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By Jeff Shelby

Ghouls and Ghosts and Goblins – Oh My!

I’ve written in this space before about my aversion to Halloween. But now that I’m the father of a three year old, I’m no longer allowed to wallow in my anti-Halloween sentiment. My wife has made it clear that I will ENJOY Halloween, no matter the cost. I will enjoy picking out a costume for my daughter (She’s going to be a cat), I will smile while handing out the candy (I’m planning on Kit-Kats and Blow Pops) and I will carve several pumpkins (My daughter wants one with a cat face. Apparently she’s never seen my drawing skills – or, more accurately, my non-existent drawing skills.)

So this is me, enjoying Halloween. And here are a few of the books that have helped me find my inner ghoul:

ublished by Leisure Arts.

This book shows you everything you need to turn your house haunted for Halloween. Pumpkin carving ideas, decorating ideas and some fun food stuff, too.

Halloween: Vintage Holiday Graphics
Edited by Jim Heimann and Steven Heller

I found this book to be just a lot of fun. It celebrates everything Halloween from the early 1900s to the 1960s, offering a little bit of history, a little bit of silliness and some really cool photos. A great coffee table book for October.

Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living
By Martha Stewart Living Magazine

If you’ve got a LOT of time on your hands and Halloween is your all-time favorite holiday, then this is your book. Read this book, implement some of the ideas and you will definitely have the scariest/coolest/Halloweeniest house on the block. (And, no, there are no suggestions as to how to decorate a jail cell.)

The Halloween Handbook: 447 Costumes
By Bridie Clark, Ashley Dodd, and Janette Beckman

The title says it all. If you’re still unsure of how you’ll dress on the big day, get this book and be inspired. Ideas for adults and kids alike. My favorite: pin a few pairs of underwear onto your shirt and suddenly you become A Chest of Drawers. That, my friends, is funny.

Blow Pops and Kit-Kats for everyone! Happy Halloween!

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