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This Halloween, treat your young readers to one of these books:Halloween can be a difficult concept for young children to grasp, as all the focus on ghosts, mummies, vampires and other things can be scary if you're just a baby or toddler. That's why the best Halloween books for little ones often are simple explanations of the holiday, such as author/illustrator Tomie dePaola's classic board book "My First Halloween," for infants to 2-year-olds. It's now out of print, but available from libraries and as a used book.Taking a humorous look at Halloween also works well for young children, as author/illustrator Kevin Sherry demonstrates in his board book "I'm the Scariest Thing in the Castle" (Dial, $6.99, ages 1-3). The protagonist, a pint-sized purple bat, doesn't look very scary, but he insists that "I'm the scariest thing in the castle!"When the castle's other residents tire of the bat's bragging and decide to scare him, however, the little bat breaks into tears, prompting his c…
Color usually peaks Thanksgiving weekend at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, when the facility hosts a two-day festival.
A fun new exhibition features the skeleton-heavy work of 20 local artists, including Patrick Murillo and Blackbird Music & Art Center’s Melody Smith (whose art is pictured). Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 5. Xico, 44 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. Free. (480) 833-5875 or www.xicoinc.org
Essence Bakery Cafe chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos combines organic pumpkin, brown sugar and European butter with freshly ground nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger to create a creamy pumpkin filling, which is sandwiched between a dense, chewy, delicately flavored orange spice macaron, shown Thursday, September 29, 2011 in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]