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13 Books for a Spooktacular Family Halloween

SultanaBun By SultanaBun Published on October 10, 2016
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Halloween has it all: terrifying traditions, dastardly disguises, perilous party games and, apparently, alliteration aplenty.

From blood-curdling bites and creepy creations to fearsome frights; here are 13 books to make this Halloween the fright night of your life.

Frightfully Good Cookery Books

Take a step beyond scary packaged confectionery and celebrate the good things to eat at Halloween.

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Tricky Treats by Susanna Tee.

These beastly bites include many quick and easy makes that are ideal for creating with the help of the little monsters in your house. Goodies include: Dead Fly Pancakes, Peanut Butter Pumpkins and Grape Eyeballs.

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Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers

A well-illustrated book with delicious recipes that aim to be useful for Halloween and beyond. Includes such terrifying treats as I'Scream Cake, Spidery Cupcakes and Witches' knuckles. 

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Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook by Betty Crocker

Including almost 100 recipes with a full-color photo of every one, Betty Crocker offers bonus features on setting up a Halloween buffet, fun ways to reuse Halloween candy and recipes perfect for gift-giving. Find recipes for such dubious delights as Boneyard Dirtpops and Spiderweb Black Bean Smoothies. For the health conscious, this book features full nutritional information for every recipe 

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Zombie Cupcakes by Zilly Rosen

Zilly Rosen presents a ghoulish army of delicious creations that appear anything but sugar-coated. Ranging from Zombie Flesh to Night of the Living Cupcake, these recipes are not for the faint of heart. Every recipe features step-by-step instructions for the baking and icing, alongside devilish illustrations and photography. With an extra bonus of zombie quiz panels, this is just the book to raise the spirits (dead or otherwise).

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Halloween Books for Crafty Creatures

If your creative endeavors generally turn out a bit scary, Halloween is your time to shine.

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Creating Your Vintage Halloween by Marion Paull

This delightful book brings new life to the folklore and traditions of Halloween. Celebrate All Hallow's Eve the old-fashioned way with dressing up, fortune-telling games and much pleasurable spookiness. Learn why we bob for apples and then recreate your own vintage Hallowe'en with a carved Jack o' lantern, a witch costume, and fun decorations for your home. 

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The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger

Easy to knit patterns for 20 scary monsters. Each monster is illustrated in two colour and yarn choices to demonstrate their adaptable personalities. Hide them under the bed or keep them close for cuddles.

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Zombie Felties by Nicola Tedman

Patterns and instructions for everything from a Zombie King of Pop to a Zombie Bride. No special skill is required, just this book and a brave heart. Be warned, these fearsome felties may take over your home.

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Paper Crafts for Halloween by Randel McGee

Halloween crafts don't need to be elaborate or expensive. Storyteller Randel McGee will teach you how to make a flying bat, a sitting black cat or even a haunted house, all from paper.

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Plastic Lace Crafts by David Kominz

You may call it scoubidou or boondoggle but either way, kids love plastic lace. This book provides simple but fun projects for making a multitude of creepy creatures to adorn key chains and zipper pulls this Halloween. Projects begin with basic 4-strand stitches but progress to 6- and even 8-strand lacing. 

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Frights For All Ages

Thrillers don't have to be just for grown-ups. Here are some heart-racing books for thrill-seekers big and small.

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Peppa's Halloween Party 

This lovely board book will make certain even the smallest book-lovers enjoy Halloween. 

For little monsters from birth to 2 years.

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Funnybones by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

The first in the much-loved classic series, these skeletons are definitely not the scary kind. They are full of good humour and fun.

For terrifying toddlers from 2-5 years.

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Horrid Henry's Seriously Spooky Joke Book by Francesca Simon

Tickle their funny bones with Horrid Henry's gruesome humour.

For lovers of cringe-worthy jokes, regardless of age.

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Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

A teenage witness to a murder is found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. Hercule Poirot is on the case.

This tightly plotted classic was published when the author was 79. At number 36 in the series, Halloween Party is one of the last adventures of Poirot.

There could hardly be a book better suited to the season.

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Irish blogger and book reviewer. Official contributor to Bookwitty.com and author of Bookwitty's monthly 'Cooking the Books' feature. Erstwhile microbiologist with an MSc in Food Science, she ... Show More


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