In 2015, Americans spent roughly 6.9 billion dollars celebrating Halloween, and it's easy to see why. Every year stores are saturated with Halloween themed items and Halloween themed events pop-up targeting all age groups. However, it isn't necessary to buy a bunch of cheap trinkets to make for a fun Halloween. The Abilene Public Library has a slew of materials dedicated to this colorful holiday that will help you create a one-of-a-kind celebration.
Glitterville's Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting! by Stephen Brown is great for intermediate to experienced crafters. This book has full-color photos that show you how to turn your home into a sparkling Halloween wonderland. Stylish Halloween ideas can also be found in Susan Wasinger's Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects. She will show you the spooky but sophisticated side of Halloween with everything from a "blood" soaked centerpiece to a yard decoration fashioned from torn fabric.
For those more interested in the frightening side of Halloween, we have the DVD Create a Halloween Haunted House. Presented by expert designers, you will learn how to make your house the talked about one on the block by using inexpensive materials, expert tricks, and some imagination. Also on DVD is Martha's Halloween Ideas. Allow Martha Stewart to show you, as only she can, hot to make ghosts, spiders, and shrunken "heads" sure to delight the young and old alike.
Matthew Mead offers frightfully simple ideas in Matthew Mead's Halloween Spooktacular. His endless inventive tips for delighting all ages include transforming objects you already have around the house into eerie objects. Country Living publishes many themed books such as Country Living Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas which features many family oriented, hair-raising party and trick-or-treat suggestions.
Of course, no Halloween decor is complete without a jack-o-lantern or two. Extreme Pumpkin Carving by Vic Hood and Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends and Scare Your Neighbors by Tim Nardonne will astound and inspire with the unique pumpkin creations these two artists create. Their creations require a lot of skill and time but can be adapted to simpler applications that can still impress your neighbors.
Halloween can be family friendly, hip and swanky or downright terrifying. Regardless of the vibe you prefer each October 31, the Abilene Public Library has a book to help you plan your unique party or event with one of our many titles on the subject. Stop by soon and start browsing our selections. Halloween related titles tend to disappear fast during the weeks leading up to this popular holiday.
Article Contributed by Deborah Tarsiewicz, Information Services at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library