Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to make the occasion special than by reading some stories with your kids? After all, reading to your child (even if she can already read by herself) is one of the best parent-child bonding activities. In fact, parents should never neglect the importance of reading. Even babies and toddlers would benefit a lot if their parents would take the time to develop their love for reading!
Before we tackle the books though, you may also want to know a bit of trivia about the history of Halloween:
“Halloween is considered by most in the United States as a fun holiday, mostly for children, but it has roots in ancient religions and folklore, including paganism, ancient Roman religions, early Catholic Christianity, Irish folklore, and even British politics! Children and adults alike enjoy this holiday today, with funny costumes, candy, and parties, while some countries observe this time as a remembrance of departed loved ones and religious saints.”
For us in the Philippines, discerning parents have learned to combine the “Western” elements of Halloween (“trick or treat,” Halloween parties, etc) with our traditional Christian roots of remembering our deceased family members and relatives, and of also celebrating the richness of All Saints’ Day.
In case you’re choosing to celebrate the “Eve of All Hallows” or Halloween with a storytelling/read-aloud time with your kids, here are five of our recommended titles:
It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall Illustrated by Shari Halpern (available on Amazon)
This wonderfully-illustrated book veers from the ghoulish side of Halloween and focuses instead on the story of a little girl and a little boy who prepare for the holiday by growing their own pumpkins. Besides enjoying the colorful artwork, kids may even pick up a Science lesson or two about how pumpkins grow from seeds.
Ang Kaibigan ng Dilim by Rene O. Villanueva Illustrated by Joanne de León (available at National Bookstore)
This short story book is perfect for little kids who are afraid of the dark. It features Anton, a little boy who eventually learns to overcome his fear of the dark, and discovers that the dark can be his “friend.” The entire text is in Filipino but has an English translation on the inner first and last pages of the book. Reading this book with your kids on a dark Halloween evening may even become a springboard for a healthy discussion about conquering one’s fears.