Listen and Craft: Pumpkin Pals & Spooky Tales

What’s an October without pumpkins? That’s like having hot chocolate without marshmallows, or haunted house sans ghouls with chainsaws jumping out at you. Simply lackluster. If you find yourself without a ride to the pumpkin patch (or just enjoy having a whole brigade of Jack-o-lanterns around your home), give these Papier-Mache Pumpkins from Martha Stewart a go! (Instructions also below).

While you’re crafting, keep in the gourd season spirit and listen to one of these these atmospheric stories:

Author: Tana French
Read By: Roger Clark

Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.

When Anita Blake flies to a tiny community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on an emergency consult, she knows time is running short. When she arrives, there is plenty of proof that a young wereleopard killed his uncle in the most gruesome and bloody way possible. But something seems off about the murder. Anita races to uncover the truth to determine if the killer has been caught or if an innocent man is going to be executed—all in the name of justice.

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. A mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, which reveals that she consorted with the witches.