun! 

Need inspiration in the kitchen? Well, the Food Network has you covered with 50 recipes ideas.

Looking for some autumn with a touch of Halloween decorating inspo? I love this Instagram account, @Penelopepumpkinspice.

How about a short Halloween read? Well, WHAT NOT TO WEAR TOA GRAVEYARD is available. I wrote this novella as a part of the Resale Boutique mystery series but it can be read as a standalone.


 After trading her Manhattan digs for her upstate hometown, fashionista Kelly Quinn has big plans for her grandmother’s consignment shop. But this All Hallow’s Eve someone is already dressed to kill . . .
A socialite’s missing dog has made front page news in Lucky Cove—complete with a hefty reward. But between renovating the consignment shop, planning her costume for a 1970s themed Halloween party, and scouting a location for a fashion shoot, Kelly doesn’t have time to search. Yet a visit to the local colonial-era cemetery—ideal for the moody atmosphere she’s after—soon turns up the precious pooch. Kelly’s looking forward to collecting the check—until she makes a gruesome discovery in an abandoned farmhouse: The dog’s owner, stabbed through the heart.
Kelly can’t help wondering why Constance Lane was traipsing around the farmhouse in stilettos. But as Kelly gets decked out in a vintage disco caftan, that isn’t the only fashion misstatement spooking her. Hidden in the dead woman’s past is a secret that could be the motive for the murder. And as the Halloween party gets started, even a menacing clown and a threatening bearded lady can’t keep Kelly from trick or treating for the truth—even if it means her last dance . . . 

How do you celebrate Halloween? Love to hear what the holiday and season is like at your home.

Have a Ghoultastic Halloween!



Debra Sennefelder is the author of the Food Blogger Mystery series and the Resale Boutique Mystery series. She lives and writes in Connecticut. When she’s not writing, she enjoys baking, exercising and taking long walks with her Shih-Tzu, Connie. You can keep in touch with Debra through her website, on Facebook and Instagram.



  1. Okay, Debra. Your Halloween spirit is contagious, and I've been infected! Boo and Trick or Treat, and Happy Halloween to you!

    1. That's wonderful, Saralyn! I might even order little Connie a costume this year. :)

  2. The two most fun things about Halloween for me: decorating the house and seeing the little trick-or-treaters in their hand-made costumes. Glad your neighbor got folks into the (not-too-spooky) spirit of the season.

    1. The little trick-or-treaters are so adorable. I'm happy that we have kids back on our road. Have a wonderful Halloween!


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