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Spooky Stories from Bloomsbury #ReadYourSocksOff

So with Halloween right around the corner we have some spooky picture books to share with you from Bloomsbury Picture Books. Since September Bloomsbury have been PAIRing brilliant picture books with a different theme each month to introduce children to some exciting new reads. September's theme was FRIENDSHIP and you can read about what Mamma Filz thought of Bloomsbury's selection here. This month's theme is of course Halloween, just take a look at this fairly spooky selection we were sent and get ready to READ YOUR SOCKS OFF!

I Went Trick-or-Treating written and illustrated by Paul Howard is our favourite of the three books we received. The story is about a little boy and girl's trick-or-treating adventure and starts "I went Trick-or-Treating and I scared... a creepy, sleepy spider..." As the story progresses more and more creepy creatures are added to their list and it becomes a great game of memory to recite them all in the right order! We found it a really fun book to read aloud and is perfect for the whole family to join in with.

The second book we received is Scary Hairy Party written Claire Freedman and illustrated by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

You're invited to a party -
what fun! Hip, hip hooray!
So come along to Monster's house
at 3 o'clock today...

It's a wacky and super colourful story that takes place in Raymond's Hair Salon. Raymond's customers are getting ready for a Monster Party and are all incredibly upset after a series of mix-ups at the salon. However when they reach the party they realise that their disaster "dos" have left them looking perfect for the party as it has a rather special theme.

The final book in Bloomsbury's trio is First Day at Skeleton School written and illustrated by Sam Lloyd.

Deep, deep in this dark forest
lurking amongst the trees,
there's a creepy night-time school
no human ever sees.

This is a story about a school with a difference, a school for skeletons! But you'll also meet a whole host of other little monsters there too. Learn to howl with a werewolf, dance with the skeletons and fly with the witches. You may even get your lunch served by zombies. This is a great book for Halloween but also perfect for any little monsters that have just started school!

Thank you to Bloomsbury for such a great selection of books and if you liked the look of these you may also like to take a look at our Halloween choices from previous years:

We wish you all a very Happy Halloween!

Kate & the Mini Reviewers x

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. We received these books from publisher, Bloomsbury Children's Books for the purpose of this post, however all opinions are our own.


  1. Oh I love the look of all of these books. Freddie although would be a bit old for these (he is nearly 9) I am certain when we go to the library tomorrow he would pick these out. They look great #KCACOLS

  2. I love the way all these books look! So bright! So fun! Great illustrations! I think my boys would love these. Thanks for sharing. #KCACOLS

  3. Just perfect for his time of year! I adore Sue Hendra books, as does my youngest daughter :) Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  4. Not heard of any of these but they look a great Halloween selection #readwithme

  5. I love the look of Scary Hairy Party, from a great team of picture book makers too! #Readwithme

  6. These look like fun Halloween stories, colourful and not too scary. Thanks for letting us know about them! #KCACOLS

  7. These all sound like very entertaining books for little ones. I'm sure my nephew would enjoy them.

  8. We don't have any of these! How can that be? #readwithme

  9. We have a Paul Howard book about Skeletons but not this one. My son loves it! #KCACOLS

  10. I love the sound and look of Scary Hairy Party. The description and cover alone make me want to read it. Sadly, it's too young for our 9yo but I know she'd have loved it a few years ago! #kcacols

  11. These books all look fabulous. Brilliant for my little one #KCACOLS

  12. These sound fun. We love reading and it's part of our daily routine. We're always on the prowl for new books. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time