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Once Upon A Halloween

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  184 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Trick or treat.
Say your prayers
Tonight, all hell breaks loose.

It's Halloween night. The old Witherspoon house stands all alone in the dark, the last house on a dead-end street. Its only neighbors are thick woods and a moonlit graveyard. Not long ago, a grisly murder/suicide took place in the house. Now, it is said to be haunted.

Haunted but no longer abandoned. Three yea
Hardcover, signed limited to 2000 unnumbered copies, 252 pages
Published 2000 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Nov 03, 2014 Alejandro rated it really liked it
Cool option to read on Halloween season!


This is a Halloween adventure with almost anything you may think that could happen in just one night...

...when that night happens to be Halloween!

This could be an ideal project to be film by Chris Columbus AND Quentin Tarantino!

Since you have kids meddling into hazzardous situations but also totally inusual characters with dialogues showing that they are not two-dimensional personages whom only are thinking about the stuff a
Adam Light
So-so outing from the master of boobs and brutality. Easily forgettable, but not without its moments. This book was enjoyable, but seemed rushed, not nearly as satisfying as I had hoped.
Oct 23, 2015 Peter rated it liked it
Halloween is my favorite time of the year. During the month of October, I like to read books that involve a Halloween theme. This October one of the books I pick out was Laymon's Once Upon A Halloween.I wanted to like this Laymon story but I just could not. The story line was weak and the characters were really thin. The story jumps back and forth and is told from different viewpoints and sometimes get lost. Somethings that happen in this story are far fetched and I don't mean supernatural. This ...more
Gianfranco Mancini
(view spoiler)Great Halloween tale b-movie syle from Laymon. It seems rushed and incomplete sometimes, but is still a good season reading if you like his style. It could be a great screenplay for a Tarantino/Rodriguez movie like "From Dusk till dawn" :D


Oct 23, 2014 Justin rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Once Upon A Halloween follows a Halloween night where cultists kidnap trick-or-treaters for a midnight sacrifice dragging in a bunch of other people into a descent of utter ridiculousness. The characters are thin, and if there are any main characters considering it jumps from various viewpoints, then I guess Laura and Shannon are two twenty-somethings living in a haunted house. While they get ready for a Halloween party, a teenage boy, Hunter claims he's being chased by some cultists. After a bu ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-dont-own
I read this book from start to finish while I was supposed to be working. It feels like a large chunk of the story was incomplete, like perhaps some characters were introduced in an earlier book so the back story is missing entirely. Although having double checked this is in fact not a follow up. If I'm wrong please let me know, I'd love to read anything that would make this book a more complete experience. That complaint aside I enjoyed this thoroughly, I like the way Laymon writes, his charact ...more
Caleb Golden
Jun 27, 2016 Caleb Golden rated it liked it
I honestly don't get where all the hate for this book comes from. I thought it was much better than the 500 page snooze fests like Body Rides or The Stake. Having said that, I do have a few issues with it.
The big thing for me was that it's too short and you don't really have time to bond with the characters. I think a few more side plots could have been added if for no other purpose than to extend the book. Second, it lacks the graphic sex and violence you expect from Laymon, so I don't know wha
Oct 08, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
This storyline felt a bit off for me. It seemed to be all over the place and sometimes I had trouble remembering who someone was in a scene. But Richard Laymon is a horror god for me and I really can't rate his story below a 4. It was a nice October read in preparation for Halloween.
Alan Overholser
Oct 26, 2011 Alan Overholser rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
It was not a good book. I have been in the mood for horror novels since it is Halloween time. This one started out intriguing and then proceeded to get increasingly stupid, ridiculous, and disappointing. I kept reading because it was at least somewhat entertaining, and I decided to finish it because it was a really quick read. The plot is completely unbelievable (supernatural elements aside), largely because the main characters do not react to things like normal human beings would. The plot is n ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Ian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Halloween. A large house on a dead end street, near a graveyard. Trick or Treaters. Albeit a cliché, but it’s still a great set up for an exciting read! Right from the start, where a panicked teenage boy forces his way into the house saying “Let me in! They’re gonna get me!” you know you’re in for a real treat! This is one of my favorite Laymon books. It might not be his best work, but the creepy atmosphere Laymon’s created makes you want to keep turning pages to its thrilling conclusion. Defin ...more
Apr 18, 2016 Frank rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Don't remember much about this one that I read back in 2004. Sure it was filled with Laymon's usual gore!
Mar 09, 2016 Sunshine✰✰✰ rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
An easy read but I found it to be lacking a real solid story line. There was the haunted house story line and the graveyard ritual story line and neither really had anything to do with the other. Even at the end, the events just took care of themselves and you didn't know it happened. I wouldn't say don't read it, I cruised through it pretty easily, but if you want a meaty story, this isn't it.
Mar 11, 2011 Scott rated it it was ok
Shelves: spooks
Any actual story line was lost in the clumsy misadventures of this book. It was like the "Apple Dumpling Gang does Graveyards."
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Jul 12, 2013 Anca Maria rated it it was amazing
I liked it.
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen,
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