Hauntingly Good

Gearing up for Halloween can be a flurry of activity. Making decorations for this season has me feeling like an elf far before we speak of Santa’s Workshop. The growing excitement to see Trick-or-Treaters march down the streets once again inspired some ghostly goodness to pop up on our 3D printers. Using glow-in-the-dark filament, this ghostly creation haunts our hall of books, but you can request on of your own or a fleet to frighten your friends.

Ghostly Goodness

To promote our 3D printing finesse, there is a promotion underway. Pumpkin Giveaway Alert!

Enter for a chance to win a 3D printed Pumpkin candy dispenser for Halloween. Comment on this post with the word “Chocolate” or “Fruit” depending upon the flavor you prefer. Comment both words separately for 2 entries. Share this contest for a little extra Library Love. Two winners will be selected at random. Contest ends Friday, October 29 at noon. Winners will be announced at 4pm the same day. Find the contest on the Southeast Steuben County Library Facebook Page.

As I decorate my home for the season, I veered from the Crafting with Kimberly Tabletop Birdhouses tutorial and created a Tim Burton-esque model, perfect for any Beetlejuice movie fanatic. This mild goth-girl has no room for pinks and florals, but black and white stripes speak strange and unusual, because “I myself am strange and unusual.” (Lydia Deetz, Beetlejuice)

This haunted house stack sits upon my front entry, which also adorns a skeleton and loads of dried flowers. I have been building an ofrenda to honor my loved ones who have passed this year using flowers and gourds harvested from my gardens. This practice has become a daily meditation that equals artistic expression, but is as transient as the lives we lead. Each moment is precious, each minute a gift. Visit the children’s department at the Southeast Steuben County Library this week to view an ofrenda created by community members in honor of dearly departed Mary Lu Walker. We greatly miss Mary Lu and her songs that fill our memories. There is an item representation of her many beloved songs, like Peanut Butter and Mittens. It’s sure to bring a Cheshire Grin to many storytime guests.

Find this flower and leaf skull mandala that I made as part of the memorial for Mary Lu. Perhaps you will become inspired to create an ofrenda of your own. If you do, please share an image in the comments. This unique form of expression is healing and honors the end of the season of growth as we enter the season of death and the dark hours of winter. Don’t get Scared! Keep and eye on our calendar of events to keep your spirits bright and entertained!

That’s a wrap for this Stationary moment. I’ll catch you on the flip side!

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