Hunting Prince Dracula Blog Tour: Trick or Treat Costume/Cosplay Ideas

Welcome to the Hunting Prince Dracula Blog Tour! Today is my turn to showcase something fun in honor of the upcoming release of Kerri Maniscalco’s second novel Hunting Prince Dracula. After reading Kerri’s first book Stalking Jack the Ripper, I couldn’t wait for the next one. When I heard the new book in the series revolves around the myth of Dracula, I already knew I would love it.  The last time I participated in the tour for Stalking Jack the Ripper, I did a special peak into Audrey Rose’s closet (click here to check it out). Taking inspiration from that post, I am going to provide you with some ideas for potential cosplay/ trick or treat costumes for dressing up like the characters in Hunting Prince Dracula.  Make sure to out my review for Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula.

In the book, our main characters Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell start off on the Orient Express on their way to Romania. Here are some ideas for what they might be wearing.


Audrey Rose Travel Dress:




Audrey Rose Cape (for staying warm on sleigh rides with Thomas):


Audrey Rose Castle Grounds Exploring: 


Thomas Cresswell:



While at Bran Castle, Audrey Rose would probably try to wear less “frilly” attire, so here are some ideas for the perfect dresses to attend lectures and handle body parts.


Audrey Rose Lecture Attire:





Thomas Cresswell/Other Male students at the Academy:


Daciana Cresswell (Thomas’s sister!)



Audrey Rose Christmas Ball Attire (Inspired by the Yellow dress Audrey Rose admires in the village):


Thomas Cresswell Christmas Ball Attire:

Victorian Gowns and costumes are elaborate works of art, but with a little imagination, revamping or heading to a good rental costume store you can accomplish pulling off these looks and many more. Here are a few “modern spins” on Audrey Rose’s Victorian fashions…


But if you really want to be authentic, I would recommend finding a costume store that rents more elaborate costumes, or even go on Ebay or Etsy if you can afford to buy it.


Make sure to check out the rest of the tour and remember that Hunting Prince Dracula goes on sale on September 19th, 2017.



Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication date: September 19, 2017
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound



Synopsis (from

In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.




“There are plenty of suspects and red herrings as well as tense escalations….A scenic, twisty mystery.”

Kirkus Reviews

 “Readers of the previous mystery will be thrilled to have more of this likable duo. [A] delightful romp into an 1888 Gothic mystery with a hint of romance.”

School Library Connection



Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

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Week One

August 21: Paper Cuts: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
August 22: Literary Legionnaire: Review of Hunting Prince Dracula
August 23: Books & A Cup of Coffee: Character Mood Boards
August 24: Artic Books: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
August 25: 21st Century Once Upon A Times: A “Drink Your way through SJTR: Tea Edition”

Week Two

August 28: Hiver Et Café: History of Prince Dracula
August 29: Justice Reads: Review of Hunting Prince Dracula
August 30: Nicole’s Novel Reads: Travelling Etiquette and tips for Victorian Women
August 31: Sophie Reads YA: Favourite Stalking Jack the Ripper Fanart
September 1: LILbooKlovers: Top Ten Quotes from Stalking Jack the Ripper

Week Three

September 4: One Way or An Author: Hunting Prince Dracula Phone Backgrounds
September 5: A Blinding Book: Hunting Prince Dracula Aesthetic
September 6: Rants & Raves: Review & Snacks
September 7: Rattle the Stars: Hunting Prince Dracula Playlist
September 8: A Gingerly Reviews: Hunting Prince Dracula Review

Week Four

September 11: The Plot Bunny: Hunting Prince Dracula Trick or Treat Costume Ideas
September 12: Blame it on The Books: Hunting Prince Dracula Review
September 13: The Reader & the Chef : Hunting Prince Dracula’s Menu
September 14: Books, Tv, and More…Oh MY!!: Top Ten Favourite Traits of Audrey & Thomas
September 15: Unquenchable Reads : GIF, GIFS, and more GIFS

Week Five 

September 18: Rattle the Pages : A Glimpse Back in Time: Vlad The Impaler edition
September 19: Beyond the Book Reviews: Character Wears of the 21st Century
September 20: The Heart of a Book Blogger : Hunting Prince Dracula Mood Board


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Pottermas: A Ranking of The Music of Harry Potter


Welcome to another round of Pottermas. Today Nicole, Elizabeth and I are discussing and rating the soundtracks of the Harry Potter movies. One of my favorite things from the Harry Potter movies is the music. Being a very musical person myself I am always drawn to how music makes me feel. Which is why I love how perfectly the music of the Harry Potter movies tie the scenes together and captivates the audience.

John Williams has always been one of my favorite conductors and musical score composers. When I was just a little girl I was lucky enough to meet him at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. This was during one of his last performances before he stepped down and handed over the baton to current conductor Keith Lockhart. Which is why my favorite soundtracks are the ones from the first three movies.

My Rankings (in order of favorites):


#1 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Favorite tracks:

Hedwig’s Theme


Harry Potter’s Wondrous World

Diagon Alley and The Vault

Entry into The Great Hall

Christmas At Hogwarts

The Face of Voldemort

My thoughts:This soundtrack will always be the one I think of and listen to most. It reminds me of when everything was just starting for Harry. To me it captures the mood of the book and movie perfectly.


#2 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Favorite tracks:


Aunt Marge’s Walz

The Knight Bus

Double Trouble

Secrets of the Castle

Hagrid the Professor

Dementors Converse

Mischief Managed

My Thoughts: One of my favorite scenes in the movie is the Hogwarts Chorus singing Double Trouble. The Knight Bus track always brings a smile to my face and Mischief Managed is my favorite ending track of all the HP movies.


#3- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Favorite tracks:

Knockturn Alley

Escape from the Dursleys’


The Spiders

Meeting Tom Riddle

Reunion of Friends

My Thoughts: The creepy track for Knockturn Alley is one of my personal favorites. It captures the mood and the darkness splendidly.


#4 – Harry Potter And the Goblet of Fire
Favorite Tracks:

Quidditch World Cup

The Dark Mark

Rita Skeeter

Neville’s Waltz

Underwater Secrets

The Maze

Do the Hippogriff


My Thoughts: Everything starts so upbeat and hopeful with the Quidditch World Cup theme and then how it all goes south as The Dark Mark and Death Eaters some out to play. Rita Skeeter’s track is so appropriate for her, it’s almost comical. I loved the Do the Hippogriff track…and might have danced around my house to it a few times….


#5 – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Favorite Tracks:

In Noctem

Snape and the Unbreakable Vow

Wizard Wheezes

Into the Pensive

The Slug Party

Where Ginny Kisses Harry

The Weasley Stomp

My Thoughts: Snape and the Unbreakable Vow is one of my favorite scenes and I love how this track captures this important moment. The Slug Party reminds me a little of something out of Mad Men, or the later 60’s. When the Weasley Stomp comes up I always feel the need to do a jig.


#6 – Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
Favorite Tracks:


Dementors in the Underpass

Dumbledore’s Army

The Kiss

The Death of Sirius

My Thoughts: Not too many favorites here, but The Death of Sirius is probably one of the most heartbreaking (though I still don’t believe he won’t return from the Veil).


#7 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)
Favorite Tracks:


Panic inside Hogwarts

The Tunnel

Severus and Lily

A New Beginning

My Thoughts: Statues is my favorite track of this whole album. It always makes me teary eyed and all I can think of is Professor McGonagal ordering the statues to do their duty and protect Hogwarts. I think of this track as my personal “going to war” sort of theme song.


#8 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)
Favorite Tracks:


Snape to Malfoy Manor




Godric’s Hollow Graveyard

My Thoughts: I love how “badass” the music is for Snape to Malfoy Manor. I also love that Bellatrix gets her own theme, even though it is a bit chaotic.


What are some of your favorite tracks from the Harry Potter soundtracks? Do you think the music from the Harry Potter movies fit well with the story? Leave me your comments below and remember to visit Nicole and Elizabeth to check out their rankings. You can follow the Pottermas celebration all month by checking out #Pottermas16.