DIY Halloween

In the spirit of Halloween, and right on the tail of our first ever Maker Fair, we have conjured up a collection of books that will inspire the DIY wizard in you. For a ghoulish good time for all, check out the book list below for ideas of things to make for a freakishly fun Halloween. From fabulous costumes to spooktacular parties, we’ll get you in gear for a chilling, thrilling October!

scary-scenes-for-halloweenScary Scenes for Halloween
Abracadabra! Just like magic, you can transform any space into a mysterious place for tricks and treats. Each page of this book is filled with spells instructions to make decorations to set the scene for Halloween festivities or a good ol' monster mash. Includes yummy recipes for feeding hungry little monsters, too!

Call Number: JUNIOR 745.59414 GRO

carving-pumpkinsHow-To Library: Carving Pumpkins
Who's in the mood to go to the pumpkin patch? Do you already have the perfect pumpkin for a Jack-O-Lantern? Carving pumpkins says "Halloween" almost as much as the ghosts and goblins running amok all month, and this book guides you in picking your perfect pumpkin, prepping for carving, and ideas for letting your creativity come to life in the form of a Jack-O-Lantern.

Call Number: JUNIOR 745.59414 RAU

its-fun-to-draw-ghosts-and-ghoulsIt's Fun to Draw Ghosts and Ghouls
Learn to draw creepy creatures that practically jump off the page! Step-by-step instructions make it oh-so-easy to create a bunch of little monsters! This is great for the budding artist and also for anyone interested in making Halloween decorations, designing costume party invitations, or perhaps making and illustrating your very own supernatural story book!

Call Number: JUNIOR EASY 743.8 BER

family-fun-tricks-and-treatsFamily Fun: Tricks and Treats
Planning an All Hallow's Eve shindig? Consider this your ultimate monster mash planner. Full of tricks AND treats, you'll be howling with laughter once the bewilderment of the eerie surroundings has subsided. The book boasts "wickedly easy costumes, crafts, games and food" and delivers many unique ideas to wow the supernatural crowd. Get ready to get creative and have fun!

Call Number: JUNIOR 745.59414 FAM

halloween-origami Halloween Origami
 How cute! I creeeeepy! No really, though, how fun and adorable. Origami is pretty incredible to begin with, and with a magical Halloween twist, it's outstanding. Grab your paper and get folding. You will have an entire crew of haunted paper pals before you know it! And don't forget to make creepy claws for yourself...

Call Number: JUNIOR 736.982 OWE


mini-artist-making-masksMini Artist Making Masks
Mask-making is a timeless craft for all ages, and this book comes in handy for this season, especially. Take an average paper bag or cardboard box, use some magic  art supplies, and viola! Proudly wear your mask like the masterpiece (or monsterpiece) it is!

Call Number: JUNIOR EASY 745.5 REY


 A Big Book of Face Painting
Let's face it: great costume make-up adds that special touch to any disguise.  A whimsical way to get into character, and easier than it looks! Step-by-step instructions with helpful photos will help you transform into a witch, a stubbly beard pirate, Spiderman, a variety of cute little animals, and so much more!  

Call Number: JUNIOR 745.59414 VER






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