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It’s the spookiest time of year again! Halloween, one of America’s favorite holidays, combined elements from the Celtic holiday Samhain, Roman festivals, and the Catholic holiday All Saints Day to become “a secular, community-based event characterized by child friendly activities.” Thankfully, while there certainly are some very scary stories still told on Halloween, this merge meant that the scary ghost, ghoul, goblin stories traditionally told expanded to include the creepy and cute stories we love today, such as Sam McBratney’s The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and Charles Schulz’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Check out one of these titles or another great staff pick from your library and get in the Halloween spirit!

Miss Nancy's Pick
Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Originally published in 1980, this book is about a skeleton family looking for innocent neighbors to scare. Miss Nancy likes it because it’s not too scary and kids can easily read along. What happens when they find out everyone’s asleep?



Miss Theresa's Pick
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler

What does a skeleton do when he absolutely cannot get rid of his hiccups? Skeleton and his friend Ghost hunt for the perfect cure – and it’s not what they expect!


Miss Christine’s Pick 
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Witch and cat are happily flying along on Witch’s broom when suddenly, she loses her hat, her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three kind animals return her items, and Witch rewards them with a ride on her broom. What will they do when Witch is confronted by a scary, hungry Dragon?


Miss Danielle and Mr. Rick’s Pick
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Do you have a favorite food you love to eat over and over again? Jasper Rabbit does! He eats them constantly. In fact, they seem to be following him…




Miss Ann Marie’s Pick   
The Little Old Lady Who is Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

What are you afraid of? The Little Old Lady is not afraid of anything - not a bodiless pair of shoes or a floating pumpkin head! But what about those clomp, shake, and clap sounds?


Miss Lisa’s Pick 
Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

A smart, resourceful young witch has a big problem – her house is haunted! Packed with ghosts! What can she do to solve the problem?



Miss Kristie’s Pick 
Tell Me a Scary Story...but Not Too Scary by Carl Reiner

Want to hear a scary story? But not too scary? Listen to Grandpa as he recounts a spooky tale from his childhood when he encountered his creepy, crooked-smiling neighbor Mr. Neewollah. Is everything as it seems?


Miss Megan’s Pick
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? Witch loves pumpkin pie and has been growing her pumpkin all year long. The only problem is, the pumpkin is so big now she can’t get it off its vine! What will she do?