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Dhaka Tribune Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Volume 1, Issue 28

Halloween halloween special


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Jonaki's Headquarters Hey friends, It’s here! Our super-spooky Halloween issue. It was so nice hearing from you all and reading your stories. It was really hard to pick a winner, but we had to. We’ll see the three top entries from our youngest friends this week, and a few more stories from our older friends will come out next week. That way, we

can make the fun last longer. This week, we’ve put together cool ideas for the perfect Halloween party. If you’re planning to dress up in a costume this year, do send us photos. We’d love to see. Send your stories, essays, photos and letters to treehouse@dhakatribune.com Have a happy Halloween!

Love Jonaki

A weekly production of

DhakaTribune Editor Zafar Sobhan

Magazine Editor Sabrina Fatma Ahmad Treehouse Team Sabiha Mahmud Sumi Rubab Nayeem Khan Munira Fidai Natasha Rahman Saudia Afrin Tahsin Momin Baizid Haque Joarder

Solution: The murderer is Brewster Jones who had planned to commit the murder in the middle of the night when everybody was fast asleep. That is why his alarm clock is set at 3 o’clock.

Contributor Rad Sharar Bin Kamal Syed Azraf Zaman Rifat Busra Sama E Deen Afshan Sattar

Contents

Cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy Rio Shuvo Graphics Sabiha Mahmud Sumi Mohammed Mahbub Alam Production Masum Billah Advertising Shahidan Khurshed Circulation Wahid Murad Email treehouse@dhakatribune.com Website www.dhakatribune.com

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2 Discobang’s pad

Teacher of the week Akhtar Ahmed Monster of the week Frankenstein Word on the street Bithi Learn English kids Funnies

3 Essay competition Winning essays

4 Bhootum’s Classroom Animal facts Magic tricks Colour it

5 Speedy’s Zone

How to throw a Halloween party Decorations Treats Party plan Playlist

6 Dr Meow’s Lab

Halloween recipe Cupcakes Halloween tricks Scare your friends DIY Spirit jugs


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Discobang's Pad Teacher of the week

monster of the week

Frankenstein Frankenstein the monster is a creation of Victor Frankenstein, made by a number of old body parts and strange chemicals, and bought to life by a mysterious spark. He enters life eight feet tall and enormously strong but with the mind of a newborn. Left alone by his creator, he tries to introduce himself to the society, only to be ignored by everyone. Looking in the mirror, he realises the truth about his horrible appearance, a side of his character that blinds society to his gentle, kind nature. Seeking revenge on his creator, he kills Victor’s younger brother and after Victor destroys his work on the female monster meant to relieve the monster’s sadness, the monster murders Victor’s best friend and then his new wife. However the monster shows that he is not a purely evil being. He assists a group of poor peasants and saves a girl from drowning, but because of his obvious appearance, he is rewarded only with beatings and disgust. Tahsin Momin

A light hearted man Akhtar Ahmed is a Business Studies and Economics teacher for O and A level students who previously taught in Scholastica. When asked about his profession, he replied “I am not someone who simply teaches, but someone who inspires the students to give his/her best, in order to discover what they are really capable of.” Aside from teaching, Akhtar loves to spend quality time with his son by going cycling, skating, fishing and swimming together. While teaching, he uses jokes in the classroom to make learning fun for his students. Cherished memories in his teaching career: When my student Farhad got accepted into Oxford University, and when another student, Habib, achieved

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the highest mark in the world after being taught by me. Sad memory: The death of my student Nehal was really upsetting; he will never come late to class saying "Sorry Sir, I was playing Basketball.” Rad Sharar Bin Kamal

word on the street

funnies What do you call a gorilla with a banana in each ear? making wishes come true

Anything you like – he can’t hear you! Source: Jaago Foundation www.jaago.com.bd

Bithi will be representing Bangladesh in a International Conference on Adolescent’s Policy Dialogue in Nepal organised by UNICEF. Bithi is one of the first 17 students of JAAGO in a slum who dreams to become a doctor to serve her nation. Bithi’s father is a Rishshaw Puller who lives in Rayer Bazar. She never thought that such an opportunity will knock at her door. Bithi will be one of the panellists for speaking about “successfully completing schooling and transition into labour market.” We hope that JAAGO will create more opportunities for the untouched one. Rifat Busra

Do you understand the joke? If you’ve got bananas in your ears, you can’t hear anything so it doesn’t matter what you say!

Find lots more fun things to do at: www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglishkids

Tahmeed Ibne Mazhar

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Essay Competition

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Top 3 entries from our youngest readers

The Doll

I was frightened, my doll can talk! When someone comes to me the doll stops talking. I was frightened because the doll talked only with me. One day, I was having breakfast. The doll said, “Your school is closed.” I asked, “Why is my school closed?” Suddenly, my mother

came in and the doll stopped talking. I told my mother, school is closed. My mother was surprised and called my friend’s mother. My mother said, “Your school is open so get ready for school.” When I came back home from school, my doll was gone.

Written by Tamkanat Siddiqui; Age 7 SFX GREENHERALD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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spooky

When I hear strange noises in bed, I get spooked out. When I enter a dark room I feel an eerie presence. If I go to a new place, I feel a sense of discomfort. I don’t like it when strangers ask me questions. Being alone at the rooftop at night is Written by Nadira Anjum Kabir; Age-7 Sir John Wilson School

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scary. Sometimes I feel scared when I do something that I have never done before. It is spooky when I stay overnight in my uncle’s house. This year when I saw the big cows at the ‘’gorur haat,’’ it was disturbing.

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adventure

"Yippee! My daddy is going to take me to the adventure park!" Being joyous, I couldn't help dancing. I was on cloud nine. Today in the morning my family and I set off for the A…D… V…E…N...T…U...R...E! As we reached our destination, I saw a poor girl without legs. I felt sorry for her and told my mother to lend me some money for the girl. Shortly after that, we got the tickets and went inside. “Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey” – I just loved it! I was so amazed that I failed to follow my family on their way out. I was left alone. I began to look for them but they were nowhere to be found. Written by Nahiat Imtiaz; Age 10 Anandaniketan School, Sylhet

Out of nowhere … " screech screech" I heard a sound, which made my blood run cold. I looked back but nobody was there."It's strange" I thought to myself. The same sound kept going off again and again and it was slowly fading away. All of a sudden I saw the girl in front of me. Her eyes were red. Instead of tears, blood fell from her eyes; ferocious and wild. I was shaking all over. I started giggling to stop myself from feeling nervous. In a split second, I took flight. No matter what, I had to beat it! I finally rescued myself and giggled as well to calm myself and feel less terrorised, PHEW!


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Bhootum's Classroom

facts about

BATS

The rustling of leaves, the midnight black and a pair of glowing eyes perched still outside your window sill. The nocturnal winged bat is here to give you the goosebumps! 1. 2.

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Bats don’t have “fat days.” The metabolism of a bat can be envied – they can digest bananas, mangoes, and berries really quick. Less than 10 people in the last 50 years are said to have contracted rabies from North American bats. Due to the media, bats are thought to bring in germs and disease to innocent people. Believe it or not, Bats avoid people as much as they can.

Magic trick

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Stupefy Have you ever had the fascination with magic that drives you to work on tricks just to see the look on the other person’s face? Well, this week we look into a super cool magic trick, which will leave the other person wondering before he knows what just hit him. The trick involves the usage of a single random stick of crayon. What you have to do is place both your hands behind your back with the single crayon held into them. Basically it is a guessing game, where afterwards you have to

bring forward one of your hand onto your forehead and guess the colour of the crayon while the other hand is holding the crayon behind. Shocked! Aren’t you? Well, the trick is very simple. When you have the crayon behind your back, scrabble off some of the crayon on your thumbnail and when you bring your hand to your forehead, the colour is revealed while the other person remain unnoticed. Do try it. Syed Azraf Zaman

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Speedy's Zone

how to throw a

halloween party decorations

party plan

treats

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It’s good old Halloween and you have a house to decorate. Here are 5 amazing decorations that will make your Halloween party a definite success

You have the perfect Halloween party planned? Well then, it’s time for you to decide on some frighteningly delicious finger food to make your party memorable. Here are some party snacks that you just cannot miss

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HALLOWEEN BALLOONS Buy some orange and yellow balloons and draw scary or comical expressions on the balloons with a black marker. Tie them off at places around your house at every nook and cranny. 2. JACK O’ LANTERN Halloween without Jack O’ Lanterns ? You have to be kidding me. Carve out some hollow pumpkins with spooky expressions and place candles inside them. Your Halloween mascot is ready. 3. COTTON WEBS Tear and snip ragged long pieces of cotton cloth and make your own spider webs. 4. ORNAMENTS Go to your nearest gift shop and buy some cool Halloween creatures and objects like bats, crows ,spiders and skeletons. Or, make your own spider webs and freaky insects by using paper and paint. If possible get a Laughing Witch from your nearest toy store and celebrate the spirit of Halloween. 5. CANDY TREATS Bring out punch bowls, large dishes , goodie bags and cups , fill them with Halloween candies and treats and place them all around the house. sama e deen

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CHEESY BONES these delicious cheese breadsticks will serve as a great spooky snack. Cut the breadsticks into a bony shape and you’re ready to go. 2. SPICY VAMPIRE BAT WINGS A bit of spice, a dash of barbecue sauce and lots of chilli, your chicken wings aka bat wings will be a sensational hit. 3. GREAT PUMPKIN CAKE If you love baking, why not make a sensational pumpkin cake and celebrate Halloween! 4. MUMMY PIZZAS Yummy pizzas covered with strings of mozzarella making them look like mummies, this cannot be a miss. 5. THE WITCH’S BREW An amazing potion to your ghoulish treats, mix some apple juice and orange jello and give your friends a chilly greeting. sama e deen

INVITATIONS Create spooky invitations and send them out to all your guests. Mention the venue, date and time of your party and the activities like costume part that you might have planned. 2. SETTING THE SCENE Decorate your house with fake cobwebs, skeletons, bats and other Halloween creatures. Keep the lights off to create a spooky atmosphere and do not forget spooky music to go with your party. You can buy all the Halloween goodies from Party Shop, in Orchid Plaza, Dhanmondi. 3. COSTUME A Halloween party is all about a wickedly awesome costume. Whatever costume you go for, make sure you use paint, makeup and loads of fake blood to create a scary appearance for the guests. You can also get these from Party Shop. 4. CANDIES Have lots of small bags full of different candies and treats for all the Trick or Treating that will go around. Set up huge bowls of candies, loot bags and goodie bags on tables around your house. 5. SPOOKY TREATS Plan out a delicious food menu that will scare yet amaze all your friends and relatives. Remember, the key to a fabulous menu is actually yummy food with made up scary names. (Checkout our food menu for Halloween) 6. FUN ACTIVITIES Have a costume party with your friends and play games like Pin the Donkey and Witch Hat Toss which involves throwing rings on a witch's hat to win prizes. sama e deen

playlist

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Monster Mash by Bobby Boris Pickett Accordion by Madvillain Friendly Ghost by Harlem Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. Purple People Eater by ShebWooley Witch Doctor by David Seville Haunted House by Jumpin' Gene Simmons Halloween Spooks by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross Morgus the Magnificent by Morgus and the Ghouls Dinner with Drac by Zacherley


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Dr Meow's Lab Halloween recipe halloween

diy

SPIRIT JUGS

Frightful Forest Cupcakes Turn your black forest cupcakes into an actual forest by adding a few homemade cupcake toppers.

Halloween is right around the corner. Why not spread the message with a ghostly decoration? Spirit Jugs are easy to make and will give a creepy effect for the night. Here’s how you make them. Precaution: Adult supervision needed! What you need • Plastic gallon milk jugs • Black permanent marker • Sharp knife • String of 50 clear lowwattage lights Directions 1. Draw ghost faces of your choice on the jugs with the permanent marker. 2. Ask a parent or older sibling to cut a coin sized hole under the jug. 3. Now connect all the jugs by putting a few bulbs inside them (like a long snake). Do NOT plug them in right away! 4. Ask your guardian to plug in the bulbs for you and watch the jug monsters come to life! rad sharar bin kamal

Ze Creepy Components • 2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour • 2 cups white sugar • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda • 3/4 teaspoon salt • 3 eggs • 1 cup milk • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract • 1 can cherry topping (available at retail stores) • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 3 cups heavy whipped cream • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

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Ze Terrorizing Technique 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 12-piece cupcake trays. 2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; beat until it is well blended. Pour batter into the prepared pans. 3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the wooden toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes before you put any frosting. 4. Combine whipped cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla in a chilled, medium sized bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks have formed. 5. Make a hole in the centre of the cooled cupcakes by cutting out a disc of cake from each cupcake. Spoon in a bit of the cherry topping. 6. Use a piping bag or a large spoon

to frost the top of the cupcake. And finally, you can either spread or drizzle the chocolate ganache on top. For toppings, you can make trees and marshmallow ghosts: For the trees, make cut-outs (preferably on harder paper, like chart paper or mount paper) of thin, dead trees. Colour them in black. Take a few toothpicks and colour them black as well, leave a little part on one end, uncoloured. Stick the cut-outs on the coloured end of the toothpicks, and push the uncoloured part into the cupcake. For the ghosts, take a few marshmellows. Wet your fingers in some water and then use your wet fingers to make arms and a head. Put a little bit of the chocolate ganache in a zip-lock bag and pipe in eyes, nose and round mouth. Afshan sattar

SCARE KIDS ON HALLOWEEN 1.

ZOMBIE SCARE Get a scary costume and put on loads of ketchup or fake blood. The deadly zombie appearance is bound to scare kids on Halloween. 2. TOILET TERROR Tape a scary horror mask to the bottom of your toilet lid and close the seat. Kids are bound to get a shock when they go to use the toilet. 3. A BLOODY WASH Put a dab of blood that is, red food colouring under the faucet of your sink. Kids turning the tap on will get a bloody hand wash. 4. FRUIT LOOPS OR SPIDEY HOOPS? Hide some fake plastic spiders inside cereal boxes and give your friends a spidey treat to eat.

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HELLO MR SKELETON Dress up a skeleton like a true gentleman bow tie and all, and place it on a chair at the dining table. Kids will be shocked when they arrive for their meal. 6. HAND IN THE BOWL Place a cut toy hand inside a candy bowl and serve the treats around, watching as your friends go AAAAH! 7. FREEZE KIDS Dress up like a witch, scare crow or any other scary character and sit at your doorstep as still as a statue. Place a bowl of candies on your lap with the note attached “Sorry we’re not home. Please take some candy.” When the kids will reach out for the candies, scream or yell to scare the daylights out of them.

8. THE CREEPY STALKER Dress like the grim reaper and stand still like a statue by your door. After your accomplice gives the kids their candies and the children set out for a different house, follow them down the road and reach out for them. 9. DON'T OPEN Hide in your siblings' closet wearing your Halloween costume. As soon they open the wardrobe go BOO! 10. OPEN HOUSE Keep your house door open. When kids will come around for trick or treating they will get curious seeing the open door and get inside your house. Once they’re in they are all yours. Boos and yells are bound to send them off running. sama e deen

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