One Day Left til Halloween!

Click for instructions on making your own Halloweentown Countdown Clock!

Time to plan a party, with resources from the library!

Food.  Fun, Hall0ween-themed food is a must:

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!  25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes by Lily Vanilli

Halloween Tricks and Treats by Matthew Mead

“By the time Hallowe’en arrived, Harry was regretting his rash promise to go to the deathday party. The rest of the school was happily anticipating their Hallowe’en feast; the Great Hall had been decorated with the usual live bats, Rubeus Hagrid’s vast pumpkins had been carved into lanterns large enough for three men to sit in, and there were rumours that Albus Dumbledore had booked a troupe of dancing skeletons for the entertainment.”

Once the food is done, there must be proper decorations:

Halloween Parties: How to Throw Spook-tacular Soirees and Frighteningly Festive Entertainments by Lori Hellander

Handmade Halloween: Ideas for a Happy, Haunted Celebration by Zazel Loven

A “Haunted Mansion” themed dinner party, perhaps? Waltzing ghosts optional.

So now that you’ve got your food and decorations, you’ll need some ghost stories to read aloud!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
No matter how old you are, these short ghostly tales and urban legends are sure to add plenty of spook to your Halloween festivities.
(but be sure to turn the lights on to see the illustrations!)

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Always classic–The Tell-Tale Heart is the perfect read-aloud, as is The Raven.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Spooky classic American Halloween story!

Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories by Algernon Blackwood
The Willows is long, but worth it.

And when you get tired of reading aloud and are still too full of sugar to go to bed, perhaps it’s time for a dance party.  A Skeleton Dance party!

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