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Carving out Family Time With Halloween Classics

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12 Halloween Classics to Read With Your Family

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?

12 Must-Read Halloween Classics

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.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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 Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

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 Complete Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories by Algernon Blackwood (never heard of him?  19th century gothic horror, my friends.  That’s the stuff.)

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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.

Just sayin’.

Love wins,

KT

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

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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2 Comments

  1. I am not an English native speaker, but I know very well some of the books in the list. I read them during the university. Thank you for sharing at Family Fun Friday.
    Adelien Tan recently posted…Wonderful Ideas for Being Grateful at Family Fun FridayMy Profile

    • Yeah, Adelien, university is definitely the place most people give them a go. It’s so much fun to introduce littles to them early, though! Kinda gives them a leg up, no? 🙂

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