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Creepy, Spooky, Scary Reads. Are you Ready for Halloween?

The temperature is dropping and golden leaves are beginning to litter the street, cobwebs are being strewn across porches and Jack O’Lanterns are being carved. Halloween is almost upon us.

Scary stories have always been a central part of my reading experience. From R.L. Stine to Edgar Allen Poe, readers are attracted to things that spook us out. I remember reading Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories underneath my blankets when I was little, scared of even the sounds of trees in the wind.

As writers, we use suspense in almost everything we write. We like getting readers itching to get to that next page, to get to that reveal. For horror story writers, their craft is creating the drive for each reader to finish the book, even as they fight sleep.

So to get into the mood for this most haunted of holidays, here’s a reading list of spooky titles written by Lulu authors.

The Book of Halloween: For an introduction to the holiday itself, check out The Book of Halloween by Ruth Edna Kelly. Featuring the origins of the holiday, from a pagan celebration to an all-American tradition, it makes for some pretty great trivia while devouring your candy.

Lulu Pumpkin Carving Contest

Hey Lulu fans, still need an idea for an awesome jack-o-lantern to wow all your trick or treaters with?  Why not show some love for indie-publishing with your own Lulu pumpkin stencil?  Who knows, maybe you’ll inspire a young author to write a spooky story of their own.  Just save a copy of the stencil below on your computer, print it out, and pin it to your pumpkin of choice.

But wait, we’re not done yet.  Post a picture of your spookiest, most hilarious, jaw-dropping, or straight up awe-inspiring pumpkin on our Facebook page and our expert panel of pumpkin carving experts will pick a winner (cough…bonus points to the person that incorporates the Lulu logo…cough cough).  Best pumpkin gets $50 off their next purchase on Lulu.

Happy Halloween!

The maximum savings for this offer is $50. Sorry, but this offer cannot be applied to previous orders. You can only use this code once, and unfortunately you can’t use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. This great offer expire on December 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM, so don’t miss out! While very unlikely, we do reserve the right to change or revoke this offer at anytime, and of course we cannot offer this coupon where it is against the law to do so.

 

 

 

Scarytelling Spooktacular


October 31st and all-hallow’s eve are fast approaching.  The ghosts and goblins are just waiting to come out and create some mischief, but we can’t let them have all the fun.  To get us all in the Halloween spirit, tomorrow, Oct. 18th, we’ll be hosting a scarytelling contest, where the winner will get 30% off their next purchase at Lulu.com.

To play, just visit the Lulu Facebook page and add onto the scary story we post on our wall.  We’ll even help get the ball rolling by providing the first line.  All you have to do is keep the story going.  The comment with the most likes will win! Easy, right?

So thrill us, chill us, and write us your best scary story.  Big savings await the ghoul who wins.  Happy Halloween!

No purchase necessary. The maximum savings for this offer is $100. Sorry, but this offer cannot be applied to previous orders. You can only use this code once, and unfortunately you can’t use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. This great offer expire on December 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM, so don’t miss out! While very unlikely, we do reserve the right to change or revoke this offer at anytime, and of course we cannot offer this coupon where it is against the law to do so.

Trick or Treat? Why Not Both…

Hulkmania!

It’s Halloween in the Lulu office and I thought it’d be fun to share some of the great costumes people have been wearing all day.

Each year, Lulu team members break out their biggest wigs, their goofiest glasses and their scariest masks in an attempt to out do each other in the fierce competition to win the “Best

Right to Left: A Musketeer, Dr. Who, Captain Planet, Barista

Costume Award.” No Lulu holds back and there were some pretty remarkable costumes this year. Some of my favorites were Hulk Hogan and Uncle Fester (with a real light up bulb in his mouth).

But we don’t want to be the only ones having fun, so as a treat for All Hallows’ Eve, we’re offering a couple special deals to all our customers and creators this weekend.

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Uncle Fester

Through November 1st, you can take 20% off any order with coupon code TRICK. And you can take 25% off any order of $500 or more with coupon code TREAT.

While coupons aren’t as tasty as candy, they are better for you and your wallet this Halloween season.

Have a happy and safe holiday everyone.

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Halloween at Lulu

Nick and Carol of the Blog Team

There are times during our blog meetings where I get so excited about writing a post for a specific holiday or event that I will actually threaten to arm wrestle anyone who thinks about writing that day. I have come to the conclusion that I am pretty terrifying and that the rest of the blog team are a bunch of scared little sissy children who cry at the sight of me and my enormous “guns.” I threatened to arm wrestle anyone who tried to get in the way of my Halloween post, and as you can see I won that battle.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday mostly because the promise of candy and utter silliness. This holiday is doubly fun when you work at Lulu (be jealous).  Lulu is fun on any given day, but mix that excitement with a Ghostbuster, angels, witches, Dr. Horrible, a Boxing Nun, and even the King himself – Elvis Presley all sitting in their cubes working, and you’ve got the magic of Lulu right there.

You can see some behind-the-scenes Halloween pictures here!

Happy Halloween from the Blog Team at Lulu.com

Lulu is your one-stop DIY Halloween party planning advisor

All Soul’s Day, Samhain, Halloween, Protestant Reformation Day – they’re all a week away. Chances are, you’re either going to a party, hosting one or hiding in terror. Make whatever you’ve got coming up better with the following guides.

Do you have a costume yet? Do you dread geting caught between spending too much time and money, and wearing the lamest getup ever? You should read Easy & Creative Halloween Costume Ideas by Lisa Severson. This book will show you 60 painless ways to create memorable costumes for yourself, your kids or that lackadaisical loser who shows up at your house dressed as “Joe the Plumber.”

Serve memorably spooky snacks at your party by following the repulsive recipes in Kaye Hamm’s Kreepy Katering. This illustrated cookbook features 29 stomach-churning concoctions sure to enliven, I mean deaden, any party. My favorites are the Slimy Bat Wings (relax, they only look like bat meat), and the Rotten Apple Martini. Also worth taking a peek at is 13 Halloween Recipes from ThirteenForHalloween.com. Those Goblin Horns are making me hungry. Please remember that these depraved dishes are only visually arresting – we have the authors’ word that everything featured is very tasty regardless of appearance. Even Poop On A Cracker.

Put some horror in your house by taking cues from The Secrets of Disney’s Haunted Mansion by Jeff Baham. This 64-page compendium includes the original script and sheet music, a walk-through of the mansion, descriptions of the ghoulish props and loads of vintage artwork, adverts and blueprints. There’s even a blank Haunted Mansion death certificate that you can fill out with petrified party guests’ names.

Further frighten up your humble abode with pumpkin heads – both carved and knitted, spooky sounds, mummy dolls, and unbelievably adorable Jack O’Lantern crochet poppets.

Keep your party guests groaning in delight with jokes from Tony Iacoviello’s Blood Lines. Here’s an example: What does a vampire never order at a restaurant? A stake sandwich. There are 52 ridiculous pages of this balderdash. Another book that would be fun to have at your party is Professor Ichbonnsen’s Monster Month. It’s a spectacular who’s who of the monsters that are likely skulking your streets this season. And, finally, if your party gets to the point where a past life regression session or druid healing spell is necessary, it’s probably a good idea to have a copy of A reference guide to the Craft on hand.

With all this fine literature at your disposal, any chilling celebration is bound to be a smash hit.