Carving Jack O Lanterns
Submitter: The first book, Carving Jack-O’-Lanterns by Sam Gendusa was published in 1988 and provides multitudes of ways to terrify children. I especially like the picture of the kids standing next to the jack-o-lantern in the grocery store—he looks like he’s going to cry! Also, I love that this book encourages parents to have their children touch the creepy pumpkins in order to overcome their anxieties. Yeesh!
Holly: This is the creepiest jack o lantern book I’ve ever seen! What the heck are those, mutant pumpkins? They’re ginormous! If you have to use a mallet and chisel, it’s no longer a jack o lantern. It’s a statue.
Submitter: I’ve also included a totally rad book on airbrushing (circa 1987) for those who’d like to add a little neon to their Halloween costume, or at least learn to airbrush Terminator-style.
Miller and Effler
Holly: Now this is cool! I really like this idea. Have airbrushing techniques changed since 1987? Maybe not. Ok, maybe it could be updated with ways to airbrush 2010 characters, like Snooki’s tan or something, but otherwise, not such a bad book. A nice pairing with the creepola pumpkins above, though!