As the nights get shorter and the days get colder it’s the perfect season to stay in with a mug of cocoa or hot tea and indulge in a book. I can just picture all the students of Platanos in their house scarves a la Harry Potter tucked up with a paperback. At the same time, October is a month of frights: halloween is around the corner and the library will equip you with the perfect things to celebrate!
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It’s possible to fully immerse yourself in your favourite horrors, whether that’s the infamous Woman in Black (of which there is a book, a film and a play to frighten you) or by visiting to a Halloween-themed attraction, like a horrible halloween museum (perfect for all the family), a gruesome guided walking tour around central London. You could visit a special supernatural-themed bookshop – especially good for the non-fiction hunters as they have information on all aspects of the occult. For those of you too busy to go far afield, maybe a look into haunted Lambeth, who will scare you senseless without making you walk a long way home in the dark.
Some Halloween highlights from the library catalogue.
Maybe Halloween is the time to push yourself with the original of one of your favourite stories (especially since some of you are studying the gothic in English class)? Or maybe you should grab a quick read and then sleep with the lights on, or explore the books behind your favourite vampire series? Whatever you’re interested in, we have something here – just ask Ms P-L and she will help you find your perfect book.
Some ebook highlights for Halloween.
Again, I would encourage reading the original of a story most famous in another medium. The book isn’t always better, but reading is often a better experience than passively watching.
Halloween doesn’t have to be scary: there are some very silly songs (and dances) that mean you can party without trembling. Horror favourite author Marcus Sedgwick (who writes about vampires and terrible boarding schools) also has some much less scary books that can be found in Platanos Library, as does Philip Reeve – but if big-eyed illustrations are more your thing, check out Scream Street (and I would love your fan art for the walls of the library)!
But above all remember – Hallowe’en is just a bit of fun. Witches are just people in costume and ghosts are just the curtains. Respect your parents, especially at this time of year when sugar rushes run rampant and mysticism is taken far too seriously. Parents, if you don’t like Halloween take time to explain to your child why, and remember the most important thing of all: you can still snuggle with a hot drink and a book. If you want to take the horror out and still enjoy the gothic, consider reading Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights, or looking at it from a non-fiction perspective. And feel free to bring your screme eggs to share with your favourite librarian!