Halloween is right around the corner. Make this holiday one to remember with these spooky stories, scary snacks and creepy crafts. We have many silly yet slightly spooky picture books to get you and your little ones into the Halloween spirit.
Is your little one nervous about trick or treating? Check out Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween Scaredies. The book contains zany safety tips to surviving the holidays from everything to costumes to carving pumpkins.
One of my favorite Halloween picture books is Room on the Broom. This witty story is about helpful animals who find a witch’s missing items in exchange for a ride on her broom. Then a dragon threatens to upset the load on her broom.
10 Trick-or-Treaters is an adorable counting Halloween book featuring a band of ten costumed kids heading out for a night of Halloween. It has a great rhyme and there are lots of counting fun. For more Halloween titles, check out this list.
There are so many sugary treats during the Halloween season. Here’s a healthier snack that is still in the holiday spirit.
Cheesy Witch’s Brooms
Use kitchen scissors to slice the bottom half of string cheese and then slice or pull into strings to make a fringe that looks like a broom. Place pretzel sticks into the cheese. Grab a piece of chive and wrap it around the cheese and pretzel. Knot it to affix. Enjoy!
Masking Tap Mummy
Black construction paper
Draw the outline of the mummy’s body with chalk.
Cut off strips of tape and place them at the edge of the table for easy selection by your kids. Place different lengths of tap over the body.
Cut the mummy out. Add the eyes with the glue. Let dry.
Lee Clayton Roper, author of A Well-Seasoned Kitchen, gave us great tips for hosting a stress-free holiday party. She told us how to make the menu work for us by pairing flavors that worked well together–if one dish has very bold flavors, make sure the other dishes don’t fight it. Ms. Roper also recommended thinking about texture; she always includes at least one dish that has something crunchy, even if it’s only a nut garnish. The best way to stay calm and stress-free is to pre-plan with menu items that can be made ahead of the party. All her recipes can be pre-made.
Halloween is next week! What are your kids dressing up as? No idea! We’re here to help. Here are great last minute costume ideas–many which may already be in your child’s closet right now.
Sam I Am Costume
- Yellow shirt
- Cardstock for printing “Sam I Am” sign
- Red felt
- Green & white playdough
Cut donut shape circles. Cut two floppy hat tops on the diagonally. Sew hat top together and turn right side out. Pin inside of circle to hat top and sew, stretching the entire time.
Either craft the green eggs and ham out of playdough or create them from felt.
Do you ever what a helper in the kitchen? Get your child excited about cooking by selecting a cookbook based on their favorite book. It’s a great way to explore the book on another level.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes
Roald Dahl’s books include many descriptive creative culinary creations, such as Snozzcumbers (The BFG) or Mudburgers (James and the Giant Peach). These so-called revolting recipes may sound disgusting, but they are actually quite tasty; for example, Wormy Spaghetti is normal spaghetti with some fusilli to add some “worminess” to the pasta.
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook
Put away the green food dye! Georgeanne Brennan, Julia Child Cookbook and James Beard Cookbook award winner, has invented a series of recipes based on Dr. Seuss’s whimsical creations that are actually delicious! Instead of green dye for Green Eggs and Ham, this cookbook calls for cilantro and tomatillos rub for the ham and guacamole to cover the yolk of the egg! Playful names and inventive presentations will keep the giggles up all through dinner.
There’s something for everyone this week at Douglas County Libraries. Enjoy special storytimes, book talks, cooking programs and much more!
Monday, October 20
Just Write Jr.!, Parker
A writing group for kids, ages 6-7. Use books, art, music, and real life as inspiration for original writing.
6:30 PM: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch
Stop by the library this week to enjoy special storytimes, gluten-free baking demostrations, recommendations of great reads from Book Lovers talks and much more!
Monday, October 13
Pajama Storytime, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch
Do you feel like coming to the library in your jammies and snuggly slippers to hear stories? Come to the pajama storytime! Puppets may be used occasionally for this early literacy program.
7:00 PM: Highlands Ranch Book Group, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch
Last night, Michele Morris, chef and author of Tasting Colorado, gave her Thanksgiving meal game plan secrets to a crowd at James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch. Not only did she share how to prepare it all before the big meal, but she also included a delicious menu with recipes!
Did you miss the talk? Don’t worry, register for her next session on Wednesday, October 29 at Roxborough starting at 6:30 PM.
We have completed the research phase of our new buildings project, and will reveal plans and models at three upcoming community open houses.
Join us for one of these programs to make your holidays a little less harried by learning some tips and shortcuts in the kitchen from seasoned chefs and cookbook authors. Please register since classes do tend to fill up quickly.
Beat the Clock: Timing Your Holiday Meal
Presented by Michele Morris, author of Tasting Colorado.
Don’t let stress over the big meal spoil your holidays! Learn to prepare some new holiday side dishes (tasting included), plus how to put your game plan in place and prepare days ahead for the big meal.
Thursday, October 9; 6:30 PM at James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch
Wednesday, October 29; 6:30 PM at Roxborough