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. Volume IX Number 10. . . . January, 2003
Halloween Crafts provides directions for creating 16 different Halloween related projects that range from the very simple, such as the "Ghost goblets" or the "Ghoulish gloves," to the more complicated, like the "Haunted house candelabra." Ideas for costumes are also provided via "Vampire bat shirt," "Pumpkin hat" and "Ghostly disguise" while makeup suggestions are found in "Weird and wonderful makeup." Food ideas include "Maggot cake" and "Spider pie." Each project occupies a pair of facing pages on which an introductory "You Need" box lists the required materials, none of them costly and many of them already present amongst the recyclables in most homes. Numbered step-by-step instructions, accompanied by full color photos, clearly guide the young crafter through the stages needed to create each project. Whenever a craft project requires adult help, such assistance is obviously noted via a symbol. A concluding two page "Patterns" section assists in the creation of some of the projects.
In addition to its value in the crafts section of school and public libraries, Halloween Crafts also has a place in home libraries where its contents could form the basis for a most fun-filled Halloween party.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and YA literature at the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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