October 25, 2011

A Tale of Two Witches

Got some witch action for ya today but first, you must meet Pumpkin Man:

My husband Andrew thinks he is TERRIFYING. Aw, I think he’s adorable and very sweet!

Now if you want terrifying, Pumpkin Man has a daddy. Meet Big Pumpkin Man, far right side of the window:

Andrew can’t believe I have this as a decoration! Big Pumpkin Man is twice as high and has some kind of little drum-on-a-stick and cone in which to collect candy. HE’S DELIGHTFUL, no? Our window is way more embellished now, with Julia’s Halloween House and other assorted Halloweeny paintings.

Here’s our Halloween window at night:

Pumpkin Man wants to be your friend. (Please don’t send me angry emails if Pumpkin Man or his daddy wind up in your dreams and give you scary nightmares. NOT MY FAULT! Wasn’t that nice of me to put that idea in your head? )

On to witches! Do you like your witches in shades of black and white and green?

‘Only a Witch Can Fly’ by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo is really, really sweet, depicting the flying attempts of a fledgling witch. Or is she? Is the story in her imagination? It’s a good topic to discuss with your kiddo; I for one can’t tell if the story is supposed to be a fable about a real little witch girl or if it represents an ordinary little girl’s dream of flying!

Do you fancy your witches in Technicolor?

‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson (of ‘The Gruffalo’ fame), is one of my all-time favorite Halloween books. FABULOUS story about a witch picking up an assortment of animal friends, who come in handy when fending off a hungry-for-witch-with-a-side-of-fries dragon. Julia (nice name!) has an amazing way with rhyme structure:

Fun for toddlers, fun for pre-K and K kiddos, fun on up to age 7 – it’s hootylicious. I wonder if I can put “licious” at the end of ANY word and have it make sense – I am now going to make it my personal mission to make the attempt. Anyone want to join me?


  1. This was witch-i-licious!
    Thank you once again for great book ideas. But where can I find the pumpkin man?

  2. Ha ha ha! Ah Pumpkin Man, sadly I have no idea where to find him (EXCEPT IN NIGHTMARES! hee hee) My ma found Pumpkin Man and his daddy at this local nursery called Molbaks; they have a great gift shop with lots of seasonal decor! xo, Melissa

  3. What a fabulous post! I love Pumpkin Man, your decorations AND the book recommendations.

    This is a wonderful blog for so many reasons.

    Happy Hallowe'en to you.

  4. And a happily spooky Halloween to you as well, sweet Stephanie! Your kind comments really make my day :) ~Melissa