Halloween Hats, Pumpkins &
By Elizabeth Flom
October 31, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska - Story craft hour focused on the subject of
Halloween at the Ketchikan Children's Library Thursday. Featured
were howling stories, a spook-tacular movie, and an activity
hand-crafting ghostly Halloween necklaces.
The little goblins warmed up
their clacking bones with a few sing-a-longs and finger-plays.
Then the wee ones nestled on the ground for a spooky story "Pumpkin
Eye" by author Denise Fleming.
Group singing Five
Little eyes then lit up like jack-o-lanterns as the book "It's
Halloween Night" was unfolded. As the rising moon lights
the way for trick-or-treaters, the mood is set for a spooky celebration
where imagination rules. After this foot pounding story, the
children were asked if they were going to have a pumpkin at their
house on Halloween. All responded with answers at once... "Yes,
I have one," "Yes, we painted ours," "Yes,
we carved ours!"
For the next story "Halloween
Hats" by Elizabeth Winthrop, the children huddled closer.
Bats, witches, ghosts and goblins marched down the street on
their way to a great big Halloween Party. When this unusual group
makes a circle, suddenly Halloween hats are everywhere. The rhythm
and pictures made listeners want to pick up a hat and join the
Then it was time for the Halloween
movie, "Space Case". Funny things happened as a creature
from outer space visited earth on Halloween. This zany story
of a space traveler and a young boy he befriends was vividly
brought to life through this upbeat musical and colorful animation.
All eyes were fixed to the screen throughout the movie.
Ghostly bead necklace
Then the children were loosed to make a Halloween necklace. The
librarian first demonstrated how to make a ghost with napkins
and then how to begin the necklace strand ... and away with the
beading. There were glow-in-the-dark beads, big wooden beads,
and an array of colorful beads for the little beading monsters.
Many designs and creative skills were demonstrated and the ghostly
beaded necklaces were worn proudly home.
The children's library will
have a "Pooh Corner" booth at the annual All City Halloween
Party on October 31st from 4-8 pm at the Plaza Port West Mall.
Elizabeth Flom is a
freelance writer and
photographer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
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