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The spookiest time of the year is here! Welcome students with shadow lanterns flickering with bats and haunted windows. Strew the library with chiffon ghosts and fill the air with haunting sounds.

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"Blood-Curdling Story", Falling Up (Silverstein) - In this short poem, the narrator describes how scary a particular story is and begs for it to be retold.
Piggie Pie (Palatini) - Gritch the witch flies to Old MacDonald's farm for some pigs to make piggie pie.
"I'm a Crotchety Witch" Monday's Troll, (Prelutsky) - A crotchety, lonely witch celebrates her 30 303rd birthday.
Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (Williams) - 0nce upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!
Boo! (Munsch) - The audiobook is a hilarious retelling of Lance's trick-or-treating adventure. His scary face spooks his neighbors so much that they fall over--leaving him all their candy
"The Ghost on Pedersen's Farm" (Frog's Riddle) - A draw-and-tell story is a story in which, as the teller is telling the story, he or she is drawing simple graphic elements, each of which represents something in the story
Junie B., First Grader: Boo...and I Mean It! (Park) - Get ready for a "Halloweenie" adventure with the world's funniest first grader!
Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve (Osborne) - The intrepid Jack and Annie are summoned once again to the fantasy realm of Camelot. There, Merlin the Magician tells them that the Stone of Destiny has been stolen. The answer to its disappearance lies within a haunted castle.

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Haunted Canada 3 More True Ghost Stories (Hancock) - Canada's spookiest places!
Save Halloween! (Tolen) - When Johnna's teacher enlists her to script the sixth-grade Halloween pageant, the loner is caught between her fundamentalist family's beliefs and the truth her research reveals.
The Best Halloween Ever (Robinson) - This large family of ruffians has terrorized the community in the past by turning on the sprinklers and nearly drowning all the turkeys, spray painting kids, stealing cakes, and making kids buy back their own candy.
Witches (Dahl) - The young narrator in this story, who's been warned about witches by his Grandmamma, ends up at a hotel where the witches of England are holding their convention.
Halloween Tree (Bradbury) - Eight boys set out on a Halloween night and are led into the depths of the past by a tall, mysterious character named Moundshroud. They ride on a black wind to autumn scenes in distant lands and times, where they witness other ways of celebrating this holiday about the dark time of year.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Bradbury) - Appearing in 1962, this is the story of a diabolical carnival that wreaks havoc on the lives of the people of a small Illinois town, much like the one in which Bradbury grew up.
Skeleton Man and Return of Skeleton Man (Bruchac) - Molly dreams about the Skeleton Man from a spooky old Mohawk tale her father used to tell her - dreams that are trying to tell her something if only she can understand them.

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Halloween Is Here - A flannelboard retelling to the tune of The Farmer In The Dell
Wee Sing Halloween - This collection of action songs, singalongs, fingerplays, circle games, and poems shares the fun of Halloween without being scary.
The Little Orange House - A cut-and-tell-story that ends with two friends opening the house to reveal the pumpkin.

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By the Light of the Halloween Moon (Scholastic Video Collection) - A story about a black cat trying to catch a little girl's toe one spooky Halloween night.

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Copyright 2009; Carlene Walter