I’ve been doing something fun on my personal blog the last few days that ties in with Halloween. I’m having a 13 Days of Halloween feature, so I thought it would be okay to share a day of that for Tween the Weekend.

Erik, from the This Kid Reviews Books blog, has been a guest here before, and he’s such an interesting kid that I wanted to learn something about a typical Halloween for him and his family. He graciously said he would be happy to help me out, so I sent him the following questions. His answers are a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

For those of you who might not know, Erik is eleven years old and has written and published a book of his own. The title is The Adventures of Tomato and Pea, and is available on Amazon.

So, Erik, here we go.

1. Do you have any Halloween traditions at your house?

Yes, we do – we have tons of… FUN!!! And we also have a tradition of getting lots of candy *hee hee* and us kids have to get some candy that our parents like. 🙁

One tradition is that my mom usually hand makes our costumes. We get to design them how we want. It is really fun to do.

Oh, we make sure our kids save us all the tootsie rolls! It’s always nice to share with your parents.

2.  What was the most awesome Halloween costume you ever had?

A home-made steampunk costume that Mom made. A couple of the parts to it are store-bought but then we customized it. We also found a derby hat and painted NERF guns and made goggles and gadgets and… Ta-da! Awesomeness, in a suit! 🙂 Josie also dressed up like a steampunk kid too.

Steampunk is nice! I’ll bet you were both adorable.

3. What was your most disastrous Halloween costume?

A “Batman Ninja.”  It was store-bought and very complicated to put together. I’m not even sure if I did put it on right. My parents couldn’t figure it out. No one really knew who I was either.

That had to have been disappointing. Says something for the home-made costumes, doesn’t it? They’re the best in my book.

4. Do you decorate for Halloween, and if so, how?

Yes. We carve pumpkins and put glowsticks in them (it looks pretty cool and we don’t have to worry about candles burning). We also have some simple decorations around our house. We don’t get any trick or treaters at our house because we live out in the country.

Oh, the glowstick idea is a great one. Our house is over 100 years old, so we don’t use candles except for birthday cakes. I really like that idea and may steal it. We also live in the country, so I know what you mean about no trick-or-treaters. It’s very disappointing, but we always go to town and join in trunk or treat there.

5. Speaking of trick-or-treat, what is your favorite Halloween candy or treat?

Caramel apples! I love caramel! I love apples! Apples + Caramel + On a Stick = YUM YUM YUM!!!

Oh, I’m with you on that one,  Erik, all the way.

6. Who is your favorite Halloween monster or personality

My favorite Halloween monster is the Frankenstein monster. He really isn’t bad is he? I think he’s just misunderstood. Who wouldn’t get cranky when people are chasing you with pitch forks and torches?

I agree. And I just finished watching Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein, and you’re right, he wasn’t bad at all. Great choice.

7. So, since your favorite monster is Frankenstein, what is your favorite Halloween movie?

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – I really like classics, and this is the best of the best. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Snoopy.  🙂

Well, no Frankenstein there, but it’s hard to go wrong with Charlie Brown.

8. But speaking of Charlie Brown (I can’t help but think of the theme song) do you have a favorite Halloween song?

Purple People Eater and the Monster Mash. They are funny and I like funny. I guess they aren’t so spooky, but again I am not into spooky. J

I’m so glad to know you’re familiar with Purple People  Eater. Do you know, I used to have a Purple People Eater hat when I was a child? It was plastic, and very, very purple, and I thought I was soooo cool wearing that silly hat.

9. Do you have a favorite Halloween book?

I’m not into scary books that much. I like books that are a little spooky or mysterious. My favorite spooky story is a picture book that I first read as a toddler. It’s called A Big, Spooky House by Donna Washington. It is about a big tough guy who isn’t afraid of anything. When he goes into a vacant dark mansion for shelter from the rain, he finds something to be scared of.

I haven’t heard of that book, but I’ll definitely check it out for my granddaughter. We aren’t into scary, either, and it sounds intriguing.

10. Speaking of scary, Erik, have you ever had a Halloween fright? If so, what was the worst?

When I was buried in hay on the hay-ride at my little sister’s Halloween party… I was afraid of suffocating because there was a bunch of first-graders piled on top of me.

Then there was the time my aunt’s boyfriend crouched down behind the door at my grandmom’s house and when I went to trick or treat there, he jumped up in this mask that had an eyeball hanging out and said “BOO!” I was like 5 at the time. I still remember it. I couldn’t breathe I was so scared.

Oh my goodness, Erik, that would have scared me half to death. I hope you can laugh about it now, though. Sometimes you have to forgive us grown-ups, we do things without thinking.

11. Speaking of scary, have you ever visited a haunted house? If so, what were your impressions?

Yes. It was horrible. A local amusement park has a terrifying haunted house. I tried it after I got over-confident from Disney World’s Haunted Mansion (which wasn’t that scary at all. I don’t think I ever went into a real haunted house (or supposedly real)). If I did, I don’t want to know!

I’m sorry that happened to you. I stay out of haunted houses, except the one at Disney World. That’s more my speed. Although I’ve been told my house is haunted, I’ve never found any ghosts lurking around.

12. How far have you traveled to go Trick or Treating?

120 miles! We surprised out grandparents once. They were not expecting us to show up! We don’t usually go too far. We usually go into town to go trick or treating.

That must have been a load of fun! It might also be a record for distance traveled for trick-or-treating.

13. One final question, Erik. Are there any specific Halloween traditions you plan to pass a long to your own kids?

First off, is it a coincidence that the last question is number 13? Just curious. 😉

To answer your question: Besides Trick-or-Treating, I would pass down carving pumpkins, costume making, and getting candy that your parents like. 😉

Those are all great traditions to pass along. And, yes, 13 was deliberate on my part.

Thank you so much, Erik, for joining me in this little bit of fun. I loved reading your answers, and I think others will, too.

Tween the Weekends is a monthly feature hosted right here on Emblazon. Be sure to check out the other posts. Just click on the linky on the TTW page and you’ll be redirected to their personal blogs. I’ll be back on my own blog tomorrow with more Halloween fun. Until then


Cordelia Dinsmore






  1. Lol, if anyone hasn’t figured out by now what a neat kid Erik is, they haven’t been reading. He’s a favorite around the tween community!

    1. Thanks for coming by, Donna. Don’t know his parents, but they must be awesome to raise such a great kid.

  2. Absolutely awesome! We have a giant spider about three feet wide that’s posable who gets hung from our front porch every year. Trick or Treaters vary with the weather. It’s not uncommon for us to have snow by Halloween where I live. Great interview guys!

    1. That must be loads of fun, Alan! Sometimes living in the country with no trick-or-treaters leaves us missing out.

  3. Great post. It is great what Erik does. He may never see the rewards of his efforts to share his love of reading but it is such important work. I love Frankenstein too! Great Post!!

  4. What a fun interview with Erik! I like your idea of a steampunk costume. My daughter STILL hasn’t decided on what she will do this year. That’s this weekend’s project. Sounds like Halloween is a fun time for you and your family Erik! 🙂

  5. Hi Erik, Excellent to hear about your Halloween! It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is one of my favorite movies to watch this season too- I love Snoopy as the Red Baron. Have a spooky one! : ) ~ Jess

  6. Thanks for stopping by, Jess and Renee. I’m not sure if Erik’s home from school yet, but he may show up soon. I know he’s going to love all your lovely comments.

  7. Yo, Eric and Cordelia, you two reinvented the Monster Mash with your interview! I’m with you on Frankenstein, Eric. I’ve had it with all the vampires taking the stage these last years! Hope your Halloween is FUN and you (not your parents) get to eat all the candy! Cheers and Happy Halloween!

  8. Ah, Sharon! You are so much fun. It’s always such a joy to read your posts. You make me smile. Thank you, friend.

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