Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara - Easy, Last Minute Ghost Halloween Window Decorations

If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?  GHOSTBUSTERS - right? Maybe not, if there's a certain ghost-catching little girl who lives nearby.

Ghosts in the House, a cute picture book my kids love to read every Halloween, introduces a little girl who is the ULTIMATE Ghostbuster.  She moves into a house filled with ghosts but remains unfazed because she knows exactly how to catch ghosts.  With help from her black cat friend she puts her bewitching skills to work. And after she catches all the ghosts she puts them into her washing machine!

Kazuno Kohara published this bright orange book only a few years ago in 2008, but the story deserves recognition as a classic Halloween tale. Perfect for preschoolers and early elementary kids, it's sure to remain a Halloween favorite of young kids for many years to come.  The ghosts in the book aren't scary at all, and the amusing storyline elicits a few giggles with each reading.  Best of all are the unique linocut illustrations.  Using a limited palette of orange and black, Kohara creates bold, cleanly designed haunted house images.  She superimposes white see-through ghosts over the orange background and black lines. The effect is stunning -- the ghosts look like magical tissue paper apparitions!
Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara.  Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan (August 2008); ISBN 9781596434271; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from our personal library

Ghost Window Craft

The kids liked the idea of having a house filled with friendly ghosts, so we made a few translucent ghosts for our window out of freezer paper. Our ghosts look exactly like the ghost waving out of the window of the house on the front cover of Ghosts in the House (you can sort of see the window grid pattern through our ghosts, too). The freezer paper ghosts are a cheap and easy last minute Halloween decoration that the kids can help with. We colored in the eyes and mouth with a black permanent marker. Now our house is haunted but with cute ghosts, not spooky ones!

I wasn't the first to come up with this fabulous Halloween decorating idea -- I saw it on ... where else? ... a Pinterest pin from My Material Life.

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momandkiddo said...

I haven't read this book, but it looks adorable, as do your ghosts in the window. Thanks so much for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf.