Halloween Book Review: Smiling Dinos


T. Rex Trick-or-Treats, written by Lois G. Grambling and illustrated by Jack E. Davis
T-Rex wants to wear a scary costume but he just can’t decide which one! Eventually, he goes trick-or-treating with his friends without much of a costume at all and is rather sad. Then, toward the end of the evening, he smiles his T-Rex smile and terrifies everyone! The moral of this story is simply this: Stop worrying and have fun!

This is a fun book for kids who love dinosaurs. A quote can be found here.

All of the Halloween themed books, quotes and commentary posted to this blog can be found HERE.

Suggestions for Building Excitement Over The Holidays

Ordering Books: Whether you are building a family library or simply looking for a fun way to build-up to the Halloween celebration, having brand new books shipped to your home, in your child’s name, is a great way to do it. To a child, it is super exciting to receive a package in the mail, addressed to them! They may even want to read their brand-new book immediately AND before bed.

Library Holds: If you’d prefer to review the books before buying them, or need to maintain a tight budget, then use the local library. Go to the library website, locate the book and place it on hold. When the notification arrives, bring the child along and let them help find the books in the on-hold shelves.

Simple Costumes


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Halloween is almost here! It’s time to start planning, making and gathering costumes together. While browsing through the Amazon.com Costume Shop, I started thinking about SUPER simple and minimalist costumes. What are the easiest costumes to pull together and carry … Continue reading

SFW Costumes: Agents and Detectives


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This is the fourth in a series of posts about Safe For Work (SFW) costumes. The Spy or Secret Agent: The most famous spy of them all is probably secret service agent 007 James Bond.  Mission Impossible, Men in Black, … Continue reading

SFW Costumes: The Fan


This is the third in a series of posts about Safe For Work (SFW) costumes. There are some people who would argue that dressing up as a ‘[fill in the blank] fan’  isn’t really a costume. While that is a … Continue reading

SFW Costumes: Superheroes


Halloween is just a few weeks away, which means it’s time to start thinking about a Halloween costume for the October office party. Office costumes are unique because they have to adhere to a professional dress code, which is something … Continue reading

Krampus, Winter Monsters and Angels


Throughout November and December, most Americans are making costumes that fall under a ‘warm and fuzzy’ category. While Thanksgiving has it’s darker racial aspects (something to be examined later) and Christmas performances have similar issues, the objective and intent of … Continue reading

Classic Witch Costumes


If you want a classic witch costume then find something long, black and flowing. The most common costume images used for women-who-use-magic tend to involve striking colors and flowing fabrics. Combine a black dress with a black pointed Witch Hat … Continue reading