Top 10 List & Giveaway: Kendare Blake’s Top 10 Books/Movies/Things To Do Around Halloween & win ANTIGODDESS

October 17, 2013 Giveaways, Guests 34

A big welcome to Kendare Blake who is here counting down her Top 10 Books/Movies/Things To Do Around Halloween and celebrating the release of ANTIGODDESSThe Goddess War #1 (published on September 10, 2013 by Tor Teen). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.


Kendare Blake’s Top 10 Books/Movies/Things To Do Around Halloween

This is a list of random things to do, books to read and movies to watch around Halloween, because I have no costume this year and no haunted house plans and am pissed off about it because the middle of October means Halloween overdrive around my place. This list is in no particular order.


Watch CABIN IN THE WOODS with friends.

Just watch it. It’s awesome. There’s a fricken unicorn, and a merman. A MERMAN! And after it’s over, go investigate some neglected crawlspace somewhere filled with stuff and try to freak yourselves out. But for pete’s sake, get a tetanus shot first.


Get a mask. Put it on. Annoy your friends.

This can be any mask. It doesn’t have to be a scary mask, like the animal ones in You’re Next, or the blank harlequin type ones like in The Strangers. It can be a child’s costume mask you buy at Target. They’re even better actually, because they don’t fit right and make your eyes look creepy. I’ve chased my best friend through the house wearing an old plastic Wonder Woman mask more times than I can count.


Read a Stephen King Book

Because look how cute Stephen King is, and he wants you to. May I suggest IT, or Pet Sematary, or perhaps The Shining followed by Doctor Sleep?


Read a Joe Hill Book

I was going to recommend N0S4A2, but that’s about a soul sucking serial killer and murdered children with fish hook teeth, so…more of a Christmas story. So how about HORNS? It’s about a guy with a murdered fiance who wakes up one day with demon horns growing out of his melon. In the upcoming film, he’s played by Daniel Radcliffe. Which explains the picture I used. Get all of the Harry Potter out of your head. Now.


Eat a lot of old timey candy.

Like Mary Janes. And Black Cows. And Smarties. And licorice! And coke bottle gummies! And Bit o’Honeys! Also, eat loads of new school candy. And chocolate. And popcorn balls. And candy apples meticulously checked for razor blades. And cakes decorated like graveyards!

Damn, I’m hungry.


Watch a Nightmare on Elm Street movie

May I recommend #4? Because he turns a girl into a huge cockroach in that one and then squishes her. Truly though, I like the meta one. New Nightmare. Features a creepy kid, and Heather Langenkamp as Heather Langenkamp. Sweet.


Adopt A Black Cat

If and only if you can provide an amazing home for said black cat. But if you can, then come on, it’s their season. And other times of the year, they have a hard time being adopted, because people are racist.


Watch a film by James Wan, like INSIDIOUS, or SINISTER

Because they’re good. And clever. And well-acted. And they have that red thing in the first Insidious, and manage to make “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” really creepy. Though to be fair, that song is always creepy. How the hell did people talk to Tiny Tim without screaming and pooping themselves? The world will never know.


Do a Haunted House Crawl

In which you select haunted houses and hayrides within driving distance of each other and do them all! I just sighed wistfully. I’ve always wanted to do this. Haunted houses are such fun. Only now that I’m married, it’s difficult to enjoy their splendor when I’m trying to keep up with my husband as he runs through them shrieking like a tiny girl child.


Get a Costume That Covers Your Face. Trick Or Treat.

Focusing especially on your friends’ houses. They will never call you on it, for fear of upsetting an uncommonly large child. And besides, you’re never too old for Halloween.

 Kendare Blake lives and writes in Lynnwood, WA. Her work is dark and bloody and twisted, so needless to say, she’s a diehard romantic. She is the author of four novels, including ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, GIRL OF NIGHTMARES and ANTIGODDESS.

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One copy of ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake


Available on September 10, 2013 by Tor Teen


The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

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34 Responses to “Top 10 List & Giveaway: Kendare Blake’s Top 10 Books/Movies/Things To Do Around Halloween & win ANTIGODDESS”

  1. Ali

    I love all the scary movies being played this month. It is my favorite part of Halloween. I always try to pick the old silly ones and make my daughter watch. She can’t believe we were actually scared by some of them. 😉

  2. Jasmyn

    I miss Coke Bottle Gummies – I haven’t been able to find them in ages. I usually like to trick or treat with the kiddos and then magically make it start storming so I can curl up under my blankets with a cat or two and a good book.

  3. Lisa A.

    1. I love to see my niece dressed up as her pick of the year. She’s 5, so she’s super adorable!
    2. I love taking said niece to our town’s Halloween Bash. It’s a fun festival with games, inflatables, and costume contests. All free! It’s a safe and fun way for kids to get to have a great time and parents don’t have to worry!

  4. kari

    I love to blow up our inflatable snowglobe and attempt to make it look like pumpkin. Also I love taking my niece and nephews trick or treating XD

  5. Janie McGaugh

    Mostly, I talk about costumes and trick or treating with my grandkids and share in their anticipation.

  6. Carl

    I’m the designated candy giver so I enjoy shopping for treats to hand out. Tip: What were your favorites when you were a trick-or-treater?

  7. Chris Bails

    I love the scary movies. Dressing up in costume and then seeing what others dress as. I also like pumpkins. Plus I don’t have to adopt any Black cats, I have 3 all black and 2 tuxedo black/white cats.

  8. Hillary R.

    During Halloween I’ll usually do the same thing every year, just watch scary movies. I love scary movies and I never get tired of them. I always say I want to give out candy but then I forget to buy some so I don’t. But movies will probably always be my tradition 🙂

  9. Kai W.

    I like to put my orange cat and black cat together for a picture (or several pictures). I do this every Halloween. Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a orange cat and a black cat.

  10. Joseph A Hawkshaw

    We like to take the kids out for some fun then afterwards have a little party.

  11. Victoria Zumbrum

    Taking my son trick n treating and watching leaves changing colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Chelsea B.

    I love to pig out on candy (Halloween candy is just better) and rewatch my favorite Disney Halloween movies like HalloweenTown, Twitches, Mom’s Got A Date with a Vampire, Unwrapped… Disney used to do the BEST Halloween movies!

  13. Natasha

    I like to watch scary movies on the TV.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Michele A

    I like to dress-up for work, then hand out candy to neighborhood kids before dark, then turn light out and hide the doorbell doesn’t continue to scare my dog. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Jennifer Crawford

    I always LOVED going on hay rides and hitting all the haunted houses/trails. I just hated the chainsaws! Now I just stay home and keep the lights off because I’m too cheap to buy candy! But this year I am going to participate in Trunk or Treat at my school!

  16. Len D.

    I don’t really like watching scary films or even thriller movies, but it’s only on Halloween that I watch one or two films just for the kicks.

  17. Jessie H.

    I always watch The Nightmare Before Christmas several times and read Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

  18. Natalie

    23 and I still go trick-or-treating every year 🙂 I agree, you are never too old for Halloween.