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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Trick or Treat Tuesday with Mary Gray

Welcome to another Trick or Treat Tuesday! This week we're welcoming the fabulous Mary Gray, author of the upcoming The Dollhouse Asylum! I'm so excited that Mary took the time out of her crazy schedule to stop by and talk to us about her family's Halloween traditions. For those of you who may not be aware, Mary's book, The Dollhouse Asylum comes out on October 22nd, 2013 - so just next week! I've already pre-ordered my copy! On to the fun, please join me in welcoming Mary Gray!

Hi Mary!

Hi Courtney!

Okay, my tradition. My family loves to dress up in family themes. The first year we did it, I only had my son who was then a year old, and I found this awesome red little devil costume replete with a tail, and since he was definitely a little devil, I had to get it. My husband and I then went to the Halloween store, and when I saw Hercules and "An Athenian Goddess" costume, I had to get them. So that year, we were all wicked awesome gods... or Satans... however you figure. The next time we all dressed up together, I was pregnant with my second daughter. My son by this time was three years old and obsessed with pirates. (It also helped that my local Old Navy had the most adorable pirate costume ever.) My husband's always had a man-crush on Johnny Depp, so he naturally had to dress up as him (which was hilarious, since my husband has short bright blond hair, and Captain Jack Sparrow most definitely does not). I dressed up, too, but as I was trying to find a shirt that would fit over my 7 1/2 month belly, it hit me: I should draw on my belly "A Map." So my son was this cute little boy pirate, my husband was Jack Sparrow, I was a hot pirate chick, my and daughter was a map, making her an official Halloween dressee before she was even born. After my daughter was born, my son was then into Star Wars, so we had to dress up in that theme, obviously. My son was obsessed with The Emperor, right down to his sinister laugh and scathing expression. When we went to a Halloween party, the little man (who was four now) didn't break character once. My husband sewed his black cape, and we painted his face white. Then, since my daughter was just a baby, we simply had to dress her up as an Ewok. My husband was amazing whipping out that costume... especially when sewing with fur. She won "Cutest costume" at the party. My husband was Obi Wan Kanobi with the best brown cape ever, and I was Padme (I still wear the boots I bought for the costume--I love them so much!) Finally, last year my kids were playing a lot of Lego Harry Potter, so guess who we dressed up as? My son was Harry, my daughter was Luna Lovegood, my youngest son was Hedwig, my husband was Lucius Malfoy, and I was Tonks. This was my favorite costume so far since I found the perfect trench coat, combat boots, tights, and sprayed my hair pink. (Who wouldn't love to do that?) I also made a choker to look like Tonks' in the movie. This year, though, is going to be my favorite. We're preparing for my book release party, and I'm inviting attendees to dress up as tragic literary couples (just like in the book). The party's the Friday before Halloween, so I figure people are looking for ideas and venues for dressing up anyway. Plus, anyone on the internet's invited to take part by sending me a pic of their costume if they decide to take party. I'll be bringing all pictures to my launch party to share with the attendees, and I hope to find bloggers who will post about dressing up. So who is my family going to be? I'm going to be Cleopatra, my husband will be her forbidden interest, Mark Antony, replete with home-made leather armor. My boys will be Antony's fellow Roman guards, and my daughter will be a mini Cleopatra/Egyptian member in her kingdom. I am so excited! My daughter's costume is so stunning, and the leather working my husband is doing for the boys' costumes is crazy awesome. If you can't make the party, I will most definitely be posting pictures. 

Ah, this sounds so cute, Mary! I can't wait to see some pics! Now guess what? I'm giving away a copy of Mary's book, The Dollhouse Asylum! Enter the form below to enter, and don't forget to come back and tweet about it once a day!

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