One thing I love about Halloween are the costumes. Unless you are a regular at the Costume Ball at the local castle, I doubt many of you have the opportunity to don a costume very often. So for most of us we have one night a year, at Halloween, where we can put on another's persona. It's fun to be a Princess or Witch or whomever we choose. Sometimes we might even take on just a bit of that characters personality. Maybe we'll be a little bit naughty, nice or brave?
The book "How Spider Saved Halloween" is not a book I would normally pick up. I am spider-phobic (arachnophobia) and I don't care how cute they make them they're still spiders. But anyway that's just me. This book was in a batch of books I picked up at a Flea Market. When selling books one thing you have to do is go page by page and look at the book for tears, marks, etc. With children's books I cannot help but read the book as I go along. This explains why I am so slow at ever getting things done! As you see in the image below, Spider looks more like a tick (not much more endearing), but pretty harmless especially while wearing beads and a hat. You'll notice Ladybug in her witch hat making final adjustments to his outfit, while Fly (dressed as Santa) looks on.
My point is that I ended up really loving this book. The author Robert Kraus (1925 – 2001) has a very easy going artistic style with bright colors and simple shapes. The book is enjoyable for adults as well as kids. It is witty and clever and the characters Spider, Ladybug and Fly turn out to be quite lovable. Spider needs help finding a costume and once that is settled they enjoy their Trick or Treating. Towards the end of the night a couple of bullies come along. Spider whose costume turned out to be a Pumpkin, ends up saving the night and his friends by scaring away the bullies.
While it has not cured me of my aversion to spiders, I really enjoyed the book. The message of how when friends help each other, they can make it through just about anything, is a powerful one. This book was written back in the early 70's and has an anti-bullying theme. The story can help kids and adults understand that standing up to bullying usually proves that the bullies are just a bunch of cowards.
Does anyone think it a bit ironic that the spider, fly and ladybug are friends?
Since this post is about costumes, I have to add a few of my favorites.
Hope you enjoy them!
What was your favorite costume as a child or even as an adult? Please share!
Mine is a secret for now, I will reveal it at a later date (with a picture too)!