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Saturday, October 27, 2012

View From the 5th Grade Trenches: October 2012 Halloween Lit

I'm over being silly this week on Charlie Holmberg's blog.

I profess to being a Halloween nut. I love the spooky factor. I love the snap of fall in the air. I love any and all things pumpkin. I love seeing teeny tiny superheroes come a-knockin' at my door. Did I mention the candy?

Most of all, I love Halloween stories. Here are a few of the faves from the 5th Grade Trenches.

A new discovery for this year is a hilarious parody of Madeline by Rick Walton and Nathan Hale.


And some returning hits...







What are some of your faves?



25 comments:

  1. I love the spooky poems by Jack Prelutsky: The Banshee, the Mummy, the Kraken, the Sorceress... Awesome :)

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    1. How did I miss those? Barnes and Noble or bust.

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  2. Such a great list! I'm going to have to send this to my neices and nephews so they can grab a few from the library!

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  3. A parody of Madeleine???? I must get that one! And a Ray Bradbury I haven't read yet??? Yum, thank you for this list!! i have been recommending Sabriel by Garth Nix as a great spooky fantasy Halloween read. Just added you as a NaNo buddy!

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  4. The Hallo Wiener!!! My sister would love that one! She's had a couple of wiener dogs in the past. I'm off to see your other post :)

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  5. Hallo Weiner!! Ha! I actually had a Bassett//Daschund mix name Oscar Meyer Weiner as my first dog...

    Why are there so many holidays involving candy?? I've given up the diet.

    You're all over the blogosphere this week! Way to go!

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    1. Hey Michelle - I hear ya. I have zero self-control when it comes to candy in the house.

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  6. I don't really have any fave Halloween stories but I probably enjoyed some stories set around Halloween from the Point book series, when I was a middle-grade/YA back in the day. :)

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    1. Oh - the Point books are new to me. I'll have to snag one and check it out.

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  7. Good suggestions! I've always thought the Fall of the House of Usher was excellent and creepy. My latest short story collection also has some Halloween tales in it, so of course I'm partial to those. ;)

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  8. Oh Man, I love the Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything! Another one was Halloween with Morris & Boris. I read that one over and over and over. :)

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  9. Good suggestions. Growing up we were kept away from spooky tales but I more than make up for it now!

    Happy Halloween!

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  10. Hi Leslie,
    I'm not really big on Halloween (apart from the candy) but some of these titles look irresistible - like the Madeline parody - must read that. Thanks for the list =)

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  11. The Little Old Lady... is one of our favorites, too! Mostly we like movies for Halloween. We always watch Ichabod Crane and sometimes Poltergeist or even Jaws. Even my littler kids like those movies. They laugh out loud when they can see the hinge on the shark's jaw. When I was a kid, that movie scared the crap out of me.

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  12. That collection looks interesting... as a kid, I can't remember reading much spooky stuff...

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  13. I love Bradbury. How did I miss The Halloween Tree?

    I'll check out the link.

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  14. What great books! Makes me want to rush to the bookstore to check out their Halloween displays!

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  15. Hallo wiener just made me burst out laughing.

    Thanks for the book tips. Might get my nephew one of those. :)

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  16. Oh I like that Berenstain Bears book about Halloween...forget the title! :P Thanks for the suggestions!
    Anyway, happy Halloween!!

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  17. Hallo-weiner has been very popular at my kids' elementary this year.
    I love fall too! The air, the colors, the food!! :D

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  18. I'd forgotten the Ray Bradbury book! Thanks so much for reminding me about it. I'm off to dig it out of the back of my closet.

    Hope your Halloween was great. Now it's on to turkey season. Poor turkeys. Little do they suspect.

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  19. Great book picks! But I didn't know about the parody of Madeline. I'll have to find that. I love Halloween, too. I hope yours was spooky and fun!

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  20. What a great selection of Halloween stories.

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  21. Oh, I didn't realise Ray Bradbury had written that. I must check it out.

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  22. I haven't read any of these! I have them on my list to read before next Halloween. I love to read Cinderella Skeleton and Skeleton Man at this time of year to 5th graders.

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