hoopla Witching Hour

Halloween is quickly approaching, and I don't know about you, but I'm feeling pretty witchy this year. I find myself lamenting that I don't own a giant, bubbling cauldron— where else am I supposed to gather my coven and cackle maniacally over witches' brew??? If you're asking yourself the same question, here's your answer: gather…
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Creepify Your Crypt

You're reading and watching some seriously spooky stuff. You've settled on a great costume. You've bought enough candy to rot your teeth a thousand times over. What else can you do to get yourself in an appropriately hair-raising mood? You need to create a suitably scary atmosphere, of course! It's time, my friends, to creepify…
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¿Día de los muertos o Halloween?

En una reciente visita a una tienda de Halloween me di cuenta de que los vestidos y el maquillaje inspirados en el día de muertos están siendo usados como disfraces de Halloween. Aunque hay similitudes entre el origen espiritual del día de Halloween y el del Día de los Muertos (también conocido como Día de los Santos) la forma…
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Day of the Dead or Halloween?

As my recent visit to the Halloween store revealed, colorful Day of the Dead inspired skeleton makeup and dresses are once again trending as popular Halloween costumes in the consumer world. While Day of the Dead parallels All Saints Day origins of Halloween, the way that Halloween is celebrated in today's world (pumpkin carving, costume wearing, trick-or-treating, haunted houses) differs greatly from the sacred traditions…
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Homemade Halloween

I take Halloween crafts and costumes very seriously. This is certainly due to the influence of my mom, a virtuoso seamstress who designed costumes for local theater productions and was once commissioned to sew a purple velvet bow tie for Donny Osmond in the mid-'70s. Every Halloween, she cranked out exquisite handmade costumes for me and my…
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Do you wanna read something SCARY (but not too scary)?

I love scary books. But I don't like being scared. It's kind of a problem. When kids at the library ask me for "scary books," I push back a little. How scary? Do they want spooky, or creepy, or yukky? Would they prefer horrifying or shocking? Or would eerie and strange be better? I offer the following list as suggestions for middle-grade readers who like…
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