It’s time for All Hallow’s Read again, that magical time of year when we give the gift of fright!
If you haven’t yet heard about it, All Hallow’s Read is a month-long celebration of the horror genre (for the adults) and spooky stories (for the kids). The idea is, whether it’s a beautifully-wrapped Stephen King novel to your spouse, a dog-eared copy of Frankenstein you abandon on a park bench with the inscription “Take Me!” on a Post-It Note, or anything in-between, that we all take the time to give each other scary books.
It started in 2010, when author Neil Gaiman mused on a blog post after a long flight, “You know, there aren’t enough traditions that involve giving books.”
Since then, it’s grown into a world-wide well-kept secret: sellers, librarians, and book-worms from Bangor to Brazil have accepted the challenge. If you want to play along on social media, the twitter-tag is a great place to start.
The best part? It’s shockingly simple to become a part of the tradition.
All you need to do–wait for it–is to give someone a scary book.
Of course, make sure it’s age/interest appropriate, but other than that? It’s up to you! It could be a favorite old Caitlin R. Kiernan novel that’s been gathering dust on your shelf, a brand-new Goosebumps book or three to the neighbor-kid, or whatever your heart dreams up. Brand new, lightly used, or heavily-highlighted with all your favorite lines–go wild!
This year I plan on (finally) passing along my decrepit old copies of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series to my third-grader. If he’s anything like his mom, the creepy plots and Stephen Gammell’s haunting illustrations will be just the right kind of nightmare-fuel to give him the shivers, without keeping him up too late after lights-out.
How about you–what horror-genre stories would you love to pass along, and why?
For more information about AHR, child-friendly book lists, and neat printable promo materials, check out the All Hallow’s Read website.
(And if you need more ideas for great reads to pass along, have a peek at our stacks!)