Halloween Blogfest: Lisette Brodey

Guest blog by Lisette Brodey
I don’t remember the first time I heard about Halloween, but my mother said it was on the day itself. I was about five, and having learned from a neighbor that you dress up in a costume and knock on doors to get candy, I informed my mother that I was going trick or treating. In a few hours.

My mother, now a retired and beloved university professor, has a whole lot of smarts and skills, but making Halloween costumes has never been one of them. There is a photo of me some 3,000 miles away showing me completely covered in paper bags, but, unfortunately, I don’t have it to share with you.

Maybe I was supposed to be a paper bag robot. Perhaps I was an escapee from Planet Paper Bag. I don’t know, but I was pretty cute—unevenly cut eyeholes and all.

Despite my exciting debut, I’ve never been a big Halloween lover. Besides being an author, I work once in a while as a SAG background actor here in Los Angeles. After being cast as a witch in the teen Halloween movie, Fun Size, I was turned into a witch by Hollywood professionals. My hair was pinned up and replaced with a long black wig. A fake chin was attached to my own with spirit glue, and most fun of all, all visible parts of me were painted green. Have you ever waited around for ten hours with your hands painted green? Trust me, it makes everything more difficult. Then, right before my scene, someone decided I was not green enough, and I was painted all over again. Ah, delightful. While I was shooting my scene, the young actor who starred in the film informed me on set, “You scared my mom.” Okaaaaay, then!

Just because I haven’t dressed up for Halloween doesn’t mean it hasn’t influenced my life. In two of my novels, Squalor, New Mexico(a 1970s coming-of-age novel) and Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (a romantic comedy), Halloween has played a part in each novel. To a writer, this holiday offers all kinds of interesting possibilities. It’s the one night you can knock on a stranger’s door without too much suspicion, and it’s an excuse for people to conceal their identities and raise nary an eyebrow. Indeed, Halloween can be very exciting, even on paper. So, to one reader of this blog, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of Squalor, New Mexico. It’s the story of Darla McKendrick who grows up in a family terrified by the secrets they’re keeping, and after too many lies and distortions, she sets out to uncover the truth.

Mystical–High_SmallAlthough I don’t do much for the holiday itself, I have a great interest in the paranormal. I’ve just published my novel Mystical High, which is the first book in my YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series. The imagination that is stirred on Halloween is a gift to writers and readers all year long. So, in that sense, the Halloween spirit is always with me.





About the Author: LisetteBrodeyHeadshotLisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA.

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area. She has just published her fourth novel, Mystical High, the first book in her YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series.

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  1. Gee, you don’t look at all “witchy” in your photo. 🙂

  2. Alice Trego says:

    It’s nice to meet you here, Lisette. I must say that I had a few chuckles as I read your Halloween blog. I remember my first Halloween costumes, consisting of some of my Dad’s old clothes. Those were the fun days, eh? Your YA books sound intriguing, and I just had to go to your website to find out more because that guy in the hallway of your Mystical High bookcover kept appearing and disappearing from the corner of my eye!

  3. Sounds like a fun movie experience

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. Hey, Patty: Ironically, I was cast for the part of a witch from the very photo you see on this page. Maybe I have the right witch-shaped face.

    Alice: Thanks so much for checking out my site! Ah, you noticed the guy on the book cover was moving, did you? No idea what you’re talking about! (Just kidding!) First Halloweens are memorable, aren’t they? I’m sure wearing my dad’s old clothes would have been my mother’s next idea had the paper bags not worked.

    bn100: It’s was a lot of fun doing the movie. It was a hot day and I was very green, so I was taking out of the outside holding area and brought into the house so I wouldn’t melt!

  5. Hello,

    Yes, it is the time of the year for all things spooky. As I have read Lisette Brodey’s latest novel ‘Mystical High, I wanted to say it is a magnificent read. Just the sort of book I love, where you have characters you care about, and a few you despise. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

    Thank you, Stuart

  6. I loved Halloween when I was a kid. I didn’t care what I wore; I would often throw on my parents’ robes or anything I could find in the house — I was only interested in how much candy I gathered. People were so generous and everybody would throw a large handful of candy in my bag. Plus candied apples and cakes and all kinds of home-made items that were commonly given out in those days and nobody worried about the safety of them — we ate and loved every bite. One of my older brothers & I would walk for miles, long past our own neighborhood, which was large, on to as many other neighborhoods as our legs would take us. I loved it! I’d come home with a grocery bag full to the top and would be eating candy every day, still often with some left a year later when Halloween rolled around again.

    Now as a concerned adult who sees the health issues of sugar — I had a filling in every one of my teeth almost as soon as they came in, plus a kind-of lifetime addiction to sweet stuff that I’ve had to fight to avoid — I created little treat bags filled with small coloring books/crayons, games, stickers, or other fun kid items instead of candy for a number of years. But it’s clear that candy is the heart of Halloween and that’s what kids really really expect — and so did I when I was a kid. So I’ve returned to giving out candy. Halloween is one of those special occasions when kids just get to have fun and experience a sweet night — literally and figuratively.

    Thanks for the memories, Lisette …

  7. But do you have the evil laugh? ….

    I’m not a big fan of Halloween. Most of my childhood, we lived in the boonies, so no trick-or-treat. Ah well. No I can just go buy my own candy 😀

    mnark111 AT gmail DOT com

  8. Stuart, thanks so much for your kind words. It makes me very happy that you enjoyed Mystical High so much. Thank you for taking the time to drop by!

    Joy, what a great comment. And I LOVE what you’re doing now for Halloween. Such a great idea; a delightful treat, just not one that you eat! Perfect.

    Nmark – No, I don’t really have an evil laugh, but if I were on set and asked to produce one, I think I could rustle something up!

    Cheers to you all.

  9. Sorry to be late with the winner!

    Names have gone into a hat! Alice Trego is the winner.

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