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Halloween: Now with more cupcakes

Happy Halloween, all you clever critters!  This past Saturday New York’s resident weather gods decided we had it too easy this autumnal season.  Fall leaves?  Cooling breezes off the ocean?  Cider!?!  Hogwash!  So they doused us in a snowfall the likes of which you might be more accustomed to in, oh I dunno, WINTER OR SOMETHING!  We’re only just now getting back to normal, though I suspect many is the trick-or-treater who will be coming to my door wearing a couple layers of flannel under the hot costume of the season.  What is the hot costume of the season, anyway (probably not this)?  And don’t say Sexy Occupy Wall Street Protester.  I wouldn’t be able to bear it.

In lieu of that, here are some delightful Halloween offerings cooked up for your pleasure.  Like that lovely Lord of the Rings pumpkin my mother let me know about.  Wowzer.

First and foremost, head on over to my co-writer Peter Sieruta’s Collecting Children’s Books for the best Halloween post of the season.  Then, when you’re done with that,  you’re allowed to come back over here and finish reading this piece.

On the Halloween costume side of the equation, here are some items of interest.  Now for me, the term “Sexy Willy Wonka costume” is redundant.  Gene Wilder = Yes, please!  Then I saw that they meant it for girls.

That’s just . . . what the heck?  Subsequent searches for “Sexy Phantom Tollbooth”, “Sexy Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Sexy Wolves of Willoughby Chase” yielded far fewer results (though I was amused by this).  Thanks (I think) to Adam Rex for even letting me know that this abomination existed.

You don’t need a big budget to be original, of course.  Knitter Natalie Selles showed off this classy little number around this time last year, inspired by one Mr. Neil Gaiman:

I know that there are a million was to do “Other Mother” but this is one of my favorites.  Just glasses and cardboard, folks.  Glasses and cardboard.  Oh, and a creepy doll.

Speaking of knitters, did you hear the one about the knit skeleton?

He always brushed his purl-ly whites!  [crickets]  Goodnight, everybody!  Try the fish!  I’ll be here all week!

Now for some book trailer fun.  Crooked House included a caveat with this next video, calling upon viewers not to watch it with children who are easily scared.  I’d second that.  And yes, odd as this may sound, this appears to be a real book.

Now for the creepiest alphabet book of all time.  It’s An Alphabet of Anatomical Emotions and Feelings.  Nothing quite like ancient medical sketches to invoke the holiday season, eh?  Thanks to 32 Pages for the link.

If any of you attended the last ALA Conference then you might have gotten your hands on those swell eyeball bags Abrams was handing out in conjunction with Jonathan Auxier’s Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes.  Author Erin Dionne takes it one delicious step further.  Eyeball cupcakes!

Go to her site and you can see links at the bottom to a variety of other creepy cakes by other folks including Cthulhu cupcakes, an El Chupacabra cake, etc.  Thank to Adam Rex (again) for the link.

And now, as every good Halloween post should, let’s end with a good old-fashioned maniac.

Thanks to Mark Newgarden for the link.  And Happy Halloween, one and all!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I, too, posted about classic children’s book characters who have been tarted up for Halloween. Dorothy and Alice were old news, but Pippi?!? Really? Abomination is a good word for it.

  2. My husband (the medical resident) pointed out to me that the knitted skeleton shows the cartilage with a different color of yarn. Now I’m even more impressed. Wow.