If you are a part of the horror community, Halloween is definitely the time of the year. Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to think that it actually is mainly focused on children, and well… I say MAINLY. But if you are a child, there is nothing more exiting than Halloween, but it can also be a bit scary. And if you are an adult into hardcore horror suddenly in charge of a child’s experience and in need for some child-friendly Halloween content, look no further than to this list right here. It is also for the adult with a bit of Halloween nostalgia.
By J.K Rowling
Yes, the Harry Potter series is on the list. But have you ever thought of how perfect it is to read it out loud to children at Halloween? If just for a quick revisit, how about reading the part of the troll at Halloween in the first one, being in the Mystery Chamber in the second or how about when they have the tri-wizard tournament trial in the maze form the forth one? Perfection!
Synopsis: Escape to Hogwarts with the unmissable series that has sparked a lifelong reading journey for children and families all over the world. The magic starts here.
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The magic starts here!
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The Worst Witch
By Jill Murphy
Before Harry Potter, there was the Worst Witch. And equally fun. For some reason though I always watched the TV-series in Easter, and don’t now why. But anyway, it works year round for my part.
Synopsis: ‘Mildred Hubble was in her first year at the school. She was one of those people who always seemed be in trouble.’
Hold on to your broomstick for magical mayhem with Jill Murphy’s much-loved classic The Worst Witch- the original story of life at a magical boarding school.
Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, but she’s making an awful mess of it.
She keeps getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. And when she turns Ethel, the teacher’s pet into her worst enemy, chaos ensues…
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By Roald Dahl
Yeah, nope! This is just. I know it’s for kids, I just…. Well, I suppose I am still recovering for the sleep I lost when I first read this book. Not again. I need my sleep. But anyway. Everything from Roald Dahl will work on Halloween.
Synopsis: Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories–but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!
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The Chronicles of Narnia
By C. S. Lewis
This is sort of a long one, but for the particular Halloween parts, I find that the first book were Narnia was created is a good Halloween story. It is sort of creepy and we get some origin for the witch as well as some Victorian England. I also think the Island parts in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader were they visit the different islands are good Halloween content.
Synopsis: Epic battles between good and evil, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in this unforgettable world, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years.
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Kiki’s Delivery Service
By: Eiko Kadano
You might have watched the anime movie, but have you read the book from the 80s? A glorious nostalgia clash with wondrous witchy vibes.
Synopsis: Nostalgic fans of the Hiyao Miyazaki film and newcomers alike–soar into the modern classic about a young witch and her clever cat that started it all! Half-witch Kiki never runs from a challenge. So when her thirteenth birthday arrives, she’s eager to follow a witch’s tradition: choose a new town to call home for one year. Brimming with confidence, Kiki flies to the seaside village of Koriko and expects that her powers will easily bring happiness to the townspeople. But gaining the trust of the locals is trickier than she expected. With her faithful, wise-cracking black cat, Jiji, by her side, Kiki forges new friendships and builds her inner strength, ultimately realizing that magic can be found in even the most ordinary places. Blending fantasy with the charm of everyday life, this enchanting new translation will inspire both new readers and dedicated fans.
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