Friday, October 21, 2016

Ghost Apples!

Can you make Apple Ghosts?

I found a tombstone cookie cutter.
First, I cut around the core.
Then, we poured lemon juice on a plate and placed the apple slices in the juice. This will keep your apple ghosts from browning.
I cut a thin slice of apple and then used the cookie cutter to make the ghost shapes.
Mini-chocolate chips made the perfect eyes and mouth.
My daughter enjoyed putting on the eyes.

Put the apple ghosts on a stick and dip in caramel! Delicious!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Easy Thumbprint Ghost Craft + Other Halloween Thumbprints!

Today is Ed Emberley's Birthday (October 19). My daughter and I got out all of his drawing books including ED EMBERLEY'S COMPLETE FUNPRINT DRAWING BOOK. We started making thumbprint animals when I remembered I had a white stamp pad from our ghost stamping activity.

My daughter pushed her finger on the stamp pad.
She said, "Look, Dad! They are saying BOO!"
I guess the ghosts invited more friends because she stamped more!
She added ghost faces with a black Sharpie.
I experimented too. If I inked half of my thumb it made a nice ghost shape. For a few ghosts I inked the tip of my finger to add bumps to the bottom of the ghosts.
Thumbprint ghosts would be a fun way to make a Halloween card for a friend.
I made a few Thumbprint BATTLE BOOS too. I used a white colored pencil to add the antenna and zoomers!
Ed Emberley's books kept us busy all morning.
Try making other thumbprint Halloween creatures too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ghosts and Halloween Characters Made from Coffee Filters

My mother-in-law bought the wrong size cone-style coffee filters for her coffee pot and then two weeks later I bought the wrong size filters too. We both needed size #4 but we bought size #6 and #2. She gave me her #6 filters thinking I could create a craft with them. I accepted her challenge and below are directions to make Coffee Filter Halloween Characters that stand up on their own!

The #6 cone-style coffee filter would become the halloween character, but I used the smaller #2 size filter to prevent black marker from bleeding through to the other side. I just slipped the smaller filter inside the bigger one.
The first character I made was a Frankenstein Monster. I cut parts of the edge to create the bolts in his neck. Be careful not to cut too much of the edge. You want your filter to stay intact.
I used permanent Sharpie markers to draw the face.
I made a jack o'lantern, vampire, ghost, and werewolf too.
I was so excited that I forgot to take a picture of how I colored the filters. I used a washable Crayola markers and colored the coffee filter where I wanted color. I just put a little bit of red for the vampire's teeth!
Then, I took the filters outside and sprayed them with Niagara spray starch. The filters rested on Solo cups to dry.

I am the author of THREE GHOST FRIENDS: LEARN ABOUT COLORS. A fun non-scary ghost book for younger children. I thought this craft would be perfect for my book too. 

All you need is the book (paperback or eBook), three coffee filters with ghost faces, and red/blue/yellow Crayola markers to begin.
Later, you will need the Solo cups and Niagara spray starch.
This proved to be a fun way to act out the book too. My daughter stacked the THREE GHOST FRIENDS just like the book.
Early in the story the ghosts see a banana, a blueberry, and a strawberry. The ghost that eats the banana turns yellow. The ghost that eats blueberry turns blue and the ghost that eats the strawberry turns red. My daughter immediately wanted to color the coffee filters.
Red ghost!
She quickly colored both sides of the filters.
She was able to act out the ghosts dancing just like the book!
After the book, she sprayed the colored coffee filters with the starch. Make sure you have newspaper down because they will drip.
It took a few hours to dry.
Here are our Halloween Characters once they were ready. 
They turned out awesome! My daughter thought they would be cool puppets!
The THREE GHOST FRIENDS turned out great too!
Check out all the THREE GHOST FRIENDS books on Amazon! If you can't wait for paperback and want to try it the ebooks for Kindle or iPad/iPhone!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Favorite Ghost Picture Books Best for Halloween --

Does your family love reading Halloween books? If so, you are just like my family! You can imagine, as the author and illustrator of THREE GHOST FRIENDS, I especially love reading picture books about GHOSTS. Here is a list of my favorites:

1. Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson. My family loved this book so much we did a huge family craft inspired by the book.

2. Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara. This book helped inspire designs during our ghost stamping activity.

3. Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell. A classic ghost book!

4. Haunted Party by Iza Trapani, one of our favorite author-illustrators!

5. The Ghost's Dinner by Jacques Duquennoy. Fun! Love the salad and cheese ghosts!

6. The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters and Lynn Munsinger. My youngest son loves this whole series!

7. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler and S.D. Schindler (There is a ghost in this book!). Without this book I wouldn't have written THREE GHOST FRIENDS!

8. My First Ghost by Maggie Miller, Michael Leviton, and Stephanie Buscema. I just bought this book. I haven't read it to my kids yet, but I think they are going to love it.

9. Teeny Tiny by Jill Bennett and Tomie dePaola. There are ghosts in this book too! My kids love this book because it is just a little bit scary.

10. The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Jan and Stan Berenstain. There are many Halloween Berenstain Bears books, but this is our favorite.

Also, check out my series -- Three Ghost Friends by Eric VanRaepenbusch

Three Ghost Friends and the Battle Boos is the latest book in the series!

There are lots of FREE printables and activity ideas for the book too!

There are 5 books featuring the Three Ghost Friends: