All Hallow’s Read

| November 1, 2010

This is a bit belated, but I wanted to share with you this great idea for Halloween called All Hallow’s Read.

What’s the point? Instead of giving candy for Halloween this year, All Hallow’s Read, an idea cooked up by author Neil Gaiman on Twitter, encourages giving friends scary books.

Off the top of my head, I’d like to “give” our readers the idea to check out Gaiman’s own Coraline from the library. The story is about a young girl who begins to explore her parents’ new house on a rainy day and ends up on an eerie adventure. Its super fun and creepy!

Another book that always scared the socks off of me as a kid was Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I remember our teacher reading us selections of these stories in fifth grade. I was so scared afterward that I had to sleep with the lights on for a few days!

The Washington Post suggested a list that includes one of my all-time personal childhood faves: James Howe’s Bunnicula. What scary book would you give for Halloween?