Around the Brison farm, there is nothing we like better than family time. Family hikes. Family game nights. Family movie nights. Family trips.
But if you’re asking the Lit Mama, there is nothing better than family reading time. You’ve probably read with your littles—bedtime stories, picture books, chapter books—but have you ever considered reading a novel together as a family? A little evening time when mama, dada, and kids can all gather around to enjoy a story together?
Picking a novel the whole family can enjoy and reading a chapter a night after dinner is a brilliant way to wind down, spark amazing discussions, and unplug. I have an image in mind of the Ingalls of Little House, sitting around the fireplace and reading together. Don’t you want that kind of closeness with your family? Don’t you just want to turn off the TV and all the other buzzing, annoying electronics and distractions and just be with the people you love?
Yeah yeah. I sure do.
October is a great month to start the tradition, because you can pick from a dozen really good Halloween classics that will put you in the mood for the season.
What Halloween classics should you read?
Ha. You knew I’d have some in mind. And I do—the absolute cream of the crop. It doesn’t matter which of these you choose, it’s sure to give you fun, spooky, haunting family time. And, I mean, that’s the whole point of October, isn’t it?
These are listed in no particular order—I heart them all. Pick whichever one appeals to your family most and get reading.
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (which the littles and I are starting next week! Callooh! Callay!)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Oh me. Oh my. Is there a word stronger than love?)
The Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engel Randall (yeah, the Bette Davis film is based on this book. So you should read it and then rent the movie for Halloween night. That right there is golden.)
The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories by Algernon Blackwood (never heard of him? 19th century gothic horror, my friends. That’s the stuff.)
Family reading time can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.
Read a chapter, nod at each other, move on. I mean, that’s not the point, but if that’s your gig, I’m down. At least you’re reading.
Or you could pop some corn (my second favorite food after melted cheese. And yeah, it’s great with queso), snuggle in, read a chapter or more, and then have a discussion.
Take turns reading so everyone gets to be the narrator.
Dim the lights so the spookiness is compounded.
Research the author and how the book was written and add that to your family time.
Find a novel study and complete it as a family.
Hire a neighbor to scare the crap out of your kids during a particularly suspenseful scene (I’m kidding! A little).
I mean, you don’t have to start your family reading time with a classic horror novel, but It Is Halloween month, after all. Plus, I’ll think you’re a lot cooler if you do.
Be sure to check out these other Family Time posts from my amazing blogger friends!
Ideas for Quality Family Time – Monique @ Living Life and Learning
5 ideas for HOW to have family time with teens and adult children – Kim at Day to Day Adventures
5 Frugal Family Fun Ideas – Sara at Embracing Destiny
Family Time with Game Night – Stacy at Three Busy Bees
Carve Out Family Time with Halloween Classics – KT at Lit Mama Homeschool
Literacy Tips for the Whole Family – CHB Link-up #3 – Ginny at Not So Formulaic