Prepare for books that scare!

It began as a misty Halloween morning, it has turned into the most wonderful of Autumn days and now I am sitting with a pile of books wondering if I can scare you! The joys of working with children's books, such variety and fun. So here goes, an attempt to get you reading some scary stories, perfect for Halloween and for any dark Autumn evening curled up in a warm chair or ready to go to bed ... if you dare!

Getting ready for bed already? Well don't forget you need to have a bath first but before that read The Bath Monster by Colin Boyd and illustrated by Tony Ross (Andersen Press) and find out just what the bath monster really loves to eat and just how muddy it is possible to get in order to help him out!

Not going to bed? Having a party instead? Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt can help with that in their Little Monster and the Spooky Party lift the flap book (Egmont) from your very own invitation to view there are spooky surprises all over the house just waiting to be uncovered, lift the flaps and discover ... if you dare!

For more activity fun at your parties or just at home you could turn to the Mr Men Halloween Sticker Activity Book (Egmont) to see if you can complete the challenges and enjoy seeing all your favourite Mr Men and Little Miss characters in new disguises ...

Are you planning a party or other event for Halloween and wanting to know more about this spooky celebration? The look no further than Red Shed's Halloween title written by Richard Platt and illustrated by Richard Watson this book has flaps but more importantly facts ... find out when the witches costume with a pointy hat first appeared, learn a trick or treat rhyme discover spooky house facts and learn about the celebrations around the world.

Looking for some scary stories to share?

Try Julia Donaldson's Spinderella (Egmont) with your little ones to find out how football and Cinderella combine for a magical, autumnal read that will take away any fears of spiders!

Mr. Men Halloween Party by Roger Hargreaves (Egmont) is a wonderful celebration of all things ghoulish in typical Mr.Men Style!

The Ghost Engine is a wonderful Thomas & Friends story (Egmont), a perfectly spooky adventure in which you can discover who are the biggest scaredy engines and who are really the bravest!

Josh Lacey's The Dragonsitter Trick or Treat?, illustrated by Garry Parsons, (Andersen Press) is a great addition to the series and the perfect story for an Autumn night, find out if having a real life dragon at a fancy dress Halloween Parade is going to work out ...

For more madcap adventure Kes Gray brings back the charming, if trouble-prone Daisy for Daisy and the Trouble with Vampires (Red Fox). Daisy loves Jack's stories, so much that it is certain to spell disaster so be prepared, to be scared and well ... laugh quite a lot too!

Dirty Bertie Monster by Alan MacDonald, illustrated by David Roberts (Stripes) gives readers not one but three stories to enjoy as does Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Spooky School by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Steven Lenton (Nosy Crow).

Bella Broomstick Halloween Havoc is the third title from Lou Kuenzler (Scholastic) in this wonderfully witchy series, get it for Halloween or because you are, like me, enjoying the books so much!

Bloomsbury have a trio of scary books for our older readers, Chris Priestly's Tales of Terror have all been given a new cover look and with their illustrations by David Roberts Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth and Tales of Terror from the Black Ship will keep you terrified for hours!

To conclude a book with less of a Halloween feel and more of an Autumnal one, featuring a giant pumpkin, friends and family The Pumpkin Project by Katie Smith (Hodder Children's Books) is the perfect antidote to all this creepy horror, a light and heart-warming story for sharing.

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