Howling at the Harvest Moon

Howling at the Harvest Moon craft

Werewolf friends will howl at this Harvest Moon on Halloween! Keep the design on your window for a month, and you'll be ready for a Hunters' Moon.

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    The Harvest Moon is the first full moon after the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere (the date in autumn when the day and night are equal length). This event usually occurs in September or October. The very next full moon, approximately 29 days later, is called the Hunters' Moon. These two full moon events were given special names because of the moon's brightness, which is due to the angle at which it is seen.

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    The full moon is very beautiful and mysterious, and is often shown in Halloween pictures with wolves (or werewolves!) howling beneath it.

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    To decorate the inside of a window with your very own Harvest or Hunters' Moon, draw a large round moon with a white Crayola® Washable Window Marker. Make the moon large. The moon seems to be larger in the fall because of the angle of refraction of light near the horizon.

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    Surround your moon with the darker colors of your Washable Windows Markers, such as smoky slate and vivid blue. Before the markers dry, blend the dark colors with your fingertips or with a tissue or paper towel slightly dampened with marker color. If the

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    When you are finished blending your sky colors, use a clean tissue to rub away some areas completely, to give the effect of clouds crossing the sky. Add some white Washable Window Marker to the clouds, and blend it well for contrast.

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    If the full moon you are drawing is taking place at sunset, add warm colors, such as radiant rose, sunny yellow, and opaque orange, to the lower part of your sky.

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    With Crayola Scissors, cut out spooky bat or wolf silhouettes from construction paper. Tape them to the inside of your window to complete the scene. Gather your friends for a howling good time!