Quick write: Trick-or-treat schemes and writing dreams


Trick-or-treat! Welcome to the one day of the year where children and grown-ups get to dress up and make believe they are something vile and villainous, bizarre or beautiful.


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The trick-or-treat tradition stretches back nearly 100 years, and, according to, can claim a loose connection to “ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices and even British politics.”

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That said, this ghoulish day is more popular than ever, especially among American families who jump at the chance haunt their local neighborhoods and dip into a serious candy stash before the night is over.


Step away from your current writing project and reflect on the trick-or-treat memories of your past. What were your fears as a child? What was your favorite costume? Did you have any frightening moments? Recall that spooky house in your neighborhood — were you brave enough to step up to the door and ask for your treat?

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Think on your best moments and your worst experiences on this night and then describe them here.

What are your main character’s memories of trick-or-treat? Would he have dressed as a superhero? Or as a ghastly ghost?

Is there any way that you could or should incorporate Halloween into your narrative? How would it advance the plot?

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at



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