Beachwalk Halloween Blog Hop ~ Always a Bride

by Nola on October 24, 2014

Halloween pumpkinHi everyone. I hope you’re loving your hop through the Beachwalk Press author blogs this Halloween season. At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other author blogs, as well as info on how to enter to win a copy of my Amazon best-selling novella, Sunny’s Second Chance. Beachwalk Press is also offering TWO $25 gift cards to Amazon or Barnes and Noble — your choice.

My First Halloween…

The first Halloween I can remember – probably the first time I actually had a costume and went trick-or-treating – I was five years old. We lived in California in a mobile home park with lots of other young families. I remember clearly what I wore: I was a bride.

There were no pre-packaged costumes in those days. I believe my mother must have altered one of her white slips for my dress and added a scrap of white lace for my veil. She gave me roses from our yard to carry. (Somewhere in her big box of black and white photographs, there’s a picture of me sitting on the front porch, squinting happily into the camera in my “bride costume.”)

That evening we met up with another young family we knew from church, and the dads took the older kids from house to house while the moms stayed at home with the toddlers. I remember the thrill of walking beside my dad, carrying my rose bouquet, knowing with every fiber of my being that I WAS a bride. I felt special and beautiful and I was sure that everyone who saw me thought so too. To my mind, being a bride was a female’s highest calling. This was before the women’s lib movement, as you might guess.

Years have passed and I’ve been married to my husband – my best friend – for a long time. The reality of our relationship is not at all what that starry-eyed child thought a marriage would be. But part of me must still believe, because there is nothing I like better than spinning a happily-ever-after tale that ends up with a beautiful woman dressed in white and a hunky man who promises to always love her with all his heart.

Yep – there’s a tiny, hopeful part of me that will always be a bride.

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Now, for a chance to win a copy of my book, as well as a chance for one of those $25 gift cards from Beachwalk Press, just leave a comment here about your first Halloween costume or a different Halloween memory. You must comment by midnight October 27th. I’ll choose a random winner on the 28th. I’m looking forward to reading all your comments. Please be aware that, due to spam issues, I have to moderate all comments, so it may be an hour or two before your comment is visible. Now, go ahead and hop to another author post. The links are listed below.

Thanks for stopping today, and Happy Halloween!

Prize Winner Update!  Hi everyone. I wanted to announce the winner of Sunny’s Second Chance. It’s Brandi Leigh! I’m sending you an email, Brandi. Thanks for playing. 🙂

Sidda Lee Tate

Tabitha Rayne
aye Shields
Tara Mills
Olivia Starke
Ashlynn Monroe
Pepper Anthony
Lacey Wolfe
Laura Beth Peters
Stephanie Beck
Beth D. Carter
Lisa Knight
Ella Jade
Emily Wood
Theresa Stillwagon
Kaylie Newell
Patricia Bates
Tracey Rogers
Tamaria Soana
Imogene Nix
Constance Bretes

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara Mills October 24, 2014 at 5:33 am

Aww. Wonderful memory. I remember dressing as a bride with a friend of mine. We put on her mom’s old nighties. Lucky for us, her grandmother actually made veils so she had several to choose from for play. I think mine had satin roses across the front. I felt beautiful. Even with the excess of make-up we applied ourselves. We made a mess of the bobbing for apples tub when we came up with running mascara and left the blush behind. Thanks for bringing me back. 😀


Nola Cross October 24, 2014 at 7:00 am

Tara, I think it’s the veil and bouquet that make us feel so extra special. But I would never have connected playing bride dress-up and bobbing for apples. You have me chuckling as I imagine two cute little girls playing. Thanks for stopping. <3


Amy H October 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

My favorite memory was from a few years ago. My son was only almost one, and went as a wickedly cute vampire. The candy was pretty much for me, but we also took our fur baby who turned one that night(Halloween is her bday, and she is one month older than our son). We dressed her up with an orge, black, and white dog tutu and dog bat wings.


Nola October 24, 2014 at 10:50 am

Amy, how fun to include your dog in trick-or-treating. Great idea! Thanks a lot for sharing and good luck winning a Hop Prize.


JeanMP October 25, 2014 at 3:50 am

I still remember my favorite costume it was a clown, my Mom sewed it, had the whole thing, big wig, ruffled collar, funny suit, funny shoes. Loved that costume.
skpetal at hotmail dot com


Nola October 25, 2014 at 9:59 am

Jean, that sounds like a great costume. I really think that homemade costumes are best. They are made with love. Thanks for visiting me today, and have a spooky, wonderful Halloween.


Christy October 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

My first costume that I remember wearing is a witch! I had the cute little witch hat!!


Nola October 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Christy, I bet you made a pretty cute witch. Thanks for visiting today. Happy Halloween!


Joy F October 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Thanks for the hop.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com


Nola October 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Happy Halloween, Joy!


Susan M October 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I loved being a princess! Of course, that was many years ago! Halloween is a great holiday I still enjoy. Thanks for the hop!


Susan M October 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm
bn100 October 25, 2014 at 9:03 pm

trick-o-treating with friends

bn100candg at hotmail dot com


Brandi October 26, 2014 at 2:43 am

Aww, what a great memory!! Thanks for sharing!! My very first costume I was a ballerina, & I was 11months old, lol! My mom likes to pull out the pictures sometimes & me during my very first Halloween is amongst those pics. I was a short & chunky little thing & I had on a tutu lol. That is the 1st & only time i’d ever be a ballerina lol.

Take care & I hope you have a great weekend! =)
BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com


Imogene October 26, 2014 at 3:09 am

What a lovely memory

Happy Halloween!


Sidda Lee Tate October 26, 2014 at 6:11 am

Aww…a sweet bride for Halloween. So cute.


amy bowens October 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Awww such a wonderful memory for you to share. Sounds like you had a nice time. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a Happy Halloween.


Jessica Hale(Parsons) October 27, 2014 at 1:04 am

my first costume was as a fairy the kids loved it


Liz Castillo October 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

I’m not sure what my first costume was but while I was younger I did have a tiger & bunny costume that my grandmother made. Not only did I wear it, my brother and sister did as well and even a couple of my nieces. As soon as my great-nephew is a little older, he will wear them too. It’s a family tradition.

~ Liz


Olivia Starke October 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I was a timid child scared of everything Halloween which is why I loved Halloween as a kid. I think I was a masochist lol I lived out in the sticks, but the one of the two times I went trick or treating with cousins I ended up screaming and frozen at a house after a scary guy jumped out at us from a garage. Parents didn’t take me after that incident. Scary stuff is a lot more fun now that I’m (almost) a grownup!


flchen1 October 27, 2014 at 11:21 pm

How sweet, Nola! I wasn’t ever a bride for Halloween, but I do recall one of those plastic princess masks with the tiny slit for breathing 😉 And a shiny “dress” to go with it. I’m sure it was all highly flammable 😉

fedora at gmail dot com


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