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!

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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!

Halloween

Last night was Halloween craft night at the library and we had lots of kids in to participate.  We had a lot of fun making spooky Halloween cards, witch’s brooms, caskets with glow-in-the-dark skeletons and witch doctor necklaces.

Our night was just a bit of fun. Everyone took home a few things they’d made and a bag of candy along with some good memories, I hope.  If you’d like to know more about the history of Halloween and the folklore behind it, you should visit this great site.  Have a spooooky rest of the week!

http://skepdic.com/hollow.html

Bones

I am planning my Halloween Craft Night for the library, which will take place on Tuesday, October 28th from 7 – 8pm.  It is already fully booked and I’m sure all of the 7-12 year olds who have signed up are looking forward to some spooky fun that night.  While researching some crazy crafts, I came up with this idea to make Witch Doctor necklaces.  They require small bones that I am going to make out of clay and then punch a hole through, and then we’ll lace these through string with other beads so that the kids each have something to wear home.  Last year, we made eyeball hats, so you get the idea.

Watch for some fun pictures here after our spooky craft night!