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It’s that time of year… the time of year when our kids think that they want to be spooked, but end up with nightmares for weeks after they see decorations. What do you do? We find “not-so-scary” Halloween books for our kids to read and listen to, thanks to our sponsor, Audible.
It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just around the corner already. It is the perfect time to tap into some spooky, creepy, and haunting audiobooks… just not scary enough to cause nightmares, of course! That’s what I love about Audible: it has has a wide range of (Halloween) audiobooks that are festive but still kid-friendly; a perfect way to get it the Halloween spirit.
Audible offers a 30-day free trial, so you can hop over & grab one of these books to try out for yourself.
Usually, I pick long audiobooks on Audible, the kind of books that take days to finish, but these books that I’m sharing today are all quick. You can listen to them in one night. (I love to use short books for our kids to listen to them in bed, while I’m tucking other kids into bed: “Go ahead and listen to a book. I’ll go to tuck everyone in and I’ll be back.”
Here are 5 Halloween books that are perfect for a nightly read:
1- Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween
Since creating the Mouse and Mole series, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award-winner Wong Herbert Yee has become a favorite among young fans all over the world. In this delightful novel, Mole frets because Halloween will soon be here, and Halloween can be scary. But he perks up at the idea of a pumpkin-carving contest. This could be fun! As Mole cuts his design in the pumpkin, he begins to worry that Mouse might copy his idea. Fortunately, it’s not long before Mole stops his worrying—for nothing can keep good friends apart.
2. Arthur’s Halloween: A Story from Arthur’s Audio Favorites, Volume 2
Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary: his little sister’s costume, even his morning snack! But he’s most afraid of the big spooky house on the corner where no one wants to go trick-or-treating. His fears are eventually soothed once Arthur realizes things don’t always turn out the way you imagine.
3. Big Pumpkin
The old witch wants a pumpkin pie. First, she plants a pumpkin seed. She weeds and waters and waits. A tiny sprout pokes through the ground, and soon a small pumpkin appears. It grows, and it grows some more. When Halloween is only hours away, the witch decides it is finally time to bake the pie. But first, she must somehow pull the huge pumpkin off the vine.
With her fun-filled tale, popular children’s author Erica Silverman teaches a gentle lesson in friendship and cooperation. Narrator John McDonough’s lively portrayal of the old witch and each of her spooky companions will have youngsters laughing out loud.
4. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard… CLOMP, CLOMP, SHAKE, SHAKE, CLAP, CLAP. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!
5. Horrible Harry at Halloween
For Horrible Harry and all the other students in Miss Mackle’s third-grade class, Halloween is the holiday with the most fun. Everybody wears a costume – even Miss Mackle. And each year, Horrible Harry has the spookiest disguise. So now, when Halloween arrives, the students wonder what Harry will be this year. Join Horrible Harry and the students of Room 3B in five spirited adventures that result from Harry’s unusual costume. Chapters including “Water, Water Everywhere!” and “The Case of the Missing Pixie Dust” will delight beginning readers and have them looking for more in the popular series.
Jump over & try out your 30-day free trial on Audible. You’ll love it & your kids will love these not-so-scary Halloween books! If you have one that you love, be sure to leave it in the comments. 🙂