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Have a Fright-Free Halloween


October 2, 2012

Classic Characters, Fun Crafts, and More from Open Road ebooks

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Witches, vampires, and goblins, oh my! With creepy costumes, frightful decorations and spooky ghost stories, Halloween can be a scary holiday for young kids. This year, take the scary out of Halloween and celebrate autumn with comforting family traditions, such as cooking, crafting, and reading with your children.

In the spirit of making Halloween fun, easy, and fright-free for the little ones, you’ll find great suggestions from Open Road Media’s lifestyle ebooks on cooking and crafting, as well as their collection of favorite children’s picture and chapter books.  With these Halloween-themed ebooks starting at $1.99 throughout October, there’s something for everyone this Halloween.

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While reading the stories of lovable, classic characters—such as the Berenstain Bears, Franklin the Turtle, and Scaredy Squirrel—parents can use the opportunity for a teaching moment. Everyone gets frightened, including the Berenstain Bears, who are afraid of the dark, spiders, shadows, and mice. In The Berenstain Bears Get the Scardies, the Bears learn never to make fun of someone else’s fears, because the next time the lights go off, you could be the scaredy-bear!

Franklin overcomes his fear of a haunted house in Franklin’s Halloween. Follow Franklin and his friends as they make Halloween costumes, bob for apples, trick-or-treat, and celebrate a night filled with mystery and fun.

Scaredy Squirrel is so afraid of the unknown he won’t leave his tree. When the unexpected pushes him out of his home, he discovers he is missing out on fun. His nutty adventures encourage young readers to brave the unknown.

Older children will enjoy exciting, age-appropriate mysteries in the Boxcar Children, Casebusters and The Buddy Files series, as well as the adventures of Tony and his vampire friend in The Little Vampire. Children and parents alike will adore the beautifully illustrated and magical world of living toys in Dean Koontz’s Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages.

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For hands-on fun, check out Open Road’s cookbooks and crafting manuals. As a delicious first step, head into the kitchen to try the a flavorful pumpkin spice soup from Canal House Cooking, Volume No. 2, Fall & Holiday. These recipes for delicious, yet uncomplicated dishes make the most of the flavors and bounty of autumn—and you’ll fill your home with the rich aromas of spices and fresh herbs.

Knit a playtime cape for your little one to wear this Halloween with the pattern from A Knitter’s Home Companion, an illustrated collection of stories, patterns, and recipes from beloved knitter and essayist Michelle Edwards.

Or indulge in Halloween’s inevitable sugar rush with mouthwatering homemade treats. In Sugar Baby, Gesine Bullock-Prado offers totally unintimidating, step-by-step advice that defangs making homemade candy . . . pardon the pun. Gesine’s amusing voice and passion for candy shine through in this cookbook, with more than 100 recipes for candy corn, jet-black skull candies, caramels, homemade marshmallows, festive cakes, and much more. Sugar Baby will satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.

Check out all of Open Road’s Halloween ebooks and follow Open Road Media on Facebook and Twitter for updates on ebooks for you and your children.

(Open Road is a sponsor of Macaroni Kid and compensation was provided for this article)