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Where My Witches At: Gearing up for Halloween with Western Costume company and the Art Department

Art Department, Central Library,
Halloween Carved Pumpkin

Well, it’s time little spooks to get your ‘creep’ on. To help with your decorations, costumes, treats, and pranks, here is a list of do-it-yourself guides to pumpkin carving, creating creepy creatures, planning parties and food creations, scaring your neighbors and yourself.

If sewing costumes isn’t going to work for you because you haven’t the time or the inclination, and most of all, you plan to make your friends envious of your costume selection, Western Costume is the place to go. Western Costume has been a big part of the history of cinemas. Established back in 1915, Western “has dressed virtually every major star and costumed many of the greatest productions ever made—from Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz to Titanic and The Artist, as well as the television series Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, and Magic City.” But what is even more spectacular about Western Costume is that they have a costume rental service. If this doesn’t make you say ‘fang-tastic,’ I don’t know what will. So, plan ahead and peruse the Halloween costume section at Western Costume.  Happy haunting! To see the Library catalog listing, click on the images of the book covers.

For Further Halloween Reading

This book combines costume and decorating projects into one convenient book. Accessories like wings, capes, skirts and lots of headwear are also included, and lots of ideas for personalizing costumes. The decor section includes 30 unique projects for decorating your house inside and out.

A must-have for everybody who loves costumes, parties, and ghouls. There are recipes, music and movie tips, instructions for costumes, decorating tips, themes for parties, and even travel tips for some of the best haunted houses, pumpkin patches, parades, and ghost tours in the country.

Halloween is known for being fun for all ages. Now the entire family can make their Halloween special with this collection of recipes, crafts, home decorations, and fanciful costumes.

Provides ideas and tips for Halloween costumes, decorations, parties, and food.

Illustrates how to carve three-dimensional faces and scenes in solid pumpkins (no hollowing necessary) using tools ranging from kitchen knives to carving gouges and chisels.

If you thought origami was just about making peaceful cranes, flowers, and sailboats, you're in for a wicked treat. Horrorgami is a new and dark way to look at the once gentle art of paper folding. Follow simple step-by-step instructions for creating 25 creepy creatures like evil witches, ghoulish goblins, sinister skulls, fearsome fangs, Frankenstein's Monster, and more.

This is a must-have guide for all ages who want to create, decorate, and celebrate Halloween in deceptively simple style. This big book is packed with Halloween treats, party ideas, easy-to-make decorations, crafts, and costumes, and much more. Full color.

Presents ideas for celebrating Halloween, providing instructions for craft projects, decorating plans, and recipes. Includes patterns.

Frightfully simple ideas for creepy decorations, terrifying sweets, and unique costumes for trick-or-treaters of all ages.

From baking hemorrhaging desserts to burying family and friends alive, the outrageous projects in this guide will inspire readers to transform the house, the yard, the kids, and the wardrobe for the scariest Halloween ever.

A Halloween book that's definitely for adults. It's brimming with practical and inventive ideas for parties, decorations, and costumes, and with an amazingly atmospheric design that's a luscious treat for grown-up eyes.

As you admire the pumpkins within these pages, you'll be inspired to pick up your own tools and follow Ray's advice and tips on creating a one-of-a-kind Halloween accoutrements.

Detailed step-by-step instructions for creating thirty-one costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas for Halloween. Presents ideas for celebrating Halloween, providing instructions for craft projects, decorating plans, and recipes. Includes patterns.