Only one more day until All Hallows Eve and I'm getting into the spooky mood by reading Derek Landy's Armageddon Outta Here, Skulduggery Pleasant short stories, and as usual I am thoroughly enjoying Landy's wit and humour. If your kids are looking for more funny with a spooky theme books to read I would heartily recommend any of Tommy Donbavand's Scream Street books, bet they're giggling in no time! If they prefer something to scare their socks off and they don't have any trouble sleeping at night Barry Hutchison's Invisible Fiends or Danny Weston's The Piper should soon change that, I certainly needed a light on before slumber after reading these. I used to read a lot of horror when I was younger but I think I've become a bit of a sissy as I've got older! the two 'grown up' books that scared me most were probably master of fright Stephen King's The Shining and his son Joe Hill's excellent Heart Shaped Box.
App wise I appear to have a lot of chilling content on the iPad - hope it hasn't warped the device! My favourites are:
Mickey's Spooky Night - Can't go wrong with Disney and this story/game app allows younger children to join the fun
When the lights go out - interactive story book app that helps parents talk through children's fears with them, after all everything sounds different in the dark
Little Dead Riding Hood - spooky with a few pages that make you jump!
iPoe volume 1 & 2 - wonderfully immersive apps with fabulous illustrations
Little Fear - certainly not for the faint hearted, better for teenagers!
Danse Macabre - retelling of a Mervyn Peake story with sounds & animated illustrations, very scary
Fighting Fantasy - choose your own adventure books have always been popular and the apps are well produced. Being able to buy three for £6.99 as an app bundle is a bonus.
Horrible Hauntings - You need to have the physical book to use this augmented reality app, watch out for Bloody Mary near the end!
Please make sure you check the age guidance on each app before using it with children. If you want to have a go at writing your own spooky tales I'd use either the Castlerama app to give me ideas or Writing Gruesome Ghost Stories for more targeted help. For themed food and drink ideas Good To Know's Halloween Party Planner app is invaluable, lots of delicious recipes, craft ideas and even a sound effect board.
R L Stine has already made himself king of this year's Halloween in my eyes thanks to his Twitter story, great use of the social networking site.
Hope you all have a haunting time tomorrow but remember....."let's be careful out there"!
My blog is a collection of thoughts and I hope you will learn something about me from the ramblings as well as finding some useful links. I'm Bev Humphrey and I'm a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant. I am self employed so views expressed are solely my own.