I’ve got the creeps!

Yes, Tuesday night is Halloween Craft Night! As usual, our registration is full and hopefully the storm will hold off enough for everyone to attend. It’s going to be a fun evening, full of glowing, spooky things. (Although not too spooky, I promise! No shrunken heads ever again.)

We’ll be making some kooky looking Frankenstein cards, guessing the Halloween Candy Mash Up (have you ever tried melting Smarties?  Tricky!), and making our own glow-in-the-dark jars. And yes, the kids can dress up if they wish. I’ll be wearing my bats. (I’m hoping there won’t be a weird repeat of last week when I attached plastic centipedes to my outfit and later that day, the biggest centipede I’d ever seen made a lovely appearance in the office all afternoon. Bats—please stay home!)

Let’s cross our fingers and hope the power stays on and the library doesn’t blow away!

A spooky evening and a batty morning!

We had a fun evening last night for Halloween Craft Night and I’m expecting lots of little ghosts and goblins (or Princesses and superheroes) this morning.

We made lots of fun things last night like mummies on a stick, pop up haunted houses (although we didn’t quite finish those), and bat wrappers.  We even had a few fortunes told and played “Guess how many gumdrops are in the pumpkin”. (There were 47, in case you wanted to know).

This morning, we’ll read books, sing songs and have a great time!  Can’t wait!

It’s a spooooky week!

We’re getting ready for Halloween at the library this week. Tomorrow night is Halloween Craft Night, followed by a special Halloween storytime on Wednesday and Thursday for the little ones.  We expect to see plenty of little goblins and ghosts, but I’m dragging out my annual “costume” to get me through the week.

This was a simple little idea I picked up at Martha Stewart and I’ve used variations on the theme for different times of the year. All you need is a hairband, a little bit of floral wire (or some other thin, bendable wire) and a few bats you’ve cut out of construction paper.  Just twist pieces of wire and attach to the hairband, putting a bat on the end of each.  You can turn and shape the bats so that you have the right look and it only takes about 10 minutes. You’ll look like you have bats floating above your head. (You could do this with any creepy thing, like spiders or even yucky eyeballs would be fun.)  It’s an easy way to look like you’re wearing a costume, make the kids giggle and still not feel silly at work.

I have something entirely different planned for next Monday, however.

I’ve come across a few fun sites for making easy costumes that take very little time or money.  You might try The Crafty Crow, with their great list of ideas for the little ones, or Martha Stewart for some adult choices.  (Okay, so some of them are a little elaborate, but you could certainly do the “raining cats and dogs” easily, and the “mustache on a stick” is always a fun way to put on a disguise.)

So, if you drop into the library this week, I hope you aren’t afraid of bats!

Halloween Craft Night

Where have we been?  Well!  It’s been a busy time here at the library and I haven’t had a chance to sit at a computer long enough to blog. We’ve had daycare visits, class visits, Halloween Craft Night and storytimes.  We’ve had to vote, do counts on Election Day, go to a variety of meetings and we’ve had visits from book representatives and lunches. And wouldn’t you know it, but the book selections for the Forest of Reading program were announced on Monday and we got a new computer (which had to be set up with all of our important programs).  So now, we’re looking forward to Thursday and Friday, and hopefully, a normal routine!

On Tuesday night, we had Halloween Craft night for kids aged 7 – 2. It was lots of fun, although a little hectic because someone (okay, it was me) double booked the program room and we had to wait for the seminar to finish before we could even set up for craft night. Regardless, it was a lot of spooky fun, filled with treats, games and crafts.

The room was decorated with wacky lanterns, big caution signs and skeletons.  We played a game of “Magic Eyeball”  and it predicted many wild things for our crafters. We ate candy that turned our tongues crazy colours and listened to spooky music and sounds all evening.

While the kids decorated giant freaky masks, several winners of a “build the skeleton” game tested out their prizes….a pair of glow in the dark vampire teeth. (And yes, they DID glow!)

Our spooky crafters!

At the end of the night, everyone went home with a great Halloween door hanger, a crazy mask, a box of yummy treats and at least a pair of Vampire teeth.  Keep watching for an announcement for our Christmas Craft night coming in December!

Halloween Craft Night

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Shrunken Head Necklaces

Last night was Halloween Craft Night at the library and although we only had eight kids remember to show up, we still had a very spooky time!  There were lots of fun crafts, scary ghost stories, music, games and of course, candy.  Everyone went home with bloodshot eyeglasses, a shrunken head necklace and an origami Dracula.

Picture 220The door to our crafting fun!

Picture 222Bloodshot eyeglasses

Picture 226Treat boxes

Picture 240Our Spooky Group!

Our next craft night will be coming up in December, so watch here for an announcement or visit the library.  Registration is required for these events and they usually fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate!


I’m working on a house

Halloween Craft Night preparations for me have to begin sometime in August or early September.  Not only do I need to prepare several different crafts for the kids to do on that special craft night, but I also like to have a few games, some puzzles and treats to take home.  This year, I have already started making shrunken heads that we’ll decorate with hair and make into necklaces, but this year, I decided to try my hand at a few paper decorations as well.

I came across a wonderful, creepy site full of paper crafts just for Halloween called RavensBlight and decided to make the ghost house and cemetery.  All of their crafts are free, and you just download the pieces and instructions and most can be made with simple glue and scissors.  My co-workers have been laughing at me for weeks as I have been putting the ghost house together little by little when I get a few minutes.  Twenty-two pages of pieces and several pages of detailed instructions have left me talking to myself on a number of occasions.  But the results have been great! Take a look at my totally paper ghost house:

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Picture 180So have some fun and download a few of the paper crafts and get ready for the ghosts and goblins next month.  You’ll be amazed what you can do with a pair of scissors!

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