Happy Halloween!

30 Oct

Some Halloween-y themed prompts. Each one is meant to be a quick brainstorm, but if you want to expand on one, go for it!

  • Masquerade: The kind of costumes we chose and the characters we aspire to be say a lot about us. Choose a character and describe their halloween costume (this year, or a significant year in their life.) Why did you choose it? What does it say about them?
  • Twi-Please-No: Teen Paranormal Romance. Like it or not, it’s a thing, and it has it’s own formal section heading in Barnes and Noble. Now it’s your turn! Brainstorm/write a pitch for the newest TPR craze. It can be as tacky as you like — cashing in on the craze, as it were — or, if you’re feeling brave, you can pitch a good one and attempt to rectify the genre.
  • Mask-over: Halloween costumes originated as a way to scare off and confuse malevolent spirits. Brainstorms a culture that has a slightly different take on a Halloween-like holiday. The culture can be as small as a family or as large as a planet. It can be realistic/ rooted in an actual culture, but shouldn’t be something you already know a lot about.
  • Spelling Bee: Many magic-related stories involve spell words, all the way from “Double double toil and trouble” to “Wingardium Leviosa” (And that’s levi-o-sa not levio-sa). Make up some magic words for your own witchy character. How would they function? What would be their purpose? What would they do?
    • Ex. Children of the Lamp series by P.B. Kerr.  “Focus words.”
  • Chocolate Froglings: (By now I hope you’ve all just accepted my constant Harry Potter references). One of the many things the Harry Potter series gave the world was a whole new heap of candies. From their first introduction on the Hogwarts Express, Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans etc. helped to solidify the Wizarding World as its own “real” and unique culture. Its time for trick-or-treating, but M&Ms are off the menu. Fill your mental candy bucket with new and tantalizing treats.

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