Saturday, 21 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 10 Sleeps!


It's come to my attention that not everyone loves to CARVE pumpkins. Apparently, some people prefer to keep their fingers free from oozing guts, and slimy seeds. *shrug* Not me, but I guess I can their point. It's not the cleanest job in the world.

So that being said, I thought I'd take today's post to explore some of the ways you can decorate your Halloween pumpkin without scooping out its core. And wow, did I ever find some neat things.

Check this out. Apparently you can add puffy paint to your pumpkins to create this neat look.


Or, plain old paint for some Halloween-inspired messages, faces, and patterns.




You can put nail polish on them.


Use lace.


Or even melt crayons on them for this cool effect.


And if you're really ambitious, you can use craft paper, fake jewels, or junk drawer finds that can be attached to your pumpkin.



Wow! Some really fun stuff, right?

 I'm still carving my pumpkin (that's tradition in my house) but if I was going to change it up, I'd think about melting crayons. How about you?

Show off your crafty pumpkin in the comments below, and I'll send you a copy of Beneath The Soil—the spookiest book in the Superman Duffy series of educational graphic novels.

Gotta jet! Happy crafting.

~ Chase Superman Duffy


Friday, 20 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 11 Sleeps!


Halloween night is so close now that I can hardly stop the fluttering in my stomach. It's mostly excitement, but I'm also a bit nervous about everything I still have to do—like pick a costume, carve my pumpkin, and decorate the inside AND outside of the house. (Pictures when I finish!)

But for today's post, I'm knocking off one of the items on my very big To Do list. Every year, I give my fellow classmates a Halloween-inspired treat. One time, I put candy in latex gloves for a creepy "grab bag" <grin>, and my mom made caramel popcorn balls once. This year, every kid in my class is getting a Lollipop Ghost. 


Spooktacular, right? And who doesn't love a Tootsie Pop? You can find the full directions on this Pinterest post, but you'll get the gist by scrolling through the pictures below. All you need is tissue, ribbon, a black felt marker, and Tootsie pops (or another kind of lollipop with a similar shape).






I think my class mates are going to love them. I might even make some for my parents to hand out when people come trick-or-treating at our door. Not that I'll be there...I've got some trick-or-treat plans of my own!

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow...right?

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 12 Sleeps!


It's clear that Halloween is my favourite time of the year, but a very close second is the month of November—which kicks of National Novel Writing Month, a global event that challenges writers of all levels to write 50,000 words. Obviously that number is a bit high for me (I usually aim for 5,000, which is about 167 words a day) but I love knowing that millions of people are pounding away at their keyboards, or furiously jotting down in their notebooks.


This year, I'm combining my two favourite months to write one creeptastic Halloween story. Below, I've found seven spooktacular story prompts to get your (and my) imagination gurgling. Take a look, and see if something stokes your writing fire. 
  1. If you could create your very own monster, what would it look like? What would it be called? What types of things would it do to scare people? Where does this monster live? Share everything there is to know about your monster! (You can even use the monster under your bed from this Halloween Countdown post.)
  2. 
Do you love trick-or-treating? Dressing up in costumes? Haunted houses?  Scary movies? Write a poem about your favorite part of Halloween, telling why it is special to you. (You don't have to write a 10-page sonnet, why not try a Haiku like in the Superman Duffy graphic novel 5-7-5 Errand Boy?) 
  3. 
Write a story about a kid who goes trick-or-treating. Start from the minute he or she puts on his or her costume and finish when he or she gets home and put on normal clothes again. What are some of the adventures that happen in those few hours?
  4. 
If your parents threw you a Monster Bash, what would you want to see? How would you want them to decorate the house? What types of food and activities would you have? (You might include some of these games from this Halloween Countdown post.) 
  5. 
What was the best Halloween you ever had? What made it great? What would make this Halloween even better than that?
  6. 
Write a spooky story to tell around the campfire. Remember, you want to build suspense using onomatopoeia and alliteration. Don’t forget to have a big finale to frighten everyone who is listening.
  7. If you could design a haunted house, what types of rooms would you have? Describe, in detail, three of the best rooms in your haunted house—and who is haunting them.
So, will your write about your favourite part of Halloween, or draft an adventure for a curious trick-or-treater? Or maybe you'll pen a spooky story for your next campfire. Whatever you write, I'd love to read it! Send your short stories to me at chase.superman.duffy@gmail.com, and I'll send you a copy of Beneath The SOIL, the spookiest book in the Superman Duffy series. 

Gotta jet! Get writing—but don't forget to take a break tomorrow for another Halloween Countdown post.

~ Chase Superman Duffy



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 13 Sleeps!


My grandparents have a giant apple tree on their canola farm—and right now, we're drowning in fruit. Grandma has been busy making apple pie, apple crumble, apple bread, apple tarts... You name it, she's made it—and there are still BUCKETS of apples to be used up.

Which is why I'm taking a bunch of them to school for THIS easy, but fun Halloween-inspired craft:


Fun, right?

But wait, there's more! To get to the above stage, have an adult cut your apple in half. Paint the cut side with orange paint, and before it dries, stamp it on a piece of paper, or maybe card stock to make fun Halloween cards. Then, use a bit of green paint to add your stem.

Let the paint dry, and then grab your paintbrush and a some black paint. Now's the time to get creative!


What Jack-O-Lantern face will YOU paint?

Tip: If you don't want to paint on the faces, grab some black construction paper and a glues tick. Cut out shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth, and paste them onto the page. You can even add sticks for stems, fake jewels for a bedazzled look, or anything, really. Have fun!

Gotta jet! Tomorrow I'll be posting some new Halloween-inspired story sparks. Hopefully one of them will get your geared up for National Novel Writing Month—which starts the day AFTER Halloween. See you tomorrow.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 14 Sleeps


Halloween is officially two weeks away—let the games begin! Literally.

For today's post, I've rounded up some fun games you can play at your Halloween party, or even pitch to your teacher for you to play as a class, outside or in. From pumpkin bowling to a witch hat toss, I've got you covered!

So round up those soup cans, felt markers, paints and balloons, and get started on making these family fun games.








Which one is your favourite? I think I'll make the soup can and tennis ball bowling game for my class. Painting each of the characters will be fun!

Gotta jet—but I'll see you tomorrow for another spooktacular Halloween Countdown post. And in case you want to start from the beginning, click here.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Monday, 16 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 15 Sleeps!


It's that time again! I've put it off for the first half of the month, but I can't put it off any longer—it's time to start thinking about this year's Halloween costume.


I expect to see a few "wonder girls" at my school and trick or treating on the block this year—to be expected given the huge popularity of the movie (which was awesome if you haven't seen it). But I'm not sure if I want to take the super hero route again. I've dressed up as Superman many times, sometimes when it's not even Halloween!

Here are a few of my costumes from the past years:








Which one do YOU like? Or, should I try something completely different? Maybe I'll take a walk around a costume store today after school and see what pops out at me—er, literally. <grin>

Share your costume (or an idea for me) in the comments below, and you could WIN a copy of Beneath The SOIL, the spookiest graphic novel in the Superman Duffy collection.

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for another exciting Halloween post.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 16 Sleeps!


Brrrr. It's chilly outside! A perfect day to stay indoors and do some Halloween crafting. Today, I'm making something extra cozy—these awesome mummy lanterns.


I know, they're not that creepy, but they look so neat when they're lit up around the house. You could even use them to line your sidewalk, or put them on your steps Halloween night so the kids in your neighbourhood know where to find the treats.

Click here to see the full directions—and then get mummifying those empty jars. If your house is anything like mine, they're laying around everywhere!

And that's a wrap on today's post. <grin> Gotta jet, but I'll see you tomorrow for another spooktacular Halloween Countdown post.

~ Chase Superman duffy 

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 17 Sleeps!


Eep! There are monsters under my bed.


Okay, it's more like one monster. A giant dust bunny, to be exact. But the thought of crawling across the floor to sweep it out of there is more terrifying than bumping into ghosts and vampires on Halloween night. Seriously.

I have to do it, though. My grandparents are coming for dinner tonight, and my mom says she wants the house spotless, starting with my room. I don't love cleaning, but I thought it might be more fun if I turned it into a bit of storytelling exercise—as part of my Halloween Countdown.

Which means I need to make friends with that dust bunny under the bed. I think I'll call him Frank (after my favourite fictional monster, Frankenstein), and I'll start by writing him a letter to introduce myself. I'll tell him about how I like to read, run, and write, and how my favourite time of the year is Halloween. (In case he hasn't heard me talking about all of those things in my sleep.)

When I finish my letter, I'll slide it under the bed. Maybe with a treat—like one of those leftover Oreo pops I made for my class Thursday... Er, okay, that might not be the best idea. But writing the letter is!

Do you have a monster under your bed? In your closet? Or maybe he's in your fridge, drinking all of that delicious Eggnog?! Why not try writing him or her a letter? What would you tell the monster about yourself?

Oh, I know there aren't any real monsters, but isn't it fun to use your imagination? For me, this is the perfect way to get my brain fired up for National Novel Writing Month, which starts the day after Halloween. Who knows, I might write an entire story about Frank, The Monster Under My Bed.

Gotta jet! Have a great day with your monsters, and I'll see you tomorrow!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 18 Sleeps!


If you’ve been reading my blog (or the Superman Duffy graphic novels), then you know that I LOVE Friday the 13th, no matter what month it lands in. But how PERFECT that this one—today!—is in October? Talk about a Halloween treat, right?


What's the big deal about Friday the 13th? I'm so glad you asked!

It’s not just because I like reading horror stories and watching thrilling movies, although that IS part of it, as you know. But I also love to bust myths, and perhaps no other day has more superstitions and myths surrounding it than Friday the 13th. If you live in North America, that is.

 Did you know that Friday the 13th isn’t a big deal in other parts of the world? 

While North Americans are busy ducking ladders, avoiding black cats, and going to Triskaidekaphobia’s Annonymous meetings (Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th), it’s just another day for people in other parts of the world.

In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, TUESDAY the 13th (otherwise known as martes trece) is considered bad luck. Same with people in Greece. In Italy, the number 13 has nothing to do with bad luck—Friday the 17th is the day to watch your step. The number 13 is actually considered lucky in Italy. Who knew?

That’s interesting for sure—and great research as I continue on my quest to learn more about the cultures and traditions of people that live in Canada in honour of the country's 150th birthday celebration—but I think I’ll still avoid the mirror today…just in case I break it. (Er…any chance it’s actually crazy hair day, too?)

What superstitions, if any, are you paying attention to today? Or is Friday the 13th just one big myth?

Gotta jet—but I'll be back tomorrow with more great Halloween fun!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 19 Sleeps!


19 sleeps! Halloween is right around the corner and I have so much left to do—like carve my pumpkin, and pick this year's costume, and help my parents decorate the yard (and maybe my grandparent's canola farm too!)

But before all that, I'm taking time to make these treats for my classmates. It's going to be a spooktacular Friday tomorrow when I bring these Oreo cookie pops in, don't you think?


They're pretty easy, but instead of typing out the directions, I thought I'd link you straight to the tutorial. Pay attention to the serving sizes though—a little goes a long way!



Which kind will YOU make?

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for a continuation of my Halloween Countdown.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 20 Sleeps!


What would you get if you crossed a vampire and a teacher? Lots of blood tests! <grin>

It's Day 11 of my Halloween Countdown, which is the perfect time to lighten things up with 11 funny—and maybe a little cheesy—Halloween jokes I found on the internet. Seriously, these jokes are so funny it's...scary. <grin>

Why did Dracula's mother give him cough medicine?
Because he was having a coffin fit. 

What do skeletons always order at a restaurant?
Spare ribs.

What does Mrs. Ghost serve for dessert?
Ice scream.

Why do witches wear name tags?
So they can tell witch is which.

Why don't angry witches ride their brooms?
They're afraid of flying off the handle. 

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite. 

Who did Frankenstein take to the prom?
His ghoul friend.

What do you call a skeleton who won't work?
Lazy bones. 

How does a girl vampire flirt?
She bats her eyes. 

What do they teach at witch's school?
Spelling. 

Which one was YOUR favourite? Do you have some to add? Share them in the comments and you could win a copy of BENEATH THE SOIL, the spookiest Superman Duffy graphic novel in the series.

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for more spooktacular fun.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Monday, 9 October 2017

Halloween Countdown: 21 Sleeps!


Halloween may seem like it's all about the costumes and candy, but the holiday has its roots in pagan beliefs. Dating back about 2,000 years, Halloween marked the Celtic New Year and was originally called Samhain, which translates to "summer's end" in Gaelic. I don't know where you are in the province, but it sure feels like "summer's end" to me!

Today on my Halloween Countdown, I thought I'd share the meaning behind five creeptastic Halloween staples. Are you ready to be spooked?


Black Cats: It's believed that if one walks in front of you, you're in for some bad luck, but the history of this superstition dates back to the Dark Ages when witch hunts were common. Cats were accused of being the "familiars" of witches—pets that had been given to them by the devil. Thankfully, people don't really think cats are bad luck (or evil animals). In Ireland, Scotland and England, for instance, it's considered good luck for a black cat to cross your path.


Bats: Medieval folklore also suggests that bats are familiars for witches, and seeing a bat on Halloween was considered an ominous sign. If you're not a fan of rodents, I can see why bats might be creepy, but I promise, if one flies into your house, it doesn't mean your home is haunted.


Spiders: Okay, I admit, I'm not a fan of spiders. (Not even the ones in the Superman Duffy graphic novel AMELIA XERCES DUFFY...) But even I know that if I spot a spider on Halloween, it doesn't mean a deceased loved one is watching over me—it means it's fall, and they're (sadly) everywhere.


Trick or Treating: In olden times, it was believed that during Samhain, the veil between our world and the spirit world was thinnest, and that the ghosts of the deceased could mingle with the living. The superstition was that the visiting ghosts could disguise themselves in human form, such as a beggar, and knock on your door during Samhain asking for money or food. If you turned them away empty-handed, you risked receiving the wrath of the spirit and being cursed or haunted. I wonder if the lady at the end of my street knows that—she never hands out candy!


Halloween Colours: Ever wonder why everything is black and orange this month? The traditional Halloween colours of orange and black actually stem from the pagan celebration of autumn and the harvest, with orange symbolizing the colours of the crops and turning leaves, while black marks the "death" of summer and the changing season.

Pretty neat, right?

Gotta jet! See you tomorrow for another creeptastic Halloween treat—perfect for your Halloween feast. Mwahahahaha.

~ Chase Superman Duffy