A Halloween Blast from the Past- Children’s books
Out of all the frightening books I’ve read since young to now, there are a few children’s books that will resonate with me forever. Here are three.
The Cat who Wanted to Fly
My mother has always shown a great amount of enthusiasm about Halloween, and she raised me to be the same. Every year on October first, she’d already have the house prepared with cobwebs, bats, and a witch who would rock back and forth in a chair at the front of the house, and would cackle any time a passerby would get near.
She bought me “The Cat Who Wanted to Fly,” by Robyn Supraner when I was probably five or six years old and would read it to me as a bedtime story. Even when I got a little older, I’d read it to myself every October, until of course I got to an age that my kid books needed to be replaced and given away. But now I reminisce and remember the little black cat named Midnight who wanted to fly despite the wishes of her owner, Maggie. She wanted to fly so bad that one night while Maggie flew away in her broomstick, Midnight went snooping around in Maggie’s spell books. She learned of a spell to torment her master when she got back and put her under a laughing curse.
Maggie laughed so hard that she pleaded and cried for her clever cat to lift the spell. And in return, she took Midnight with her on a special flight, just for her.
How cute is that!? And SO perfect for a little kid to get into the spirit of Halloween.
The Green Ribbon
One of my ultimate favorites was a morbid one indeed! This one is just a short story and I believe it helped develop my dark sense of humor. The Green Ribbon is found in a book called In A Dark Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories, retold by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Dirk Zimmer.
Jenny was a young girl who always wore a green ribbon around her neck. When Jenny met Alfred, it was love at first sight and they dated. Alfred noticed that Jenny, never wearing any other necklace, never took the green ribbon off. He asked her why she always wore it, but Jenny always gave him the same answer: you have to wait to find out.
Well, Jenny and Alfred get married. And still, she doesn’t tell him yet. One day, while they were already old and near death, Jenny gets ill. While lying on her deathbed, she calls him near and says to him that she can finally reveal why she never took off the green ribbon. Slowly, Alfred unties the ribbon from around Jenny’s neck.
And her head falls off.
Classic horror story! Still to this day, it is one of my favorite short stories ever told! And an easy step into horror for a young mind.
Spooky the Ghost Dog
This children’s book isn’t scary at all but more clever and cute. Spooky the Ghost Dog, by Elizabeth Ferrand wasn’t around when I was a child, but it was enjoyed by my younger siblings and some of my friend’s children. I just find it so cute I had to share!
What’s the one thing kids beg for? Besides a later bedtime and sweets?
A puppy, of course!
This clever parent tells her children that if and only if they behave and do all their chores, will they be allowed to keep something that’s better than a dog. A dog that you wouldn’t ever have to feed, or clean up after, or even walk- only when they want to play with it. A dog that will still show them love, and will never die.
That’s because Spooky is a ghost dog!
With a soft summoning charm, the children’s mother shows them how to summon Spooky- but they need to be well behaved little children first, or Spooky won’t appear. In the end, Spooky becomes a real dog. Such a cute Halloween book!
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Do you have a favorite Halloween book or story you read as a child? Please share it in the comments below!