About Donna Davies, Hudson Valley Halloween Author
The Hudson Valley Halloween Queen
Halloween author and Hudson Valley Halloween Queen, Donna Davies was raised in upstate New York and relishes all things spooky in the Hudson Valley. She is fond of spending Halloween in Sleepy Hollow, home of the Headless Horseman, which has been a true inspiration for her eerie expertise. In her spare time, she teaches the craft of Halloween and curates a website dedicated to the holiday.
In 2014, The Halloween Queen and her coven of ghastly ghouls brought Halloween festivities back to her home town of Wappingers Falls for the first time in 40 years. Hundreds of zombies, ghosts, ghouls and witches crowded the streets in a colorful Halloween parade and fall festival.
About My Halloween Books
The Stories Behind My Halloween Books My first Halloween book for children, The Halloween Queen Who Lost Her Scream, thrilled audiences from 6 to 60 upon its release, and I had earned many opportunities to present the book at libraries across the region. I had no idea that this story would be as popular as it is among children of all ages. It has become a Halloween tradition for many families. For that, I am grateful.
The Halloween Queen Who Lost Her Scream was derived from the fact that I am not a screamer. I fear nothing. I may jump, but I will never scream. What kind of Halloween Queen is that? That is my nickname–HQ for short. All of my stories are based on some craziness that had an effect on me in my lifetime.
Sleepy Hollow and the Road You’d Better Not Follow was inspired by Washington Irving’s 1820 short story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and on crisp fall evening, I had the experience of a lifetime. Not too many people can say they ran into the Headless Horseman in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Sleepy Hollow and the Road You’d Better Not Follow is a rhyming story from my heart. The Headless Horseman has always been my favorite Halloween hero; he isn’t bad, just a little scary when confronted. After noticing that few children’s books touched on his tale in a way kids could connect with, I decided to rectify the problem by writing a mini mystery that children can enjoy without being too frightened. There are so many more Halloween experiences to share. After all, it is all about the candy–isn’t it?
Night of the Candy Creepers is my favorite Halloween book. Night of the Candy Creepers, is not a favorite for parents. Let me explain why. I out them in a way that may shock them, but ittakes me back to all those times some kid’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupis getting pinched during a night of relentless trick ‘r treating. The kids really enjoy the surprise ending and so do parents.
After a night of fright, I decided to calm children’s fears by with Bye, Bye Boogeyman.
This rip-roaring tale of a fearless little girl who torments the boogeyman until he begs to be set free. This story was inspired by a spooky night in my aunts creepy old house. We heard footsteps coming up the stairs to our bedroom in the middle of the night, but no one every arrived. I held my cousin’s feed as she curved her little body around the stair to see who was there. Do you know who was there? Not a single soul! Or, maybe it was! We slept in the closet that night. Knowing what I know now, that Boogeyman would have had the night of his life.
When you share my Halloween books, you share a little piece of me in every story. I love that.
Thank you for sharing the spooky parts of my life.