Monsters are supposed to be frightening creatures that go against the law of nature. They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re the creatures of Halloween, who have kept humankind in breathless thrall since scary stories were first told. Some of these legends have claws deep in our history as well as our psyches: the oldest legends reproduced here precede even the development of written language.The themes and concepts of Monster Literature are rooted in 18th century Gothic literature. The earliest examples of Gothic literature can be traced all the way back to English author Horace Walpole’s novel The Castle of Otranto (1764). However, monster literature first emerged in the 19th century with the release of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818).
By the mid 20th century, when Halloween became a kid-friendly holiday, our fascination with the bloodthirsty ways of monsters was toned down and “cute” monsters came into play. While I do love scary witches and werewolves, being a children’s illustrator, I also have a soft spot for adorable monsters. And since you’re here, I’m guessing you do to!
Things you’ll need:
• A large jar
• Lots of candy!
• A piece or rope or ribbon
• A monster cupcake as big as the mouth of your jar. Here’s a tutorial to make an easy monster cupcake.
How you make your monster jar:
Clean, wash and dry your jar. Get rid of any labels. If you’re using a plastic jar and are struggling to get rid of the sticky label, check out my tips on Jar Hacks 101.
2. Fill your jar with candy.
3. Place the monster cupcake at the mouth of the jar to act as a lid. This makes for a delicious edible lid!
4. Tie a piece of rope or ribbon around you jar and your candy jar is ready.