Halloween is approaching and the event provides all variety of scary features—ghosts, goblins, witches, black cats, and zombies.  
At the Hamburg Public Library, there’s one phenomenon that we don’t want you to fear in preparation of Halloween.  
The staff doesn’t want you to be afraid of good boo-ooooks, so we’re making a few suggestions for your Halloween reading.
The library has options from simple boo books to scary stories to tell in the dark.  For the littlest trick-or-treaters at your house, we suggest “Spooky Pookie” (Boynton), “Boo!” (Carrier), “Corduroy’s Halloween” (Freeman), and “It’s Pumpkin Time” (Hall).  One of the library’s newest books is “Herbert’s First Halloween” (Rylant).
Familiar characters offer their take on Halloween in “The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk” (Berenstain), “Franklin’s Halloween” (Bourgeois), “Arthur’s Halloween” (Brown), “Minnie & Moo:  The Night of the Living Bed” (Cazet), and “Oliver and Amanda’s Halloween” (Van Leeuwen).  Even Fancy Nancy gets in on the fun with “Halloween . . . or Bust” (O’Connor).
For interesting twists on the excitement and anticipation of Halloween, readers might start with “The 13 Nights of Halloween” (Dickinson), “A Halloween Scare in IOWA” (James), “The Littlest Pumpkin” (Herman), or “The Witch Has an Itch” (Gutherie).  There’s more fun in store with “Mary McScary”(Stine), “Room on the Broom” (Donaldson), “Halloween Mice” (Roberts), “The Spooky Tire” (Scieszka), “Big Pumpkin” (Silverman), and “The Pumpkin Blanket” (Zagwÿn).
If just like Halloween candy, you can’t get enough.  We have a few more easy reading boo-ooooks like “Moonlight the Halloween Cat” (Rylant), “Boo!” (Munsch), “The Best Halloween of All” (Wojciechowski), and “On Halloween Night” (Ziefert).
For readers who want more boo and scare in their Halloween tales, “In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories,” an easy book by Alvin Schwartz, might be a place to start.  
Then you can move on to his three popular books in the junior section beginning with  “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”   In “A Storyteller’s Ghost Stories,”  Duane Hutchinson recounts spooky tales from Iowa and Nebraska, while “More Bones” (Olson) offers scary stories from around the world.
Fictional reading in the junior section related to Halloween includes “The Witches” (Dahl), “A Good Night for Ghosts” (Osborne), “The Girls Get Even” (Naylor), “Haunted Castle of Hallows Eve” (Osborne), “Nighty-nightmare” (Howe), “Attack of the Jack O’Lantern” (Stine), and “Howl-a-ween” (Strasser).
If you are planning a party and need ideas for food or games, the library has nonfiction books which could help you.  In the junior section, look for “Goulish Goodies” (Bowers), “175 Easy-to-do Halloween Crafts” (Umnik), “The Great Halloween Book” (Walker), and “Cooking Class” (Cook) as well as “A Ghastly Good Halloween” (Strickland) and “Pumpkin Carving” (Schneebeli-Morrell).  More fun food ideas could come from “Celebrate Cookbook” (Lukins) and “The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook” (Pansino) in the adult section,
We promise there are no ghosts or goblins at 1301 Main Street, but we can promise shelves of good boo-ooooks.