By: Matt Norman
"It's Halloween! It's Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can't be seen
On any other night.”
Halloween has long been my favorite non-gift-giving holiday. Seriously, what's more fun than dressing up and haunting the streets for a few hours before coming home with a pillowcase or plastic pumpkin full of candy? Don't try to tell me eating canned cranberry sauce is better, because you know that's just not true.
Aside from the fun of surviving the night on a sugar high while dressed as a ghost, cowboy, princess, Yoda, or whatever, one of my favorite Halloween traditions has been reading scary or spooky stories every October 31st. It's a tradition I'm so excited to pass down to my children. In the spirit of the spookiest season, here are 5 Halloween Books Worth Howling For...
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the book my childhood nightmares were made of. The stories, collected and adapted from folklore, are sure to creep even the bravest kid right out of their skin. What's scariest about Scary Stories, however, isn't even the stories! It's the illustrations. If the black and white inkwell drawings by Stephen Gammell don't give your kids a fright, well, they're braver than I ever was!
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Linda D. Williams
This book has been a favorite in my house for a few years now. My kids love the repetitive and rhythmic storytelling as the Little Old Lady is followed home by a rogue set of clothes and pumpkin head. Cute and fun, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is a perfect way to introduce your child to silly halloween fun.
Harry Potter Saga
OK, so this one isn't really about Halloween, but wizards, witches, dementors...that all sounds pretty Halloween-y to me. Pick any book from the saga, find a comfy chair, and read. Preferably by candlelight. Maybe try to make your own butterbeer.
If your kids aren't scared by stories about ghosts and witches, maybe carrots that come to life and stalk a young boy (who also happens to be a carrot-hungry rabbit) will do the trick. Creepy Carrots is cute and fun for preschool and early elementary school kids.
Whimsical and sweet, Jack Prelutsky's collection of Halloween poems has been my favorite Halloween book since I was a child. Your kids will love the way he perfectly captures the excitement of Halloween night. It's an easy read that you can enjoy with your family for years to come.
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
"We'll dream of ghosts and goblins
And of witches that we've seen
And we'll dream of trick or treating
On this Happy Halloween!"