YA Indie Carnival: Halloween or perhaps not?


Memories of living in England (I'm the little 'un)
This week, us Indie Carnis are talking about our favourite childhood Halloween memories...
Unfortunately, I don't have a single one! Living in England until I was ten, I don't think we ever really celebrated this spooky night. And when we moved to Portugal, there was even less chance as we lived (what I felt to be) right in the middle of nowhere so no trick or treating for me! 
I've watched tonnes of (mainly American) movies and TV shows where kids get all dressed up and go out scouring for candy and I used to feel like I missed out a great deal. Especially the dressing up part! I LOVE fancy dress.
The memory I do have is of a special British 'celebration' a few days later, 5th November, Guy Fawkes night. My family and I used to head to the local park where there was a giant bonfire. I remember crisp cold nights, pink cheeks and red noses, woolly gloves and lots and lots of excitement. We would stand around the bonfire eating baked potatoes and toffee apples, there would be sparklers and these strange necklaces that when cracked would glow in the dark. And then, to finish the evening off, there would be fireworks! Just thinking about it gives me goose bumps. Winter was coming and that was always my favourite time of year in England... oooh I've come over all peculiar, I do miss England, I really, really do.

Want to read more Halloween memories? Then take a tour of the other Indie Carnis below...
PS. if you're curious about Guy Fawkes Night, visit Wikipedia to find out more.

The Fuji Mermaid Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews
Leopard Girl Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Fire Breather Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Strong Woman Nicole Williams Author of Eternal Eden, and Fallen Eden. She is also a contributing author in the Glassheart Chronicles
Champion Sword Swallower Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Snake Charmer Amy Maurer Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Pretzel Woman Rachel Coles. Geek Mom. Book Reviewer Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
The Giant T. R. Graves T.R. Graves: Author of Warriors of the Cross
Jungle Woman P.J. Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Shape Shifter Alicia McCalla Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free
Tarot Card Reader Heather Cashman Author of Perception
Fortune Teller Abbi Glines Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys
Knife Thrower Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Fire Dancer Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Fire Breather Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
Dragonslayer K. C. Blake Author of Vampire Rules
Elephant Trainer Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Ring-Leader Kimberly Kinrade  author of Bits of You & Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind.
Prestidigitator Darby Karchut Author of Griffin Rising and the upcoming Griffin’s Fire
Lion Tamer Madeline Smoot Author of Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
Siren M. Leighton Author of the Blood Like Poison Series, Wiccan, Caterpillar, Madly & Wolfhardt & The Reaping
Horse Whisperer Cidney Swanson Author of Rippler
Flying Trapeeze Artist Heather Self awesome book blogger.


  1. I've always wanted to have a Guy Fawkes night here! And I say dress up anyway :)

  2. Guy Fawkes night sounds epic! I soo want to go to England for that time of year. And I'm with Patti, dress up anyways ;)

  3. Interesting links. I'll have to check them out. :)

  4. Hi Suzy! You're Guy Fawk's night sounds enchanting. Bon fires, toffee apples and fireworks - three of my favorite things! How festive! :)

  5. Thanks Patti, Kimberly, David and Amy! I'm hoping to move back to the UK in a couple of years so I'll be able to enjoy the 5th November to my heart's content!!! : )


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