Our family loves Halloween, and one of our favorite fall
traditions is reading spooky stories before bedtime in the nights
leading up to Halloween. Amp up your Halloween celebrations by
unwinding with some spine-tingling stories. Here are a few awesome
new books to add to your collection of spooky Halloween reads.
That One Spooky Night is a collection
of three graphic stories about kids that set out to trick-or-treat
only to be met with several scary situations. Follow along as
a broom searches for a witch, as mermaids occupy a bathtub and as a
batty celebration unfolds. These three strange stories all unfurl
on that one spooky night when all the kids and ghouls come out to
play. This is a great read for kids ages 7-10, but even older
kids will get a kick out of David Huyck's eerie illustrations. The
comic book format will draw in even the most reluctant readers.
The nasty ghosts, gobins and ghouls of legends and
lore come to life on the pages of Horrible Hauntings by Shirin
Yim Bridges. Download the sister Horrible
Hauntings app (available for free on iOS and Android
devices), focus your smartphone on each page and enjoy as the ten
3D ghosts spring into action, adding more clues to stories
behind some of history's most famous ghosts.
My kids were especially spooked by Bloody Mary, who is
rumored to drag you into a mirror, where you'll disappear
forever - you'll even have to chant Bloody Mary three times to
summon up her ghost on the app - and the Headless Horseman, who is
said to be galloping around on his horse, ready to knock you down
with a whack should you cross his path. This book is great for kids
that aren't so scared of ghosts, ages 10 and up.
Set in rural Florida in 1949, Precious
Bones tells the story of precocious,10-year-old,
Bones, who lives with her tall-tale telling father, practical as
cornbread mother, and pet pig, Pearl. Bones' carefree days of
fishing, hunting and exploring the swamp with her best friend,
Little Man, come to halt when their community is shocked by the
news of two murders within two weeks. Worse, Bones' dear dad is one
of the lead suspects, leading her to set off on a campaign to prove
his innocence. Packed with suspense, this coming-of-age tale
is a historical mystery novel recommended for ages 8-12.
Growing up, I looked forward to reading The Witches'
Supermarket every fall. Part of the Martha
Speaks series, the story follows Helen and her dog Martha to a
special store on Halloween night. As they travel from aisle to
aisle, they sense something isn't quite right with the other
shoppers and the items in their carts.
Like the rest of the Martha Speaks series, children
ages 5-8 will probably enjoy this book the most. The story lacks
any ghoulish surprises or gore so it is safe for most readers near
- Alaina Buzas