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Adult Halloween Parties: Spooktacular Decorations, Food, Drinks, Costumes & Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Mary T. McCarthy
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Book Description

Halloween’s not just for kids. Groan-ups of all ages love to get their spook on and scare up some fun. Whether you’re hosting the boo bash or attending a spooktacular soiree, this how-to Halloween party planning book offers frighteningly cool ideas for interior and exterior Halloween decor, party food and drinks, activities and atmosphere, over 100 Halloween costume ideas (plus how to hold a costume contest) and much more! Let the Queen of Halloween take you on a tour of her haunted mansion as she offers tips from her own experiences planning a decade full of totally ghoul adult Halloween parties. Enter if you dare.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Mary T. McCarthy (April 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026RHDSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,329,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars spend your money on ANY other book July 26, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was sorely disappointed and didn't even finish reading the book. This is a self-published book so unfortunately the pictures are bad and scant and the editing is amateurish. By the author's own admission in the book, she does not give good direction for crafting and is not a cook. What's in this book then? In almost all the pages I did read, the author recommends using other books or websites or the author's own website. Then page space is taken up by demands of compensation from those other authors and websites (and even the publisher) for putting their name in her book, it's undignified. (Speaking of undignified, the author even put her own review on Amazon for this book...5 stars?) Also, being bombarded by negative attitude toward ideas that she doesn't like ("stupid" "lame" "boring") is a real turn-off. All the while, her ideas are not new or creative. The author either puts her spin on someone else's ideas or gives partial thoughts because she can't remember what she did before. I am returning this book because the author did not earn my $10.99 and I don't care about the return postage for I purchased other better hallowe'en books at great prices thru Amazon.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for more from such a kindred spirit July 25, 2009
By Mel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to say that it's obvious that the author is a kindred spirit. She definitely has attitudes and tastes similar to mine about Halloween, which is why I had such high hopes, even seeing that this was a short book (68 pages).

I give Ms. McCarthy credit for publishing her own work - that takes guts. Her writing style is conversational and pleasant to read. And I understand the pricing -- self-published books are not cheap to start out with, and if one wants to make any kind of profit at all, one has to add a bit to the base. But this is not a book worth $10.99. It's barely even a book: it's under 60 pages of large print (58 pages of *content*) and a handful of black & white photos.

After the second recommendation to use *another book* (Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living), I stopped reading and just skimmed a little. I would have happily paid the same price for a book of the same length with normal-size text (meaning more content) and fewer recommendations for other people's books and trendy products that might not be available in a couple of years.
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I purchased this book based solely on the recommendation of Preston Bailey's facebook page. Basically, he gave it a rave review. Being a HUGE Preston Bailey fan, I figured I couldn't go wrong following a recommendation of his or his staff. Wrong! I have a fairly extensive Halloween library, and this is not even close to being in the same league as many of my other books. While this book has some good recommendations on websites and sources for products, it has very, very little actual how-to content. That, coupled with the lack of photos, makes this book, in my opinion, not worth the money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY! October 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Waste of money! Don't buy the book, just go to her website as it's all the same thing!

She plugs the website throughout the book anyway, so you should just start there. And go to Martha Stewart for the rest of her "ideas".
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More About the Author

Mary T. McCarthy is the author of THE SCARLET LETTER SOCIETY (2014) and THE SCARLET LETTER SCANDAL (2015). Currently Senior Editor at, McCarthy's 20-year writing career includes the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, regional magazines (two as Editor) and newspaper humor columns. She founded in 2008. She's blogged for Katie Couric and appeared on The Today Show, Huffington Post Live and Moms Get Real with JuJu Chang. An instructor at The Writer's Center in Washington, D.C., Mary lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore with her husband and four children, and often escapes on her kayak to go sea glass hunting while working on her third novel, THE SCARLET LETTER STORM.


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