Haunting on a Halloween: Frightful Activities for Kids


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$9.95 paper · 1-58685-112-8

6 x 8 in, 64 pp, Color Illustrations Throughout, Rights: W, Children's Activity Book

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The imaginative new activity book Haunting on a Halloween will teach kids of all ages the art of Halloween party planning, with yummy ghoulish recipes and scary stories that will make your guests shriek! With fun tips on how to decorate the dinner table with headstone place settings, creating cool window designs, paper "bats," and much more, it is chock full of scary ideas. Kids learn to prepare their own jack-o-lanterns from scratch-starting with planting a pumpkin patch, growing the perfect pumpkin, carving the right designs, and toasting the seeds for snacks. Haunting on a Halloween encourages children to come up with their own ideas for decorations and activities, and includes "Bright Ideas" sidebars that offer alternatives to the activities or to potentially hazardous situations, like using disposable glow sticks instead of candles in a jack-o-lantern. This book is also great for grown-ups who want to help their children to have a safe, yet happy, Halloween.

Linda White is the author of Sleeping in a Sack, Cooking on a Stick, and Trekking on a Trail. She lives in Loveland, Colorado.

A collection of ideas and directions for making Halloween decorations, costumes, snacks and parties that depend more on imagination and creativity than on money.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Among the highlights of the compact paperback Haunting on a Halloween: Frightful Activities for Kids by Linda White, illus. by Fran Lee: a "Pumpkin-ality" chart with jack-o'-lantern design ideas, tips on creating fake blood, scars, scabs and warts, and a recipe for Severed Hand Punch (a latex glove provides the titular ingredient).
Children's Literature
Here's everything you need to think about for Halloween projects, in clear directions with some surprising new ideas and some comfortable old ones. Directions for carving a pumpkin, for instance, are complete, but also include a table of eyes, noses, and mouths to inspire something other than the cheerful triangle shapes usually carved. The costuming suggestions rely on making it yourself and there's a face-paint recipe that makes use of food coloring. But users beware, as you may have to wear that colorful demeanor for a day or two before it wears off. Images (bats, witches, black cats, Dracula, ghosts, skeletons) for wall and window decorations, chair backs, goodie bags, mobiles, and ways to display them are included for inspiration, or for enlarging on the copier. Food ideas include two ways to roast pumpkins seeds, a wonderfully gross "Kitty Litter Cake" that relies on Tootsie Rolls for authenticity, ideas for frozen hand-shaped ice in the punch, chocolate "witch hat" cookies, and other clever party ideas. In fact, the books ends with directions for a party, and half the delight for the reader of this book is deciding what activities to do before the guests get there and what to let the guests do for the fun of it. The slick, computer-generated graphics are adequate if flat-looking, format is easy to follow, diagrams are clear, and the whole thing ends with suggestions for making haunting sounds and some dreadful and punny jokes to tell. All in all, it's a fun read and a good choice for making your own Halloween fun. 2002, Gibbs Smith,
— Susan Hepler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586851125
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 7/11/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda White is the author if Sleeping in a Sack, Cooking on a Stick, and Trekking on a Trail. She lives in Loveland, Colorado.

Fran Lee has illustrated and designed many books in our activity book series including Cooking on a Stick, Haunting on a Halloween, Riding on a Range, Wishing on a Star, and Putting on a Party. Fran lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

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The October moon rises ina n inky black sky. An owl hoots mournfully from a silhouetted tree branch. The widn blows through naked shrubs. Branches skritch together eerily. A small mouse skitters through dead leaves. A dog howls. The hair on the back of your neck stand on end.

It must be Halloween! And time for spooky fun!

Families across the country have chosen Halloween as a day (and night) to dress up as someone--or something--else, turn down the lights, convert the family room into a haunted house, brave the imagined ghosts and ghouls outside the door, and conjure up some frightfully good treats.

Halloween fun can come from the imagination--not the superstore.

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Table of Contents



Bewitching Crafts

Ghoul Disguises

Goblin Grub and Goodies

Howl-o-ween Party

Just for Shrieks

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