Books for Halloween: 17 Haunting Halloween tales


Jeb Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch
Jana Dillon
Jeb Scarecrow is determined that he can outwit the crows who have planned a big harvest celebration just before Halloween in his pumpkin patch. He secretly carves faces in some of the pumpkins and when the candles are lit at nightfall, their eerie smiles frighten the crows. Jeb's pumpkins are also a big hit with his customers. 1992, Houghton, Ages 3 to 6, $4.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Rattlebone Rock
Sylvia Andrews
Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Out in the town cemetery skeletons, ghouls, witches, ghosts and other creatures start singing and playing to a rollicking rock beat. It draws the townsfolk and they all stomped their feet and joined the rollicking beat to have the best ever Halloween. Silly fun with amusing pictures. 1995, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 7, $13.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Hilda and the Mad Scientist
Addie Adam
Pictures by Lisa Thiesing
Hilda thrives on helping people; her motto is, "I go where I'm needed and stay until I'm not." Often, however, her help is not very helpful. When she decides to help poor Dr. Weinerstein, who is rumored to suffer from rheumatism, she ignores the townspeople who warn her that the doctor is a mad scientist who creates monsters in his laboratory. In her usual bustling way, Hilda drives the doctor crazy. He tries to scare her away by making a monster, but his plan backfires in a surprising way. 1995, Dutton, Ages 4 to 8, $14.99. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen


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