Halloween Hustle

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Light tale of partying monsters a fun pick for young kids.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn about Halloween monsters.

Positive messages

Even scary Halloween monsters can be friendly and like to have a good time.

Positive role models

These monsters may look scary, but they are kind and caring and just want to have a little fun.

Violence & scariness

Halloween Hustle is a very lighthearted take on Halloween monsters, but there are a few pictures featuring a zombie with a detached eye and a severed foot, as well as a skeleton who keeps falling apart (literally). Very young kids might be frightened, but most will pick up on the jovial vibe.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Halloween Hustle is a silly take on traditional Halloween monsters, depicting them as nice, friendly, and out for some fun. Very young kids might be frightened by images of a zombie with a detached eye and a severed foot, as well as a skeleton who keeps falling apart (literally). But the overall mood is fun and festive.

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What's the story?

Skeleton is invited to a Halloween party on October 31, with a dance contest at midnight. He's a fantastic dancer but a bit of a klutz. Will Skeleton make it to the party in one piece?

Is it any good?


HALLOWEEN HUSTLE is a fun take on the typically creepy Halloween monsters, presenting them as quirky and fun and on the prowl for a good time. They dance, they cavort, and they even make a few unexpected friends on the way. Kids who enjoy Halloween and rhyming books will love this clever tale of them trying to make it to the party. The digital illustrations really humanize the monsters while retaining a just-spooky-enough vibe that entertains but doesn't frighten.

A mild warning for parents: Uttering the refrain "doing the Halloween Hustle" is required on near every page and can get a smidge repetitive. But it's unlikely any preschoolers will mind.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Halloween traditions. What are you favorites? Which ones are spooky to you?

  • Skeleton needs a lot of help putting himself back together. What are all the different items he uses to reconstruct himself? Which one works best?

  • Do you like doing the Halloween hustle? What's your favorite dance?

Book details

Author:Charlotte Gunnufson
Illustrator:Kevan J. Atteberry
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Two Lions
Publication date:September 3, 2013
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4 - 8
Read alone:6 - 8
Available on:Hardback, Kindle

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