It's almost time for monsters, ninjas, fairies, witches and hobos to hit the streets and start begging for candy. HuffPost Parents blogger Devon Corneal has stocked up on mini-chocolate bars and lollipops in the hopes that Halloween doesn't get postponed this year by another freak October storm. On the off chance that she's stuck inside with her kids, she also has a stash of ghoulish and fiendish books perfect for blustery October days. Don't worry, they're not all scary -- in fact, some of them are downright cute and all are guaranteed to entertain even your most particular
Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Rhymes and counting for the youngest book lovers all come together with some very charming monsters and one brave little boy.
Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters By Jane Yolen
Monsters have all sorts of fun and get in all kinds of trouble during a visit to the playground. In that respect, they're not much different than the kids we know and love. But last time I checked, my kid's day wasn't told in rhymes with gorgeous illustrations.
Vampire Baby By Kelly Bennett
Ok, I admit it, I used to refer to my son as a vampire baby during an unfortunate biting phase. But what would happen if you really thought your baby sister was a vampire? Wear garlic necklaces? Try to give her away to a good home? How do you protect yourself from someone with very sharp canines and an adorable charming smile?
Filbert the Good Little Fiend By Hiawyn Oram
Filbert refuses to be bad -- which is unacceptable behavior for a little fiend. His parents want him to be fierce, ferocious, gruesome and ghastly, but he insists on watching flowers and helping little old ladies and sitting out of fights. It isn't until he meets a little angel who refuses to be good that he figures out how to get everyone to accept him just the way he is.
A Very Witchy Spelling Bee By George Shannon
This book was a fantastic surprise. The story of a young witch named Cordelia isn't just a book about witches and hocus pocus -- it's a clever spelling primer that early readers will love. Can Cordelia beat the 203-year-old champion Beulah Divine? Only if she can figure out a way to turn a fiend into a friend.
Crankenstein By Samantha Berger
Oh, we've all been there. You go to wake up your precious son or daughter only to discover that they've turned into a crabby grouchy monster. In other words, Crankenstein. If your kid has every thrown a fit, had a meltdown, or turned from a sweet young thing into a hideous beast, this book is for you.
Halloween Night By Marjorie Dennis Murray
A clever play on <em>Twas the Night Before Christmas</em>, <em>Halloween Night</em> opens the doors on a raucous and unexpected Halloween party filled with witches, zombies, mummies, ogres and ghosts. Human trick-or-treaters are welcome, but may want to think twice about the buffet -- unless they are fond of "fish tails, and stinkbugs, and dragonfly wings."
The Snatchabook By Helen Docherty & Thomas Docherty
Help! Someone (or something) is stealing all the bedtime stories! Books are disappearing before they've been read and only Eliza Brown is brave enough to solve the mystery. When Eliza uncovers the thief -- a tiny Snatchabook -- she has to come up with a plan to put everything right again.
Plants vs. Zombies By Simon Swatman
Until this book arrived at my door, I had never heard of the game Plants v. Zombies. This is a sign that I am old and technologically challenged. Apparently, it is very cool. So is this book, which combines the best of cartoonish illustrations, a tongue in cheek approach to surviving a zombie apocalypse, and some very helpful gardening tips. If you value your brains, I suggest you buy it immediately.
The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root By Christopher Pennell
I find it hard not to love a book that opens with rats playing music in the breeze, vegetables on rooftops and a girl named Carly Bean Bitters who spends her nights drinking tea in front of the fire and her days sleeping. It only gets better from there -- magical trees, royal lineages, beasts hatching from rocks revenge, music, lost stories and crab epaulets, to list only a few of the surprises waiting for readers from first time novelist Christopher Pennell. Don't miss this quirky, gorgeous tale.
How to Catch a Bogle By Catherine Jinks
Things used to be simpler, or at least that's what they say. I suppose that's true unless you were an orphan involved in the bogle catching trade in Victorian England. Then life isn't simple at all. Instead it involves singing, circles of salt, smoky monsters, summoning demons and missing children. And for Birdie McAdam, that's just the beginning. Apprenticed to Alfred Bunce, master bogle catcher, her life is only going to get more complicated.
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