‘How Scary Can A Book Be?’ Our Top Ten Halloween events

How scary can a book be? This half-term is spookily full of Halloween book events and we’ve rounded up ten of the best spine-tingling book experiences. Is your favourite creepy character in our list?

Grab your broomstick and check out what’s going on at your local bookshop.In Scotland, The Witch of the East will be flying into town at The Edinburgh Bookshop. Join local author Mark Boyde and actor Jimmy Chisholm for a performance of this Victorian tale with lashings of ogres, goblins and the dark kingdom of Netherwold. On the south coast, not one, not two but three authors invite you to a ‘Spooky Magical Halloween Evening‘ at The Book Nook in Hove.  Join authors CJ Busby, Katherine Roberts and Teresa Flavin for readings and activities with a magical twist. At Just Imagine Story Centre in Chelmsford, there’ll be a Winnie the Witch Extravaganza. Book your place for Winnie and Wilbur storytelling and crafts. You might even be able take home an enchanted treat bag.

After this summer’s ‘Creepy House’ reading challenge, the scary vibe lives on at libraries. If you’re in Wales, check out the ‘Spooky Stories and Ghoulish Crafts‘ at Swansea Central Library or there’s a ‘Spooky Special‘ at Harrogate Library in North Yorkshire. Over in Bradford, the Lion Learners team will be bringing their creepy Halloween literacy session to three libraries in the area.

You’ll be on the edge of your seats at literary festivals this Halloween. Older children will love the horror and dark twists of Darren Shan’s Zom-B event at Guildford Book Festival. At the Wessex Children’s Book Festival, author Kaye Umansky invites you to come dressed as a witch or wizard and join in the exploits of Pongwiffy,a witch with some distinctly unpleasant habits.

If you’re looking for a book-related day out, the eternally popular Meg and Mog will be celebrated with a special Meg and Mog Day at Discover Children’s Story Centre in east London. The Story Builders will be reliving some of the duo’s adventures and why not pop into the Which Witch? Emporium to make a hat just like Meg’s. In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pre-schoolers are invited to a Spooky Storyparty at Seven Stories. Dressing up definitely encouraged at this one!

Shake out those cloaks, don those wigs and see how brave you are.

Image (c) Jan Pienkowski

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