Share some fun Halloween books and keep busy reading while you wait for a fabulous night of October fun! 

Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler

Melly receives an invitation to visit her cousin Malberta on Halloween, the scariest night of all. She feels something following her—a black cat. Soon the cat is joined by two skeletons, then three witches, on up to ten vultures, all following Melly! Malberta is throwing a party, but where are all the party guests? Why, they’ve been following Melly of course! Farrar, Straus, Giroux, $12.99;
ages 2-6


The Monsterator by Keith Graves

Edward Dreadbury is bored by Halloween. He can’t seem to find a good costume, until he enters a dusty costume store and puts a dime in the “Monsterator.” He is transformed into a monster and enjoys Halloween. However, when Halloween is over, he returns to the store, only to find it is gone and he is stuck in monster form. Rather than be glum, he enjoys his new-found state. Delightful!
Roaring Brook Press, $17.99; ages 5-9



Magical Mix-Ups: Spells and Surprises by Marnie Edwards and Leigh Hodgkinson

When a witch and a princess get together in the land of Mixtopia, all kinds of craziness ensues. Princess Sapphire and Emerald the Witch have a fabulous time as they prepare for the Halloween festival at Saint Aubergine’s School and create a show together. Children are invited to draw in elements as they read, including putting photos in picture frames, drawing in characters, writing thought balloons, and more!
Nosy Crow, $6.99; ages 7-10



Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli

Little Boo is a seed that wants to be scary, but he just isn’t scary yet. After a while he grows into a pumpkin, and then gets carved into a jack-o’-lantern. Much scarier! Join Little Boo on his journey from seed to jack-o’-lantern. Luminous, vibrant illustrations fill this wonderful Halloween story!  Henry Holt, $16.99; ages 3-7



The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman

Join the Halloween fun as ghosts, monsters, spiders, and more come to school! In
the spirit of “The Ants Go Marching,” this fun Halloween version features, ghosts haunting, spiders creeping, and even a whole school party! A fun read aloud for Halloween filled with bright, colorful
illustrations! Albert Whitman & Company, $16.99; ages 4-8



Charlie Bumper vs. The Squeaking Skull by Bill Harley

When Charlie is invited to a sleepover where a scary movie will be shown, he is sure he will never make it. Then, his brother, comes up with a plan to de-scare him by telling him a scary story at night for several nights before the party. Will it work? And, can Charlie come up with an original enough costume to win the costume contest at school? Find out in this fabulous Halloween adventure! But, watch out for the shrieking, or is it squeaking, skull!
Peachtree Publishers, $13.95, ages 7-10



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Moms read too!

One Pot:  120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot and More

by Editors of Martha Stewart Living

At the end of a busy day, you want to serve a delicious home-cooked dinner, a complete, all-in-one meal that can be prepared with little effort and few pans to wash. This wonderful book is full of recipes for your Dutch oven, slow cooker, skillet, roasting pan, pressure cooker and stockpot.  Available at