Happy first Wednesday of October! Liz here, wondering if everyone else (except Barb) is excited about Halloween coming up. Since we’ve already talked about that from our own perspectives many times, I want to know about your characters – who loves fall, Halloween, the changing of the leaves, the new season? Who hates it? Why?
In my new series, The Full Moon Mysteries, my character Violet LOVES Halloween – even before she knows she’s a witch. But more to come on that 🙂
Julie: In the Garden Squad series, Lilly embraces the colors of fall, but the end of her outdoor gardening season is bittersweet. As it is for many gardeners I know. Fortunately she has a wonderful greenhouse, so the adventures can continue all year long.
Sherry: Julie, I can relate to that bittersweet feeling because I feel the same way. Not because I garden but because of snow. Sarah in the Garage Sale mysteries has a similar problem to Lilly without the easy solution of a greenhouse. It’s hard to have garage sales in the dead of winter in Massachusetts. Thankfully, in Sell Low, Sweet Harriet Sarah is hired to sell the contents of a house belonging to two former CIA agents who died unexpectedly. It’s the first time she’s had an inside job.
Barb: LOL, Sherry. “Inside job.” And Liz, to be clear I hate Halloween, but I otherwise love the fall, as all right-thinking New Englanders should. In the Maine Clambake Mysteries, the end of October is a special time for Julia and Chris. The Snowden Family Clambake is closed down, fall clean-ups are completed for Chris’s landscaping service, and their winter restaurant is open. In Haunted House Murder, Julia persuades Chris and Gus to make the restaurant a stop on Harley Prendergast’s Haunted House Tour. Hilarity, and murder, ensue.
Sherry: Barb, I’m so glad you got the “inside job” joke!
Edith/Maddie: I haven’t yet set a single book during Halloween – I guess it’s about time! Me, I can relate to Lilly’s grief at the end of the fresh produce season in New England, but by October, I’m all in with soups, spiked hot cider, and sweaters with boots. I’m not sure how Rose Carroll feels about fall in New England, but as a woman living in the Victorian era obliged to wear many layers of clothing, I imagine she is relieved to have cooler temperatures at hand.
Jessie: Edith, I am sure Rose will be relieved! I love autumn and have some very fond memories of Halloweens past spent passing out candy to the little hobgoblins in my village! I always give extra to the homemade costumes! Both Beryl and Edwina enjoy the sights of autumn and the smell of smoke curling up out of the chimneys, That said, with the economic downturn, a worrisome shadow has been cast over the pleasure of the season. Since the autumn is a harbinger of the cold, damp months to come they both have the cost of heating fuel in mind and are not looking forward to the chill that will , almost certainly, creep throughout their home before long. Perhaps, I will send them some extra coal in the next autumn book to make things up to them!
Readers: Who loves fall, Halloween, the changing of the leaves, the new season? Who hates it? Why?