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Spooky Listens for October

One of my favorite things about October is busting out just the right spooky audiobook to get me in the Halloween spirit. There’s just something about taking an already terrifying book, then adding the right narrator and sound effects to make it an even more hair-raising experience.


Be warned – the titles below are not for the faint heart so listen if you dare!

Spooky Halloween

jack o' lanternsIt’s the end of October. The time of year when, theoretically, we dust off our jackets, watch TV while curled under a blanket on the couch, eat soup every night, and plan the outdoor excursions we didn’t want to take at the height of summer. The end of October also brings with it the first of the fall holidays: Halloween. Although Halloween isn’t one of my favorite holidays, I do love certain aspects of it. Candy is highest on that list, but I also adore Halloween themed movies, particularly those appropriate for the whole family. This year alone, three new movies in the spirit of Halloween (Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie) were released in theaters, proving that the market for family friendly Halloween movies is growing.

If you’re in the mood for a family friendly Halloween movie this fall, browse the HCPL catalog and check out a DVD today!

Kimberly’s Halloween Movie Picks:

Scary Fun Stuff for Halloween at HCPL

Photo Credit: Jack o' Lantern by wwarby via flickr/creative commonsAh, Halloween! A time to gather with loved ones around a cozy fire…and scare them out of their wits! Harris County Public Library has books, music and videos to help you celebrate this spookiest of all seasons. Also, many HCPL branches will be presenting special Halloween programs--from crafts and costume contests to pumpkin-carving and blacklight karaoke.

Halloween Fun @ HCPL

Family Friendly Halloween

pumpkinsI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I adore fall. I love it not only because the leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, but because fall is packed with holidays. I confess that of all the fall holidays, Halloween is my least favorite, but it certainly has its advantages. Candy is, naturally, the best part of any Halloween celebration, but the movies are a close second. My personal favorite Halloween movies aren’t the gory ones or the scary ones. I love the classics and the cartoons – the ones that adults and kids can enjoy together.

It's Halloween!

Why do we like to be scared? Do you think it might all go back to that first jack-in-the-box encounter? We turn the crank, the clown jumps out, we get scared, and then we laugh. That little thrill just gets us every time.
When Halloween comes around every year, we start thinking about dressing up in costumes and snacking on tiny boxes of candy and miniature candy bars – and what movies we can watch to scare the daylights out of us! Or make us laugh. Or maybe even make us cry.

I’m sticking with a ghost theme this year, and I’ve divided my viewing into three categories.

Ghosts That Make Me Laugh

Not for the Faint of Heart

Happy Halloween!

During October, many older children enjoy reading scary stories. I have collected a few items that I think you will enjoy. Please be aware, that these books are not for young children.

If you have a favorite scary book I would love to hear about it.  You can leave comments below, or come visit me at the library.  I love saying hi to my friends.

Create your own Monster Mashup!

Just in time for Halloween, Oriental Trading (the website with tons of cheap party stuff) has a cool "Monster Mashup" tool that lets you create your own video of dancing ghouls using your own pictures. After you've created your video, there are links to let you easily share it via email, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and more. Have fun creating your own mashup!

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