Well now that we have covered Halloween board and picture books let’s look at children’s books. I have combined early and middle school books here. These books are found in most of your children’s school libraries. It funny that with Banned Book Week just passing that some of the best paranormal books have been on this list.
There are ghosts, zombies, vampires, wirtches, pumpkins, and even princesses. When we are at this age the idea of dressing up for Halloween was the highlight of the year. We would bounce from home to home gathering up treats and looking at our winnings. It wasn’t about the scariness of Halloween but the idea that you could use your imagination and be anything that you want to be. There are the scary stories that I remember telling around the camp fires and reading under the covers at night.
So, if you are planning a great Halloween celebration of reading with your children check out these books:
- Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt by Marjorie Sharmat – It is Halloween night and all the kids are dressed in scary and funny costumes. Their Trick or Treat bags are getting heavier. Nate’s good friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat, Little Hex, is missing. Little Hex hates Halloween, so maybe he’s hiding. Or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog Sludge take the case and hunt in the night for Little Hex. They pass robots, pirates, and witches. But where will they find Little Hex?
- The Best Haloween Ever by Barabara Robinson. To avoid chaos of the past Halloween activities, Principal Crabtree proposes that the celebration be held at the school, under the watchful eyes of parents and teachers. The kids are bummed because it will be a trick-or-treatless night, and they would rather face the Herdmans on the street than miss the candy.
- The Witch Who was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low. On Halloween night, abandoned by her callous sisters, Wendy meets Roger, a neighborhood boy, who gives her a new broomstick and then admires her considerable witching skills.
- The Halloween Hoax- Nancy Drew by Caroline Keene. It’s Halloween in River Heights! The girls can’t wait to go trick-or- treating and are busy getting their costumes ready. They also can’t wait for the Halloween special of their favorite TV show. They even get the chance to visit the TV studio while the show is being taped! But soon after they arrive, Nancy is spooked. With all the scary noises the Clue Crew keeps hearing and the creepy shadows that seem to be lurking, it seems like the studio is haunted! Is it just Halloween jitters…or are there really such things as ghosts?
- A Spooky Adventure- Toy Story by Disney. Woody and his friends go on a Halloween adventure in this story.
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