Saturday, October 12, 2019

Frightful Fun Stories to Get Kids in the Halloween Spirit - 11 bookwraps

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11 Frightfully Fun Stories to Get Your Kids in the Halloween Spirit
by Devon A. Corneal

Devon Corneal is a writer, recovering lawyer, and bibliophile. She’s also a devoted wife and mother, except for the occasional page-turning affair with Jamie Fraser and Jason Bourne. Devon has always been captivated by quirky authors like Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein and sees no reason to stop reading children’s books just because she’s a grown-up. Devon’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and on her blog, Cattywampus.


Get ready for goblins, witches, ghosts, and great Halloween stories! From silly stories to terrific tales with just the right amount of fright, these spook-tacular books are sure to get your little trick-or-treater excited for the big night. So don’t be scared — get reading!

by Margery Cuyler and Will Terry

This sweet, silly, and not-too-scary story makes a fun addition to seasonally themed storytimes. Bonaparte, a skeleton, is having a tough time keeping himself together. Literally. Thankfully, he has some good friends in Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula to help him out.

by Brigette Barrager

Vlad the young vampire is perpetually distracted from his studies at Miss Fussbucket’s School for Aspiring Spooks. That’s because he loves skateboarding more than anything in the monsterverse! Will Vlad be able to combine his love of skateboarding with his important studies?

by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Babymouse loves scary costumes, but Felicia Furrypaws and the rest of the popular girls pressure her into dressing up as something pretty and playing pranks on the neighbors. Can Babymouse navigate this tricky situation? Either way, this adorable and funny graphic novel is a real Halloween treat.

by Jenna Lettice, illustrated by Colleen Madden
Kids who can’t wait for candy night will love rhyming along with this family as they get ready for Halloween one day at a time. The familiarity of the rhythm (“On the first day of Halloween…”), combined with the 30 stickers that come included with the book, will make this one a fast favorite.

by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

In this installment of the How to… series, two kids explain how to attract, scare, and play with a ghost for some extra Halloween fun. Kids will delight in seeing a ghost (dressed as a robot!) going door-to-door for treats.

by Lynn Fulton, illustrated by Felecita Sala

The whole family will be fascinated to learn the story of how Mary Shelley, at 19 years old, created the legendary monster of Frankenstein. (Did you know it started out as a contest between friends to write the best ghost story?) A visually gorgeous picture book biography, this one’s a year-round must-have.

by Dr. Seuss

Even the bravest of us can agree there is something just a little bit creepy about being followed around by a pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them. A fun book to read around Halloween made even better by the glow-in-the-dark pages.

by Rebecca Green

This whimsical guidebook to lifelong friendship presents a few essentials to keep in mind when befriending a ghost. Perhaps most importantly: make sure no one mistakes your new friend for a marshmallow! Charming and sweet, this one’s great for year-round reading.

by Laura Ellen Anderson

Amelia Fang tries to be nice to the Prince of Nocturnia, a land where all things sparkly are the stuff of “daymares”, but he’s just so mean! Enough is enough when the spoiled prince claims her beloved pet pumpkin, Squashy, as his own. Filled with hilarious puns, quirky characters, and wonderful illustrations, little monsters will love sinking their fangs into this delightfully creepy series.

by Ron Roy, illustrated by John Steven Gurney

A humorous introduction to vampires for the younger crowd, Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are on the case when the grown-ups in town all have the same mysterious round Band-Aid on their necks. Could there be a vampire in Green Lawn?

by DK
Kids love to dress up as scary monsters for Halloween, but where did these magical beings come from? This book gives your own little monsters a chance to learn about the myths and legends behind the witches, werewolves, and vampires out roaming the streets on All Hallows Eve.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2019.


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