Scared you, didn't I?
No? Well, then perhaps these tales of terror will do the trick.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
When I was growing up, anytime there was a dark and stormy day, my friend Tania and I would turn off all the lights, put on a tape (yes, a cassette tape) of scary organ music and take turns reading the stories from these books by the light of a flashlight. We would then proceed to freak out and have nightmares.
Now, as a middle school librarian, I'm sharing the joys of scary stories with my students. For Halloween, I put out a display of 10-15 scary story books. Only one of them is never on the display - Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories Treasury, which compiles the three books. At lunchtime, students like to grab the book, plop down on the couches and read the stories to one another - even on warm sunny days.
Another title that I read as an adult and managed to scare me silly was Joseph Bruchac's Skeleton Man. Creepster!
So, whatever you do to celebrate today - trick-or-treating, dressing up, staying home and watching scary movies or reading scary stories, or nothing at all, Have a Happy Halloween!
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