All Hallow’s Read!
Give a book for Halloween
Spooky elements: Halloween history (lots of cultures’ death rituals), spooky costumes, a mysterious companion, death itself.
Good for: This is a Halloween classic! It’s great, not only for children, but for anyone who wants a spooky introduction to the history of the holiday. I was a little disappointed in it—from my childhood, I remembered there being a girl in the film version (just released on DVD!), but no such character exists in the book, which, being a girl myself, made me feel a bit left out.