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Stephanie, Queen's Square | October 1, 2018

I have always loved Halloween! The anticipation of the day as a child, dreaming up a costume, putting it together, and then the excitement of touring the neighbourhood with my friends to collect candy. When I became a parent I could revisit those memories. I loved to sew costumes for my daughter and sometimes even dawn a costume of my own.

Decorating the outside of our house became a fun family activity as well-- embellishing it with cornstalks, a scarecrow, carved pumpkins, cobwebs, and (one year) even a cauldron filled with dry ice!

In our collection at Idea Exchange we have books to provide inspiration for decorating your home or creating crafts for Halloween with your kids.

The week before Halloween you might introduce young children to Halloween with some picture books. Mouse’s First Halloween is a good one, but there are many more favourites. Older kids might enjoy some scarier stories such as the Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine or maybe even some “real” ghost stories.

If you know some teens are (still) into vampires, and you’re looking to encourage them away from the more popular titles and authors, you may want to suggest Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. He’s been called “Sweden’s Stephen King” and this particular book has spawned several sequels and adaptations. The narrative is gruesome at times, definitely not for the squeamish, but it is also more thoughtful than some of the mega popular titles.

During October there are many places that celebrate Halloween with activities for families. Halloween Activities for Families in Waterloo Region.

Decorating Pumpkins and GourdsScaredy Squirrel Prepares for HalloweenMouse's First HalloweenThe Haunted Car book cover