We don’t “do” Halloween at my library but the event cannot be ignored. We have a selection of Halloween books available for check out, the after school chatter from my tweens and littles includes Halloween costumes and I may or may not be keeping bite sized bags of snacks near my desk.
As I looked on Pinterest for non-holiday ideas for a new passive library station I discovered the blog Cinjoella and fell in love with her Gingerbread-Who character guessing game. Since it’s October I adapted the gingerbread people into pumpkins and came up with Pumpkin Who?
My work study student and I gathered supplies and went to work
- Pumpkin template (we used this template from Ullswater and shrank it to fit two pumpkins on a page)
- Construction paper
- Pictures of characters from books
- crayons and markers
We copied the pumpkins and cut them out. We made a list of characters that would appeal to our tweens and younger children who use the area.
- Cat in the Hat
- Max (Where the Wild Things Are)
- Wicked Witch of the East
- Mouse (If You Give a ….)
- Harry Potter
- Clifford, the Big Red Dog
- Elephant and Piggie
- Greg Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
To create the pumpkin characters, we looked for things that would be easily identifiable and things that would make people think a bit. We used orange, green and red for our pumpkins and used books from the collection for inspiration.
Below are a few of the pumpkins available for guessing.
Did I create your favorite character? If no, tell me who you’d make a pumpkin out of!
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