Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

Of Ghouls and Saints
By Maggie Toussaint

Many believe that on Oct. 31, the veil between the living and the dead thins, allowing the dead to return to earth. Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain wherein people lit bonfires, offered harvest sacrifices, and wore costumes to ward off ghosts. In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated Nov 1 as All Saint’s Day, where all the saints are honored a tradition that also endured through the centuries.

In that same vein, we have sayings like “it’s always darkest before dawn.” Contemporary societies are conditioned to understand that bad things occur but taught that recovery/renewal happen afterward. The message is humanity can “take a licking and keep on ticking” to borrow a catch phrase. So, whether you celebrate Halloween or All Saints Day, you’re assured life goes on.

[Sidebar: Halloween has also become big business. It is the second largest commercial holiday in the US, following Christmas. A Halloween article at History.com claims over 6 billion dollars are spent annually on this holiday.]

For many in this bizarre 2020, the pandemic, social injustice, natural disasters, and politics raised fear, anxiety, and stress to unprecedented levels. Some keep hoping there might be a happy ending to these troubled times, while others realize things will never be quite the same again.

I don’t know about you, but I’m hunkering down, doing what I need to do to get by, and reading books.

My latest release, ALL DONE WITH IT, is a bit like Halloween with the payoff of All Saints Day. Things get dark indeed, with the fate of humanity hanging by a thread. Dreamwalker Baxley Powell Mayes puts everything on the line to save us. And, spoiler alert, there is a happy ending.

My upcoming release, SPAWING SUSPICION, is available for preorder now in print and digital format. In this culinary cozy, Caterer River Holloway stirs up trouble when she tries to clear her brother and his girlfriend from a murder charge.

With this in mind, I’m celebrating Halloween/All Saints Day, by enjoying some dark chocolate and a good book or two, all the while focusing on my blessings. Maybe I’ll light up the firepit.

How will you (or did you) celebrate Halloween this year? Leave a comment and be eligible for a copy of GONE AND DONE IT, book one of my paranormal Dreamwalker Mystery series. (digital or print, but print winner must have US shipping address)

Also, on and after Nov. 1, please check out our monthly book giveaway. One lucky winner will make a selection from our book vault. CLICK HERE to enter the November contest.