Halloween Blog Hop

I love Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays, probably because it occurs during my favorite time of year. There’s just something about autumn—the fading light, the misty mornings, the smell of rain and earth and leaves that permeates the air. Halloween encapsulates all that, along with a good dose of ghosts and witches, magic and folklore. Every year I like to watch Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow. It’s a little tradition of mine that helps me celebrate the autumnal season. This year, however, I was hoping on starting a new tradition.


This blog is young, and this upcoming Halloween is the first that this blog will see. I, being a fan of the holiday, wanted to do something to mark the occasion. So I thought of the obvious: I’ll write a short story. A spooky short story. (Well, spooky for me, anyway, which is really quite tame.) Then I thought how fun it would be if others shared their stories, too. So, I thought I’d turn it into a blog hop.


This is a rather experimental venture. As I mentioned earlier, this blog is young, and I’m not sure how much interest there will be. But I think it sounds like fun and just wanted to throw the idea out there. If successful, I’d like to make it a yearly tradition, like watching Sleepy Hollow. So, if you’re also a fan of Halloween and would like to celebrate the occasion with a bit of writing, read on.


Halloween Blog Hop 2013

Halloween Button


The rules for this blog hop are pretty simple:

  1. Add your blog using the link tool found below.
  2. Grab the button to put on your blog to help spread the word (optional).
  3. On Halloween, post your short story or poem on your blog.
  4. Come back here and click on the other links to visit other people’s blogs and read their stories.
  5. Have fun!


Feel free to write whatever you want. Short story, poem, haiku, whatever floats your boat. Heck, if you want to draw a picture, do that. Just post something that you feel encapsulates whatever Halloween means to you. If that’s a scary story, great! If it’s more about the ambiance of a campfire and falling leaves, awesome! Whatever Halloween means to you is what you should write about. There are no requirements to follow anyone’s blog or to post comments if you don’t want to (though it’s nice if you do). The idea behind this is to just have some fun, support one another, and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.



To grab a button, simply copy and paste the following code onto your blog:

<a href="http://saracsnider.com/halloween-blog-hop/"> <img src="http://saracsnider.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Halloween-Button-e1377875380846.png" alt="Link to Sara C. Snider blog" width="175" height="219"></a>

Here’s what it will look like:

Link to Sara C. Snider blog


  1. I’m obsessed with autumn and Halloween as well! I love the fall. Mostly because I hate the humidity in the summer where I live, so when fall comes it’s a welcome reprieve. 🙂 Sounds like a fun blog hop!

  2. Love this idea! Glad I happened upon your blog! Looking forward to writing a story and reading others!!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Joy! I’m very glad to have you here. Looking forward to your story! 🙂

  3. I really like this idea! Can I join if I am only doing books reviews? I promise to have something neat up on Halloween. And Autumn is definitely my favorite time of year!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Sunday! You can certainly join, but try to keep your Halloween post on the creative side (i.e. something written/made by you and not a review of someone’s book). Feel free to shoot me a mail if you want to discuss it. 🙂

  4. I forgot to ask. Do you have a code or link for the individual blogs? I want to place everyone on my blog.

    • Sara C. Snider

      You know, I didn’t even think it was possible to do what you’re asking. Turns out it is. Always great to learn something new. 🙂

      However, this is my first blog hop, and I don’t think I’m comfortable having multiple sign-up spots for it–and that’s what sharing the link/code would do. So for now, I’d like to just keep it here. Sorry! Your best bet is to use the blog button, as clicking it brings you right back to this page.

  5. Just written my short story for this! (Its about 800 words so not that long) and is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a paranormal (albeit not particularly spooky) twist (when asked people preferred that idea to my other of a ghostly masquerade! I’m really excited to see what other people have written 😀

    • Sara C. Snider

      Nice! I still need to write my story. 😛 Looking forward to reading yours!

  6. Very excited that I found this! I’m definitely participating! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I adore autumn. This is a great idea. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks LC! Super glad to have you here! Always great to find other autumn and Halloween enthusiasts. 🙂

  7. I love Halloween, and I love writing; therefore I love this blog hop! Thanks for hosting it, it’s a great idea. I can’t wait to read everyone’s entries 🙂

    • Sara C. Snider

      I love your logic. 🙂 Thanks so much, Laura! I’m also really looking forward to what everyone comes up with.

  8. I’ve always loved the strange and twisted that’s available for the general audience, like Neil Gayman stories and some of Brom, and almost everything Tim Burton.

    I’ve become a little obsessed with mild horror short stories in the past month, and now I’m writing up another one. I guess it’s Halloween season!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and I also like just about everything Tim Burton. So glad you could join us, Tanya! 🙂

  9. I’ve signed up! Glad I found this 😀

  10. Stacey Adams

    This sounds really cool!!! Will spread the word. 🙂

  11. Sounds like a great idea and I see you have some interest. Sadly I’m a bit out of the writing loop, though. 🙂

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Misha! The interest has been great — it’s definitely exceeded my expectations.

      Good luck with your writing. Hopefully you’ll be able to get back into the swing of things. 🙂

  12. I enjoyed this very much, and wrote my Halloween short story. It was a great exercise for me, wanting to become a writer/author one day. Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop!

    • Sara C. Snider

      That’s great, Sandy! So glad you had fun with it. I look forward to reading your story. 🙂

  13. I just now got my little story up! I love, love October with its gorgeous skies, the cooling weather, the slant of the sun. Nothing makes me feel more in touch with myself and the earth.

    Hope I didn’t miss too many people by posting so late today!

    • Sara C. Snider

      I agree completely. October is such a beautiful month.

      And you’re not late at all! I only had time to read a few stories earlier today. I’m just about to read the rest now, so you’re just in time. 🙂 Will head over and read yours soon!

  14. Just wanted to let people know. Michele Poague shared this on The Healing Crystal page. The said they liked our stories! https://www.facebook.com/healingcrystaltrilogy


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