Bilingual Programs Chapter
By Priscilla Suárez and Vanessa Sáenz
Teen Program: Creepy Creatures
- Program Description
- Length of Program
- Books to Share
- Books to Show or Booktalk
- Bulletin Board
- Audio Recordings
- Games and Activities
- Professional Resources
- Program Materials
What teen doesn’t enjoy reading and talking about the creepy creatures we hear about, but have never seen? From the legendary Weeping Woman and Chupacabras, to vampires and werewolves, there are plenty of creepy creatures to investigate.
Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.
Bless Me, Ultima by Rodolfo Anaya.
Chupacabra and the Roswell UFO by Rodolfo Anaya.
Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys by Xavier Garza.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Ghost Stories from the American Southwest by Richard Young.
Haunted Homeland: A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories by Michael Norman.
Mexican Ghost Tales of the Southwest by Alfred Ávila.
Practical Guide to Monsters by Nina Hess.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul: Collected Tales and Short Stories by Jovita Gonzalez.
Cover the bulletin board with black butcher paper. Decorate your bulletin board with images of creepy creatures. Suggestions include La Llorona, Big Foot, la lechuzas, ghosts, vampires, zombies, and werewolves. Images are available through a variety of web sites, including Creepy Halloween Images, http://creepyhalloweenimages.com/free_halloween_photos/index.htm and Hershey’s, www.hersheys.com/trickortreats/downloads/clipart.asp#inner1.
Cut out bat shapes from sheets of black fun foam. Have teens glue on a pin back using a glue gun or tacky glue. Decorate the foam with glitter. Write their names on the pins with a silver metallic pen.
Cover a table with black butcher paper or a black tablecloth. Display some of the books listed for this program. Place masks of creepy characters on the table. Party stores often have these year-round but shop after Halloween for bargains.
Decorate the library with spider webs, Halloween costumes, and silhouettes of bats.
Prepare fruit punch or purchase ready-to-drink containers. Add a little red food coloring, if needed, to darken the color.
Kitty Litter Pudding
- Gummy worms
- Individual cups of ready-to-eat chocolate pudding
- Oreos (or any chocolate cookies)
- Plastic spoons
In advance, crush the cookies into crumbs. Sprinkle the cookie crumbs over the pudding. Add a gummy worm on top and serve.
“Cha Cha Slide” on Cha Cha Slide by Mr C. the Slide Man.
“La Calle de las Sirenas” on El Pop by Kabah.
“Monster Mash” on The Monster Mash & Other Songs of Horror by The Countdown Singers.
“Sweet Dreams” on Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics.
“Thriller” on Thriller by Michael Jackson.
Creepy Creatures Charm Belt
- Glitter (optional)
- Sequins (optional)
- Glue sticks
- Beads (plastic or wooden, 22mm-30mm)
- Markers or crayons
- Paper clips, any size
- Hole punch
Find the Creepy Creatures Charm Belt charm patterns at the end of this program.
Copy a set of the Creepy Creatures Charms templates for each teen on cardstock. Alternately encourage the teens to create their own templates for charms. Decorate the charms with markers or crayons, glitter, or sequins. Punch a hole through the left and right edges of the ornaments. Loop a paper clip into each hole. Add beads to some paper clips to create a pattern or provide additional decoration. Link the paper clips, pressing the ends together so they won’t disconnect. Continue to add paper clips until the belt is the desired length.
- Rolls of white toilet paper
Divide the teens into pairs. One teen will hold the paper roll, while the other teen stands still. When everyone is ready, announce that the contest will begin. The winner is the team that can wrap the roll of toilet paper around the teen who is standing still in the least amount of time. Teams will be judged according to the fastest finish, but then also offer prizes for the team that creates the best-looking mummy. Alternately, use rolls of green crepe paper streamers to create Frankie-zillas.
Name that Spooky Song
- CD Player
- Soundtrack clips
Distribute paper and pencils to each teen. Play a thirty second clip from the first piece of music and have teens write down the name of the movie it is from. Allow about 30 seconds for the teens to write down their answers. Continue until you have played 10-15 selections. The teen who correctly identifies the most selections wins a prize. Suggested soundtracks include Jaws, Nightmare Before Christmas, Twilight, Superman, Coraline, and Phantom of the Opera. Note that Amazon.com and other music web sites allow you to sample the songs, making it easier to decide on selections for the activity.
Hold an “old-school” sock hop. Invite the teens to take off their shoes (have some extra pairs of socks for those who are barefoot) and dance. Play some of the tunes recommended in this program and add others like “Spooky” by the Classics IV, “Love Potion No. 9” by The Searchers, “Witch Doctor” by Sha Na Na, and others. Invite some “old-timers” on staff or from the community to demonstrate some of the dances.
Monster Movie Fest
In addition to the recent movies listed in this program, show oldies that are in the public domain and don’t require a license. Check Desert Island Films, www.desertislandfilms.com/, for suggestions, many of which are rated G or PG. Consider also using classic comedies like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Casper. (101 minutes)
Nightmare Before Christmas. (76 minutes)
Twilight. (121 minutes)
American Folklore, Scary Stories
A great encyclopedia provides the text or podcasts for a variety of creepy stories.
Giant Monster Movies
This site is dedicated to films with enormous creatures.
How Chupacabras Work
Everything you need to know about the infamous Chupacabras, or goat suckers.
La Llorona, Weeping Woman of the Southwest
A storyteller provides in depth details about the Southwest’s, La Llorona.
This site is dedicated to helping librarians with horror genre collection development and readers advisory, as well as helping readers of horror find another good book.
Similar to Wikipedia, this is the ultimate online encyclopedia of monsters
Texas Haunt Society
Information is provided on haunted areas, cemeteries, abandoned houses, and other weird and strange places in Texas.
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