• Holidays,  Rants & Musings

    Halloween Children’s Books That I Love To Read

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    I advocate for teaching kids to read and helping them develop a love for it. I think it is essential for children to read. In my household, one way to excite my children to read is with holiday books, especially Halloween children’s books. Here is a list of my favorite Halloween children’s books that I love to read to my children or that they now love to read to me! We pull these out at the beginning of every Halloween season and read them repeatedly!

    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything Book Cover

    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything (via Amazon.com)
    by Linda Williams

    This book is entertaining for little kids because they can do actions while you read the book!

    Synopsis: 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.

    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! Book Cover

    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! (via Amazon.com)
    By Lucille Colandro

    Who doesn’t love the There Was an Old Lady books? I love this book because, like all the other books, the ending is surprising!

    Synopsis: The Old Lady is back, and this time, she’s swallowing a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin…and more! This Halloween-themed twist on the classic rhyme will delight and entertain all brave readers who dare to read it!

    Dem Bones Book Cover

    Dem Bones (via Amazon.com)
    by Bob Barner

    This book is educational. You read about the different bones in the body. The fun thing is that if you know the song, it is fun to sing this book to your kids!

    Synopsis: Sing with a colorful skeleton band in this exuberant rendition of a traditional, most-loved African-American spiritual passed down by word of mouth for generations.

    Frank was a Monster who wanted to Dance Book Cover

    Frank was a Monster who wanted to Dance (via Amazon.com)
    by Keith Graves

    This book is funny! My kids think it is just hilarious!

    Synopsis: Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat and shoes made in France, opened a jar, and put ants in his pants!

    Bedtime at the SWAMP Book Cover

    Bedtime at the SWAMP (via Amazon.com)
    by Kristyn Crow

    This book has a part the kids love chanting with you as you read! There is also a fun new friend at the end!

    Synopsis: It’s bedtime at the swamp—except somebody’s not ready. Somebody’s still splashing in the water and the mud.

    Shivery Shades of HALLOWEEN Book Cover

    Shivery Shades of HALLOWEEN (via Amazon.com)
    by Mary McKenna Siddals

    This book has a lot of fun rhyming words as you read about Halloween’s different colors!

    Synopsis: What color is Halloween? It’s as green as an “eerie glow, evil grin, vile brew, clammy skin,” and as white as “cobwebs clinging, a misty trail, a skull, a spook, a face gone pale . . .”

    Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies Book Cover

    Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies (via Amazon.com)
    by Mark Kimball Moulton

    I always love to read books with witches. This witch is 400 years old and makes pies for all the kids in the neighborhood. There is a surprise at the end about how she serves it!

    Synopsis: At Halloween, all the neighborhood children look forward to eating the delicious pumpkin pies made by Fiona, an old woman who reminds them of a witch.

    The Skeleton in the Closet Book Cover

    The Skeleton in the Closet (via Amazon.com)
    by Alice Schertle

    This book is my favorite Halloween book of all time. We have two copies! I have read it to my kids so many times that I have memorized it. The kids repeatedly ask me to read this book; they love it so much! The Skeleton in the Closet is an adorable book.

    Synopsis: Bam! Bam! Bam! A skeleton’s knocking at the door. Creak… creak… creak… Now he’s going up the steps — but this skeleton isn’t looking for what you’d expect. Snickers and shivers await readers in this wickedly funny rhyming story that will surely tickle funny bones.

    Every year, I find new Halloween books that I love. For now, this is my list of favorite Halloween books to read with my children. I hope you and your family enjoy these books as much as we have over the years! Until next time, happy reading!

  • Holidays,  Rants & Musings

    Do I Make a Halloween Costume or Buy One?

    I love the Halloween season. I love all things fall! The one thing I stress about Halloween is Halloween costumes for the children. My kids are great; they always know exactly what they want to be. That has never been the problem. My stress as the mother is, do I make a Halloween costume or buy one?

    In the past, I have done both. When my kids were younger, there were some Halloween’s that I would attempt to make their costumes. Some years I have bought them. In the years I have bought them, I always felt like I wasn’t a great mom because I didn’t make this fantastic costume for my kids to wear.

    During the years I made their costumes, I would try hard to be like the other moms and make these beautiful costumes. I would spend hours trying to make these costumes, and in the end, they never really turned out great, and I would feel like a horrible mom because their costumes weren’t these great, amazing costumes.

    I have concluded this about myself in just these last couple of years. I AM NOT A CRAFTY PERSON!! Making costumes was just not my thing. It was the most stressful thing and would take me twice as long to make as it should. Making them for me took the fun out of the holiday season. I love doing all the fun fall festivities in our town. During the years that I would make the costumes, I felt like I didn’t have time to take the kids to do all the fun activities.

    So, I stopped making their costumes. I buy them now. It has taken the stress out. We have more time as a family to do fun activities for Halloween. It has taken me a long time to feel good about not making costumes. I always felt like less of a mom when I didn’t make them.

    I have bought costumes for the last couple of years, and I have no feeling of guilt. It is the best choice for my family and me. We enjoy the season so much more than we used to. I admire those who can make their children’s costumes or even their own. It just isn’t my thing. You are still a great person if you don’t make costumes. You do what is best for you and your situation.

    In short, do I make a Halloween costume or buy one? My vote will always be to buy one! What do you do? Do you make your costumes, or do you buy them?