By Fiona Hammond
Barron’s Educational Series, Inc 8.99 48 pages
Halloween is the season for spooky fun. Creative minds can go wild making costumes, assembling crafts, cooking recipes, and hosting parties. Author, Fiona Hammond helps kids and parents get into the spirit of the holiday with her book, Halloween: Tricks & Treats & Other Nifty Stuff. Included are twenty-five splendid projects that will definitely create a spine-tingling atmosphere. Whether you are baking for a party or making classroom treats, the “White-as-a-Ghost Meringues” or “Blind Mice with Licorice Tails” looks tasty and requires only equipment found around the house. Kids are bound to enjoy eating “Worm-Infested Apples Dipped in Bubbling Mud” – healthy and fun! Decorations like “RIP Coffin Treats Box” and the “Dreadful Doorknob Hangers” are delightfully spook-tacular. The “Shifty Frankenstein Shadow” project is destined to be a favorite craft. A lamp placed in front of the monster will project a shadow of your new bolt-headed friend.
The book is filled with festive graphics and colorful photographs that depict the finished project results. Two pages of foil stickers can be used to decorate craft projects or trick-or-treating bags. A card of stencils and craft templates are included as well as a poster for playing “Pin the Nose on the Jack-O’-Lantern!” Boundless hours of fun are in store for fans of Halloween.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin