halloween-pennyFarthingHalloween Coloring Book
Publisher: Penny Farthing Graphics
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 60
ISBN-10: 1517319536
ISBN-13: 978-1517319533

Halloween, as we know it, with little children dressing up and witches, goblins, princesses and superheros has a long history. Halloween started with the Celtic festival Samhain. In the Celtic calendar, October 31st was the last day of summer, and November 1st was both the start of winter, and the start of the new year. Although technically the Samhain holiday was on Nov. 1, celebrations usually started at sunset the night before.

Part of the celebration involved wearing costumes in celebration of the Wheel of Life. Celts believed that on the eve of Samhain, souls were released from the land of the dead. The costumes were meant to mimic those of the honored dead, but also to hide from any malevolent spirits released. Another reason for the costumes was to honor the Celtic Gods and Goddesses – to honor them and ask for their aid during the forthcoming winter. (You can read more about the origins of Halloween.)

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Beginner to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: some have none, some have rectangular frames
  • Design Lines: varies from thin to heavy thickness
  • Paper: average
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound

This collection of Halloween images pulled together by Penny Farthing Graphics evokes the more traditional holiday, with skulls, skeletons, demons and other scary designs. There are also a few humorous designs, but nothing that mimics the much more media-centric costumes kids tend to wear today. You won’t find any superheros, princesses, or other comic book characters in this book!

Designs range from simple beginner designs to extremely detailed designs. Styles of designs also range from extremely artistic, to geometric, to doodle-enhanced images and even designs that would be at home in a children’s coloring book. If you like Halloween and all the spooky creepy-crawlies that abound during this time, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy coloring in this book!

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