A Ghostly Good Time: The Family Halloween Handbook by Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications

4 stars Nonfiction

I liked how this book has a little bit of everything in it. From recipes to make, to costumes to throw together, to decorations for your little part of the world, this book is Halloween DIY. You can be a beginner or an intermediate DIY individual to be successful as the author helps you with great directions.

When I first picked this book up, I was looking for a couple easy crafts to make and after looking through it, my list of Halloween items is long. I started out just flipping through it and stopped. I decided to go page-by-page, writing ideas and instructions down, so I knew what to do later.

There are a few items that I’ve seen done already and that’s fine. There are also a few ideas that were way out of my league but hey, they’re cool ideas if you have that talent. I liked the paper witches. Tracing them, you enlarge them (as big as you want) and put them on kraft paper and place them in your window with tape. (They supply you with 3 witches on graph paper at the bottom of the page). The Unwelcome mat was fun too along with the Boo and Beware mirrors but I don’t think I’ll be making them but they look super easy to make. The costume section was really cute and clever. The crow and swamp girl were my favorites. I liked that they made using simple, cheap items that you’d be able to find and not something that you’d have to spend a lot of money on, tear it up and then get creative. The recipe section had some fun and festive ideas and if I wanted to get creative, I could make the Haunted Cookie House. I’m sure my granddaughter would love to help me. It’s mostly snacks and goodies here except for some stew, bread, and a Sand-Witch. Put that Sand-Witch in someone’s lunch and see what they have to say. Lots of fun, I say.

I liked the hand & spider cutouts and I am planning on using them on a few pumpkins this year. They work the same exact way as the paper witches, only you trace them on a pumpkin and a hand is illuminated. There are lots of other fun ideas on carving pumpkins too. As far as the crafts, which is what I got the book for, I only found one that looked promising to me. There were no directions for it, as it was used as a prop but I think I can make it. There were some recipes that caught my eye especially the cookies and the cupcakes.

This is a super cute Halloween book that I’m sure you will find something inside to try. Could I get these ideas from a magazine? Sure, probably but I like how this book is set up and it’s all put together for me. Like I mentioned before, you can try something easy like the pumpkin carving or go extreme and attempt the Colorful Cushions. Did I mention the bird skeleton in the antique bird cage? Great book to find some neat ideas.

Link to some pages in the book

6 thoughts on “A Ghostly Good Time: The Family Halloween Handbook by Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications

    1. That’s what I thought. So many fun ideas for anyone to attempt and they incorporated lots of them, when they showcased their designs on the pages. I’m coming to attempt at least a few of them It’s funny how popular Halloween has become over the years.

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      1. We’ve always enjoyed a bit of Halloween- not the zombie/scary type Halloween- more gothic romancey sort of way but I know what you mean it’s become much more mainstream!! This looks such a fun book for things to do with the girls.
        Do they have anything for Dia De los Muertos in it too?


  1. Sorry it has taken me a while to reply but I had taken that book back to the library as I had ordered it and I am now waiting for my own copy. Yesterday, while I was at the library, I looked at the book and there was nothing inside it for The Day of the Day though, sorry. Have you seen this ladies recipes: https://hungryhappenings.com/ or these crafts: https://www.craftychica.com/2014/08/75-dia-de-los-muertos-projects-patterns-inspirations/ As you can tell I have a lot of stuff on Pinterest too 🙂


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