So what is All Hallow’s Read?
Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week
of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.
Scholars have traced its origins as far back as this blog post.
Is this instead of Trick or Treat? Because I don’t want to get egged, and the kids around here are mean.
Not at all. Trick or Treat is Trick or Treat. This is All Hallow’s Read, a great excuse to give someone a book
can give out scary books or comics to trick or treaters on Hallowe’en
if you want to, obviously. (We recommend looking the child in the eye
and saying, “Take it. Read it. Trust me… around here… a book can be…
safer than candy.” Then chuckling to yourself, as if remembering
something unfortunate that happened to some of the local children only
What kind of scary book?
appropriate one. If you’re giving a kid a scary book, make it a
kid-appropriate scary book. You wouldn’t give the same kind of scary
book to one person than you would another, any more than one book is
right for everyone. People like different things.
Do I have to buy it new?
we support bookshops and authors, but more than that, this is about
making a holiday tradition of book-giving. So feel free to give
second-hand books or books from your own shelves. And feel just as free
to buy a beautiful new book from a small independent bookseller.
How do I choose an All Hallow’s Read book?
you do not know what scary book to give someone, talk to a bookseller
or a librarian. They like to help. Librarians will not mind even if you
admit that you are not planning to take out a book, but instead you are
going to buy one and give it to someone.
What about the apostrophe in “All Hallow’s Read”?
We are not sticklers for it. In the Twitter hashtag it has to be #AllHallowsRead. Apostrophise or not. We shall not judge you.
Can it really be that simple?
necessarily. It’s All Hallows Read, a tradition we just made up. You
can fancy it up as much as you like. Just make sure you give someone a
scary book this Hallowe’en…
I would like to contact the web goblin concerning something related to All Hallows Read.
That’s not a question. Never the less, you may do so here.
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