‘Tis the season . . . BOO!

I love Halloween . . . dressing up, getting candy and especially telling stories!

If you feel the same way, you won’t want to miss the Brilliant Bookworms, a youth storytelling group from Winchester Thurston School, telling (slightly) scary stories Tuesday, October 29, 7 pm, at our annual Halloween Costume Party and Bring-Your-Own-Decorated Pumpkin Contest.  Come in costume and join the trick-or-treat parade after the stories!

Here are some of my favorite stories for Halloween:

The Strange Visitor”  piece by piece, body parts come to the woman who is at the fireside; she finally asks what they’ve come for and the surprise answer is . . .  YOU!  Find it in any one of these sources–

English folk and fairy tales / collected by Joseph Jacobs

Spooky stories for a dark & stormy night / compiled by Alice Low

When the lights go out : twenty scary tales to tell / by Margaret Read

Ghost with the Bloody Fingers”  never trust anyone that says a room ISN’T haunted; this scary (but funny) story will make you think otherwise–

Scary stories to tell in the dark / collected from American folklore by
Alvin Schwartz

Scared witless : thirteen eerie tales to tell / Martha Hamilton &
Mitch Weiss

Heckedy Peg”  always do as your mother says and never let in strangers–

Heckedy Peg / by Audrey Wood

Dark Dark Tale”  you never know what you’re going to find in a deep, dark corner–

A dark dark tale : story and pictures / by Ruth Brown

The Ghoul”  a deliciously, frightful poem that will have you shaking in your shoes–

Nightmares : poems to trouble your sleep / by Jack Prelutsky

Yellow Ribbon”  no matter what the color, don’t ask anyone wearing a scarf to remove it–

 In a dark, dark room, and other scary stories / retold by
Alvin Schwartz

The August House book of scary stories : spooky tales for telling out
loud / edited by Liz Parkhurst

Favorite scary stories of American children [sound recording] : grades
K-3 / [edited by] Richard and Judy Dockrey Young

Happy Halloween!

About Kathy

Senior Librarian, Children's Dept, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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