Halloween Hustle

Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson – Illustrated by Kevan J Atteberry

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Halloween! What a fun time of year! For one night, you can be anything you dream! Who wants to be a Fairy Princess, a Super Hero, or a Ghostly Goblin? The possibilities are endless! Our book for this Halloween is one of our all-time favorite Halloween stories. The Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson will have you dancing along with Skeleton as he makes his way to a Halloween party that Ghost invited him to. Unfortunately, the trip is not an easy one. As he grooves across town, he keeps stumbling, tumbling, and falling apart! Do you think Skeleton can stay in one piece long enough to make it to the party? The only way to find out is to read your way through the book’s catchy rhymes and snazzy beat!

We selected a few activities to do with your young readers at home or at their book club meetings. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep children engaged after the story. So, we recommend that you only pick one or two activities listed.

Book and Activity Benefits: 

 

  • Celebrating Halloween (Yay for all things spooky and sweet!)
  • Reading
  • Cutting with scissors
  • Gluing
  • Using a stapler
  • Using your imagination
  • Following directions
  • Cooking basics

Bookmark

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 Supplies needed

  • Two copies of the Bookmark Picture Page
  • Scissors
  • Clip flags (I found mine at Walmart beside the paper clips)
  • Sticker maker or glue. We use the Xyron Create-a-sticker Machine
  • ribbon (optional)
  • A hole punch (only if you are going to add ribbon)

Directions

  1. Print the Bookmark Picture Page on white cardstock. For instructions with pictures, Click Here.
  2. Cut the pictures out from the printout
  3. If you are using the sticker maker, feed two of the pictures through at a time.
  4. Peel one figure off of the sticky paper (or glue one side)——– lay sticky side up
  5. Place the top of the clip flag on top of one of the figures ——-large part of the clip to the front.
  6. Peel the other figure off of the sticky paper or glue the other one, and place it directly on top of the other —– sticky side down
  7. Press so they are secured together – if you use glue let it dry.
  8. Add a ribbon if you like. Punch two holes in the top of the clip flag (to the bottom of the picture) thread the ribbon through the holes and tie a knot or a bow.

Your clip flag bookmark is finished! Happy reading!

Craft

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Ghost Jack-O-Lanterns 

idea inspired by Easy Kids Craft – YouTube 

Supplies needed

  • White paper – (regular printing/typing paper)
  • Markers in the color of your choice
  • Construction paper or scrapbooking paper cut into strips. (See below step 1 for measurements)
  • A sticker maker or glue
  • Stapler and staples
  • Battery powered tea light candles

Directions

For instructions with pictures, Click Here.

  1. Cut strips of construction or scrapbook paper 1 ½ X 11 ½ for the base. Cut strips of construction or scrapbook paper 1 X 9 for the handles.
  2. Feed the base pieces of paper through a sticker maker. If you do not have a sticker maker glue will do fine.
  3. Peel one of the base pieces off of the sticky paper (or glue one side if you are using glue) and place it along the bottom of your page. The base helps make the lantern base stronger so it will stand up.
  4. Draw a ghost face (in the color of your choice) in the middle of a white sheet of paper.
  5. Fold the paper in half length-wise.
  6. Cut 5 – 1 ½ inch slits in the paper about 2 inches apart
  7. Roll your lantern into a circle and staple at the top and the bottom where the paper meets
  8. Staple the handle on the lantern
  9. Place a battery powered tea light candle under each of your lanterns and have fun decorating for Halloween

Activity

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Halloween Hustle DancE From booksbycharlotte.com

While we love to come up with fun activities, we just couldn’t beat the activity that the author, Charlotte Gunnufson, has on her website for your little groovers. For this activity, follow the link to Charlotte Gunnufson’s website here.  Scroll down the page a bit and find the Halloween Hustle dance video. Dance your heart out with Alexis Jo, Ellen, Maya, and Alisabeth. As you become familiar with the dance, you can ask your children to add some of their ideas to the dance, or (better yet), have them make up their own dance steps to the song!   This super fun video and song were written and created by Alisabeth Von Presley.

Click here to download the Halloween Hustle song

Click here for a video showing the Halloween Hustle dance

Food

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We love marshmallows, we love popcorn, and we love candy. So, it only makes sense that all three of these delicious ingredients should be shoved together (and then in our mouths) for Halloween.  Below, we have two snacks to go with your book reading. Both are easy for children of all ages to make, so round up the family and enjoy making some yummy Halloween treats.

Skeleton Hands 

Idea inspired by – SUGAR SPICE AND SPILLED MILK 

Supplies

  • Clear disposable gloves
  • Popcorn popped
  • Wrapped Hershey’s hugs – Don’t unwrap them.
  • Halloween ribbon 6 inches long – We chose ribbon with skeletons on it.
  • Plastic Halloween rings (optional) – The kind you would put in a loot bag for a party

For this activity, you get to learn from our own struggle. We recommend that you keep the Hershey’s candy wrapped. We decided to buy Hershey’s Hugs because they are white and we thought they would work well for skeleton fingertips. When Jan unwrapped them and started putting the skeleton hands together, she had a terrible time getting the unwrapped candy down into the fingers of the glove. It kept sticking to the plastic, started melting, and smudged the inside of the glove. So, she gave up and decided to keep the candy wrapped. That worked much better, and silver will work for Skeleton fingertips anyway, right? You can also opt to use candy corn or a non-chocolate candy so you can avoid the hassle Jan experienced. However you choose to do it, it’s bound to look great!

Directions

For instructions with pictures click here.

  1. Put one Hershey’s Hug in each fingertip of the glove.
  2. Stuff popped popcorn into the glove above the candy clear up to the top leaving about an inch to gather for closing the bag up.
  3. Gather the top together and tie it shut with a ribbon.
  4. Others that we have seen add a plastic Halloween ring to a finger. We looked for skeleton rings since that was the theme, but we could not find any. Perhaps you can find one and make yours look even better!

Ghost Poofs 

Supplies

  • White Miniature Marshmallows
  • Sandwich size baggies that have zip lock – 1 for each snack bag you are making
  • A stapler
  • Regular white copy paper
  • Print out page 3 and 4 of the Ghost Poof pictures.

Directions       

For instructions with pictures click here.

  1. Print page 3 and 4 of the Ghost Poof pictures page. There are two pictures from which to choose. Mix them or print only one. You need to print one for each bag that you will be making.
  2. Cut out around the lines on the pictures.
  3. Fold the picture in half length-wise.
  4. Fill each bag with miniature marshmallows about half full. Then close the bag.
  5. Staple the ghost poof picture that you cut out over the top of the bag.

Your snack is done. Now you may share it with family and friends for a cute joke snack. Who doesn’t like marshmallows (GHOST POOFS!) for a sweet snack? We wish we were there enjoying them with you!