With Halloween soon approaching, I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce you to some not-so-frightening stories for your tiniest ghosts, goblins, and ghouls! (They also work perfectly for your princes and princesses, too!) Your little trick-or-treater is sure to receive all kinds of sugary goodies this All Hallow’s Eve, so why not give them a treat that will last for more than just one night?


At the Old Haunted House

Book Details

Title:  At the Old Haunted House
Author: Helen Ketteman
Illustrator:  Nate Wragg
Publisher:  Two Lions
Review Format:  Kindle Edition
Age Level:  3-7 | Grade Level:  P-2
Editions:  Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
Price:  $0.00 – $7.99

Summary:  “There are all kinds of creatures in the house: a big Ma monster and her wee monsters two, a scrawny black cat and her wee kittens three, a green Pa goblin and his wee goblins four, and more! Count along as the creatures prepare for the Halloween Fright. The text, written in the pattern of the popular poem “Over in the Meadow,” makes reading aloud fun, while the cinematic illustrations set the scene for an unforgettable romp through the old haunted house. Trick or treat!”  Source:  Amazon

Book quotes

Right from the start I found myself grinning as I looked at the colorful illustrations and read the delightful opening rhyme:

“At the old haunted house
in a room with no sun
lived a warty green witch
and her wee witchy one.”

The catchy verses continue throughout the story and are sure to hold the attention of young readers, most especially if read aloud in a haunting voice!

“By the old haunted house
near the graveyard gate
lived a spooky ghost
and his wee ghosties eight.”

 What I liked about the book

  • Right from the start, the book looked appealing. Half the battle of trying to get a child to pick up a book is making it look inviting! Nate Wragg’s illustrations are fun, colorful and vibrant making this a page-turner. Even the youngest child who cannot yet read on their own will enjoy this book.
  • Ketteman’s rhymes are catchy and children are sure to say them with a sing-song voice—I know I did!
  • It’s a wonderful, not-too-spooky “treat” for little ones. No nightmares will result from this tale of ghosts, goblins, witches, and more!
  • Text pop-ups in the Kindle version. This is an optional feature you, the reader, can activate.
  • Another fun way to reinforce numbers.
  • It’s free for Amazon Prime Readers.

My thoughts

This is a family-friendly Halloween book that preschoolers/young readers will enjoy.  Whether you are looking for a way to start off the evening festivities, or you are trying to lull your little one to sleep after, this is a story you and your children can enjoy together. Teachers are also sure to find it an attention-grabbing read aloud book. Finally, for those starting to read on their own, it is the perfect choice. I recommend adding it to your classroom or child’s library today!



Throughout the month, I’ll be introducing you to some additional Halloween “treats” to add to your child’s reading list. Just like those sugary sweets they like to gobble up–I hope you take this “spooktacular” opportunity to get your child to learn to devour books! 

K. Lamb