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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789466554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789466556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The Halloween Book is a veritable gold mine of creepy crafts to make Halloween the most spine-tingling night of the year. Unearthly decorations ("Silhouette Windows," "Flickering Faces," "Jeering Jars"), exquisitely eerie dress-up ideas ("Fearsome Features," "Creepy Costumes,"), and delectably ghastly goodies ("Buckets of Treats," "Beastly Buffet," "Hanging Horrors," "Cauldron Cocktails," "Spooky Potions") will provide days of creative fun leading up to the haunted holiday. The perfect resource for a Halloween party, with DK's superb photos and clever activities, games, and recipes, this volume is a steep step above the standard craft book. So pour yourself a mug o' vampire broth or hot chocolate bones, dig into some sausage fingers, and get started on your screaming streamers and menacing masks. (Ages 6 to 11) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-This is the "Martha Stewart" book of craft, costume, food, and party ideas for the ultimate Halloween experience. It shows how to carve a pumpkin, make hanging glass-jar lights, spooky window cutouts, and decorated flashlights. There are descriptions and photos of additions to fairy, pirate, witch, vampire, and ghost costumes, with elaborate face painting and perfectly cut-out, acrylic-painted, paper-plate masks. There are directions for a paper-m ch pumpkin and a cr pe-paper-decorated sand bucket for holding treats. Refreshments include sausage fingers, "bread roll monsters," gorgeous-looking creepy cupcakes, and "cauldron cocktails." Finally, there are instructions for a shadow theatre and other traditional party games. The photographs are stunning, but all of the projects look like they were made by adults or particularly handy, older children. One hopes that youngsters will not be disappointed when their creations don't look quite so perfect.
Cathie Reed, The Montessori School, Lutherville, MD
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hoffmann on August 28, 2001
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If you're looking for a Halloween craft book for kids, this may be what you want, but the crafts are very simple and the format suggests that it was intended for use by or with children. There are some cute ideas, like the window silhouettes and the paper mache treat bag, but the costumes and makeup techniques are strictly for beginners. If this was a book for children, the title or subtitle should have indicated it. If you're an adult looking for really clever crafts for Halloween, check out Halloween Decorating or Halloween: 101 Frightfully Fun Ideas (Better Homes & Gardens).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've always been on the DK books for being a bit on the short side. I know they're aiming them for kids but a little more bang for your buck would be great. That said the book does come with some worthwhile and fairly inexpensive decorations and tasty receipes to make for kids parties. And I do say younger kids, and not quite the 9 - 12 age group that the listing says it's geared to. More like 3 - 7.

The Window silhouettes, while not new are well-done and they always make a good display if you have the proper lighting. There's tips on decorating your pumpkin and traditional games like Dangling Donuts. Most of it you may have seen before. Like all DK books it's bright and bold and the photography is first-rate. Not bad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alexxcz on September 24, 2001
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This is a fun book aimed at the younger set filled with a nice sprinkling of Halloween costumes, recipes, crafts, and party ideas. The ideas are by no means original, but as a mom and Halloween-freak , I found this book to be a good inspiration to cooking up your own ideas. (The monster sandwiches are priceless! )The photos are lovely, the printed varnished pages crisp and bright -- I can practically smell the pumpkin pie when I crack it open.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Muto Mommy on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This really is a beautiful book with great pictures and easy to follow directions. Totally aimed for kids to be able to handle. I gave this book three stars because while it is nicely illustrated it is very short (48 pages) and not totally orignal. I suggest borrowing it from your local library. But before you write it off here are some good points: while the crafts are really simple (create your own stickers or window silhouette picture) when you actually give them a chance and do them you will be pleased with the results. I thought the sticker were lame but something easy for my toddler to do. I was surprised how cool they turned out. I will use them in group craft projects again for other seasons as well. I liked the idea of Dangling Doughnuts. If you have a toddler like me, bobbing for apples can be very difficult and this was a cute alternative. The drink ideas were great. The food ideas were easy to make but bewared the recipes are not writen in cups and tablespoon but in grams and ounces. Cookies are called biscuits and cup cakes are called fairy cakes. It also calls for plain and self rising flours and icing sugar. Not being an expirenced cook I had to find out what these were and what would happen if I used just all purpose flour. But if you know what they are, then there is no problem. The book is worth looking at, but buying...check the library first. It wasn`t a total waste of money but I wish there had been more to it.
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