Friendly Reads for Halloween

Well the weather outside is frightful…get it? Yes, it is dreary and chilly out there, perfect for a spooky day and night. I hope you all have fun trick-or-treating, but after you’ve tricked your last treat, what could be nicer than to come home and get cozy under the covers while reading a favorite spooky tale? Here are 5 of my favorites that offer thrilling, friendly fun:

5. Dracula: A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams. This telling of Dracula offers a fun introduction to the classic tale to those readers new to frightful fun. So, when you’re tucking in your little ghost or goblin tonight, do so with a book that really captures the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve.

4. The Vanishing Pumpkin by Tony Johnston. This delightfully silly story begins on Halloween when a 700 year old woman and an 800 year old man want to make a pumpkin pie, only to find that their pumpkin has been “snitched!” The two go on a hunt for their pumpkin, bumping into all sorts of ghoulish suspects.

3. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. This is one of my favorites! As a little old lady makes her way home through the woods one fall night, she begins to be mysteriously followed by shoes, then pants, then a shirt, and so on. Upon each encounter, the little old lady insists that she is not afraid, all while being sure to walk a little faster. As the noises and ghostly objects get closer and closer, will she give into her fear? I’ll never tell…

2. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds. This is an eerie tale of Jasper Rabbit who loves carrots, and loves even more to take the carrots from Crackenhopper Field. But soon, the carrots start following him…maybe. As Jasper starts looking over his shoulder at every turn, we are left wondering just how creepy are these carrots? This wonderful book is creepy, make no mistake, but it ends with a laugh rather than a scream.

1. In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. Perhaps for your oldest trick-or-treater, this book (a favorite of mine growing up) offers seriously spooky tales. Most are full of good fun, but like the best scary stories, some stick with you, offering friendly frights for years to come. The story titled “The Green Ribbon” has always been a particular favorite of mine, and has served as a great costume more than once.

So tonight, I invite you to be safe, have fun, and curl up with a just-scary-enough book. Happy Halloween!

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