Saturday, 18 October 2014

Point Horror Club Part 3 - Trick or Treat - Plus Halloween special pictures & chat.

Trick or Treat (Point Horror, #6)
Trick Or Treat Richie Tankersley Cusick

Martha knew there was something evil about the house she was moving into. It was so cold...and creepy. And it wasn't just the house that was giving her a weird feeling. Martha was sure someone was following her...watching her every move.

Then the practical jokes began--the scarecrow with the carving knife in its head, the fire. And the phone calls: 'Trick or Treat,'re dead.'

It was October, but these were no Halloween tricks. Someone would be coming home this year with more than just a bag of treats. And Martha was the prize. Trick or Treat"              
I enjoyed this point horror book. I vividly remembered the title & cover but not the actual story. I liked the build up to Halloween although for me I would have liked more references as I'm a big Halloween fan (more on that later). I felt for a large chunk of the book it could have been any time of year. As with many teen books I always find the parents absence odd particularly in this book. You move your daughter from Chicago to a small town & a house she's never seen, enrol her at a school she's never visited & then go on honeymoon & leave her in the care of a stepbrother she doesn't know & is only 1 year older. Good parenting!!! ha ha!!!
I liked the build up although think we never really got the background on Martha. We know her Dad thinks she has an over active imagination but no explanation & nothing is really said of the fact her mum died 2 years ago. Throughout the book you are drawn to doubting Connor & Blake but I thought this too obvious & Greg was my killer. I really liked the ending although think it needed a epilogue.
Did you guess? Have you read this Point Horror before?

Halloween Special

I absolutely love Halloween but was not aware of its origins so decided to search.  Most websites have a lot of waffle but basically it appears to be the eve of a major Catholic festival, All Saints (1st November) and the eve of the pagan Celtic festival known as Samhain.
The three days between 31st October and 2nd November see pagan and Christian celebrations intertwined and is about superstition , religious belief and nowadays all the fun associated with dressing up, trick or treating and ghosts!!!! Oooooooh!!!!

Bonfires also became associated with Halloween in the past as a way to frighten the spirits away and a way to get through the long dark winters.  In England bonfires are now largely on 5th November Bonfire Night and most towns have firework displays to celebrate the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

In the past I've had Halloween parties but only moved house 4 weeks ago so this year will be quieter.  My children also usually go trick or treating but we don't know our new neighbours & area yet so am not sure if we will still be participating.  I will still be carving my pumpkins and getting some treats in for any kids that knock at the door.

For anyone that lives near Gulliver's Land
They do a Halloween week.  We went back in 2010 & luckily had brilliant weather. It was decorated with pumpkins and ghosts, was fairly quiet and my daughter loved it.  It is primarily for under 10's and for a theme park is quite reasonable priced.  We've been a few times now.  It could do with a bit of an update paint wise but is a lovely site for young ones.
There is also a site in Warrington & Matlock Bath.
My daughter's pink & sparkly spider & web for Halloween
Me in all my witchy glory minus the annoying hat

On the 8th November we are going to our local Bonfire night which will be fun. There's a mini funfair, hotdogs, hog roast and my daughter is thrilled they will be serving pancakes.  My son who is not so keen on the noise of fireworks will be wearing ear defenders which is a fab idea I only thought of recently following a visit to an air show ( Thank you Abrahams) & him disliking the noise!!!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!!

Emma xxx