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Jack-o’-Lantern Parade 2015

October 15, 2015

The leaves are changing color. There’s a chill in the air. We’ve placed a cluster of pumpkins on our doorstep, stretched a giant spiderweb across the porch railing and hung rubber bats and spiders from our porch roof. Now its time to decorate for Halloween inside.


I loved the old wall-hangings that adorned my classroom walls back in grade school (especially ones involving brass fasteners). I’ve offered coloring pages in the past, as well as color-n-make characters–like Ms. Fly– from The Spider and The Fly (follow the link and scroll down to download the entire cast).


This year, I’d like to share with you colorized versions of my Jack-o-Lanterns done in a vintage Halloween palette. Each image is 11×14″, so you should be able to get a nice-sized print from each. Click each thumbnail for a hi-res image.

DiTerlizzi_JackOLantern1  DiTerlizzi_JackOLantern2  DiTerlizzi_JackOLantern3

Send me pics if you hang them up and Happy Halloween!

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.