Crawling the Spookier Side of the Web

Halloween is on the horizon, so you’ll need some special spooky activities to keep the kids busy until the big day. Whether you need costume ideas for little ghosts and goblins, frightfully fun party games or pumpkin-carving patterns, the Web provides a witch’s brew of creativity.

A boo-tiful site is, where cartoon fans will find Casper the Friendly Ghost and Alvin & the Chipmunks scaring up some All Hallow’s Eve fun. A UNICEF site sponsored by Universal, there are ghost cards to e-mail, printable coloring pages that include Universal feature creatures like Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolfman and on-line matching, memory and maze games.

For kids who enjoy slightly ghastly fun like Goosebumps books, try the site for Cool Ghouls Only, Let the kids create their own Goosebumps Party with Dreaded Decor, Terror-ific Treats and Petrifying Party Favors & Prizes. The site features hair-raising activities and games like Zombie Dodge, Attic Anxiety and Boo-grams.

Parents will howl over the tips and tricks offered at the award-winning Child Fun site, Mummies and daddies can’t go wrong with Halloween room party ideas for school, easy costumes for infants, and Halloween humor for parents. There are links to 40 other fiendishly fun sites, including Halloween Fonts for party invitations at and Halloween Haunt Finder –- to help you find haunted houses and haunted attractions –- at

If your little pumpkin has to do a harrowing homework assignment on the history of Halloween, be sure to check out the History Channel’s pages on the ancient holiday. Go to and type in Halloween in the search box for plenty of bewitching information.

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