“Halloween Moon” Fun Park Inspiration

The “Seaside Fun Park” in Lilac’s 3rd book, The Halloween Moon is based on a real-life place… the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California!

It’s a super special place for me — a magical seaside amusement park that I loved visiting as a child and still love as an adult. You might also recognize the “Seaside Fun Park” as the location for the vampire movie “Lost Boys,” because the fictional town of Santa Carla was also filmed in Santa Cruz, California.

If you’ve ever been to the “real” Boardwalk, you probably know why it’s an awesome setting for a Halloween caper! If you haven’t been, here are some of my photographs that (I hope!) capture the spirit of the place.