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Just in time for Halloween come these fun books:

* "The Best Halloween Ever" by Barbara Robinson (HarperCollins, $14.99). The author of the wildly popular "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" sets the Herdman kids loose on Halloween with hilarious results, as the town's wildest family "saves" Halloween from adults who are trying to take control of it. For ages 8 and up.

* "Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist: The Invisible Fran" by Jim Benton (Simon & Schuster, $14.95). Ghoulish little Franny tries to interest her classmates in designing a robot but the experiment gets out of control in the latest installment of Benton's series for kids 7 to 10.

-- Jean Westmoore


Spider-Man, Spider-Girl and Wolverine will be part of a "Who Wants to be a Super-Hero" stage show in honor of Halloween at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Picnic Place in the Boulevard Mall. Trick or treaters are also welcome to join in the fun at the mall Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. when participating stores will hand out candy.


"Big Bang!," an energetic show featuring the Portland Taiko ensemble and its thundering drums, at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lockport High School auditorium, 250 Lincoln Ave. It's the first show in the Kenan Center Family Performance series. Tickets are $10 adults and $7 for children age 14 and under. Call 433-2617 or email


Here's a frightfully good Halloween surprise you'll really want to sink your teeth into.


One cupcake

Chocolate frosting

Two M&M Mini candies

One Jujube candy

One Thin Mint or other mint cookie

One Andes Creme de Menthe candy

White frosting

Frost a cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with chocolate icing.

To make the bat's face, set the M&M Mini candies in place for eyes and add the Jujube candy for the nose.

For the bat's wings, cut a Thin Mint into two pieces. Set the halves in place as shown.

Next, cut an Andes Creme de Menthe candy in half diagonally. Set the pieces in place for the bat's ears.

Use white frosting to add a mouth, fangs and pupils.

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