What’s Halloween without a good ghost story? Before my husband and I had kids, we made our yearly trek to Tarrytown, N.Y., where “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was reenacted by a local theater troop. Held within a stone’s throw of a dark cemetery through which the Headless Horseman was said to make his nightly ride, this was the ideal experience to get us into a spooky state of mind. Because my kids are still a bit too young to experience this terrifying, but terrific tale, we’ll have to settle for some other festive fables. If your own brood’s Halloween style is more Henry Hugglemonster than Headless Horseman, we’ve found a new book worth checking out with you this season. Monster Party! is the best place for all little goblins and ghouls, even when it’s not Halloween. Pre-readers ages 2-5 need not don horns or pointed ears to understand the joy that comes with celebrating with friends. From party games like pin the tail and pinata (what monster doesn’t like candy?), to tasty treats and delicious sweets, there’s plenty of fun for everyone. But, like all good things that must come to an end, the partygoers soon realize that the festivities can’t last forever. Of course, if your kid’s social life is anything like these monsters, you’ll be able to relate to the telltale ending. Be it Halloween or any time of year, Monster Party! is one invitation that’s worth accepting.
In a Nutshell: RSVP for the best preschool book party of the season. This is one delightful romp of a read for Halloween and beyond.