Thursday, October 20, 2016

Haunted House Museum is a Ghostly GO!

Last year, we decorated pumpkins with a children's book theme, but I have decided to alternate Halloween projects to keep things INNNteresting...and so, the answer to this October's most-asked question:

Yes, yes, yes, we WILL be having a Haunted House Museum in the library again this year!  
But we need your participation to make it happen!
Here is the how-to and information being sent home with students:

How-to:  Take a cardboard box and cut holes in it for windows. Paint or otherwise cover the box with a seasonal color like orange, black, green or purple. Decorate the outside of your house with ghosts, trick-or-treaters, rotting trees…use your imagination! 
  • No blood or gore or headless dolls, sorry! We are celebrating imagination and folklore, not horror.
  • If you don’t celebrate Halloween, that’s fine! We welcome fall houses and autumn scenes as well.
  • Please do not attach any real food to your creation. Cockroaches are even scarier than ghosts.
  • Please do not include or attach anything valuable to your creation. 
  • Yes, you can work with a friend or friends or family! 
  • You can light it inside with a flashlight or battery-operated lights! 
  • You don’t have to make it a house. It can be a haunted apartment building, or a haunted theater, or a haunted sports event, or a haunted store, or…whatever idea you have! 
  • Please ask for a grown-up’s help for cutting out windows or when using new or messy craft materials. 
  • This is not an assignment for a grade. This is for FUN! Middle schoolers get extra credit as needed and earned.
  •  Haunted houses and fall houses are to be made at home. They can be dropped off in the library any morning through October 28. Haunted houses go home on Halloween.  Pick them up for a treat!
  • Remember to put your name and room number clearly on your creation.

Again:  Houses will be accepted in the library before or right after morning announcements starting on Monday, October 24, though Friday, October 28 and students should pick up houses at the end of the day on Halloween. Sorry, the library cannot be responsible for houses left in November.    We have many new students at Stone this year; if children are working in a group, please think to invite and include a new classmate if possible.  Can't wait to see the children's monsterpieces masterpieces!

Follow up:  Good participation with about fifty entries, lots of teamwork and creativity...even a haunted washing machine this year! Great and inventive re-use of household materials all around.  We have also had an awesome autumn with primary classes enjoying semi-spooky stories.   After shivering to Denys Cazet's The Perfect Pumpkin Pie, Ms. Powers' second grade also had fun making paper-maché black cat and pumpkin puppets in library to facilitate our own best spooky storytelling!

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