By GLENN TOLLE
When I was a kid, I would stare at the Halloween masks in the costume shop and wish that I could bring them all home. On Halloween night, I would often look at all the masks and wonder who was behind them. What did they look like? There’s a beauty and a mystery behind every mask; they are pieces of art that conceal the identity of a person… or maybe a monster.
In this edition of FRIGHTS FOR TYKES I will be recommending HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON SHIVERMORE STREET written by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso illustrated by Randy DuBurke, CHRONICLE BOOKS in 2004.
This cute picture book features frightfully expressive illustrations and witty writing. In it, three children dressed as a witch, a dinosaur and a pirate, visit a house at the end of Shivermore Street, that kind of house that looks haunted. On arriving, they get into a party with what they think are other kids dressed in costume… until the clock strikes 13, when those present take off their masks and reveal their true selves (cue creepy music).
I found my copy of HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON SHIVERMORE STREET in a Little Free Library. It was a picture book that I had been seeking for a long time. The book can be bought on AMAZON for $6.07, used, in “Acceptable” condition.
If you haven’t visited the haunted looking house at the end of Shivermore Street, then I recommend you do so right away before the clock strikes… 13.