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Halloween: Eerie fun is here

The scariest holiday of all is upon us and we’re getting ready to celebrate. Whether that means curling up with a book and a hot beverage, dressing up, or showing off your costume, we have loads of literary ideas and activities for you to try.

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Spine-Chilling Titles

Don’t forget to check for monsters under the bed before curling up with some of these great books…

Spooky Activities

If you’re thinking about celebrating Halloween this year here are some resources to do so virtually…

  • We have a Virtual Halloween Activity Packet and a free download during October of our book, Reese Has a Halloween Secret: A True Story of Inclusion and Self-Determination.
  • Having trouble finding fun things to do while home? Simon and Schuster has a big book of Halloween fun available here.
  • Simon and Schuster have a fun activity sheet for your little vampire at home, inspired by I Love My Fangs.
  • Help Gustavo the Shy Ghost this Halloween season with this activity packet from Candlewick.
  • Create your own monsters with Alfred’s Book of Monsters from Charlesbridge!
  • Get Boo’d this Halloween! HarperCollins has a step-by-step instruction manual on how to Boo and get Boo’d this spooky season!
  • Our friends at Little Bee Books have Halloween coloring pages available in honor of their My First Big Book of Coloring series!
  • Have some brain-scrambling fun with these activity sheets inspired by Lana Lynn Howls at the Moon.
  • It’s always spooky season with Warren the 13th. Here are some spooky activities with a bonus excerpt from the books!

Eerie Costumes

Looking for inspiration? Here are some great literary-themed costumes for you and the youngsters…

  • All you need is a tutu and a pair of mouse ears to be transformed into Angelina Ballerina this year.
  • Grab a red t-shirt and some jeans to become our favorite Wimpy Kid this Halloween.
  • Become the Princess of the Plaza with knee-high socks, a black skirt and big bow on your head. And don’t forget to bring Weenie along!
  • With a pair of green corduroys and a pair of ears, your child could easily dress up as the beloved Corduroy this October season.
  • Have a purple crayon laying around? Get creative with some white shirts and purple markers and you’ll have a family outfit straight out of Harold and the Purple Crayon.
  • A pair of overalls and mouse ears will give you a If You Give a Mouse a Cookie costume that works for both old and young.
  • Have a super sleuth on your hands? Dress them up as our favorite teen detective Nancy Drew.  
  • Use arts and crafts time to transform your kids into a giant dinosaur in disguise, just like our friend Bolivar!
  • Grab some friends and transform yourselves into Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica!

Find these and more books in our curated lists under the Reading Lists section.

If you’re a CBC member publisher and wish to add your book to the list, please email us.

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