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Title: Trickery treat  
Creatures: Fiona Dunne, ghost hunter
She has minor psychic abilities.

Sheldon Winters, bully ghost
These ghosts usually pick on weaker ghosts
Sheldon killed his wife Victoria and himself in order to keep her under his control.
When Victoria finally learnt that he committed suicide he could no longer hold her against her will and she was free to leave him and move on.
Blaming Fiona Dunne he tried to get her back to his mansion to strangle her there thus forcing her to spend eternity with him.

The ghost was vanquished when the Charmed Ones found and destroyed his bones.

Ghosts are spirits that have not moved on to the otherworld yet. They are stuck because they have unresolved issues, are kept by malevolent entities or due to spiritual confusion e.g. when souls die a violent death together.
When souls die at once, the good ones can't move on because the bad ones are holding them back and vice versa.

Usually ghosts are stuck in the place they are haunting however at All Hallow's Eve they can move freely.

Ghosts are stuck in their own reality trying to force everything to fit it.
Ghosts can not be frozen.
Some evil spirits need a dead body to transport them across water.
Ectoplasm is the ghosts skin, It's outside the visual spectrum.
Evil ghosts use plasma balls as weapons. Plasma balls are similar to energy balls but are materialized on the spiritual plane.

There are three ways known to vanquish evil ghosts:
spread a potion over the bones
destroy the object of the curse
cast a spell on the astral plane

Crisis apparition
Triggered by the trauma of dying and usually occuring within 12 hours of the person's death

Potions/Rituals: Sea salt that has been blessed under a full moon can diminish ghostly energy.

Rice compells playful spirits to count every grain and distracts them.
Spells: Summoning spell
(cast by Wyatt for his pants):

Soldier pants,
green and black
come back

evicting a ghost
(not working):

Watery-footprint ghost, be gone,
with the Power of Three we roust
you out of the door and onto the lawn,
get out and stay out of the house.

fake evicting spell for a ghost:

Beneath this roof,
through haunted halls,
ghost be gone
within these walls.

to summon Grams:

Hear these words, hear our cry
spirit from the other side.
Come to us, we summon thee.
Cross now the Great Divide
Cover: Cover  
Background info:    
Summary: It's Halloween, and Piper is busy decorating the Manor, which has become the neighborhood hot spot on the most bewitching night of the year. Meanwhile, Paige decides to use the party as a chance to honor the dead. She casts a spell that creates a portal for a clan of leprechauns...and other wandering spirits.
The guests are thrilled and impressed with the realistic effects, but Phoebe, Piper, and Paige soon realize that they have a big trick to deal with: one not-so-friendly ghost going out of his way to turn the Manor into a haunted house. The Charmed Ones must stop this evil soul with a vengeance before he takes the life of one experienced ghost hunter who knows his story and has met him before....

Author/s: Diane G. Gallagher
She lives in Florida. Before becoming a full time writer she made her living in a variety of occupations, including folk musician and fantasy artist.
Her first sci-fi novel was published in 1990. Since then she has written many novels in several series for all age groups, including Star Trek, Sabrina the teenage witch, Buffy and Charmed.
Published: Simon Spotlight Entertainment  
ISBN: 978-1416936701  
Timeline: 5 months after 8x22 Forever Charmed  
Main characters: Paige, Phoebe, Piper
Wyatt and Chris
Coop, Henry, Victor
Trivia: Sheldon Winters died May 1907 and was buried at Nob Hill Gardens Cemetery

Victor Halliwell has retired
Bloopers: Phoebe does not have empath powers anymore.

And now, after one failed marriage, to Cole - who had led a tirple life as himself, the demon Belthazor and the Source - ..

Cole never led a triple life. He became the source after his demon half had been vanquished.

"Some Chinese people use a little dragon thingie that protects homes from ghosts."
"Why not use the dragon thingie?" O'Brien asked.
"We don't have one."

And why not? Wouldn't the Charmed Ones need every protection they can get?

Phoebe took Cole's hand in hers, Cole took Fiona's ..

Cole? That's a printing error, it should be Coop.
Random quote: "You brought your computer to a party?"
"I'm thinking about writing a book," Phoebe said, "and I have brainstorms at the oddest times. So .. I keep the laptop handy."
"Paper and pencil are so hard to find these days," Piper teased as Paige orbed out.
Rating: humor: 1 out of 3 possible
tension: 1 out of 3 possible
story:  1 out of 3 possible
style: 2 out of 3 possible
Summary: 5 out of 12  
  The novel is set in a somewhat claustrophobic atmosphere because the major part is set solely within the manor. This is outbalanced by the description of the Halloween party preparations and decorations which give it a warm, friendly (but definitely not spooky) feeling - a happy family celebrating Halloween with close friends.
When the ghost takes over boredom sets in.

The "action" is predictable and not really exciting, the little b-plot with Ken Carson, the sceptic professor, is not leading anywhere and there again are leprechauns .. though remarkable less annoying than in other novels or the episodes.
The book is an entertainng reading because the characters are well drawn.
Almost every character is present, Victor, Coop, Henry, Wyatt, little Chris, even Leo.

Still, the book didn't convince - mainly because the author insisted on showing off her "knowledge" of the series by mentioning almost each and every past episode .. from Mark the ghost to Christie Jenkins and her triad friends. Dear Mrs. Gallagher, if I really want to remember old stuff I will watch TV or the DVDs or read a decent episode guide.
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