November 24, 2017

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Halloween Costumes with First Book: Go Big or Go Home

The idea for today’s post completely annihilated my original plan. In an early draft I was just going to gather together a variety of Halloween-appropriate links from over the past few years.  For example, there’s this kooky post from a blog called The Haunted Closet (which is still running and fantastic) back in 2010 that […]

Malinda Lo and Stephanie Perkins On Genre Hopping, Slasher Films, and More

YA authors Stephanie Perkins and Malinda Lo share what inspired them to venture to the scary side, how their writing process changed, and their feelings on “unlikable” characters.

7 Nightmarish Reads | Adult Books 4 Teens

Witch trials, a coven’s curse, a doppelganger, and more: we present seven supernatural and strange tales perfect for Halloween.

Time Is Ticking: Susie Jaramillo on the Day of the Dead

The author/illustrator/publisher Susie Jaramillo and creator of the acclaimed “Canticos” books talks about what inspired her latest bilingual, foldout, lift-the-flap board book, Little Skeletons/Esqueletitos.

15 Spooky Halloween Titles for Young Readers

Lots of treats in this roundup of Halloween titles just right for a variety of revelers, from toddlers to veteran trick-or-treaters.

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Watch with a Friend: Tween-Friendly Movies To Scare Your Socks Off

Thirteen PG-rated films perfect for a Halloween movie night.

Don’t Read These After Dark: A Horror Book List for Tweens

25 bone-chilling reads to help tween horror fans get ready for Halloween night.

Creepify Your Library: Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest Board

Librarian Molly Wetta curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest board. Check out some fun and creepy ideas for Halloween programs, displays, and more.

Frightfully Good Reads | Chapter Book Chat

Librarian Abby Johnson suggests several chapter book series—paired with activities or lesson extenders—that deliver chills and thrills.

Smiling Skeletons and Ghouls Galore | Halloween Roundup

These Halloween titles from Sandra Boynton, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and others balance that often tricky line between fun and scary.

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Halloween ComicFest 2015

Along with all the tricks and treats that come with this time of year, there comes something else. Not something wicked, but something wonderful: Halloween ComicFest is back, and it’s taking place on the special day itself, October 31st! Like Free Comic Book Day, Halloween ComicFest is a day where participating comic shops give away […]

Haunted Houses & Headless Horsemen: Halloween Apps | Touch and Go

Halloween is here! From classic to contemporary stories (and a bit of augmented reality thrown in for good measure) we have apps for every age and sensibility.

Monster Mayhem | Great Read-Alouds for Inspiring Shivers and Giggles

Starring creatures that range from creepy to comical, these not-too-scary offerings are a treat for sharing at Halloween and all year long.

Dark Descents | Chilling Tales for Teens

As the temperatures dip lower and pumpkins appear on front stoops, teens may want to turn to books that go bump in the night.

Spooktacular Halloween Library Programs for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth suggests ways librarians can offer fiendishly fun Halloween programming for kids of all ages.

The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins | SLJ Review

JENKINS, Emily. The Fun Book of Scary Stuff. illus. by Hyewon Yum. 32p. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374300005.
K-Gr 2–A mop top child makes a list of everything that frightens him and shares it with his two dogs. The usual nebulous suspects such as monsters, ghosts, and witches are included, along with more specific terrors such as a nasty cousin who has a penchant for putting ice cubes down the boy’s pants, and a bossy crossing guard. The […]

Library of Congress Seeks Halloween Photos for American Folklife Center Collection

Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.

Halloween Roundup: Spooky Reads and Mysterious Apps

Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Stories for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

In addition to the classic holiday books, these new, diverse selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to please kids and can be used to celebrate upcoming festive occasions, such as Halloween, Nochebuena, Chanukah, and Chinese New Year.

Put a Little Spook On Your iPad | Apps for the Halloween Season

Two iPad apps will put your middle grade students in the Halloween mood.