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Happy Halloween!

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It may not be known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but we happen to think Halloween-time is pretty great.

If you haven’t already heard about All Hallow’s Read, it’s definitely time you did! Created by Neil Gaiman in 2010, “All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.” It’s not too late to choose a scary story to give today — or too early to start thinking about next year!

Here’s a recap of our recent Halloween-y content so you can easily find recommended seasonal books to give for All Hallow’s Read, share in your classroom or library, or read yourself. There’s something for everyone here, from board books to YA and silly to spooky.

For more recommendations from past Halloweens, click on the tag Halloween books.

We like books even more than we like candy (I know, right?), but an ideal Halloween should have some of each. Lucky for us, our friend Naseem over at Kids Can Press sent our office some treats to celebrate the release of Mélanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies (thanks, Naseem!).

In addition to the with the safety guide full of Halloween survival advice (pro tip: when all else fails, play dead), this Official Candy Transportation Kit came with plastic vampire teeth, a “mummy costume starter kit” (better known as toilet paper), candy carefully inspected by the endearingly neurotic squirrel, and, of course, dental floss. And just to cover all the bases, there’s a Scaredy Squirrel PSA with safety tips for trick-or-treating on YouTube.

Now everyone at the Horn Book is prepared for a happy, healthy, “100% non-threatening” Halloween — and we’re wishing you one, too.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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