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!

Happy Halloween!

While many of you will be standing at your door giving out treats tonight, or venturing out with your little ones, don’t forget that the library will be open until 9pm tonight. (A great place to escape if you don’t feel like listening to your doorbell ring 120 times.) 

And if you’re up for a challenge, don’t forget, midnight EDT is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  You still have time to plan something. What’s 50000 words in one month?   It’s only about 200 pages, double spaced.  You can do it!

Happy Halloween!

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!

All Hallows Read

Yes, it’s almost that time again… Halloween.  This year, why not start a tradition called All Hallows Read…and give a book to a child (yes, instead of candy.)

Popular writer Neil Gaiman started this idea on Twitter recently, in an effort to get more kids reading.  Now he suggests that you offer the kids a book instead of candy, but what you choose is up to you. Don’t pick a book that might be inappropriate (or scare the life out of some little one). Just choose one you like, whether it has a Halloween theme or not.  There are great book list suggestions broken down into age groups on the website, All Hallows Read, as well as bookmarks, posters, cards and gift tags. It’s a fantastic idea and one that I think more people should adopt.

Will I be handing out books on October 31st? Probably not, but I might give a few out to kids I know will appreciate them.