Before we know it, Halloween will be upon us; a time for nerdy families to indulge in cosplay. Dressing up isn’t the only fun thing about Halloween. Neither is collecting candy from neighbors. Halloween is also a great time to over-indulge is spooky stories, perhaps sneaking in history lessons, or two, about Halloween myths from across cultures dating all the way back to ancient Egypt. In order to help prepare for this autumn festival, here are six Halloween books.
Baby Einstein: Touch and Feel Halloween – Ages 1 and up
Babies and toddlers love to touch and taste everything with which they come in contact. Your little ghoul will be way too young to appreciate Halloween and all the fun associated with it, but they will have fun being introduced to the imagery associate with this holiday through Baby Einstein: Touch and Feel Halloween. There is no story to this board book. Its only purpose is to introduce your little one to some of the symbols associated with Halloween through a tactile experience.
Scratch and Sniff: Halloween – Ages 1-5
Scratch and Sniff: Halloween is another board book for your little monster. However, instead of learning about the symbols associate with Halloween through touch, they get to learn about the ghoultide festivities through smell. Pizza. Witch’s Brew. Apples. Lollipops. Pumpkins. These are just some of the smells found in this book. Be careful. This books is said to smell so good, your child may want to eat it.
The Spooky Smells of Halloween – Ages 3-7
Another scratch-and-sniff book? This one is a little different. Instead of being a simple board book, The Spooky Smells of Halloween has a little bit of a story to it, perfect for preschool aged children and early readers. This book even has a potent scratch-and-sniff skunk! Cute illustrations. Delicious and disgusting smells. This book is a great introduction to trick-or-treating.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Ages 4-8
For many families, Halloween just wouldn’t be complete without It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Traditionalists may be upset that the original book, featuring drawings by Charles M. Schulz, is no longer in print. This version is a newly drawn and adapted version of the television classic. New drawing or old, your child will be sure to enjoy the story of a young child waiting patiently to catch a glimpse of their hero.
The Halloween Hoax (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #9) – Ages 6-9
A book featuring Nancy Drew and her friends? One that encourages critical thinking, while making use of the fun, spooky themes associated with Halloween? Yes, it exists! The Halloween Hoax takes Nancy and her friends to a TV studio to view a taping of their favorite show’s Halloween special. Then, things begin to get spooky. Is the studio haunted, or is it just a masked man, perpetrating a hoax who would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those pesky kids? Wait… wrong series. Still, your mystery-loving child is sure to enjoy this Nancy Drew adventure.
The Halloween Tree – Ages 8 and up
Halloween wouldn’t be nearly as delicious without Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree. This adventure sweeps eight boys through time and space, allowing them to experience Halloween through different cultures throughout history and across the world. With themes of friendship, death and loss, and change, Bradbury paints a picture and story like no other. Simply thinking about Bradbury’s use of language in The Halloween Tree leaves me with goose bumps, never mind the story itself. If you’ve yet to read it for yourself, or your children, it is sure to be an instant family classic.