Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Halloween Freebie. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

How do you celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is a big thing in the USA and Canada. I don’t think it is in the rest of the world. But here, people love watching scary movies and then dressing up in minimalist or elaborate costumes. Some people wear their costumes only to parties or only to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters (kids who go door to door in their neighbourhood to show off their costume and collect candy from strangers — it’s actually really weird when you think about it…). Other folks go all out and wear their costume to work on Halloween too. Yesterday, I bought my groceries from a witch in a tall black hat, a cape, and black lace gloves.

Some folks are all about making Halloween scary, spooky, creepy. Others want to make it cute, and funny. Still others, want to make it sexy (My city has a running joke about the “sexy mayor” costume. Our mayor is not a fan.)

Halloween parties, haunted houses, carved pumpkins and other decor, office costume contests, community carnivals, trick or treating, watching scary movies, binging Stranger Things on Netflix — there are many ways to enjoy All Hallow’s Eve.


How do you infuse bookishness into your Halloween festivities?

Here are my favourite ways to see people infuse bookishness into their Halloween festivities:

Bookish Costumes

How fun is it to see one of your favourite literary characters come to life? This is super fun for kids costumes, like the classic Paper Bag Princess or the ever favourite Harry Potter, to Mathilda, to the Man in the Yellow Hat to Peter Pan, hobbits, the Very Hungry Caterpillar. There are so many.

Adult costumes – inspired by kids books or adult books, are also really fun and often quite recognizable so you won’t have to explain your costume to all the other party guests. Although, depending on where you work, you might still have to explain your costume to your coworkers.

Classic books, popular contemporary books, comic books – they are all ripe for the picking for bookish costumes.

For some ideas, just search “book inspired costumes” on Pinterest.

Bookish Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins was a tradition when I was growing up. We would carve out the top of the pumpkin and scoop out all the goopy guts. The kitchen table and surrounding floors were lined very carefully with newspapers and garbage bags to protect them from the mess. Then, we would draw our desired design on our pumpkins — each kid got our own to decorate. After that, dad would do the honours of using the sharpest knife he could find to carefully carve along our marker lines and bring our design to life. The finished pumpkins would go out on the front stoop with a candle in them on Halloween to illuminate the cut out. We would then roast the pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack. It was messy and it was loud and it was so much fun. I loved it!

I haven’t carved a pumpkin for years, but I think next year it will have to happen again. And I might just have to figure out a bookish design. My design will not be as intricate as these designs, or as spell-binding as these. But I’ll try.

Book Themed Parties

A well-planned party is a lot of fun. Especially when you start noticing all the little details. Go cute and fun with a Dr. Seuss themed party and find hidden Who’s and Horton’s speck. Or how about something a little darker and create Mordor with tiny Hobbits hidden around a Mount Doom feature dessert. Here are instructions on how to decorate a pretty wicked Harry Potter party.

Bookish Treats

Feed your party guests with bookish treats instead of creepy crawly snacks. Try Harry Potter inspired chocolate frogs and butter beer or how about tiny tea sandwiches and hat-shaped cookies a la Alice in Wonderland. To be a little more traditional Halloween, what about Charlotte’s Web inspired spider cupcakes? Here’s a whole list of fun snacks inspired by children’s books. For a grown-up party, you could even have Lord of the Rings cocktails.

I’d love to spend the time creating a whole cookbook of book-inspired party snacks. I can’t cook to save my life, but I can eat. And I can write. One day…

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