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In a pumpkin patch in south Chicago, a family of field mice is captured as main ingredients for a witch’s brew. When they fight back, the mayhem they cause results in the Great Chicago Fire—and the defeat of the last witch in the city.
In this counting book with a spooky twist, ten ghouls sneak out of the hills and into town for some thrills and fun. Children can follow along as the mischievous creatures haunt one by one until the surprise ending. The story explores such concepts as facing fears and overcoming challenges while the colorful and abstract illustrations inspire creativity. The clever rhymes offer a playful approach to learning language skills.
Halloween has evolved from the Druids’ celebrations of 2,000 years ago to become today the fastest-growing holiday in the country. This, the only book to completely cover All Hallow’s Eve, examines those ancient origins as well as its traditions and celebrations, from costuming to bobbing for apples. Jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and witches are explained. Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins lurk behind every page. Paperback.
Halloween has evolved from the Druids’ celebrations of 2,000 years ago to become today the fastest-growing holiday in the country. This, the only book to completely cover All Hallow’s Eve, examines those ancient origins as well as its traditions and celebrations, from costuming to bobbing for apples. Jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and witches are explained. Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins lurk behind every page.
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A is for apple, B is for bat, and C is for cat in this beautifully illustrated ABC book that celebrates the traditions of the year’s spookiest holiday. Each letter of the alphabet represents another aspect of Halloween lore, so readers learn that jack-o’-lanterns have their origins in an old Irish myth and the harvest festival Nutcrack Night was a precursor to Halloween. Paperback.
If you’re looking for information and instructions about every aspect of Halloween, you've come to the right place. A Halloween How-To is packed with ideas for October 31. There are fifty great costumes you can make yourself, recipes for everything from fake blood to pumpkin soup, and lists of great movies, CDs, and spooky books. Paperback.
Halloween Merrymaking: An Illustrated Celebration of Fun, Food, and Frolics from Halloweens Past offers a fascinating glimpse at material from a vast assortment of the vintage party guides and larger-than-the-size magazines that guided intrepid hostesses in their quests to stage parties worthy of the holiday’s reputation for mystery and fun. Filled with illustrations of vintage photographs and mementos, this book pays splendid tribute to the imaginative festivities of yesteryear. Hardcover.
It took two years of investigative work for Halloween authority Lesley Pratt Bannatyne to add a fifth book to her collection. Traveling across the country, she visited and talked with fanatics and fang makers, professional haunters, registered mediums, psychologists, and Halloween enthusiasts ranging from NPR’s Garrison Keillor to Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror” writer Mike Reiss to find out what the increasingly popular holiday means to people and how they celebrate it.
Wondering how to entertain guests at your Halloween party this year? Why not recite a poem, tell a story, or present a parlor drama? A Halloween Reader is sure to add excitement to the celebration. Paperback.
Halloween has not always been the occasion for confections, costumes, and cunning tricks that it is today. Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear is a colorful and exciting celebration of Halloween past. The book artfully blends narrative and old-fashioned poems, prose, and chants with eye-catching images of vintage ephemera and fanciful illustrations. Hardcover.
Halloween has not always been the occasion for confections, costumes, and cunning tricks that it is today. Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear Postcard Book is a colorful and exciting celebration of Halloween past. The postcard book artfully blends narrative and old-fashioned images of vintage ephemera and fanciful illustrations. Postcards.
Told through repetition and rhythm, this Halloween tale invites children to participate in the fun. Cats meow, skeletons rattle, bats flap, and a mom fusses at a picky little boy—all in Witchy’s creaky old house. Throughout the story, other spooky creatures come out to play! Finely detailed cut-paper and collage illustrations complete this frightful fable.
Josh’s little sister Callie is probably the sweetest girl in the whole county, but no one loves her more than her big brother. When Josh finds a giant pumpkin on Grandpa Frank’s farm, the two agree to keep it a secret from Grandpa’s prospective buyers. It is the biggest pumpkin that Callie has ever seen, and Josh tells the four year old stories about magic pumpkins. With such a big pumpkin, Josh will surely be crowned Harvest Festival King and get to ride in the biggest float in the parade.
The first collection of Pennsylvania Dutch scherenschnitte just for Halloween is accompanied by original poetry in the native dialect with an English translation. As old as the culture itself, this elaborate style of scissors cutting is a cherished tradition. The artful precision used in the cuttings lends a menacing air to dangling spiders and slinking black cats. The poems capture the feeling of the holiday, describing witches dancing with “mystic glee” and Hallow’s Eve spirits that “clamor and bump.”
Mama Witch stirs up a cauldron of special Halloween soup for her Picky Little Witch. From a pinch of snail and salted rock to goblin tears and shower of soil, she tosses in an assortment of ingredients in an attempt to please her Picky Little Witch. After much coaxing, the tyke takes a bite and realizes that it isn’t so bad.
It’s the day before Halloween, and to every teacher’s dismay, school has been overrun by princesses and monsters, Jedi and ghouls. In every classroom, teachers are struggling to keep order, but students have brought in their costumes to celebrate a day early. A group of girls sneak into the bathroom to exchange tiaras, and grotesquely dressed fifth-graders pretend to eat two younger students in the cafeteria.
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