halloween

Sunday Quotes – Halloween

Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…

Nicholas Gordon

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

Scottish Saying

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

Men say that in this midnight hour,
The disembodièd have power
To wander as it liketh them,
By wizard oak and fairy stream.

William Motherwell

On Hallowe’en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you
And if somethin’ scares you and you want to run
Just let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun.

Author Unknown

May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright
Of soft and golden hue
Pierce through the future’s veil and show
What fate now holds for you.

Author Unknown

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All Hallow’s Read – Do You Know What It Is?

(Image via vampires.com)

 

(Hi everyone. I’m reposting this because I think it’s such a great idea for the small and big kids in your life. Especially if the biggest kid is you. You deserve a Halloween treat, too!)

 

Do you want to be part of a new tradition? Do you love scary stories? My favourite author, Neil Gaiman, wrote a blog last year (2010) about sitting on an airplane shortly before Halloween. He was thinking about books and traditions and this is what he thought:

You know, there aren’t enough traditions that involve giving books.

That one thought lead to an idea:

I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.

And All Hallow’s Read was born.

There are so many ways to do this. Buy a new book, comic or graphic novel. Buy a book from a yard sale, used book store or library. Look through your own collection of books, buy an audio or digital book or find free books on the internet.

Or rummage through your dark, scary attic…if you dare.

You could record yourself reading a book and give the recording and book to someone. Or go to the library, get some scary short stories and record them for a little friend. Maybe, you could create your own scary story. There are so many options.

If you’re not sure what age appropriate books to get, check out the recommendations section on All Hallow’s Read or search some of your favourite book sites.

I know it’s early but my gift to you is the link to the video recordings of Neil Gaiman reading The Graveyard Book. And if you prefer reading your books, here’s a list of free horror tales from Project Gutenberg.

So, how about it. Want to help make this a great tradition?

Halloween Party Food And Drinks For Kids. With A Side Of Slime And Shrunken Heads!

(All images via ourbestbites.com)

I loved Halloween when I was a kid. Seeing all the other costumes. Going house to house with my dad, holding my plastic pumpkin head in my little hands. And my friends and I knew we were growing up when we didn’t have our parents making mental notes of what they would take for themselves chaperone us ghosts and goblins. An even better sign we were growing up was when our parents gave us pillowcases so that I could collect more loot for my parents  we didn’t have to come home each time our little pumpkin heads would get full.

But, something we didn’t do was have Halloween parties. Thankfully, others did and I can show you some scary treats to make. I found a blog called Our Best Bites, done by two friends, Kate and Sara.

They have made it so easy for me by having a post called Easy Halloween Party Food! There are over 30 recipes for food, drink and slime. SLIME! And did I mention the shrunken heads? All the treats have a great picture and either a quick description of how to make them or a link to a separate post with the full recipe and instructions. I hope they inspire you to bring out your cauldron this Halloween. All the pictures in this post are from the Our Best Bites blog.

Mummy Dogs

Bones n’ Blood

Nutty Ghosts

Halloween Cookie Pops

Shrunken Apple Heads

Glow in the Dark Drinks

Slime

All Hallow’s Read – Do You Know What It Is?

(Image via vampires.com)

Do you want to be part of a new tradition? Do you love scary stories? My favourite author, Neil Gaiman, wrote a blog last year (2010) about sitting on an airplane shortly before Halloween. He was thinking about books and traditions and this is what he thought:

You know, there aren’t enough traditions that involve giving books.

That one thought lead to an idea:

I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.

And All Hallow’s Read was born.

There are so many ways to do this. Buy a new book, comic or graphic novel. Buy a book from a yard sale, used book store or library. Look through your own collection of books, buy an audio or digital book or find free books on the internet.

Or rummage through your dark, scary attic…if you dare.

You could record yourself reading a book and give the recording and book to someone. Or go to the library, get some scary short stories and record them for a little friend. Maybe, you could create your own scary story. There are so many options.

If you’re not sure what age appropriate books to get, check out the recommendations section on All Hallow’s Read or search some of your favourite book sites.

I know it’s early but my gift to you is the link to the video recordings of Neil Gaiman reading The Graveyard Book. And if you prefer reading your books, here’s a list of free horror tales from Project Gutenberg.

So, how about it. Want to help make this a great tradition?