When I was in grade school, we eagerly awaited the two days a year when we had class parties: Halloween and Valentine's Day. Halloween was my favorite because we got to dress up and parade through all the classrooms. No store bought costumes for us. There were always a few ghosts in cut-up sheets, hobos, cowboys, clowns, princesses. One of the stranger outfits that I wore involved a pair of red silk Chinese pajamas and a black, cat's nose and whiskers drawn on with an eye-liner pencil. Was I supposed to be "the cat's pajamas"?
I couldn't wait until I was old enough to go out trick or treating. At last, I was five years old! It was Halloween! I had an ear ache, and my mother insisted that I go to bed. I remember looking out my window at Ricky and Liner in their sheets, knocking on the door, asking if Suzanne could come out trick or treating with them. Obviously, I still haven't gotten over that. But given how much my mother liked chocolate, it must have been a hard decision to keep me home!
My children have their own Halloween memories (perhaps of me confiscating all their Mounds bars), and I am sure you do, too. For the youngest generation, here are some books that can become a part of their Halloween traditions:
Glow-in-the-dark Halloween/Bridwell, Norman E BRI
The Halloween play /Bond, Felicia. E BON
Happy Halloween, Biscuit! /Capucilli, Alyssa Satin E CAP
One Halloween night /Teague, Mark E TEA
Pumpkin eye /Fleming, Denise E FLE
Trick or treat countdown /Hubbard, Patricia E HUB
The Penny Whistle Halloween book /Brokaw, Meredith J 793.2 BRO
Cemetery Street/Seabrooke, Brenda J F SEA
Meet Molly, an American girl /Tripp, Valerie JF TRI
A Newbery Halloween : a dozen scary stories by Newbery award-winning authors /J F GRE