Fall / Halloween / Michigan
Why Fall? Why Halloween? Why Michigan? And what does this have to do with these books?
Well, I consider myself lucky enough to have been born and raised in Michigan. I was born in Hastings in the early 70’s, and then when I was about 18 months old, we moved to Ionia. My child rearing years were spent in the nice small town of Ionia until I graduated high school. After that, I moved around quite a bit throughout the great state; Kalamazoo, Lake Odessa, Pewamo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Middleville and on and on. In my adult years I have had the pleasure to drive all over the state visiting beautiful and wonderful towns like Petoskey, Holly, Spring Harbor, Mackinac City, Lexington, Flint, Fenton, Port Austin and so on. All of these towns have left lasting memories, thoughts and ideas for me because they each offer unique sights, people and history. Plus, Michigan has some outstanding tall tales, legends, haunted locations and real life ghost stories. It’s the greatest state in the nation!
I get excited about the fall season every year and have since I was very young. And every year and I get asked…”What is it about fall you love so much?” Is it autumn or fall? I guess it depends on who you ask. I love the word autumn, but most people say fall. I guess for me, it doesn’t really matter what you call it, what matters is all that comes with it. It’s a laundry list of things that come with the season that gets me excited and makes everything in the world seem…right.
It’s the chill in the air and the crisp clean cool breeze, the sweatshirts, making smores over a bon fire, drinking cider and eating donuts from a visit to the local cider mills and orchards, picking out perfect pumpkins to carve at the pumpkin patch, driving around taking in the sights of the colored leaves, drinking hot flavored coffee on the porch, tasting all of the fall seasonal craft beers and hard ciders, the smell of burning leaves and wood burning in fireplaces, no more bugs, crock pot slow roast dinners, chili cook-offs, and yes, even the pumpkin spice everything! And then of course, there’s Halloween.
Everyone has their favorite holiday. Sure, I love Christmas with the gifts and delicious foods and even St. Patrick’s Day isn’t too bad with a nice cold Guinness in hand. But, for me…it’s Halloween hands down. For one, it’s smack dab in the middle of my favorite season of fall (but you already knew my favorite season was fall) and two, it’s just so much fun, has so much tradition and folklore and you get to dress in costume to become anything and anyone you want…even if it’s just one night. Oh, then there’s the candy. Yes, even as an adult, I like the candy. Granted, I don’t go Trick-or-Treating anymore, but I thoroughly enjoy decorating the house and handing out candy to all the little ones in the neighborhood. And if I have candy left in the bowl at the end of the night…so be it. Halloween is just fun, scary, mysterious, spooky, with traditions, paying respects to the dead and it can make us all remember what being a kid is all about.
So, what does all of that have to do with these series of books? Well, since I love Michigan, Fall and Halloween, it makes since that the books are all about those three things. All of the locations are based on real Michigan towns, they take place in the Fall and on or around the great holiday of Halloween.