All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey! And you know what that means right?
Well, it’s a California Winter. But, before that, it’s a Utah fall! And the best part about a Utah fall is all the holidays!
And the best thing about holidays are doing things that get you into the holiday mood!
So, I have a list of awesome Halloween reads for you all!
For a classic, light-hearted ghost story, I recommend:
The Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wild
I had heard the name enough that I knew it was a classic. I was expecting a Washington Irving or Edgar Allen Poe type spooky story. I was so off.
The Canterville Ghost has been haunting the Caterville Mansion for centuries. But a Mr. Otis, an American, and his family move into the British house, bringing their very American attitudes. This poor ghost is totally unprepared for the practicality and mayhem of Mr Otis and his wife, their crazy twin boys, and a young sweet daughter that he can’t bring himself to try to spook. (There may have been another child in there somewhere, I can’t remember.) This story was adorable. I probably wouldn’t read it to my 6 year old, and probably not even my 8 year old quite yet. I mean, he isn’t an entirely wholesome ghost. He has a pretty amazing track record for scaring people enough to get them to commit murder and suicide. It’s grim for sure. But, when it comes down to it, even ghosts are people too…
For someone looking for something a little spookier:
The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch
by Joseph Delaney
This series is intense, and pretty dark. If you like the show Supernatural- this is the series for you! I only read the first two, because I’m weak sauce. But Jessica read them all and loved them.
So- the plot goes like this: There is a designated “Spook”, who has trained and devoted his life to running the evil spirits and the like out of the area. (This is a very precise art. Especially because everything has a specific way it has to be killed- or not killed.) This is, as you can imagine, a VERY dangerous job. In fact, 29 people have tried to be an apprentice to the spook, and they have all failed. (Due to fear, death, and other unfortunate circumstances.) Thomas Ward is their last hope. Don’t read this when you are alone at night.
A Ghost Story/Mystery:
by William Ritter
Goodreads says this is Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. Who.
I don’t know if Doctor Who is precisely who I would think of immediately. I think it would be more like Sherlock Holmes meets Newt Scamander- and he lets Rose Tyler tag along for fun.
It’s fantastic literature! Fun, mysterious, a bit whimsical, witty, and a little bit creepy.
There are 3 in this series now. I can’t wait to get my hands on number 3.
Something cute and fun for young kids:
The Haunted Library
by Dori Hillestad Butler
This isn’t solely a Halloween book. It’s an adorable series about a young ghost named Kaz, whose thin ghost body was blown away from his family and into the local public library.
He is lost and alone, until he discovers that a girl named Claire, who lives above the library, can see him- and is willing to help him.
These books are fun. I read the first five to Lily last year. There are now 8 in the series I believe. They end up solving some cute little mysteries while trying to fine the other member’s of Kaz’s family.
If you are looking for a good Halloween Picture Book:
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
by Matthew McElligott
This really speaks for itself.
My kids loved it.
Monster Needs A Costume
by Paul Czajak
Seriously, the cutest monster ever. There is another book where Monster needs some help at Christmas Time. I love these books.
And if you made it this far in the post- and you are the first one to write “You’re a hack! I want my book back!” in the comments (on this post or on our facebook page) congratulations! You are about to become the proud owner of this spooky book!
The Night Gardener
by Johnathan Auxier
THIS is more like your Washington Irving or Edgar Allen Poe ghost story. It’s CREEPY! Like intermediate creepy though. I don’t think anybody really important dies- and it’s not gruesome. Just- creepy.