It’s Halloween Month! Yay!  Our family loves Halloween!  It’s spooky, filled with treats, and you get to dress up.  What’s not to love?

For me Halloween heralds in the Holiday Season.  I tend to lump it all together and look at it as a train gathering steam until it hits New Year’s Day when it comes to a resounding stop and things return to the usual normal everyday stuff.  So starting in October we basically plan our activities and events around the upcoming holidays.  At least that was until 2020 brought us the Coronavirus, lockdowns, social distancing, and all the changes we’ve had to incorporate in our new normal.

I’m really not sure how Halloween will look like this year.  I’m fairly certain that a huge Halloween party is out of the questions and Bobbing for Apples is a big NO NO.  I imagine trick or treating will be a huge challenge, in fact we’ll probably pass on that whole thing.  I do plan to decorate and play You’ve Been Booed with the neighbors.  In fact that might be a reasonable substitute to trick or treating this year.

Like I’ve said I’m not certain how Halloween will be this year but I am certain that no matter what it can still be fun even if it means just celebrating with those in your household or bubble.  So to get everyone in the spooky mood we’re at Savvy Nana will be dedicating this month to Halloween.  We’ll be sharing fun Halloween and Fall recipes, crafts, and activities that we hope will be fun for everyone.

So let’s set the spooky stage with a reading list for kids of all ages.  Adults will love reading them to the kids!

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Pre-school thru 3rd. Grade

Pete The Cat’s Happy Halloween

Every child from pre-school on up loves Pete the Cat.  My grandkids sure do.  So begin by helping Pete the Cat gather all his friends for a Halloween Parade!

Kids with love this fun board book by Kimberly & James Dean.

 

 

Room on the Broom

Go on a not so spooky adventure with the witch and her cat as she makes new friends in this cute book by Julia Donaldson.

 

 

 

 

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

Monster life isn’t all about frightening people and sucking blood.  Monsters  have issues too!  Read these 19 hilarious poems by Adam Rex and discover some clever truths about Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, and a bunch of other monsters.

 

 

 

Frankenstein Takes the Cake

Continue reading about the trials of tribulations of monsters in this follow up book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich.  Again Adam Rex delights with side splitting humor about a monster’s life.  I mean really why is Dracula throwing such a fit about garlic bread?

 

 

 

4th. – 6th. Grade (Older Kids too!)

Goosebumps Series

 

A Halloween reading list wouldn’t be complete without a book or books by R. L. Stine.

Older kids love being scared by these books!  I actually find them fun too!  But they aren’t recommended reading just before bedtime.

 

 

 

 

Coraline

This modern classic by New York Times and Newbery Award winning author Neil Gaiman is also an Academy Award nominated film. It’s a must read for children of all ages, specially Tweenies in the 5th. and 6th. Grades!

This book is part fairy tale, part horror.  Coraline learns that all that glitters is not always gold when she opens the door to a seemingly better home.  Things get a bit hairy when the new family within won’t let her go back to her ordinary life.

Read how she must use her wits and courage to fight her way back to her home and normal life.

 

 

 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Books

Horror fans will be delighted with this classic collection of books by Alvin Schwartz.

These are collections of Folklore retold by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell.

Between the tales and the drawings you’re sure to have nightmares!  You’ll also think twice about walking thru a graveyard at night!

High School

What Waits in the Woods

City girl, popular girls in class, and camping in the woods, what more needs to be said?  These are the ingredients for a scary teen novel that you just know will turn into a harrowing night filled with mystery and terror.

What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott explores love, loyalty, and the tough decisions we must sometimes make to survive.

It’s a great read for the teens in your life!

 

 

 

The Girl from Rawblood: A Novel

Introduce teens to Gothic Horrors with this award winning book by Catriona Ward.

This hauntingly brilliant book is a gothic tale of love and madness.  It’s complete with eerie atmosphere, darkness, love, and ghosts of the past.

Teen girls who love romance (which is almost all teen girls) and mystery will be delighted with this choice.

 

 

 

Do you and your kids have a favorite Halloween book?  Please share them with us!  We’d love to hear from you.