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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

{halloween book countdown}

One of my great loves in life is reading, along with books of all kinds. I also love Halloween--not the scary, ghoulish, gory kind, but the fun costumes, trick or treating, sugar cookies, and pumpkins on the porch kind.

To celebrate both of these, I created a Halloween Book Countdown---a really fun way to count down the 31 days to Halloween--starting with October 1st. I put together a list of some favorite Halloween books, along with some others I wanted to try, then headed to the library. (I'm working on collecting our own, but until then, the library is the perfect resource, and had all the titles I was looking for.) I found a black tub at Target in the holiday section, added some ribbon and vinyl, and our book countdown was ready!

Whether you label the books and go in order like an advent calendar, pull numbers out of a hat, or just let kids choose randomly, this can be a super fun way to enjoy the holiday together.

Here is my list of 31 books: (most of these books are targeted for ages 3-8)

1. Too Many Pumpkins, Linda White
2. Pumpkin Soup, Helen Cooper
3. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Steven Kroll
4. Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden, George Levenson
5. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, Margaret McNamara
6. Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Jeanne Titherington
7. In the Haunted House, Eve Bunting
8. Room on the Broom, Julie Donaldson
9. The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything, Linda Williams
10. The Night Before Halloween, Natasha Wing
11. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, Stan & Jan Berenstain
12. The Big Pumpkin, Erica Silverman
13. The Vanishing Pumpkin, Tomie dePaola
14. Humbug Witch, Lorna Balian
15. Bug That Go Bump in the Night, David A. Carter
16. Five Little Pumpkins, Iris Van Rynbach
17. Scary, Scary, Halloween, Eve Bunting
18. Peek-A-Booooo!, Marie Torres Cimarusti
19. Mrs. McMurphy’s Pumpkin, Rick Walton
20. It’s Halloween!, Jack Prelutsky
21. Thirteen Nights of Halloween, Rebecca Dickinson
22. Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies, Mark Kimball Moulton
23. Ten Timid Ghosts, Jennifer O’ Connell
24. The Bumpy Little Pumpkin, Margery Cuyler
25. Halloween Night, Arden Druce
26. Haunted Castle on Hallows’ Eve, Mary Pope Osborne
27. All Hallow’s Eve – The Story of the Halloween Fairy, Lisa S. Johnson
28. Pumpkin Hill, Elizabeth Spurr
29. Skeleton Hiccups, Margery Cuyler
30. The Ugly Pumpkin, Dave Horowitz
31. Trick or Treat Countdown, Patricia Hubbard

Have a favorite story that's not listed here? Please share!

I'm looking forward to cozy nights, snuggled up with my kids, a good book, and
just maybe a cup of hot chocolate.



Blogger Julia said...

Love love love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

September 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger just call me jo said...

Thanks for these fun Halloween and fall titles. I LOVE books.

September 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Lumiya said...

You should find the book "The Hallo-Wiener" by Dav Pilkey (It's a kids book about a dachshund.) It's the cutest trick or treating story, complete with mischievous scaredy cats! My daughter and I love it!

September 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger sbodier_1 said...

I love this idea! I'm going to share this on my blog if you don't mind, all credit to you of course. :)


September 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I really love this idea. Thank you for sharing. You have such fun, creative ideas. I love looking at your blog and getting inspired.

September 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger leemeandthegirls said...

what a great idea!

September 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger The Lowe Family said...

Our very favorite halloween book is "Where's my Mummy" by Carolyn Crimi. It's an absolutely adorable story about a little mummy playing hide and seek with his mummy just before bedtime! I'd let you borrow it...but it is well loved. *M* has them on sale now.

September 29, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Julie McRae said...

I must tell you I think you are so cute! I love your blog and all your fun ideas. In my opinion, you have the BEST crafty blog in blogland! Thanks for always sharing your ideas. Also, CONGRATS on running your first half marathon! You will now officially be addicted! I have done some halfs but my first full is on Saturday!

September 29, 2010 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Monika Wright said...

Our youngest girl loves "Black Cat Creeping" for some reason. Pages are torn and crinkled and taped back together, but it keeps on making an appearance each and every Halloween! Love your idea.

September 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Farmgirl Paints said...

Ooohh thanks for the list. One of my very favorite things about fall is TOO MANY PUMPKINS. That is one of my all time favorite children's books.

September 29, 2010 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Calandra said...

Where do you get all your vinyl letters for your crafts?

September 29, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger LuckyStarErin said...

I so love your blog and am your newest addict! I did a post featuring your poppy clips and told everyone where to find your great tutorial.
:) Erin

September 29, 2010 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

Well, she pulled and she tugged and she pulled, first she pulled hard and then she pulled harder but the pumpkin just sat! Drat, said the witch! Big Pumpkin is my favorite, I also love to read Humbug Witch and The Little Old Woman Who not afaird of anything! YOu picked all my pre-k favorites!

September 29, 2010 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger The Cantu Family said...

ok, So I have been lurking around your site for some time now and I love all of your ideas, and apprantly so did someone else in my town, because almost all of these books were already checked out today when I looked online! I hope they return them soon! Thanks for the great idea.

September 29, 2010 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Calandra--I have a vinyl company that I have used for years, and their link is in my right side bar.

September 29, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Calandra said...

Thanks! I've never scrolled over to the right side before. Now I have more to explore. I will go check them out. Again, Thank you.

September 29, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Roeckers said...

What a great idea!!

September 29, 2010 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

What a great idea!! I buy my nieces and nephews a new holiday book every holiday for all holidays. They love it! I will pass this idea on to my sister in law she will love it.. they should almost have enough to fill a basket. I may have to make the container and send it with their new books this year:)

September 30, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Kara Marie said...

LOVE the suggestions of books!!!

I received this blog award today and I'm paying it forward to you! I hope you will pay it forward as well :)

Have a great day!!

September 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Great idea! We're going to do it for Christmas too!

The Runaway Pumpking is another great Halloween book.

September 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

My all time favorite Halloween book was one that my Great Grandmother used to read to me.

A Woggle if Witches by Adrienne Adams

I love love love this book!

September 30, 2010 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

This is such a great idea. Especially with how cheap you can get some halloween books through scholastic!

September 30, 2010 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

I love this!

September 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We also LOVE Halloween books (and I totally agree with getting them cheap through scholastic). Our current favorite is from the library, though...."John Pig's Halloween". Happy Fall!

September 30, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Sarah@AlpinePoppy said...

What a great idea?! Seriously I love it, do you mind if I copy you? I think that i would like to do one for Christmas too, leading up to the nativity story of course! Love it, thanks for sharing!

September 30, 2010 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Sarah@AlpinePoppy said...

I just shared this on my facebook page, I hope that is okay :)

September 30, 2010 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

What a great "pre-halloween" gift this would make for the grands! Thanks!!

September 30, 2010 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

We love John Pigs Halloween-Jan L. Waldron

October 1, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Frankie Stein (Lola M Schaefer) and (on your list) Skeleton Hiccups are my favorite to read in the library during Halloween ; D I also made a cute skeleton out of milk jugs to assist me in reading Skeleton Hiccups, I bring him to school with me during October and the students love him. Mr. Bottle Bones is from the family fun website:

October 1, 2010 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Corners of My Life said...

My all time favorite:
12. Big Pumpkin, Erica Silverman
Have you heard the cd/tape of the story?

October 2, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Steve, Dayna and Kids said...

My family has lots and lots of books and one of our FAVORITES is called Spookley the square pumpkin. It is about a pumpking that is different from all the others but learns that different was good! I LOVE books like these that have a good message for my kiddos! BTW LOVE, LOVE, LOVVVVVE your blog!!!!!!

October 6, 2010 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Steve, Dayna and Kids said...

OMGosh I totally forgot to put the author (tehe) ~Joe Troiano~

October 6, 2010 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger About Me said...

Thanks for posting. I have been following your blog for a while now, after seeing it off of someone elses blog, and I think it is just adorable. Thanks for sharing-- I would love to do this myself one day!

October 6, 2010 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

This is such a great idea! I love Room on the Broom. I had a few to add, but after scrolling through the comments others suggested them too. Some that I didn't see, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble, by Judy Schachner, and The Widow's Broom, by Chirs Van Allsburg.

October 10, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger About Me said...

Love this idea! Have you done it for christmas too? If so I would love an idea list for books--

October 14, 2010 at 1:14 AM  
Blogger Price is Right said...

I love this idea! What a fun tradition! I love kid books!:)

October 14, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Aimee said...

Such a fabulous idea - I do something similar at Christmas. Thanks for posting your book list, too! I featured your idea here. So fun!

October 17, 2010 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger peace love and rainbows said...

you inspired you to make my own list! :) I linked back to this post :)

check out my countdown to All Hallows Eve:

October 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Doreen said...

Awesome list! Thank you!! We love Moonlight: The Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant.

October 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger S. Parker said...

Here is a link to some of my favorite books for October.

October 1, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Anjanette said...

In a Dark, Dark Wood, An Old Tale with a New Twist by David Carter. It has a pop up ghost in the back of the book. So fun.

October 2, 2011 at 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post came just in time! We live in India and I just started homeschooling. I was thinking to myself as I pulled out our ONE halloween book that I needed to find more, but I'd rather have them recomended that just surf the web. And up your feed popped on my google page! OH! our one book is The biggest pumpkin ever By Steven Kroll. It is so cute and special because we have a video of my mom reading it my kids the night before we moved here almost 1 year ago! so special. Thanks for adding more to the month! ~Heidi

October 2, 2011 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...


I just love your blog! We have the Halloween book you show, my daughter loved it when she was little and I still have it memorized because she used to have me read it to her so much!

Thanks for being so inspiring!
Have a great day!

October 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger MaryRuth said...

You inspired me to make a Halloween Book Bucket... mine is not nearly as cute as yours... but it will have to do this year until I can find the cute Target bucket! :)

Thanks for the inspiration... I absolutely love your blog!!!

October 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

My granddaughter is currently obsessed with Runaway Pumpkin.

September 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Thanks for the great idea! We will be doing this this year. I'm featuring this idea on my blog today :)

September 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM  

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