Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 13 Sleeps!

My grandparents have a giant apple tree on their canola farm—and right now, we're drowning in fruit. Grandma has been busy making apple pie, apple crumble, apple bread, apple tarts... You name it, she's made it—and there are still BUCKETS of apples to be used up.

Which is why I'm taking a bunch of them to school for THIS easy, but fun Halloween-inspired craft:

Fun, right?

But wait, there's more! To get to the above stage, have an adult cut your apple in half. Paint the cut side with orange paint, and before it dries, stamp it on a piece of paper, or maybe card stock to make fun Halloween cards. Then, use a bit of green paint to add your stem.

Let the paint dry, and then grab your paintbrush and a some black paint. Now's the time to get creative!

What Jack-O-Lantern face will YOU paint?

Tip: If you don't want to paint on the faces, grab some black construction paper and a glues tick. Cut out shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth, and paste them onto the page. You can even add sticks for stems, fake jewels for a bedazzled look, or anything, really. Have fun!

Gotta jet! Tomorrow I'll be posting some new Halloween-inspired story sparks. Hopefully one of them will get your geared up for National Novel Writing Month—which starts the day AFTER Halloween. See you tomorrow.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 14 Sleeps

Halloween is officially two weeks away—let the games begin! Literally.

For today's post, I've rounded up some fun games you can play at your Halloween party, or even pitch to your teacher for you to play as a class, outside or in. From pumpkin bowling to a witch hat toss, I've got you covered!

So round up those soup cans, felt markers, paints and balloons, and get started on making these family fun games.

Which one is your favourite? I think I'll make the soup can and tennis ball bowling game for my class. Painting each of the characters will be fun!

Gotta jet—but I'll see you tomorrow for another spooktacular Halloween Countdown post. And in case you want to start from the beginning, click here.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Monday, 16 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 15 Sleeps!

It's that time again! I've put it off for the first half of the month, but I can't put it off any longer—it's time to start thinking about this year's Halloween costume.

I expect to see a few "wonder girls" at my school and trick or treating on the block this year—to be expected given the huge popularity of the movie (which was awesome if you haven't seen it). But I'm not sure if I want to take the super hero route again. I've dressed up as Superman many times, sometimes when it's not even Halloween!

Here are a few of my costumes from the past years:

Which one do YOU like? Or, should I try something completely different? Maybe I'll take a walk around a costume store today after school and see what pops out at me—er, literally. <grin>

Share your costume (or an idea for me) in the comments below, and you could WIN a copy of Beneath The SOIL, the spookiest graphic novel in the Superman Duffy collection.

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for another exciting Halloween post.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 16 Sleeps!

Brrrr. It's chilly outside! A perfect day to stay indoors and do some Halloween crafting. Today, I'm making something extra cozy—these awesome mummy lanterns.

I know, they're not that creepy, but they look so neat when they're lit up around the house. You could even use them to line your sidewalk, or put them on your steps Halloween night so the kids in your neighbourhood know where to find the treats.

Click here to see the full directions—and then get mummifying those empty jars. If your house is anything like mine, they're laying around everywhere!

And that's a wrap on today's post. <grin> Gotta jet, but I'll see you tomorrow for another spooktacular Halloween Countdown post.

~ Chase Superman duffy 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 17 Sleeps!

Eep! There are monsters under my bed.

Okay, it's more like one monster. A giant dust bunny, to be exact. But the thought of crawling across the floor to sweep it out of there is more terrifying than bumping into ghosts and vampires on Halloween night. Seriously.

I have to do it, though. My grandparents are coming for dinner tonight, and my mom says she wants the house spotless, starting with my room. I don't love cleaning, but I thought it might be more fun if I turned it into a bit of storytelling exercise—as part of my Halloween Countdown.

Which means I need to make friends with that dust bunny under the bed. I think I'll call him Frank (after my favourite fictional monster, Frankenstein), and I'll start by writing him a letter to introduce myself. I'll tell him about how I like to read, run, and write, and how my favourite time of the year is Halloween. (In case he hasn't heard me talking about all of those things in my sleep.)

When I finish my letter, I'll slide it under the bed. Maybe with a treat—like one of those leftover Oreo pops I made for my class Thursday... Er, okay, that might not be the best idea. But writing the letter is!

Do you have a monster under your bed? In your closet? Or maybe he's in your fridge, drinking all of that delicious Eggnog?! Why not try writing him or her a letter? What would you tell the monster about yourself?

Oh, I know there aren't any real monsters, but isn't it fun to use your imagination? For me, this is the perfect way to get my brain fired up for National Novel Writing Month, which starts the day after Halloween. Who knows, I might write an entire story about Frank, The Monster Under My Bed.

Gotta jet! Have a great day with your monsters, and I'll see you tomorrow!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 18 Sleeps!

If you’ve been reading my blog (or the Superman Duffy graphic novels), then you know that I LOVE Friday the 13th, no matter what month it lands in. But how PERFECT that this one—today!—is in October? Talk about a Halloween treat, right?

What's the big deal about Friday the 13th? I'm so glad you asked!

It’s not just because I like reading horror stories and watching thrilling movies, although that IS part of it, as you know. But I also love to bust myths, and perhaps no other day has more superstitions and myths surrounding it than Friday the 13th. If you live in North America, that is.

 Did you know that Friday the 13th isn’t a big deal in other parts of the world? 

While North Americans are busy ducking ladders, avoiding black cats, and going to Triskaidekaphobia’s Annonymous meetings (Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th), it’s just another day for people in other parts of the world.

In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, TUESDAY the 13th (otherwise known as martes trece) is considered bad luck. Same with people in Greece. In Italy, the number 13 has nothing to do with bad luck—Friday the 17th is the day to watch your step. The number 13 is actually considered lucky in Italy. Who knew?

That’s interesting for sure—and great research as I continue on my quest to learn more about the cultures and traditions of people that live in Canada in honour of the country's 150th birthday celebration—but I think I’ll still avoid the mirror today…just in case I break it. (Er…any chance it’s actually crazy hair day, too?)

What superstitions, if any, are you paying attention to today? Or is Friday the 13th just one big myth?

Gotta jet—but I'll be back tomorrow with more great Halloween fun!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 19 Sleeps!

19 sleeps! Halloween is right around the corner and I have so much left to do—like carve my pumpkin, and pick this year's costume, and help my parents decorate the yard (and maybe my grandparent's canola farm too!)

But before all that, I'm taking time to make these treats for my classmates. It's going to be a spooktacular Friday tomorrow when I bring these Oreo cookie pops in, don't you think?

They're pretty easy, but instead of typing out the directions, I thought I'd link you straight to the tutorial. Pay attention to the serving sizes though—a little goes a long way!

Which kind will YOU make?

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for a continuation of my Halloween Countdown.

~ Chase Superman Duffy