Last year it was owls, this year it was bats! I went Batty for Books for Trunk or Treat at my church this year. Unlike last year when I checked out owl (and assorted bird) books from the library, I used my personal collection this year. But with the weather forecast being less than stellar, I decided not to risk my books, but instead used the dust jackets as decoration.
I decorated foam bat shapes from Oriental Trading to create my display. Then, I strung them on yarn and used thumbtacks to secure them to the roof of my Subaru. (My husband was not happy about that last step) Then, I attached the duck jackets with blue sticky tack to make it look like the bats were flying away with my books.
In addition to candy (because I'm not so weird), I gave out bookmarks from Demco and bat rings that I found at Wal-Mart. They were both a hit and several kids told me that they needed a bookmark, so there are plenty of readers out there. Also, the great bat-shaped treat bowls are from Wal-Mart too.
It was a bad night for trick or treating, but a pretty great night for spooky Halloween activities. It was a dark and stormy night. Well, not exactly stormy, but dark, cold, wet, and windy. Lovely right? Who do I talk to in order to move Halloween to August? I can start a petition if that will help!
Anyway, I was only outside for a hour, which made all of this work kinda a bad return on investment, but the kids seemed to like it and they liked all the book covers.
And a Halloween post just wouldn't be complete without an appearance from Scaredy Squirrel. I was sure to follow his rules for Halloween completely and everyone at our event enjoyed a safe Halloween. Here's hoping that next year's weather is a little nicer!
How was your Halloween? Did you brave the weather to trick or treat, or did you curl up by the fire with a good book? I'm wishing I had done the later!