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Posted on October 9, 2020 at 8:34 AM by Maggie Witte
October is the Halloween month. Decorations start going up before the month even begins and spooks and thrills are often the focus. Start your Halloween party now with these sometimes spooky, sometimes cute books to read all month long.
by Alice K. Flanagan
Explains how Halloween started; how it got its name; the custom of trick-or-treating; and why witches, black cats, and goblins are associated with this celebration. Offers ideas of things to do for others on Halloween. For grades 2-4. 2002.
A babysitter’s guide to monster hunting
by Joe Ballarini
When Kelly Ferguson's Halloween plans switch from partygoing to babysitting, she is mostly concerned about the death of her social life. But then Baby Jacob is kidnapped by the monsters under the bed!Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2017.
Pete the cat: Five little pumpkins
by James Dean
By promising her treats, the Watsons persuade their pet pig Mercy to dress up as a princess for Halloween. Mercy is hoping for her favorite, buttered toast. But the trick-or-treat outing turns out differently than expected. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2007.
The haunted mask: Goosebumps
by R.L. Stine
A young girl purchases the most frighteningly lifelike Halloween mask and then, to her horror, discovers that she is unable to remove it from her face. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 1993.
Anna dressed in blood
by Kendare Blake
Since his father's untimely death, seventeen-year-old Cas and his Wiccan mom have continued the family trade--hunting down vengeful, murdering spirits. But when Cas goes after ghostly Anna, an unexpected occurrence changes everything. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2011.
Mouse’s Halloween party
by Jeanne Modesitt
Mouse is excited about having a Halloween party. He invites Pig, who bursts into tears because she was also planning a party for the same day. Mouse feels sad until he figures out how he and Pig can both be happy. Includes instructions for two games. For grades K-3. 2004.
All Hallow’s Eve: thirteen stories
by Vivian Vande Velde
Presents thirteen tales of Halloween horrors, including ghosts, vampires, and pranks gone awry. In "Cemetery Field Trip," a ninth-grade girl is tricked into a crypt by a homeless man and rescued by ghosts. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2006.
The ghost tree
by Yvette Landy
A child is told the spooky tale of a deadly tree that devoured two brothers in the swamp of Catahoula, Louisiana, on Halloween. For grades 2-4. 2012.
There’s someone inside your house
by Stephanie Perkins
One by one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt for the killer intensifies, the dark secrets among the students must finally be confronted. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.
The spookiest tricks and treats joke book ever!
Hundreds of Halloween-inspired jokes, knock-knocks, puns, riddles, and other howlers. A kid-friendly collection to use while trick-or-treating or at a spooky party. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2019.
by R.L. Stine
When beautiful new transfer student Justine Cameron throws a Halloween party at her old, haunted mansion, her fellow students don't know what to expect. But after they discover a corpse at the party, the true terror begins. For junior and senior high readers. 1990.
Click, clack, boo!: a tricky treat
by Doreen Cronin
Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn. For preschool-grade 2.
City of ghosts
by Victoria Schwab
Ever since Cass almost drowned, she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead and enter the world of spirits. When her family heads to Edinburgh, Scotland, Cass faces dangerous ghosts unlike she ever imagined. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2018.
Mouse and Mole: a perfect Halloween
by Wong Herbert Yee
As Halloween approaches, Mouse helps her friend Mole get over his fear and enjoy the holiday. For grades 2-4.
by Will Hubbard
In the course of one year, a jack-o-lantern, discarded after Halloween, decomposes in the backyard and eventually grows new pumpkins from its seeds. For preschool-grade 2.
The women in the walls
by Amy Lukavics
After the cook commits suicide and her aunt Penelope walks into the woods and disappears without a trace, Lucy believes something is terribly wrong with their remote estate--especially after her cousin withdraws and stays in the attic. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.
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