Here’s an idea: this Halloween instead of (or in addition to) the candy you hand out, give out scary books. Here’s what you do:
Look the kids dead in the eye.
Hand them the books you’ve chosen.
It’s a scarily simple ploy to get kids to read. Mwah-ha-ha.
The brainchild of author Neil Gaiman, All Hallows Read is a new Halloween tradition that we liked so much we just had to share it.
New books and old books and secondhand books – oh my! Just give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they can enjoy. That’s all there is to it. That’s the whole tradition.
Don’t know where to start? You can find an extensive list of book recommendations
on the All Hallows Read site. Or you can really go wild and do a book drop around your city, neighborhood or school. Just make sure you include one of these book drop stickers so people know they’re meant to be taken and you’re not unintentionally encouraging theft.
Teachers who want to get their classes involved might start with one of our lesson plans (like “The Horror! The Horror!: Exploring the Conventions of the Horror Genre in Film and Literature”). Or, scan our entire collection for more All Hallows learning, via student crosswords, scary poetry pairings, trivia quizzes and more.