But we'd always have a stack of Halloween books to read as well. My favorites are here. You've heard me speak of #1 before. It's the most classic and won't really scare you but will get you in the spooky mood of the holiday. The Haunted House and the Goblin are the two best ones for giving you slight chills up your spine. Jack Prelutsky and Marilyn Hafner are geniuses for shaping my love of this day so much.
For its sweetness, I loved two other books: "How Spider Saved Halloween" by Robert Kraus, which tells the story of a spider who dresses up as a pumpkin after neighborhood tricksters smash the pumpkin at his friend's house, and "The Biggest Pumpkin Ever" by Steven Kroll, about two mice who unwittingly tend to the same pumpkin in the patch, making it...the biggest pumpkin ever.
The first is more for kids, and has become the favorite book my nephew, Gavin:
The second book, also by Schwartz, is the stuff of nightmares. It's illustrated with nightmarish imagination by Steven Gammel. Great job for scaring the CRAP out of me, Mr. Gammel.
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The last book I've recently found. The watercolor paintings are exquisite and the story is intriguing. Look for repeating details, like the moths, throughout the book. It's called "Zen Ghosts" and it is by Jon J. Muth.
It's the most wonderful time of the year!