Without fail, the second we change the calendar page to October, the students are clamoring for Halloween books. I try to pull out as many Halloween and scary books as possible; please see the display under the bulletin board in the reading rug area.

Here are a few of the new Halloween-themed books I purchased this year:
  • Shadow by Suzy Lee (E LEE)
  • Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth (E MUT)
  • Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Seibold (E SEI)
  • Candy Fairies, Halloween Special: Gooey Goblins by Helen Perelman (PB PER)
  • The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (PB HAH)
  • Guys Read: Thriller edited by Jon Scieszka (PB SCI)
One of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, is a master of creepy storytelling. (He wrote Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and The Dangerous Alphabet.) He recently started a Halloween reading tradition: All Hallow's Read. Instead of -- or in addition to -- giving out candy on Halloween, give away a scary book to a friend, family member, or stranger. Share the scare!