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Oct 9, 2013 — by Christy Temple
Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when the weather turns cooler, leaves start to fall, and everyone’s thoughts turn to trick or treating and ghosts and goblins. It’s a wonderful time of year and one that I have personally always really enjoyed. I like the fact that you can get away with wearing a light jacket and hear the crunch of leaves under your feet.
Yes, the fall of the year is a great time to do so many things including cleaning out your house before winter truly sets in, sealing up your home with caulking and draft protectors to keep out the cold, getting your car in tip-top shape by making sure all the fluids are filled, and prepping your lawn and gardens for the coming year.
All of the above-mentioned items are important to do before the season ends but the best part of all about this time of year is the fun and frivolity that you can have at Halloween. I absolutely love decorating my home at this time of the year. In my mind, Halloween is second only to Christmas in the amount of stuff I decorate my house with to show off the season.
I suppose the reason why I love this time of year so much is that at Halloween you can be something other than your typical, everyday self. I’ve always loved the idea as a kid of dressing up in a store-bought costume and parading up and down the streets with candy bucket or sack in hand to get some of the best goodies ever. I always appreciated the fact that I lived in a small neighborhood where everybody knew everybody else and you could trick-or-treat safely without any problems.
Oh, how the times have changed and the way in which we treat-or-treat has changed. Now, people start taking their children out really early before it even gets dark. Also, sometimes children participate in getting their treats through their local religious organizations by “trunk-or-treating,” an ingenious way to make sure that the children have a safe Halloween experience.
Either way, I still love this time of the year and the sights and sounds that come with it. I also love the fact that you can read and watch all kinds of different movies and books related to this time of the year. This is where the Daviess County Public Library is very important. If you like scary books and movies or more light-hearted fare, you can find it here at your local library. Also, if you like making special crafts too, we have books on how to that as well.
Here is just a small sampling of what’s available at the library in book format:
|Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects Wasinger, Susan 2012-09 – Lark Books (NC)9781454702474 Search Our Catalog These 30+ costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas are not just beautiful–they are scary beautiful. From unique pumpkin decorations to a “blood”-splashed dinner-party centerpiece to a Yard Specter made from two poles, a string of lights, and torn, draped fabric, these creepy but stylish Halloween projects will give your home a spooky, sophisticated look . . . with gothic flair! …More|
|Halloween Crafts Eick, Jean Illustrator Petelinsek, Kathleen 2011-01 – Child’s World9781609542344 Search Our Catalog Through easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, this book shows readers how to make Halloween crafts and decorations using everyday objects and craft materials. Activities and games are also included, as well as a brief description of the holiday. …More|
|Paper Crafts for Halloween McGee, Randel 2009-02 – Enslow Publishers 9780766029477 Search Our Catalog Do you want to make your own haunted house? Haunted houses are a fun and scary part of Halloween. Follow storyteller Randel McGee as he explores Halloween in PAPER CRAFTS FOR HALLOWEEN. Learn to make a flying bat, sitting black cat, goofy goggles, and even a haunted house! …More|
|Halloween Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family Maggipinto, Donata Photographer Jung, Richard G.1998-09 – Chronicle Books (CA)9780811821971 Search Our Catalog From delicious “one cauldron” dinners to black cat cookies, trick-or-treat bags, spooky lanterns, and tissue ghosts, this spirited book includes projects for the whole family. …More|
Here is just a small sampling of videos available on the 2nd floor of the library:
|Peanuts: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Melendez, Bill Voice by Robbins, Peter Voice by Shea, Chris2009-08 – Warner Home Video9781419868832 Search Our Catalog|
|Bram Stoker’s Dracula Coppola, Francis Ford 2010-09 – Sony Pictures Home Ent 9781404912502 Search Our Catalog The vampire count of Transylvania seeks his lost love and the conquest of Britain by plague. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. …More|
|Berenstain Bears: Halloween Treats 2010-10 – Sony Pictures Home Ent 9781435982291 Search Our Catalog The furry clan returns with jack-o’-lantern adventures that will make your bones tingle with fright and delight! The bear cubs are called upon to use their best scouting skills to solve the great pumpkin disappearance, brave a spooky old mansion, ward off ghosts and save their much-loved Bat Cave. In the end, the cubs learn that spooky things always come with a simple explanation and that’s a Halloween treat for them! …More|
|Halloween Carpenter, JohnPerformed by Various Artists 2011-01 – Tcfhe/Anchor Bay/Starz0013131089691 Search Our Catalog|
As you can see, we have a variety of titles in both video and book format to suit any taste for Halloween fare. The great thing about coming to the library to check out your Halloween favorites too is that it is free with the use of your Daviess County Public Library card. So, stop on in today to check out your favorite Halloween books and videos and to take part in the many children’s activities that we have going on throughout the month of October.
To find out just what all we have going on in the library during October, please go to our Events page. If you need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to call the library at 270-684-0211 and we can put you in touch with the right department to answer any question you may have about programming at the library in October.