Halloween is meant to be a fun, frightening celebration, traditionally of ridding the house of evil spirits. Today it has evolved into a feast of a celebration that stems far beyond good and evil. We have vampires, ghosts, possessions and that’s to name a few. And that’s why, when celebrating halloween with children it’s important not to expose them to something which is beyond their comprehension. A halloween story which is suitable for a teenager certainly may not be suitable for a child of say, nine years old.
That’s why I wanted to feature a ghoulish story for younger readers. This one is for the 5-8 year olds.
‘Frightfully Friendly Ghosties: Ghostly Holler-day’ by Daren King, illustrated by David Roberts has a distinct ‘Casper’ feel to it as these ghosts are friendly! Surely any ghost that stays around on this planet is staying round for creepy things? Nope, that’s not the case here.
Three friendly ghosts who are friends want to get away from the cold days and the dark wintry evenings and set about planning a holiday (although quite why they think Scareborough and Frighten -on-Sea is going to warm them up is beyond me). If they thought picking a destination was frustrating enough then, sharing their holiday with Headless Leslie without killing him is mission impossible. And of course, what would a halloween story be without a few spooky beings and a very mysterious pier?
I love this book because it’s harmless fun and reminds us like dear old Casper did that ghosts were people too and just because you can see through them, doesn’t mean they don’t want to have fun and make sandcastles like the rest of us. The black and white line illustrations by David Roberts are great, giving the holiday setting of Frighten, a rather mysterious eery feel.
Just never trust a magician!
‘Frightfully Friendly Ghosties: Ghostly Holler-day’ is published by Quercus £5.99