What makes a Halloween literary classic? Vampires? Monsters? Ghosts? Frankenstein? The scarier the better, right? Not for me. I’m the girl who jumps when they cue the spooky music and misses most of horror movies because my eyes are covered. My favorite Halloween picture book (and TV special!) has always been It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I still watch it every year while I hand out candy, despite my five-year-old daughter declaring it a lame baby show.
Since my love for The Great Pumpkin has obviously not been passed down, I recently ventured into the children’s section of my local bookstore seeking a new tradition for my family. Most popular trend this year: hysterical Halloween spoofs on classic picture books. Yes! That’s a tradition I can embrace. Do I feel a top five list coming on?
Top Five Hysterical Halloween Spoofs:
5. Ten Little Pumpkins by Stacy Peterson
4. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colangro
3. The 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich
2. Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex
1. Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster
My daughter loves Madeline, so how can she resist Frankenstein? We’ve been reading it every night for weeks!