Spooky Fun with Kids

For Halloween fun that won’t give your kids nightmares, we’ve got you covered.  Read on for our librarians’ favorite stories and resources.

Gross-Out

If your kids are begging you to take them to a gory, bloody haunted house, going for gross can be a good compromise.  Whip up a kitty-litter cake or some snot on a stick and sneak in a little science with the books on the shelf below.  Brace yourself, these titles may turn your stomach!

Pumpkins

Besides the obvious fun of carving or painting a jack-o-lantern, exploring the pumpkin patch can be an easy way to learn about attributes.  What colors are the pumpkins?  Are the pumpkins smooth or bumpy?  Try sorting pumpkins by size or shape.  For more pumpkin fun, you and your kids can try this pumpkin workout.

Monsters

Scary, horrible monsters have given way to cute, cuddly ones your preschooler or early reader will enjoy.  For older kids, check out R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series or James Preller’s Scary Tales.

Ghosts

Who you gonna’ call?  GHOSTBUSTERS!  (Come on, you know you sang along with that one.)  Join 12-year-old paranormal investigators Nico and Lola as they investigate a Topeka haunting in Spirits of Oz.

Zombies

When we were kids, we played cops and robbers.  Now I see kids playing zombies and vampires.  Feed their brains with a good book!

Natalie Moreland

Natalie is a Kids Librarian with a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.

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