Today is my favorite day out of the year -- All Hallow's Eve. Halloween has been my favorite holiday since I was a little girl -- in fact, the very first book I ever wrote (in the third grade) was a Halloween story. There is something about this holiday that has always inspired me. Maybe it's the magical feeling in the air, the excitement that you can only get when you're a kid eagerly anticipating dressing up in costume and setting out door-to-door for tricks or treats. Maybe it was simply the novelty of getting to wander the neighborhood at night. Whatever it is, I've never quite lost that excitement -- that spark of magic -- that always came in the autumn. Which is why I like to write (and illustrate) books about Halloween, I suppose.
In fact, I recently finished the manuscript to another children's story about the holiday -- now to do the illustrations. Hopefully I will have it finished by next fall. I think this is the best one yet, if I do say so myself! I can't wait to share it with all of you.
For now, here's wishing you a happy and safe Halloween. Don't eat too much candy!