Resource: Tricks & Treats—Ultimate Halloween Book

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The “tricks” in this book are the good kind—tricks of how to make Halloween decorations, costumes and foods– so that you will be able to enjoy these “treats” during October!

Author of Tricks & Treats—The Ultimate Halloween Book, Deborah Harding is an established authority in the decorative arts, crafts, and vintage textiles. She is the former editor of several national magazines and has written several other crafting books. She intends this book to be a start-a-family-tradition book because it includes activities that several generations of family and friends can enjoy together.

The book shows you how to make Styrofoam gravestones, black cats or ghosts for your yard, hanging ghosts, several Halloween wreaths, a cat banner, and a cheery scarecrow for your door or porch. Carved and painted pumpkin directions are included; My favorites were the carved leaf pumpkin, painted pumpkin head family, the cat patrol and ghastly ghosts—they would all have special presence if displayed on your steps, a mantel or as centerpiece items.

Directions are given for making simple children’s costumes like a traditional angel, ballerina, dog, sorcerer, princess, bumble bee and pumpkin. The Fantasy Fly and “Patchy the Scarecrow” costumes were especially cute! Festive fashions you can make include a chenille vest, denim jacket, trick-or-treat shirt and Halloween motif apron.

For those who love to sew, you can make a scaredy cat quilt, cool cat pillows, funny pumpkin pillows, button-trimmed t-shirts and socks, and chenille critter caps. A haunted doll house to make of Styrofoam sheets or foam core would work for a home or party display. You can sew “Fright Night” wall hangings, pillows, holiday hand towels, party-time placemats, stuffed pumpkins and more.

There are also a few Halloween food recipes for holiday cookies, candy, pancakes and treats. The mummy made with a Twinkie cake was the most eye-catching sweet!

Treat yourself by starting some new family decorating traditions featuring these projects! Enjoy!

This Reader’s Digest book is available online.


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