I don't even know how to start this post. Okay, yeah I do.
(I'm a mouse. Duh.)
Ahhh jeah. Halloween pics.
What better way to keep it real than to share our Halloween pics of the past? The cute ones, the funny ones, the ones that *seemed* like a good idea at the time, but now we're furthering the humiliation by posting it on the internet. Seriously, I spent the better part of the day posting than deleting mine. But, again, staying true to our creed. And, much like Melissa Walker's BEFORE YOU WERE HOT, we can see how far we've come. So very, very far.
And we're hosting a contest! Look through the pictures, figure out who is behind the disguise, and you can enter to win a prize pack. Deets down below.
For comments, I'd love to hear your (kind. Ish.) thoughts on these photos, or perhaps teen halloween stories of your own. And I challenge, challenge, any other YA author to join in our twisted game. Send me your halloween picture and I'll do another post of literary all-stars.
But for now, enjoy...
If you're really nice, we might throw that sturdy rope into the prize pack.
and...whoa. I got my husband to dress up one year for Halloween. He wore scrubs. So GO YOU for pulling off matching bras.
If you have a little kid who you're dressing as a pumpkin, look away. The cuteness in this picture can not be replicated, right down to the green tight stems.
I didn't think you could make Barbie any scarier. I thank this author for proving me wrong.
Or a Glamour Shot. Either way, this author clearly missed her calling as a model. How many girls on ANTM can twist her lapel whilst tipping her hat? HOW MANY?
I love this pic because this author obviously faced the age-old Halloween question:
warmth, or costume on full display? Sensible gal.
Except instead of green and gold curtains, she used the red satin sheets my college roommate used to have on her bed.
If I said superMAN, this one would be a giveaway. So I'm saying superIT. Also, superma... superIT's Mickey sibling is freaking me out.
I love her expression. It says,
"You want cawfee with that? Sugar? I can be your Sugar..."
Batgirl would not be complete without Robin and her yellow shower curtain! Who needs weapons when you can walk like an Egyptian right into your opponents face?
FEAR THE ROBIN.
This author gets bonus points for being literary. And she's Katniss. I'm not messing with her.
More specifically, Raphael. He's cool but rude (Gimme a Break). Then there's Michaelangelo. He's a party dude.
If you didn't get that, go watch some TMNT. Your life will be enriched.
This author couldn't remember what she was, so we'll go with PRINCESS.
I really want to know more about her date, though. I suspect he practiced that suave expression for months, and now, here he is. Immortalized forever.
That is one happy banana.
Below you'll find the list of participating authors (deadlines, broken scanners, and dignity kept some of us from participating). Match the author to the costume, then email your answers to contempscontests(at)gmail(dot)com. Sorry, contest open to US addresses only. Extra entry if you blog, tweet, or facebook this contest. Heck, you can even add this slideshow to your blog if you want to go all out. Just let us know how you spread the spook in your email.
April Henry, Michael Northrop, Sarah Ockler, Lisa Schroeder, Kirsten Hubbard, Denise Jaden, Lindsey Leavitt, Micol Ostow, Emily Wing Smith, Sarah Darer Littman, Hannah Harrington, Kody Keplinger, Mindy Scott, and Melissa Walker.
Prizes? What, seeing these pictures wasn't enough? Okay, fine. The prize pack...
1 contemporary mystery/thriller of your choice. YOUR CHOICE.
Two past Edgar winners/nominees
PAPER TOWNS (John Green)
SHADOWED SUMMER (Saundra Mitchell)
Assorted Contemp swag
and two mystery books. Mysterious because I don't know yet what they'll be. ARC's, new releases, you never know what you'll find in your package. Spooky, right?
Happy Halloween everyone! Be safe, and go easy on the snicker's bars. Don't let that "fun" label deceive you.