Ghostly Reads for Halloween 2013...

Another Halloween is fast approaching.
I don't even know where the time goes.
I sat down to write this post thinking I had weeks until the day of spook...only to realize I'm an idiot who can't keep track of time apparently.  Just like the other day when I thought it was too early in the year for snow - or the time I thought  George Clooney did the voice of Buzz Lightyear.  I even Facebook statused it *double face palm*

I absolutely love this time of year.  Being an amateur cosplayer during the month of October is like diving into Scrooge McDuck's gold fortune (maybe one of you knows what I'm talking about).

But I digress, we are here to talk about books. Halloween books.  Fun, spooky and informative Halloween books that are sure to get you in the mood for some mini candy bars and gooey pumpkin guts.

Smelly Ghost - Written by Isabel Atherton

Smelly ghost is "The story of a poor smelly ghost and his bad eating habits".  I couldn't wait to dig into this little gem.  I love Halloween books, I love funny books, this is a definite mix of the two.  In this story the reader is taken through Smelly Ghost's trip to the "scream-a-market" where he has to decide whether he wants the "fizzy snot soda" or some "slime cookies".  You can only imagine what happens after mowing down on a generous portion of "slime cookies". Smelly Ghost gets sad and eats things.  I could very much relate to Smelly Ghost. Smelly Ghost meets a veggie pusher and you can imagine the rest.

Smelly ghost is recommended for children ages 3-6, but my 9 year old seemed to really enjoy it as well.  Each page is a work of art featuring the adorable main character with an unfortunate gas problem. It has a cover price of $14.95  and you can read more about it here

Better Homes and Gardens Best of Halloween Tricks & Treats (All-New Edition)

Features 192 full colour pages of tips and tricks to make your Halloween extra boo-tiful (see what I did there...).  My favourite quality about myself is that I'm creative.  My worst quality is that I have no motivation.  When something looks too difficult, I shut down and give up.  The best thing about this book is that it makes everything look easy.  The instructions are very basic and they even take photos of the ingredients needed in recipes so you know exactly what to look for!

This book has some great Halloween party planning ideas, recipes and simple (and very unique) costume ideas. My favourite part was all the Halloween cupcake ideas. If I can get a bit of motivation, I may have to whip some up for EVILBOY's "Spooky Day Party" at Cubs.

The suggested retail price for Better Homes and Gardens Best of Halloween Tricks & Treats (All-New Edition) is $19.99 and you can read more about it here

Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat by Eileen Christelow

I have never read a Five Little Monkeys book with EVILBOY, but he seemed to be very familiar with these little monkeys.  This is a story about five little monkeys who are very...*ahem* adventurous and who like to have a good time at the expense of their mother's nerves.

This is a fun little story about the monkeys going trick or treating with their babysitter (I assume their mother got tired of them and wanted a night to herself). They end up trading costumes with other trick or treaters. The end of the story features three Halloween recipes to share with your own little monkeys.

The suggested retail price for Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat is $16.99 (higher in Canada) and you can read more about it here

Disclosure: A big super thank you goes out to Thomas Allen & Son Publishing for sharing these wonderful books with us!

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