Spooky stories for little ones this fright night
We know it’s going to be tricky (make that nigh on impossible), to corral little ones into bed on Halloween after they’ve consumed a frightening amount of sugar, so why not trick them into snuggling down with a treat from our special spooky Halloween bookshelf (see what we did there?)? From the very littlest to bigger kids, there’s a ghost story for everyone. And they’re only mildly scary – apart from The Witches, which still gives us nightmares. We might all be sleeping with the lights on…
Wickle Woo the baby owl has planned a Halloween party and tiny readers will love pulling the bright, colourful tabs to discover who is coming to the party and what costume they’re wearing. A simple book to capture the imagination of pre-readers.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without Meg and Mog! The terrible two are off to a witches’ party and once there, a spell goes a bit wrong… With easy-to-follow text and speech bubbles to encourage joining in, Meg and Mog books are a colourful classic.
A noisy rhyming story from the creators of Ten Little Pirates. The monsters meet a howling werewolf, a giant spider and other nasties, and there are lots of things to find and count on every beautifully illustrated page. Prepare for belly laughs.
Both boys and girls will enjoy Spinderella the football-playing spider. She wants to play a match with her brothers and sisters but doesn’t know how many should be on each team and can’t count the goals until her Hairy Godmother comes to the rescue. Counting practice, bold illustrations and lots of colour. And spiders *shudder*.
The first of the Funny Bones series, where the big and little skeletons head out from their cellar to find someone to scare. But everyone is asleep in bed, so they have to scare themselves, which will have your little ones giggling away. All together now, ‘On a dark, dark hill…’
Julia does it again in this tale about a witch and her cat, who fly over forests and mountains in a stormy wind. As the wind blows off her hat, bow and wand, various creatures help her find them and ask for a ride on her broom. Lovely rhyme, beautiful illustrations and a fire-breathing dragon.
After eating nothing but pumpkins for a month when her family couldn’t afford anything else, Rebecca swears she will never look at one again. Years later, a giant pumpkin crashes into her garden and unleashes a plague of them. An amusing, cosy autumnal read for all ages.
A subtly spooky mystery about Jasper, who believes he’s being followed by carrots! He’s convinced they’re stalking him, and keeps confusing everyday objects with carrots, which will make your child laugh, thinking they know the real story. Until the surprise ending…
We couldn’t have a Halloween Bookshelf without this favourite. This menacing tale about children-hating witches, who dress in ordinary clothes and look like ordinary women, will have your older kids rapt and cheering for the heroic boy and his grandmother. A gripping, ghoulish read.
The last of our Christmas gift guides! And there's something extra special about Christmas when there's a baby in the family, even if they don't know quite what's going on (and, let's face it, you're so tired, neither do you...). Here's our gorgeous selection of gifts, featuring small and unique Brands We Love so you can support the independents as much as we do.
Festive gift inspo for the little lords in your life. Whatever they're into, we think we've found something to bring a smile to their face this Christmas morning. Focusing on classic, quality gifts that will inspire curiosity and encourage creativity, these should keep them busy beyond Boxing Day.
Festive gift inspo for the little ladies
We love to review toys for Busy Bird - but sometimes the best review is just watching a child open the toy and play with it, that way you get their honest reaction. And this is just what happened when we were asked to be part of an 'unboxing' for goodtoknow.co.uk recently. Let's just say Wet Head is no fun when it's Mummy's head getting wet...