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Book Name: Halloween Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family

Author: Donata Maggipinto

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 0-8118-2197-8

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 96

Illustrations: Color photos & drawings

Experience Required: Beginner

Book Review

When you first open Halloween Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family there is an introduction that includes an interesting section on the origin of Halloween and trick or treating. It is followed by a must read section on how to use this book. The author explains the background behind the book and the recipes/crafts included in it but also outlines who can do what from the four year old to the adults participating in the activities. I like the advice the author gives because it shows she cares about children participating in and learning from these activities as well as using safety measures that we both feel is of great importance. She also outlines kid tips for cooking and crafting including what you need to do to get started, what to do when you are finished crafting or cooking and special cooking tips to use for safety (especially working with knives and other sharp tools) when cooking with children or anytime.

The crafts/recipes included in Halloween Treats are divided into three main chapters: Halloween anticipations (recipes and crafts for pre-Halloween fun), Halloween enchantments (food from the cauldron, menu for a Halloween dinner party, and crafts for dressing up Halloween) and Halloween excitements (recipes and crafts for sweets and treats). With each of the recipes or crafts there is a short paragraph from the author about the project and even linking it to the necessary page if it is connected with another project (i.e. the roasted pumpkin seeds are connected to the pumpkin carving). The instructions include an ingredients/materials list and variations where applicable (i.e. roasted pumpkin seeds).

I really like the how-to sections on carving jack-o’-lantern, squash-o’-lanterns and hanging squash-o’-lanterns. For someone who has never carved a pumpkin squash or other root vegetables (I know there are some of you out there, especially if you don’t have children or someone else always does it) there are complete and detailed instructions starting from choosing the right pumpkin to the equipment necessary and how to create and carry out your design. I didn’t like that there weren’t pics of all of the crafts in the book or the pics weren’t always close to the instructions. There are some drawings next to the instructions but they are just representations of the craft, spider, pumpkin, bat, etc.


  • Flashlight lanterns
  • Peek-a-boo place cards
  • Three-tier pumpkin centerpiece
  • Paper bag pumpkin
  • Jack-o’-lantern cookies
  • Cocoa cobweb cupcakes

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