5 Halloween Books Worth Howling For

Friday, October 28, 2016

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.”

-Jack Prelutsky 

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

Alvin Schwartz

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

J.K. Rowling

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

Creepy Carrots

Aaron Reynolds

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.

It's Halloween

Jack Prelutsky

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!"

-Jack Prelutsky

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