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Not-Too-Spooky Stories for Halloween

October 6, 2015
By Jenny R. Stoltey - Book Bag , OVParent

As the air begins to cool, and October ushers in the season of hot apple cider, spooky hayrides and everything pumpkin, what better way to spend those chilly evenings than wrapped up in a comfy blanket with a good book? Lucky for you, your local library is filled to the brim with excellent selections that will prove to inspire even your smallest ghoul to fall in love with reading.

With Halloween just around the bend, it's hard not to get wrapped up in all the creepiness of the season. From haunted houses to scary decorations, parents at times find it difficult to gauge the age-appropriate amount of "spooky" for their child. For some children, the tamest Halloween mask will prove to be the most alarming fright, while others are not even fazed by the creepiest clown you can find.

So, what is a parent to do? Fortunately, authors within the Juvenile Easy Reader genre have been able to amass just the right amount of frightening fun without all of the bloodcurdling fear that can entertain the older groups.

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Check out these haunting favorites at your local library, geared perfectly for the preschool through elementary school-aged child:

"Not Very Scary" by Carol Brendler

It's Halloween and Melly has been invited to her cousin Malberta's house for a big surprise. As she walks there on a beautifully spooky night, she encounters all sorts of creatures that may or may not be scary, but Melly decides that that they are not very scary at all. This book is a great way to teach your children that things are only as frightening as you allow them to be, and that which may seem spooky in the dark, can actually be just the opposite in the light!

"I Am A Witch's Cat" by Harriet Muncaster

A "special witch's cat" is certain that her mother is a witch because she keeps special potions in the bathroom, grows magical herbs in the garden and whirls her broomstick around the kitchen. Harriet Muncaster has woven a wonderfully imaginative tale that sheds light on the unique way that children view everyday occurrences in the most magical ways. A delightful story with fantastic illustrations, "I am a Witch's Cat" is a fun and interesting look into the mindset of a child.

"The Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma" by David Soman

When you dress as a ladybug 364 days a year, what do you do on Halloween day? As LuLu tries to decipher what costume she will wear, she weighs out the pros and cons of each ... even down to deciding against a Charlie Chaplin-like costume because a "silent movie star can't ask for candy!" Ultimately, a trip to the corn maze proves to be the inspiration for her Halloween costume.

"Pumpkin Party" by Maude Powell-TuckFollow along with Owl, Fox, Mouse and other friends as they celebrate Halloween by dancing, bobbing for apples and trick-or-treating in pumpkin costumes. Perfect for the younger reader, this book is a not-so-scary take on Halloween festivities that will make even the most timid child excited to dress up and trick-or-treat. Filled with adorable woodland creatures, "Pumpkin Party" takes the spooky out of Halloween and leaves behind all the sugary sweet fun!

Jenny R. Stoltey is the youth services coordinator, children's librarian and public relations coordinator for the Belmont County District Library.



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