Fun for Halloween

-- StatePoint MediaOctober 18, 2012 

Halloween is fast approaching. You can help make this season extra special for your children by getting them in the spooky spirit with some great Halloween reading, viewing and hands-on activities.

Eerie reading

Check out "Professor Gargoyle: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #1," by Charles Gilman, the first in a new series about the strange world of a creepy middle school.

With a science teacher who morphs into a monster before you even open the book, this is one book you can judge by its cover, and it may also inspire a great costume.

A nod to H.P. Lovecraft, the iconic horror author of the 20th century, this book is ideal for boys and girls ages 10 and older. Details: lovecraftmiddleschool.com.

Frightful viewing

Make a movie night at home with some popcorn and an old classic like "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," or take the kids to the theater for a new tale. "Hotel Transylvania," for example, a 3-D computer-animated film starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, will make Dracula fun for kids.

Creepy crafting

Encourage your children to go the do-it-yourself route this year. Not only are homemade costumes so much more unique than store-bought costumes, they can be inexpensive to create and are a lot more satisfying to show off to friends.

Great crafting ideas abound on the Internet, including costumes that require no sewing. Details: parenting.com.

Make this Halloween a memorable one for kids with some great new reads, films and crafts.

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