Spooks & Scares for the Younger Set By Martina Bexte, October, 2004
Hey, kids!! Put away your Nintendo, turn off the TV and check out great Halloween reading ... Start with Mary Hill's Creepy Classics with tales by Robert Service (The Cremation of Sam McGee) and W. W. Jacobs (The Monkey's Paw). It even features a short walk-on by Shakespeare's cackling crones! Next, find out if aliens have snatched all the candy in Bailey City in Aliens Don't Carve Jack-O-Lanterns (Bailey School Kids series).
Let's not forget your little brother or sister. Before the big day arrives, why not read about the real origins of Halloween together. Carol Greene's Story of Halloween offers a 'straightforward and engaging' history of traditions, customs and beliefs that began over two thousand years ago. Next, sing or read along with all the spooks associated with the holiday in Amy Sklansky's Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween. And W. Nikola-Lisa gives us a hip-hop way for kids and their fairy tale friends to celebrate Halloween in Shake Dem Halloween Bones.
Ever have a costume you weren't too keen on? Dav Pilkey's Hallo-Wiener is the wonderful story of a little dachshund whose mother buys him the most embarrassing Halloween costume ever! Do you want to throw a Halloween party and invite all your friends? Sadler's 101 Spooktacular Party Ideas is filled with all sorts of helpful hints from indoor and outdoor decorating ideas to crafts and party favors. Enjoy all these books and have a Hair Raising Halloween!!
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