All Hallow’s Eve is coming up and if you’re in the mood for some ghostly good times, have we got the books, movies and info for you!
We’ve got some great Halloween-themed books for kids. You might want to try –
- Halloween Board Books – Cheerful and not scary for little ones (my 2 year old LOVED Seven orange pumpkins).
- Halloween Picture Books – Longer stories with witches and ghosts (some New Zealand books included)
- Picture Books with Bite: Fruit, Vege & Food Fun – A great option if you’re worried about the Halloween-related “treating”, these stories are a good reminder about healthy eating.
- If you like… ghost stories for kids – Spooky tales for older children
We’ve also got this handy Halloween guide with a little bit of history, Halloween crafts and costumes, and safety tips, like this video from New Zealand Police.
For Adults and Teens
If you prefer things a little darker, we’ve got that covered too.
- After Twilight: More vampire tales for teen – Everything from pure horror, to supernatural romance, to straight-up vamp black comedy.
- Loathly ladies writing horror – Splendidly spooky writing by women. These monstrous madams will unsettle, disturb and horrify.
- Be Afraid – A list by the Staff Pickles of their scariest ever reads.
- Very best vampires – A list by the Staff Pickles of the favourite novels about bloodsuckers.
- Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse – Somebody’s got to. Let that person be you with these practical titles.
- Frightening Flicks – My choice of the best horror movies from our library catalogue. With gore rating, so you can pick the level of fake blood you’re comfortable with.
Maybe try some horrific winners?
- Bram Stoker Awards – Named after the author of Dracula, and run by the Horror Writers Association.
- Sir Julius Vogel Awards – Named after a former New Zealand Prime Minister/science fiction novelist, the awards “recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents”.
Halloween events in Christchurch
- Science Snippets in the library will feature ‘Blood and Guts’ as the theme
- Linwood Library’s regular Gamezone after school club is having a Halloween party
- Garden City Orchestra Halloween Concert at Avonhead Primary School
- Eventfinda Halloween listings (mostly for grown-ups)
Halloween Party preparation
So that’s plenty of Halloween-y stuff to consume, just make sure you return it on time (or we’ll own your immortal soul, as per our library membership conditions*).
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