Ghosts, Skeletons and Monsters! Oh My! Halloween is around the corner and we are seeing creative costumes everywhere. It is fun to see children in the spirit of the holiday and having fun.


The Monster Next Door written and illustrated by David Soman is a heartwarming story of a boy and the monster living in the tree house next to his. It explores how to accept differences and maintain a friendship. This story will give your child a new perspective on friendship in a fun and interesting way.

When you finish reading the story your child can craft his/her own monster.


  • Small paper lunch sack
  • Construction paper (assorted colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons/Markers/Paint


  1. Color entire side of paper bag green (or color of choice)
  2. Cut out five medium size circles
  3. Glue four of the circles in a random patter on the lower green part of the paper bag
  4. Take the fifth cirle and cut a circle slightly smaller and slightly bigger than the fourth circle.
  5. Glue the smallest circle to the fifth medium circle and the two circle to the top of the biggest circle.
  6. Glue the three circles to the middle of the top of the green side of the paper bag
  7. Cut two random size triangles (color of choice) and glue to the back of the top of the paper bag (the end of the paper bag that does not open)
  8. Cut a row of triangles (teeth) and glue to the underside of the flap of the paper bag on the green side.  

The benefit of this craft is your child can use a his/her creativity and make a silly monster.

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