Dracula, Frankenstein & the Wolfman, Oh My! 14


Leah here: I’ve been away from home for the past week – I’m up in the Blue Mountain area of Ontario, on the shores of Georgian Bay. I came up here last Friday for a four day writers’ weekend with a few of my Toronto Romance Writers buddies. Today’s guest author Amy Ruttan was supposed to come with us, but her kids got sick and she had to stay home. (Good Mom!) Thing is? Even with three sick children, Amy kept up with us on IM and Twitter and STILL managed to out-write ALL of us. Seriously!

So while you’re reading her post, picture me on my knees doing the Wayne’s World “I’m not Worthy” bow.

Supermom/Superauthor Amy Ruttan

I want to thank Leah for letting me come and play here today, especially the day before my favorite holiday HALLOWEEN!! WOOHOO! I am super excited.

I don’t know about you all but when I was growing up Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman were not sexy.

Now, the publishing and movie world is full of sexy shifters, delicious panty wetting (yeah you heard me) vampires, and even a few years ago we had a sexy Dr. Frankenstein aka Kenneth Branagh. (I just don’t think there is any way to make dead reanimated flesh sexy).

Case in point the original werewolf.

Ahh look at the original werewolf with that almost helmet like appearance and big black nose. Sorry but I didn’t even find the teen wolf all that dreamy. Seriously I still don’t get why the girls all wanted Michael J. Fox as the wolf … anyways I digress.

When I was a child I was frightened by these oldies, but I know I wouldn’t have been scared by the werewolf if he looked like … oh I don’t know Taylor Lautner.

Okay I will admit when Twilight came out I was a bit meh he’s okay, now WOW being a werewolf really does good for the body. All right, bad I know.

*Leah here: Yes, I admit that I’ve always been on Team Jacob, and I have to say OMG, Taylor is younger than my youngest son, but I can’t help drooling over this young man. He is growing up such a hottie. )

Now, Dracula or Vampires have had it easy since the days of Bela Lugosi.

Even then good old Bela wasn’t as bad as the wolfman above there. So vampires have it a bit easier. Here are some prime examples.

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I’m quite partial to Edward Cullen myself. *sigh*

But is it me or is Halloween getting too sexy? I have a young daughter and when I was trying to find her a costume it was all “sexy”.

When I was a kid costumes weren’t sexy. Mostly they were home made and if you were lucky to have a store bought one can we say plastic type rain coat thing with a plastic suffocating mask which made your face so damn sweaty. Little girl costumes are short and flirty. They don’t need to be. Most times where I live they are wearing a snowsuit under their costumes.

It took a lot of searching to find my daughter a NON-sexy witch costume. I don’t mind my Hollywood monsters being sexy, but let’s leave the sexy out of the kids Halloween.

So I want to know what was your favorite costume as a kid? OR What are you dressing up as for Halloween? I’ve got bunny ears, that’s as far as I go this year.

Though one day I’ll convince my DH to do a couples costume with me and we’ll go to a Halloween party dressed like this:

Amy’s first book, Masque of Desire, was a ghost story for an Ellora’s Cave Hallowe’en anthology. I’m throwing in a copy to one lucky commenter. Just tell me what you’re dressing up as — or who you’d like to dress up as if you could. Or since Hallowe’en is not only about treats, but tricks – tell me the best prank that’s been played on you, or you’ve played on someone else. I’ll close the comments after Hallowe’en (i.e. November 1 at 12:01 a.m.). and announce a winner Sunday morning.

Oh, and you can follow Amy on Twitter too.


14 thoughts on “Dracula, Frankenstein & the Wolfman, Oh My!

  • Cari Quinn

    Hi Amy and Leah! Great post.

    I completely agree about kids costumes being too sexy. Even little girls dressing up as kitty cats manage to look vampy nowadays!

    Halloween's also my favorite holiday, though I'm not dressing up this year. Oh, and please don't enter me in the contest, as I won a copy of Masque of Desire last year (which is STILL on my TBR, I'm ashamed to say, because it's at least five feet high!)

  • Amy Ruttan

    LOL! You're TBR pile is as big as mine my dear. It's so high it's going to crush me one day. 🙂

  • joder

    Yes, kid's costumes have gotten way too sexy. It's creepy having them dressing in fishnet stockings. I don't know who comes up with the ideas, but what's wrong with having little kids look like little kids?

    As for me, I'd love to dress like Scarlett O'Hara. I'd feel like a princess (ofcourse I couldn't sit down, but that's the sacrifice for fashion).

  • elaing8

    I agree,kids costumes have gotten ridiculous..Around here too, all the kids have their snowsuits on underneath and they all look like an odd version of the stay puff marshmallow man 🙂

    As for me this year I won't be dressing up. Halloween just isn't for me anymore. As a teenager I once dressed up as Beetlejuice, my friend made my costume for me, it was awesome.

  • Amy Ruttan

    It's all just for you Wylie! Smooches.

    Joder, Frankly my dear … LOL! That would be a cool costume, and yeah you wouldn't be able to sit in those hoops. I really don't know how they did.

    Hehehe on the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Yeah I remember those days. 🙂

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    My TBR is WAY bigger than five feet, sad to say. I'm working on it. I am!

    I should therefore tell you not to enter me, but … it's your book, Amy. And I finally have an e-reader. So throw my name in that hat!

    As for Halloween, my kids raided my wardrobe and I have nothing cool to be this year. I guess I'll be a mom. Wonder if I have any khaki pants or white button-down shirts?

    Oh, yeah. I posted this at Win a Book, too.

  • flchen1

    Hi, Amy! Lovely to see you here! I'm not sure I'm dressing up tomorrow, but I'm definitely a contender for Meanest Mommy Ever probably every day 😉 Maybe I just need to add a black hat and broom to that…

    Hope you're having a terrific weekend!

  • donnas

    Great post. Really great pictures too.

    My best costume was a black cat. Im not dressing up this year.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • RachieG

    My favorite costume EVER was when I was probably seven and was a huge pumpkin. 🙂 Always so much fun. This year I dressed up as a "purple kitten" definetly homemade, but super fun!

    GREAT POST!

    rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

  • Lyoness2009

    Hope I beat the time limit 🙂

    This year I didn't dress up, but boy, I helped my daughter get all wild. She had the hair and outfit, just to be a crazy person. A few girls at my work though, dressed up as "swine flu" and just were adorable! They had pig ears and wore sleep pants with polka dots. Super super cute idea.

    lyoness2009 AT hot mail **dot** COm

  • Leah Braemel

    Hi, Lyoness – yes, you made it in under the wire. I'll close the contest off shortly. LOL about the swine flu costumes – that's inspired!

  • Leah Braemel

    And the winner is RachieG

    Rachie, I'll be contacting you shortly about your copy of Amy's book.

  • Amy Ruttan

    Congrats Rachie!

    My youngest went as a pumpkin.

    I hope you enjoy Masque. It was my first book, and written about my favorite holiday.

    I'm still kind of shocked that it's November today. YIKES!

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