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Local Blackfoot author publishes children’s Halloween book

October 4, 2016 GMT

BLACKFOOT - Hal Merritt, of Blackfoot, has written, illustrated and published his first children’s Halloween book titled, “One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night.”

“One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night” is about a young three-year-old boy named Carter who finds the bats, spiders and jack-o-lanterns of Halloween quite frightening. Throughout the book, Carter is able to overcome his fears and begin enjoying Halloween.

Merritt served as a missionary for his church in Thailand, where he later met and married a young women from that country. Merritt began writing and illustrating books to teach his daughters about their mother’s country and heritage. After graduating from Utah State University, he taught school at Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot for thirty-five years. Merritt’s family, career and church service caused him to stop writing for a time. Now retired, he has began to write and illustrate books again. This time he is writing for his grandchildren. The young boy, Carter, from “One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night” is his first grandchild who is now 5 years old.

“One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night” can be purchased online on Tate Publishing’s website or at 25 different Sam’s Club stores including the store in Idaho Falls. An ebook and coloring book are also available to purchase.

Blackfoot author, Hal Merritt, has published his first book. The book entitled, “One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night,” was written and illustrated for his first grandchild, Carter, when he was 3-years-old. (Carter is now 5.)The book explores the holiday, introducing bats, spiders, owls and jack-o-lanterns, from the perspective of a 3-year-old.The books are available at Sam’s Club where Merritt works part-time in the produce section. The books are available in 25 Sam’s Club stores in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and South Dakota.“I thank Sean Holland, the general manager of the store in Idaho Falls, for arranging this book signing,” Merritt said.Merritt’s book, “One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night,” was published by Tate Publishing in Oklahoma. At the back of each book is a website where the reader can visit and have the book read to him or her. An ebook and coloring book versions are also available.A 15-second trailer about this book can be seen on YouTube- See more at: http://www.am-news.com/content/blackfoot-authors-book-sold-sams-club#sthash.18M1GWEy.dpuf

Blackfoot author, Hal Merritt, has published his first book. The book entitled, “One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night,” was written and illustrated for his first grandchild, Carter, when he was 3-years-old. (Carter is now 5.)The book explores the holiday, introducing bats, spiders, owls and jack-o-lanterns, from the perspective of a 3-year-old.The books are available at Sam’s Club where Merritt works part-time in the produce section. The books are available in 25 Sam’s Club stores in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and South Dakota.“I thank Sean Holland, the general manager of the store in Idaho Falls, for arranging this book signing,” Merritt said.Merritt’s book, “One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night,” was published by Tate Publishing in Oklahoma. At the back of each book is a website where the reader can visit and have the book read to him or her. An ebook and coloring book versions are also available.A 15-second trailer about this book can be seen on YouTube.- See more at: http://www.am-news.com/content/blackfoot-authors-book-sold-sams-club#sthash.18M1GWEy.dpuf

Blackfoot author, Hal Merritt, has published his first book. The book entitled, “One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night,” was written and illustrated for his first grandchild, Carter, when he was 3-years-old. (Carter is now 5.)The book explores the holiday, introducing bats, spiders, owls and jack-o-lanterns, from the perspective of a 3-year-old.The books are available at Sam’s Club where Merritt works part-time in the produce section. The books are available in 25 Sam’s Club stores in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and South Dakota.“I thank Sean Holland, the general manager of the store in Idaho Falls, for arranging this book signing,” Merritt said.Merritt’s book, “One Dark and Spooky Halloween Night,” was published by Tate Publishing in Oklahoma. At the back of each book is a website where the reader can visit and have the book read to him or her. An ebook and coloring book versions are also available.A 15-second trailer about this book can be seen on YouTube.- See more at: http://www.am-news.com/content/blackfoot-authors-book-sold-sams-club#sthash.18M1GWEy.dpuf