Halloween gets a bad rap in Australia sometimes. Alright, it's a very American holiday and there is perhaps something weird about going to people's houses and asking for lollies.... still we love an excuse to get out the dress ups here at Story Mama HQ and Master 8 LOVES it.
Perhaps it is the influx of American television shows with a Halloween theme, or the face that even Coles and Woolies are now featuring Halloween decorations and treats... it's hard to avoid.
In the lead up to Halloween these are the books we are reading together. Something a little spooky and exciting... but not scary enough to interfere with a good nights sleep!
Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
Meg and Mog have been a childhood institution for over 30 years. This is the board book edition of the story that started it all. This is the story of Meg going to a spell party and accidentally turning all of her witch friends into mice.
We love Meg and Mog at the Story Mama house and can even remember being given one of these books for graduating kinder (and yes we still have it!). This is the classic original tale, told in bright primary colour style with slapstick humour. Nothing like introducing the next generation to a classic! For ages 3-8
Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King
Once upon a scary night, three friends set out on a journey. But where were they going in the dead of the night, tip-toe creeping in the pale moonlight?
Told in rhyme with just the right amount of mystery and suspense, the three friends escape crocodiles, grizzly bears, and conquer their fears of the dark. We love “did they give up?” “Of course they didn’t!”
With lots of “Roaring” and “Screaming” to join in on, this is an interactive read aloud. It finishes happily with a birthday surprise. We recommend for ages 4-8
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. One after the next climbs on, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?
Not for the feint hearted, this rhyming rollicking tale is great fun to read aloud. As long as your little one has no fear of storms, witches, or dragons they will love this tale of a goofy old witch as she and her animal friends out-smart the dragon. Perfect for ages 4-7
The Dark by Lemony Snicket
Laszlo was afraid of the dark and the dark lived in Laszlo’s house. It lived in the basement and at night it spread throughout the house. Laszlo thinks that if he visits the dark in the dark’s room then maybe it wouldn’t come and visit him in his bedroom at night. But when the dark speaks to Laszlo and invites him down to the basement and gives him the gift of a nightlight. Laszlo realises the dark is no longer in his room, except when he closes his eyes and goes to sleep.
For any child who loves the thrill of being a little bit scared. This book is about a little boy conquering his fear of the dark. This picture book is a tiny bit scary but we love how Laszlo faces his fears.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Clever little mouse persuades all of his scary predators that he is friends with an imaginary fearsome beast, who then turns out to be real. This story has sold 10 million copies + and has spawned movies, plays and merchandise.
We love the quick witted mouse in this one, and the lesson that sometimes the winner in life really is brains over brawn. This rhyming award winner regularly appears on “must own” or “best children’s book” lists
The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland.
“In the Jingle Jangle Jungle, on the edge of Slimy bog. Bear was picking berries from a very wobbly log.”
When Bear and Buffalo attempt to out do each other at being brave they get up to all sorts of antics, climbing trees, doing somersaults and rolling down hills. But when they come to a deep dark cave where something lets out a mighty roar, they run away in fear.
Told in rhyme with a little bit of repetition for good early literacy skill building, this is a sequel to the best-selling The Very Cranky Bear. Eventually Bear and Buffalo have to agree that they are just as brave as each other. This is a fun and engaging story that kids will love. Recommended for ages 3-6
So there's our list of Halloween Books for kids - featuring monsters, witches and things to be a little afraid of to read together in the lead up to Halloween.
Do you celebrate Halloween? We would love to hear about it in the comments below