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Friday, October 20, 2017

All Hallow's Read

Compiled by FCPL Librarians Kristin Baer and Nicole Settle

What are your favorite Halloween traditions?

Costumes? Trick or Treating? Candy Apples? Monster movies?

What about sharing scary books with the kids and adults in your life?

Since at least 2010--probably much longer--many people have been doing just that, on or around October 31. All Hallow's Read has become a popular Halloween tradition for many, and it's easy to give it a try.

One of the best parts of this tradition is that you don't have to have piles of money at your disposal to participate in it. You can give away brand-new or second-hand books, if you're so inclined, or you can check out spooky and Halloween-themed reads at the Library and share them with your family and friends. Here are a few kid-friendly titles you can check out and/or request from your neighborhood FCPL branch:

For Young Kids

Creepy Carrots!, by Aaron Reynolds

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.
Go Away, Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberley

Bits of a monster are revealed through die-cut pages, helping children control nighttime fears of monsters.

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins, by James Dean

Pete the Cat takes on the classic favorite children's song "Five Little Pumpkins" in New York Times bestselling author James Dean's Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins. Join Pete as he rocks out to this cool adaptation of the classic Halloween song!

Scaredy-Cat, Splat!, by Rob Scotton

Splat the cat accidently succeeds in being the scariest cat in the class for Halloween.

Ten Timid Ghosts, by Jennifer O'Connell

A witch tries to scare ten ghosts out of the haunted house where they live, but in the end, they play a trick on her.

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, by Steven Kroll

Two mice, each without the other's knowledge, help a pumpkin grow into "the biggest pumpkin ever"--but for different purposes.

For Older Kids

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery, by Deborah Howe

Though scoffed at by Harold the Dog, Chester the Cat tries to warn his human family that their new pet bunny must be a vampire.

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell. Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she travels to a moving castle that belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl.

Monstrous, by MarcyKate Connolly

Kymera, who has a raven's wings, a snake's tail, and a cat's eyes and claws, loves the father who brought her back to life after a wizard killed her, but she begins to question his motives, especially after she connects with a boy in the town from which she is rescuing sick girls.

The Boy of  a Thousand Faces, by Brian Selznick

Obsessed with horror films, ten-year-old Alonzo dreams of transforming himself into "The Boy of a Thousand Faces" and gets his wish in an unexpected way.

The Widow's Broom, by Chris Van Allsburg

When a lonely widow comes into possession of a witch's broom, it is as if good fortune itself has dropped from the sky. The broom sweeps on its own and does other chores; it can even pick out simple tunes on the piano. The widow's ignorant neighbors hate the broom, though, fearing what they cannot understand, and demand it be destroyed; but in the end the widow and her broom triumph.

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