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Hallowe’en Special!

Today is Hallowe’en and Holly couldn’t be more excited! She looks forward to 31 October almost as much as Christmas because not only does it involve lots of sweets, she also gets to dress up. Tonight she will be going out as a spooky female vampire and I might be accompanying her dressed as a terrifying nun. Or maybe not – last year I frightened a four-year-old.

We’ve carved up three pumpkins and a large marrow. Normally our garden produces two massive monsters of pumpkins but this year we didn’t get any and had to resort to buying from a supermarket. We laughed in derision at the sight of ‘large’ pumpkins, which weren’t even half the size of our homegrown ones. So we bought a ‘monster’ pumpkin, which was still around a third smaller. We did grow some monster marrows though so Carl carved one up just for fun.

I have added the pictures below but they have come out on their side! I am doing this using a Mac so I will try to adjust these later when I can work out what I am doing!


Pumpkin family!
Pumpkin family!


Scary squash (well, actually it's a rather massive courgette). He's behaving and has come out the right way up!
Scary squash (well, actually it’s a rather massive courgette). He’s behaving and has come out the right way up!


Holly has produced a little crafty Hallowe’en special for any children wondering what to do today with a spare piece of paper and a black pen (and a pair of scissors). Enjoy this brief video and have a fun and spooky night!

Sam and Holly!

How do you celebrate Hallowe’en? What is the scariest story you have ever read? 




Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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