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Jack-o’-Lantern Parade

October 31, 2012

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays ever. I loved it as a kid. I love it more as an parent.

Last year, I did some gag coloring pages inspired by vintage-styled die-cut Halloween decorations. I was going to draw some new pages this year, but my daughter wasn’t that inspired to color any of them (she’s 5 and hasn’t been introduced to Cthulhu…yet). She asked that, instead, I draw some Jack-o’-Lanterns for her to color. With superstorm Sandy blasting away outside, how could I say no?

As I drew each one, I realized this little gal is smart (like her mama). I like her thinking.

So, for you teachers, librarians, parents and Crafty McCraftykins. I present some FREE downloadable Halloween coloring pages. They are kid tested and kid approved. Just click’em. print’em and color’em.

Trick or treat!

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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.