One of the best parts about Halloween, though, is costume ideas. I'm all about the costumes. If I could dress in costume every day of the year, I would do it. My favorites are the mashup costumes, where you combine two completely disparate things to create something new. This has the added benefit of developing terrific ideas for new books. For instance, my favorite costume idea from last year was the tooth finja (tooth fairy + ninja). He's in a book now.
Right now, my favorite idea is the rocket powered zombie, aka the Zoombie. Forget the Romero-esque slow lurchers. The Zoombie flies through the air with the greatest of ease. He gets his brains from drive through (or fly through) windows.
If I had a spare rocket pack, I would totally make that costume.
Note: The Zoombie is very different from the Zoomba, which is the zombie self-propelled vacuum cleaner. Personally, I don't recommend the Zoomba. It tends to leave little bits of itself all over the floor, which kind of defeats the purpose in the first place.
And there we go! A short story idea is born, and you were here to witness it. Oh, frabjous day!
I'm also kind of wishing that I was a guy, because if I were? I'd go as Franken-Ben-Stein.
Call me crazy, but I think it's awesome.