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Here are fun stories to help calm some typical Halloween fears....with laughing! You can listen to them right now. In Zombies Don't Eat Veggies, Mo is a zombie who loves to garden, growing his own vegetables. He also likes to cook and eat them. Mo’s parents insist that he needs to eat better for his zombie health. He needs to eat things like "finger" foods...and they don't mean snacks! They tell Mo, "zombies don’t eat veggies!" but Mo IS a zombie and HE eats veggies. Listen along as Mo tries to convince his parents to give veggies a try!

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After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • What was Mo's deepest, darkest secret?
  • What are some of the things Mo did NOT want to eat?
  • When Mo's mom and dad tried his soup, what did they think of it?
  • What is the name of the dance Mo did?
  • What kinds of vegetables do you like?
  • Have you every tried something new that you thought you wouldn't like...but discovered it was delicious?

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Click on one of the book covers below and listen to more Halloween stories read aloud. Keep the laughs coming by listening to Goodnight Goon, a parody of the childhood classic Goodnight Moon in which a child says goodnight to all of the things in his bedroom. In this Halloween version, a young monster says goodnight to all the things in his tomb...hairy claws and jaws and a pot full of goo and a werewolf hollering, "boo!"

Vlad the RadHow to Make Friends with a GhostGoodnight GoonA Dark Dark TaleGeorgieJorgito I Need My MonsterHey That's My MonsterZombies Don't Eat VeggiesLos Zombies No Comen VerdurasHeckedy Peg

Find more FREE online reading at 100+ Free Video Read Alouds or try storytime at home!

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books about Halloween at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. If you have never used OverDrive before, you can learn how to use them for both e-books and audiobooks.

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

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Enjoy this sing along from Laurie Berkner. Use her pattern to make a monster mask to sing and play along! "I'm the biggest monster that you've every seen! My eyes are yellow and my teeth are green!"

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Find some crayons or makers to color a picture, practice writing the letters, or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.

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Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Or Skip. Or gallop!

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8 Books to Turn Halloween Fear into Halloween Fun!

Many small children don’t find Halloween fun at all! The masks, the jumping out surprises and all the ghosts, vampires & scary looking pumpkins can be too many surprises for little trick-or-treaters. Below are several stories that can help kids turn their Halloween fears into Halloween fun. If Arthur & Scaredy Squirrel can do it, so can your child!

“It can be fun to be scared, as many of us will recall from Halloweens past. But if we think back, we’ll probably agree that there were two things that made it possible for that scariness to be fun. First, that we knew we were safe because someone we loved was nearby. Second, we knew that whatever was scaring us was only pretend.” ~Fred Rogers Smart words from Mr. Rogers!