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Tuesday • October 26, 2010

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Kids Speak Out This Halloween, I’m going as ... This Halloween, I’m going as Hermione from Harry Potter. I enjoy the Harry Potter series a lot. My friend Gabby and I pretend that we are wizards sometimes. We also made my room look like the Gryffindor common room. That is why I am going as Hermione for Halloween.

This Halloween, I’m going as a Happy Meal with my friends Lilly and Sophia. Lilly is the soda, Sophia is the French fries and I am going as the hamburger. This year will probably be the best Halloween ever. I love this idea and I hope other people like it too! Amelia Rodgers, age 9 (winner) Upper Allen Elementary School Grade 4

Mikayla Close, age 9 (winner) Fishing Creek Elementary School Grade 4 This Halloween, I’m going as a giant cupcake. I will have icing and sprinkles. I will go to every house and say the usual “Trick or Treat!” and get some candy before moving on to the next house. I will go with my parents and some friends. The next day, my mom will check the candy and I will eat it. I will share my candy with my parents and my older sister because she’s too old to trick-or-treat. My icing will be cherry flavored. My cupcake wrapper will be white with different colored polka dots. Maybe because I’m dressed as a cupcake, someone might give me one. Jordan Markham, age 9 (winner) Plainfield Elementary School Grade 4 This Halloween, I’m going as a pirate because I really like them. I’m going to wear a pirate belt and a T-shirt and some pants and a headband. Maggie Byers Newville Elementary School Grade 2

This Halloween, I am going as an army man with my brother. He is going to be Michael Jackson because he likes Michael Jackson and he sings his songs and dances. Reece Raudabaugh, age 8 W.G. Rice Elementary School Grade 3

This Halloween, I’m going as Superman. If I put on my Superman costume, I could become a superhero and save the world. If my costume made me a superhero, I could fight evil ghosts and monsters. I would also tell the kids to brush their teeth after eating candy. I could also see people go trick-or-treating when I fly in the sky. I could be a hero because I could meet the mayor or president. On Halloween, I should wear my Superman costume because it could make me look handsome and very strong. It could also give me muscles. I could also help the world find justice and fight crime. That’s why I’d like to be Superman. Seth Franklin, age 9 Plainfield Elementary School Grade 4

This Halloween, I am going as a fortune teller gypsy. I have a dress down to my ankles with a cool design on it. The two main colors in it are purple and white. I will wear a headband. My hair will be curled, and I will wear hoop earrings and a necklace. Lexi Fitz, age 9 Fishing Creek Elementary School Grade 4 This Halloween, I’m going as a vampire. I like vampires because in the movie “Twilight” there were a lot of vampires. I was a vampire last year, too. My mom puts my hair up all scruffy and makes it look cool. I also get to wear fake teeth and a long black and red dress. Caitlyn Feathers, age 9 Plainfield Elementary School Grade 4 This Halloween, I’m going as a scarecrow. I will have a plaid flannel shirt with jeans. My jeans are going to have patches. I will have a straw hat and straw coming out of my flannel shirt and jeans. A broom will be in one of my hands and in the other hand there will two pie plates on a string. The pie plates will bang together when the wind blows and scare the crows away. After I get ready, my brother, mom and I will go trick-or-treating. Connor Oburn, age 9 Plainfield Elementary School Grade 4 This Halloween, I’m going as Alice from “Alice in Wonderland.” I love that movie; it is my favorite. I’m going trick-or-treating with my 10-month-old cousin. This is his first Halloween. I can’t wait. It is going to be so much fun. I hope I get lots of candy; it will be so yummy!

This Halloween, I’m going as a kitty. My grandmother will get me a black shirt and yoga pants. She will put makeup on me to make me look like a cat. I even have cat ears and a tail. That’s what I am for Halloween!

Brynn Butler, age 10 Plainfield Elementary School Grade 4

N. Catie Reyna, age 9 Fishing Creek Elementary School Grade 4

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The maiden and the corpse Adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland

This Halloween, I’m going as a black cat. The costume is made out of rabbit fur. My ears will have sparkles in them. Sarah Over Newville Elementary School Grade 2

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Due Oct. 27 I jumped into a pile of leaves and … • Due Nov. 3 You wouldn’t believe what my aunt stuffs the turkey with … • Due Nov. 10 This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for … • Due Nov. 17 I was helping my mom bake cookies and ... • Due Nov. 24 I spent the weekend with grandma and ... • Due Dec. 1 Last night I had the craziest dream ... • Due Dec. 8 My favorite part about the holidays is …

Once upon a time a poor peasant woman had three daughters. One day the eldest daughter, Raisa, said, “Mother, I’m off to seek my fortune.” Her mother baked a cake and cooked a chicken, and handed them to her daughter. “Take half with my blessing,” she said, “or the whole with my curse.” Raisa frowned. “The whole is little enough,” she said, and off she went. Her mother did not curse her, after all, but she did not give her a blessing either. Raisa walked until she was hungry, and she sat down to eat. A poor beggar woman came by and asked if she could have a bite or two. “It’s too little even for me,” Raisa said, and she ate it all up. She walked on until she reached an inn where she stopped for the night. “I’ll give you a spade full of gold and a shovel full of silver if you’ll watch my son’s corpse,” said the innkeeper’s wife. “He’s in the next room.” “Fair enough,” said Raisa. She stayed up, and once in a while looked at the corpse lying — strangely enough — beneath the table. Just past midnight, the corpse suddenly sat up. He stood, wrapped himself in a shroud and walked across the room and asked, “All alone are you, fair young woman?” Raisa did not say a word. She simply stared until the corpse struck her with a switch and turned her into a bundle of thin leaves. A week passed, and no one heard a word from Raisa, so her sister, Shoni, said, “I’ll set off into the world to seek my fortune. Pack me a bag.” Once again her mother baked a cake and cooked a chicken, and when she handed it to Shoni, she offered her a blessing with half or a curse for the whole. Shoni took everything, and just as everything had happened for Raisa, so it happened for Shoni. She too was turned into a sheaf of leaves. Another week passed. Now the youngest daughter, Libi, decided she must find her sisters. Libi’s mother offered her a curse or a blessing, and Libi gave her mother half the cake and half the chicken and said, “Mother, your blessing is all the nourishment I need.” Libi’s mother blessed her. That evening when she stopped to eat and the old beggar woman asked for a bite, Libi gave her half of everything. “There is no more nourishment in life than the opportunity to help another,” she said. That night she stopped at the very same inn where her sisters had stayed. She too agreed to watch the corpse. She sat eating the apples the innkeeper’s wife had left her. To amuse herself, she played with the cat. “It’s such a pity he’s dead,” Libi said to the cat. “That corpse is so handsome; he’s just the sort of man I’d like to marry.” When, just after midnight, the corpse suddenly sat up, Libi said, “Have you something to say, young man?” When he wrapped himself in the shroud and walked toward her and said, “All alone are you, fair young woman?” she laughed. “Alone? No, not at all. I have the cat and my apples. I have nearly everything a girl could wish for.” The corpse laughed too. “You’re brave, aren’t you? Are you brave enough to follow me across the quaking bog and through the burning forest and into the cave of horrors and up the mountain of glass and down into the Dead Sea?” “I’ll have to because I promised to mind you,” Libi said, and when he leaped out of the window, she followed him. At the foot of the tall green hills, he began to chant, “Open, Green Hills, and let the light through.” To which Libi replied, “Let the fair maid through, too,” and the hills opened, and Libi followed the corpse inside to the edge of a bog. The corpse began to walk across the bog. Libi wondered how she would follow, but just then the old beggar woman appeared, though now she was dressed in a fair gown. She touched Libi’s shoes with her stick. “Go on,” she said, and Libi saw that the soles of her shoes had spread so wide that she could easily walk across the marsh. On the far side of the bog was a burning wood. There the beggar woman covered Libi with a thick damp cloak, and through the fire Libi ran with ease. Inside the cave of horrors, darkness surrounded them; ghouls and goblins and ghosts shrieked, but Libi heard nothing, for the beggar had stopped up her ears with wax. Libi saw the monstrous things and felt the slithery snakes and frogs, but she wasn’t afraid. At the end of the cave there was a steep mountain of glass. The beggar gave Libi slippers so sticky she easily followed the corpse to the very top, and there, a mile below, she saw the sea. “Go home,” the corpse said, “and tell my mother how hard you tried to follow me,” and he leaped off the mountain headfirst, down, down to the sea. But Libi kept her promises, so she leaped too. When she hit the water, she sank down, down, down till deep under the sea she saw a bright green light. She followed the light, but its effect was mesmerizing and before she knew what was happening, she fell fast asleep. When she awoke she was in bed at the inn, and the corpse and his mother were sitting at her bedside watching her. “You saved my son!” the mother cried. “A witch put a curse on him because he wouldn’t marry her. She had the power to keep him between life and death until a young woman rescued him. And now you have!” The mother gave Libi her spade full of gold and her shovel full of silver, and the corpse who was now very much alive asked her to marry him. “I will,” Libi said, “but let us bring my sisters back to life.” Because she had broken the curse, every wish she made came true. Everyone lived happily ever after, though people say the sisters never did become as good as beloved Libi. ——— “Tell Me a Story 3: Women of Wonder,” the third CD in the audiobook series, is now available. For more information, please visit

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Happy Halloween!

Are You Superstitious?

A superstition (soo-per-STISH-un) is an age-old belief that something good or bad might happen if we say or do a certain thing. Have you ever heard kids say, “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back”? This is an example of a superstition. Superstitions go back to the time when people couldn’t explain some of the things around them. Today, most of us don’t take superstitions seriously, but it’s fun to find out how some of them started — especially since Halloween is a very superstitious time of year.

How Halloween started The Halloween custom goes back 2,000 years. It is probably based on a ceremony that was held around the first of November. The ceremony was led by Druids, who were Celtic priests in Great Britain, Ireland and parts of France. During the event, they honored the souls of the dead who returned to Earth that night. As a part of the celebration, people burned bonfires and wore costumes.

Bats Hundreds of years ago, people linked bats with witches because they both came out at night and disappeared during the day. People were also puzzled by the fact that bats could fly at night and not bump into things. We also think of bats when we think about vampires. “Dracula,” which was written in 1897, features a vampire who can turn into a bat.

Black cats Witches It used to be thought that witches were people who worked magic and cast spells on others. They were thought to be evil because they were friendly with the devil. Halloween was their favorite night.

Toads Toads have been linked with witches. People believed they were poisonous because they thought other animals that ate toads got sick. People also thought they could cause warts, small bumps on the skin, which is not true.

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Ancient people thought that black cats were witches in disguise. You may still hear people today say that if a black cat crosses your path, bad luck is on the way. However, in some parts of the world, black cats are thought to bring good luck. Have you seen a black cat lately?

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Supersport: Ryan Mathews

Height: 6-0 Weight: 218 Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.

As the NFL season unfolds, keep an eye on Ryan Mathews. The San Diego Chargers’ rookie running back flashes potential that could turn into production. The No. 12 overall pick in the 2010 draft has always had a knack for charging past defenders and finding the end zone. Last year as a junior at Fresno State, Mathews led the nation in rushing with 1,808 yards and racked up 19 touchdowns. In three seasons he amassed 3,280 yards and scored 39 TDs. Not that life has always been touchdowns and triumphs for Ryan. During part of his youth, he was homeless and living in an automobile with his mother. They later moved in with a relative after his mom found work, and their outlook improved. Now Ryan hopes to take advantage of his golden opportunity in the NFL.

Halloween has many customs that go along with it. Your family may have holiday traditions including carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating or attending parties.

Jack-o’-lanterns Jack-o’lanterns are carved pumpkins with a candle or other light placed inside. For many years, they’ve been used to decorate and light up Halloween night. Long ago in Great Britain, people carved lanterns in vegetables such as turnips. But carving jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween is probably a North American custom that came about in the mid- to late-1800s. “Jack-o’lantern” probably originally meant a night watchman.

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You will need an adult’s help with this recipe.

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Crossing your heart shows that you really mean something. Ancient people believed that the heart was the center of all knowledge.

Barn owl


All the following jokes have something in common. Can you guess the common theme or category?

Walking under a ladder

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Even today, many people will not walk under a ladder, believing it’s Don’t spill salt bad luck. At one time, salt was very valuable. This belief People used it for trading, just like might be money. To spill any was believed to traced to bring bad luck. the fact People also that a thought that ladder evil spirits leaned lived in the against left side of a wall the body. forms a If a person triangle. To many Christian people, spilled salt, the triangle stands for the Father, he or she Son and Holy Spirit. If you walked would try to under a ladder, you would break the please the evil spirits by throwing triangle and bring bad luck. salt in their direction. You may still see people today throw a pinch of salt Look through your newspaper for items over their left shoulder after a spill. about Halloween events in your area.

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Halloween is lots of fun for kids, but it’s also important to be safe. The Mini Page provides some Halloween safety tips for kids and parents.     • Choose your costume wisely. Choose a costume that doesn’t need a mask so that you can see clearly. Face paint and makeup can be used to give you a ghoulish grin! Also choose light colors and make sure you can easily walk in your costume without tripping.     • Cross the street only at corners. Drivers can’t see kids who dart out between parked cars in the middle of a block. Wait until you reach the corner or a crosswalk to cross.     • Carry a flashlight, and add reflective tape to your costume so that drivers can see you.     • Stay with friends or adults. Don’t trick-or-treat by yourself. Don’t approach houses where no lights are on; this is a signal that the homeowners are not giving out treats. Don’t go inside the homes of strangers, even if you’re invited.

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In ancient times, people believed that their reflection in the water or in glass was really their “other self.” They thought that if you disturbed this image, you would bring bad luck. Ancient Romans believed that life is renewed every seven years. This is where we got the idea of seven years of bad luck if we break a mirror, disturbing our reflection.

Cross your heart

Safe trick-or-treating

Because of their loud, screeching sound and the fact that they come out at night, owls were believed by some people to be witches in disguise.

Broken mirrors


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Sometimes we cross our fingers for good luck. Do you think it works? This custom began as a sort of shortcut for people making the sign of the Christian cross. People believed the cross protected them from evil or bad luck.


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Cross your fingers!


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Are you planning to wear a costume for Halloween? This custom may have begun with the Druids, who wore masks and disguises in the hope that ghosts wouldn’t recognize them.

Some people think 13 is an unlucky number. In fact, many large buildings skip naming the 13th floor; the numbers in the elevator go from 12 to 14. Some experts think this belief might have started with the Last Supper in the Bible, where there were 13 people at the table.

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Buffalo Burgers


Unlucky 13

Are you superstitious? Does your family ever knock on wood or avoid walking under a ladder? Share and compare your superstitions with your classmates.

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More Halloween Fun

Super Superstitions

Some people will knock on wood for good luck. Why? Ancient people couldn’t understand why some trees stayed green all year and others lost their leaves. They thought some trees must have supernatural powers. For that reason, they would knock on trees to get their attention.


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Betty White stars as Grandma Bunny in the Disney movie “You Again.” She began her career as an entertainer in radio. In 1950, when TV was just beginning, she worked at a Los Angeles TV station, where she acted and later hosted a local TV show. She produced her own comedy series, “Life With Elizabeth,” which won an Emmy Award in 1952. She also produced her own talk show, “The Betty White Show.” She appeared on many variety and game shows. Betty acted as Sue Ann Nivens in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She won two Emmys for that role. She won another Emmy for her role as Rose in “The Golden Girls.” Altogether, she has won seven Emmys. Betty, 88, was born in Oak Park, Ill. She works for animal charities, including Farm Animal Reform Movement and Friends of Animals.

Knock on wood

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Hilda: Who serves drinks and snacks on an airplane at Halloween? Horace: A fright attendant! Hubert: How many witches does it take to change a light bulb? Hannah: Only one, but she changes it into a toad! Henry: What is a ghost child’s favorite story? Honora: “Ghouldilocks”! Brown Bassetews the nnd’s Hou


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try ’n find


Words that remind us of superstitions are hidden in the block below. Some words are hidden backward or diagonally, and some letters are used twice. See if you can find: BAT, BELIEF, BLACK, CAT, COSTUME, CUSTOM, DRUID, FUN, HALLOWEEN, JACK-O’-LANTERN, LADDER, LUCK, MAGIC, MIRROR, OWL, PARTY, SAFE, SALT, SUPERSTITION, TOAD, TRICK-ORTREAT, WALK, WITCH. T A E R T R O K C I R T T B T Hey, parDner! Happy Halloween!
















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ready resources The Mini Page provides ideas for websites, books or other resources that will help you learn more about this week’s topics. On the Web: • features/halloween_sounds.html At the library: • “Knock on Wood: Poems About  Superstitions” by Janet S. Wong

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