By: Christa Protano
Confession: When I was growing up, I was petrified of Halloween. Werewolves, Mike Meyers, Freddie Kruger — no, thank you. Now that I’m older, I love the spooky season. Well, I still don’t watch scary movies, but I love to trick out the house, cook up some “bloody” treats, and do all the October things, including getting my Halloween craft game on with the help of these activity books.
Pretty Up Your Porch
Pumpkin Crafting’s cover alone is enough to make you want to take your decorating to the next level this year. After all, who doesn’t love turning anything they can into a sleepy unicorn these days? Inside this new book you’ll find pages of fun ideas ranging from traditional carving to modern painting techniques you can do together with the fam. There are even pumpkin recipes to get you inspired in the kitchen.
Soothe Those Pins & Needles
Feeling jumpy these days? We get it. This time of year, you can find a scare around just about any corner. Why not take some time to relax with the art of embroidery? Stay on theme with Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Embroidery kit, which includes everything needed to stitch up classic scenes from the iconic holiday film.
Dabble in the Not-So Dark Arts
Take a break from the Hogwarts movie marathon with some screen-free wizard-inspired activities. Harry Potter Paint with Water will have you feeling like less of a muggle thanks to the magical art of water coloring. Or, conjure up the likes of a locomotor spell to put together the nine intricate scenes in the Harry Potter Jigsaw Puzzle Book.
Serve Up a Tasty Treat
Perhaps the easiest way to get in the Halloween mood is to dig into the flavors of the season. While obvious choices may be apple cider donuts and pumpkin pie, those who love to cook will want to experiment with The Brothers Grimm Cookbook. Here you’ll find more than 50 recipes inspired by some of the darkest of fairy tales. Spider’s Web Pancakes, anyone?