This may sound goofy, but I love things that are exactly the same since before my dad passed away in October, 20 years ago, and one of them is trick or treating. He loved the idea of silly, simply-costumed kiddies eager to be admired, running around for free candy which they’d later sort and barter with friends and family.
Lucky me, good old dad – now about 45 years ago or so -- offered his lap and love to wee October me and we read dozens and dozens of books during these chilly autumn evenings. You guys lucky enough to have kids and grandkids: October is the perfect time to get our Trick or Treaters READING! If you have a reluctant boy reader like I did, they will be guaranteed perk up at the sight of spooky tales and titles – plus there is the great ghost story tradition of reading books aloud this time of year. You can’t miss with “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” by Alvin Schwartz. My girls were easy readers – and they were all the way in to pumpkin picture books and then the “Worst Witch” series (Jill Murphy), and just about everything else.
Come on by and pick out some titles (I have had the best time picking out books for every age level). Then play it up with your kids: “TONIGHT is spooky story time!" Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket or ten to make a cozy fort – and make some memories. Why not start a tradition – on the night you carve pumpkins (we still do, dad – same as always), let each child pick a spooky story for read-aloud while the seeds toast in your oven?
It goes fast, folks, these Trick or Treat years. Mine are gone past for now, as my son is 18 and off to college soon. He never met his grandpa, but I know for sure my pop would have made room on his lap and nudged him towards a chapter book like “Nate the Great and the Halloween Haunt.” So set aside some October-reading lap time with your Trick or Treaters, I know for sure you’ll make forever memories. Prairie Path Books would love you to come by and be inspired by our selection!