Halloween and The Reading Rainbow
When I was a child, I never celebrated Halloween.
My parents are devout Christians, and they simply never allowed even the idea of celebrating evil their home, even if it was dressed in a Spider-Man or Barbie costume. Halloween was the devil’s holiday, I was told; the day that ghosts and ghouls run rampant to snatch unsuspecting little children, or the day that witches and warlocks seduce children into their lairs with sugary sweets.
Ok…perhaps I am exaggerating (am I?), but the point is that I never could partake in Halloween festivities. I never owned a costume, never went trick-or-treating, never even cut out a paper skeleton. All of it was off limits and, over time, I determined that none of it was too important to care about. “It’s just a day,” I conceded to myself.
So, when that day came, I snuggled up on the couch and watched television, ignoring the knocks on my door from eager trick-or-treaters, and ignoring my friends’ excitement over their amazing Power Ranger or Princess costumes.
Now I’m 23, miles away from home, and voluntarily locked in The Haunted House of New York. If you venture out long enough, you can find Halloween everyday in this town, but the witches’ brew really boils on October 31st. Blood and guts spill happily on glitter-laden streets, and vampires gnawing on the flesh of their human prey walk peacefully among Fabio-esque stripper-cops each and every Halloween. It is really a sight.
While I couldn’t muster the courage to wear a really outlandish costume (a Beyonce-inspired get-up was an idea I was toying with), I decided to make something a little fun to wear on my first Halloween. Talking with a few co-workers, I finally decided that I was going to be The Reading Rainbow, in honor of the classic PBS children show hosted by Levar Burton (who has over a million Twitter followers!)
Sure, some may call it lame, but I think it is hilarious! I loved all the PBS Children’s Show when I was younger, from ZOOM to Arthur to Wishbone. They were all great, and today’s children are totally missing out. I decided to be a little abstract with the Reading Rainbow idea by creating a pop-up book. It was incredibly easy, and I may even use it as a gift idea in the future.
First, I purchased a used book from a great store called Strands. They offer a huge selection of books lined outside their door for only 1 dollar.
Next, I grabbed a cheap pack of construction paper and a glue stick. You will also need:
- a ruler (a corked back one is preferred, to prevent sliding)
- a bone folder (for perfect folds)
- an awl or drill
- and string.
You can make an easy pop-up book with these materials and a few accordion folds of your construction paper.
First, take a sheet of construction paper and position it horizontally. Then, create even creases with your bone folder by using your ruler as a guide. If you don’t have a bone folder, you can just create accordion folds with your fingers. Be sure each fold is even, as this will ensure your book closes and opens properly, without messing up your folds.
Next, fold your folded paper in half and glue the two halves together, creating a fan.
Finally, line the outside middle point of your fan in the middle point of your book, and glue each side to the book pages.
You now have a pop-up book! I added a bunch of these fans to create my Reading Rainbow :)
I paired my rainbow book with my blue jumper, vintage brown shoes, hand-crocheted pink hat and my friend Delwin’s black nerd glasses.