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Monday, 19 October 2015

Kids Halloween Basket & Spooky Reads!

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Every year for Hallowe'en, I like to put together a basket full of themed treats for Tyne to help get him excited about the event and just for something fun to do!
I really enjoy putting his basket of Hallowe'en treats together, and as the basket usually contains mostly books I look forward to us reading them and enjoying them together.

In previous years, I've bought Tyne some real modern kids classics for his Hallowe'en basket including Funnybones, some Meg & Mog stories and Curious George's Halloween - they are still among his favourite books and he reads them all the time, Hallowe'en or not!

I have so much choosing what to put into the basket each year...here's what we've got this for year:


Halloween Basket

To start with I try to include a few non-book items to just for a bit of variety - this year we have a Casper The Friendly Ghost dvd (£1.76, Amazon)  which we'll enjoy watching together, a light up laughing Pumpkin wand (99p, Home Bargains), and a couple of chocolate spiders!!

But on to the good part...what about the spooky books?!

Kids Halloween Books

First up we have Mr Tickle & The Scary Halloween (£2.99, Amazon) from the infamous Mr Men collection - this is very cute as its a Glow In The Dark book, and lately Tyne has really been loving the Mr Men series so I know he'll be excited to see this!

I also picked up Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere (£4.55, Amazon)  - I've seen a lot of bloggers review this book lately through the Parragon Book Buddies scheme and it seemed like one Tyne would really enjoy, 

Kids Halloween Books

The book is perhaps a little more basic than I thought, there's not much of a story to it, but it's a nice
quick and easy read...I'm sure Tyne will like it!

Kids Halloween Books


Next up we have Halloween Hide & Seek, and The Night Before Halloween.

Halloween Hide and Seek (£7.21, Amazon)  isn't actually a story but an activity book - each page has a list of hidden objects and you need to find them using the very cool flashlight attachment!


Kids Halloween Books


As for The Night Before Halloween (£2.62, Amazon), I think this one is my favourite find - it's done to the theme of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas but with a spooky Halloween twist instead...very clever and a really lovely, flowing read which I just know Tyne will really love!


Kids Halloween Books


Next up we have the Spooky Sticker Activity Fun Book (59p, Home Bargains) ...Tyne absolutely adores stickers at the moment so I know he'll love this. Some of the activities are way beyond his years but he'll have fun just sticking and colouring in the pictures, and it was a bargain at just 59p from Home Bargains anyway!


Kids Halloween Books


And finally we have Ten Timid Ghosts (£2.63, Amazon) , which is a lovely rhyme with some really good spooky illustrations which will have Tyne very excited no doubt!


Kids Halloween Books


I really can't wait to see Tyne's reaction to these books and get started with reading them all!

Of course Noah is a little bit young for Halloween treats yet, but I didn't want to leave him out completely so I bought him a lift the flap board book!


Kids Halloween Books


Where Is Baby's Pumpkin (£5.22, Amazon) is SO cute - baby goes off in search of her glittery pumpkin and of course behind every lift-the-flap object lies a spooky but cute surprise instead!


Kids Halloween Books

 So there we have our Halloween basket treats for this year!

Do you like to do any Halloween or Autumn themed reading or activities with the kids? As always, I'd love to hear from you!

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30 comments:

  1. Thats a great idea - I never thought of a halloween treat basket but may try this out ...Now my head is full of ideas! Thanks Angela x

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  2. I love the idea of having a book busket for halloween treat. Get the children spook with stories.

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  3. Great idea. I've never done a Halloween basket if I am honest! Only for Easter and Christmas! x

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  4. I love baskets like these and have done a Easter one for Blake and plan to do a Christmas eve one. We not doing a Halloween one this year til Blake is a bit older as we not really big on Halloween ourselves but this will give me some ideas for next year.

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  5. I love that you put together a Halloween basket what a nifty idea. Sign me up for the chocolate spiders!

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  6. What a great idea this is. Love the Mr Tickle book. Think I will have to get it for my little ones. They will love it.

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  7. I love this idea, I'm going to buy T some halloween themed book as he's most certainly not having sweets! Xx

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  8. I love this idea, I am going to do it next year :)
    Thanks for sharing your great idea and lovely basket.

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  9. Such a great idea! Wish I'd thought of something like this as my sister was growing up :) x

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  10. As my lot have grown up, they spend a lot less time doing things like this.I did when they were younger have books and crafts arranged for them but it's only Christmas that they want to do things like this.I really miss doing it.

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  11. This is a really fab idea! Ohh I had no idea there was a Halloween Mr man book! We need that ;D Also I'm gonna look in Home Bargain for the light up pumpkin wand, my children would LOVE those. xx

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  12. What a great idea to do a halloween basket, we usually do a christmas eve one but I haven't done halloween before. The books look great, I don't think we have any halloween/ spooky books, I'm going to have to hunt some down!

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  13. aw what a treat for the little fella, such a good mum! i used to love casper the friendly ghost! i hope i'm as good a mum as this when my babes is older!

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  14. Such a lovely idea. I'm going to do one of these for the girls each, thanks for the inspiration!! Xxx

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  15. Oh what a great idea! I'm going to do one too - thank you for sharing! Kaz x

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  16. I have been considering putting together a little basket for Emily, I love Halloween and certainly don't want her to miss out. I have got her a little pumpkin pot and filled it with treats but I think I may get her some books too. Thanks for the inspiration love! Xx
    Steph | www.raisingemily.net

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  17. I do this for Christmas but as someone who doesn't take part in Halloween I'm happy not to introduce my 2 year old to it yet! But when I do this is a great idea, any excuse for new books! #love2blog

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  18. A lovely idea, so much better than a lot of sweets 😊 x #love2blog

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  19. I love the idea of a themed basket and I love books too. I hadn't heard of a glow in the dark book! Off to Amazon to get one....

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  20. Love this! You know how much I love my themed baskets, i love what you've picked :) I actually haven't done one this year not sure if i will x

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  21. I've never got into themed baskets, it's something I've been introduced to since becoming a blogger and seeing posts like this. I absolutely love the concept and you've picked some fab books etc. We reviews the paragon pumpkin book and Lamb loves it xx

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  22. What a class halloween basket. I haven't done a basket for Halloween yet and have never thought about it. But we do seasonal reading so right now we have all the autumn halloween books out. We read pumpkins pumpkins everywhere so much that Matthew knows the book off by heart now. Lol

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  23. What a lovely idea! I'm all for the Christmas Eve basket, but it didn't cross my mind to do a halloween one! Great idea, I'll definitely check out the glow in the dark book too, sounds fab!

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  24. We love 'Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!' - I'd definitely like to build up a collection of Halloween themed books. The 'Where is Baby's Pumpkin?' book looks really sweet. :)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  25. Ah.. I used to love Casper the Friendly Ghost - and what a bargain! I think I'll get a copy for this year. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. What a great bundle of Halloween goodies. My little nephew qould love this!

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  27. Love it, this are amazing books to share with kindergarten kids. I think ill get a few and share it with my nephew. Thanks for sharing,

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  28. This is such an adorable idea Hayley! How lucky is Tyne #Love2Blog x

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  29. Great idea. The books look really good. I've been so disorganised this year and i'm really annoyed at myself. I normally love doing buckets or baskets! x

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  30. What a lovely selection of goodies, I hope Tyne enjoyed his Halloween basket. I didn't bother this year but kind of wishing i had now but have Christmas boxes to look forward to now :) xx

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