You'd better get comfortable with a pumpkin spice latte.
This is going to take a while.
It all starting in 1963 on the day I was launched into this crazy world. My mother would tell you that I was an evil child. Sleep all day, scream all night. I think that is why you will never hear a peep from me in a haunted house.
Spooky TV Shows
I was raised spooky. Growing up I gravitated toward anything dark and dismal. My favorite TV shows where and still are:
- The Adams Family
- Scooby Doo
- Dark Shadows
- Chiller Theatre
- Anything that starred Vincent Price. We have to credit Poe for that!
I clearly remember being creeped out by the organ music of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken with Don Knotts.
Ghost Stories, Monsters and Vampires
Any books that entered the house had to do with ghosts. Here are a few that I have up until this day. All provided by my beloved monster (aka Mom or Mommy Dearest).
- Moonlight, Shadow and Cobwebs by Rosalind Welcher
- A Pictorial History of Horror Movies which I am replacing at this very moment as mind is worn since 1977.
This is so funny! My mother bought me this book of Vampire stories. The main story was Camilla by LeFanu, a wonderful writer of Gothic Tales. I loved this story! Little did I know it was about lesbian vampires. I was 10, what did I know about stuff light that?
50 Years of Trick r' Treating in the Hudson Valley
My fondest memories are of my costumes. They were generally homemade from whatever could be found in the house. A bed-sheet ghost with onxy black eyes; A hobo with a corncob pipe and a burnt-cork beard, Mexican transplant before it was not politically correct with sombrero on head and Mexican-made bag in hand, or the dreaded Mom, I can't breath plastic mask with the pop your eye out elastic band.
My favorite candy:
- Waxed Vampire Fangs
- Wowee Wax Whistle
- Candy Corn
The Hudson Valley Halloween Queen
I am a web developer by trade, in addition to being an artist and an author, but that's a story for another day. I had to create a website for a college project, which some of you may remember as Haunted Hudson Valley. Much to my dismay, my research and writing would continuously be plagiarized. That would shoot by blood pressure to the moon and back, You could witness by transition into a full-blooded she-wolf just dying to rip someone's throat out.
In any case, Haunted Hudson Valley opened many doors for me to developed into who I am today as the Hudson Valley Halloween Queen. From cemetery board member to Halloween parade planner and promoter, I have done it all and share it with YOU - my frightening friends.
A steak was jammed in to my black heart the day I decided to cease Haunted Hudson Valley as a business, but they couldn't rob me of my creepy charisma. If it were not for Haunted Hudson Valley and social media, I never would have known my Coven sisters whose friendship I will value for the rest of my being. With all of your help, I will continue to heartily celebrate Halloween here in the Hudson Valley until my last breath.