It’s hard to imagine a kid that doesn’t love Halloween. You get to dress up like a fantastical creature or your favorite character, and when all is said and done, you end up with more candy than you could ever possibly imagine. What’s not to love?
Kids love Halloween. Kids don’t always love reading. So how do you take the love for one and transform it into a love for the other? Halloween provides the perfect opportunity!
1. Bake treats from their favorite stories
Halloween and sweets go together like… well… Halloween and sweets! Instead of making the usual fare this year, why not try to replicate some of the goodies from your child’s favorite stories? If your children are fans of the Harry Potter series, you’re in luck! The internet is full of Harry Potter recipes. There are also plenty of other resources for literary themed treats (like Willy Wonka’s chocolate river, the Turkish delight from the Narnia series, and many more) on the web.
2. Dress up like their favorite book characters
What better way to get them excited about reading than to let them dress as their favorite character? If your kids aren’t at the stage where they’re embarrassed by everything you do yet (and believe us, it will happen!), you may even want to join in and dress as your favorite literary character. Check out some of the adorable storybook characters these kids dressed as, including the cutest little Madeline we’ve ever seen.
3. Read Halloween themed stories
This one may seem obvious, but reading some spooky stories around Halloween is a great way to get kids hooked on books. Just make sure that the stories are age appropriate so that you don’t risk spooking them too much! Here’s a helpful Halloween reading list that breaks it down by age bracket.
4. Make your Halloween décor book-themed
If you already decorate for Halloween, why not throw some book-inspired decorations into the mix? It can be as easy as letting your child paint or carve a pumpkin into their favorite character, or even painting their favorite scene right onto the pumpkin itself. Get creative!
5. Book-themed Halloween party
If you’re the party-throwing type, having a book-themed party is no more difficult than throwing a regular Halloween party. Combine all of the ideas above, and encourage your guests to dress as their favorite storybook character. Decorate appropriately, serve book-themed treats, and then dim the lights and read a spooky story!
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