It’s October and we’re getting close to the time of costumes and candy. There are tons of fun activities, crafts and books on the subject but I’m partial to some that are Halloween-themed but not specifically about Halloween. This is a good way to include everyone even if they do not choose to celebrate Halloween.
Suggestions for younger kiddos:
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Leonardo is truly a terrible monster — terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn’t quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster-but he could be a really good friend.
If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Emberly
Children will stomp their paws, twitch their tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold twist on “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. Rebecca Emberley has written a rollicking text, which she has illustrated in collaboration with her father, Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley. Includes a fun sing-along song, which can be downloaded at the Scholastic Web site. If you’re a monster and you know it, give a ROAR! If you’re a monster and you know it, give a ROAR! If you’re a monster and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you’re a monster and you know it–give a ROAR!
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams
The little old lady’s fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences.
The Skeleton in the Closet by Alice Schertle
Bam! Bam! Bam! A skeleton’s knocking at the door. Creak . . . creak . . . creak . . . Now he’s going up the steps — but this skeleton isn’t looking for what you’d expect. There are both snickers and shivers awaiting readers in this wickedly funny rhyming story that is sure to tickle funny bones.
Peanut Butter and Brains by Joe McGee
Reginald isn’t like the other zombies who shuffle through Quirkville, scaring the townspeople and moaning for BRAINSSSSS! The only thing Reginald’s stomach rumbles for is sticky peanut butter and sweet jelly. He tries to tell his zombie pals that there’s more to life than eating brains, but they’re just not interested. Will Reginald find a way to bring peace to Quirkville and convince the other zombies that there’s nothing better than PB&J?
Bunnicula: a Rabbit Tale of Mystery by James Howe
This book is written by Harold. His full time occupation is dog. He lives with Mr. and Mrs. X (here called Monroe) and their sons Toby and Pete. Also sharing the home are a cat named Chester and a rabbit named Bunnicula. It is because of Bunnicula that Harold turned to writing. Someone had to tell the full story of what happened in the Monroe household after the rabbit arrived. It all began when the Monroes went to see the movie Dracula. At the theater, Toby found something on his seat — a baby rabbit that he took home and named Bunnicula. It proved to be an apt name, at least as far as Chester was concerned. A well-read and observant cat, he soon decided that there was something odd about the newcomer. For one thing he seemed to have fangs. And the odd markings on his back looked a little like a cape. Furthermore, Bunnicula slept from sunup to sundown. He was awake only at night. When the family started finding white vegetables, drained dry, with two fang marks in them, Chester was sure Bunnicula was a vampire. But what to do about it. None of the family seemed to grasp the trouble, and Chester’s hilarious hints were totally misunderstood. Was Bunnicula really a vampire? Only Bunnicula knows for sure. But the story of Chester’s suspicions and their consequences makes uproarious reading
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara
When Tom’s big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! But there’s something weird about the new Frankie. He’s now a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with hypnotic powers . . . and he’s out for revenge!
Dark Mansions by Dinah Williams
A big, beautiful mansion sounds like a great place to live. But what if its many rooms hold only memories of pain and suffering? What if sad spirits haunt the hallways and ghostly screams echo out the large windows? No amount of money can stop a house like that from becoming a nightmare. Among the 11 mansions in this book, readers will discover a beautiful plantation where a ghostly hound howls on stormy nights; Manhattan’s oldest home where a spirit shushes schoolchildren; and an architect’s dream house that turned into a nightmare with the swing of an axe. Riveting true tales and full-color photos will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.
Continue your creepy fun with a “glowing eyeballs” craft! It’s always fun and lets the children get a little creative; directions courtesy of Mommy Brain Reports!