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Arthur's Halloween (Arthur Adventure Series)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  6,445 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
Halloween has Arthur spooked! When his little sister wanders off into the scariest house on the street, Arthur has to find the courage to go in and save her. Will Arthur and D.W. make it out alive?
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 30th 1983 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 30th 1982)
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Laura Carby
Mar 21, 2012 Laura Carby rated it really liked it
Just a funny story about Halloween night. Students do a writing activity about what they do on Halloween night after we read this book!
Alexis Kydon
Dec 04, 2014 Alexis Kydon rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Arthur's Halloween is a good book especially for kids that enjoy the Arthur series. It's Halloween and everyone is getting in the spirit. Arthur's family makes the house look spooky but putting up decorations. The house so so spooky that Arthur was scared by it. He has to take his little sister D.W. trick or treating with him. When Arthur gets to school, he doesn't even recognize anyone except for The Brain. In school, everyone is in the Halloween spirit, however Arthur seems very scared and tak ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Max rated it really liked it
As we get into the 1980s, Marc Brown is definitely finding his voice with his Arthur creation and the universe he inhabits. I read this book many years ago from the school library in Public School 71 on Forest Avenue in Ridgewood, New York. It was very amusing then and it still holds up now.

Arthur is creeped out by Halloween and is not fond of having to take his sister trick-or-treating. Things go from bad to worse when D.W. (Arthur's little sister) heads into a house that is said to be inhabite
Oct 10, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it
For some children, the scariest part of this book will be the old character designs of Arthur and his pals. This is of course part of the Arthur series, and while it could probably be read alone, most people are probably aware of tv show. Marc Brown always does a great job making the kids adventures relatable and I remember that when I was a kid, I loved the details in the pictures and would make my mother read any labels or writing in them.
Ashley Allen
I would use this book again leading up to halloween. We would talk about different costumes.I would use this book to talk about working with our siblings and we would also talk about bravery and putting our fears behind us to help our friends when they are in need.
Apr 08, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
This was always one of my favorite Arthur books (and one of the only ones I still own), mostly because I love Halloween so much. I still really enjoy the simple illustrations.
Jun 14, 2009 Moe rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-grade
It was funny because Arthur was the one that was scared and D.W. was the little one and wanted to go into all of the spooky houses.
Oct 25, 2010 Pauline rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A classic story about not being afraid...just in time for Halloween!
Oct 08, 2015 Lynda rated it really liked it
The kids really liked this one.
Andrea Hussey
Nov 01, 2016 Andrea Hussey rated it it was ok
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Oct 30, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
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Man Arthur looked weird before he got his TV show.
But on another note, a fun little story to read to students, though it might be a bit long if you're pressed for time.
Definitely got a chuckle out of me once or twice.
Mallory Campbell
Nov 15, 2016 Mallory Campbell rated it really liked it
I'm counting what I have read to the first graders because I don't have time to read real books during the day and I have a goal to meet- part 1
Nov 04, 2016 Sheila rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
6 year old Adrianna review

Adrianna didn't like this book some parts were missing.she was not scared an expected to be since Arthur was scared.
Oct 30, 2016 Verona rated it it was amazing
I just read this today for Halloween tomorrow. Lots of good concepts taught as well as great illustrations. I wish I had a grandchild to read it to.
Nov 05, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Maybe we shouldn't encourage kids to go into stranger's houses on Halloween. Just sayin.
Angel Fridley
Oct 17, 2016 Angel Fridley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Marc Brown's tales!

Just spooky enough for a good Halloween read, but it had a wonderful twist in the end supporting a solid moral. Very appealing for young readers and it might help take a little bite out of the fears or else give a little boost of courage where needed. A recommended read!
Dec 06, 2016 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story for young ones.

Arthur is afraid of all the Halloween fun. When his sister D.W. decides to trick-or-treat at the large "scary" old house in their neighborhood Arthur learns you can't always judge a book by it's cover.
Jennifer Martelon
Mar 30, 2016 Jennifer Martelon rated it really liked it
Title: Arthur’s Halloween: An Arthur Adventure
Author: Marc Brown
Genre: Comedy and Humor Series
Theme(s): Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Honor, Halloween
Opening line/sentence: It was the night before Halloween.
Brief Book Summary: Arthur is scared of almost everything that has to do with Halloween. Halloween night comes around and Arthur is stuck taking his little sister, D.W., out trick-or-treating. Arthur looks away for one second and D.W. has wandered into the scariest house on the bloc
Rosa Cline
Sep 26, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, halloween
In this Halloween Arthur storybook; Arthur and his friends are all excited for Halloween except Arthur isn't because he has to take his baby sister trick or treating instead of going with his friends. DW wants to go to EVERY house including the creepy old "haunted' house. No one ever goes there and no one ever comes out . DW goes in will Arthur go in and learn an important lesson of friendship?
Brenna Haines
Sep 29, 2016 Brenna Haines rated it really liked it
Shelves: el230
Once again, this is a great book to use around the Halloween time. It is about Arthur and his sister D.W. who go trick-or-treating and his sisters wanders off to a very spooky house. Arthur has to build up the courage to go in and find her if he can. This is a good book to teach the kids about courage and responsibility. I loved reading this book when I was younger.
Dec 02, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, humor
Arthur's Halloween: An Arthur Adventure (Arthur Adventure Series) by Marc Brown follows Arthur as he battles his fears of Halloween, including D.W.'s costume, a scary Halloween school snack, and the big house on the corner, where his friends claim a witch lives.

As Halloween approaches, Arthur's fears increase. He thinks his house decorations are spooky, and D.W.'s Devil costume seems too real. At school Arthur won't try the Batwing Brownies or the Vampire Blood snack, or touch the fake eyeballs,
Arthur's Halloween is about an aardvark who is preparing for halloween with his family. They put up so many scary decorations that Arthur even gets scared. When he finds out he has to take his little sister D.W. trick or treating he is very disappointed. While they are trick or treating they up at the scary house on the corner. Little do they know not everything is as it seems. I would use this book in the classroom as a great theme book for halloween time. Arthur books are my absolute favorite ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Josiah rated it it was ok
Marc Brown's Arthur picture books are always very good, and Arthur's Halloween is no different in that regard.
Even after Arthur's adventures have necessarily been expanded for the small screen, these short picture books contain qualities that make them appealing to just about anyone. The pictures, for one, are absolutely wonderful; I wouldn't have asked for more from Kevin Henkes, or Robert McCloskey. Marc Brown has a certain perception about how to meld words and drawings to create a real, at
Eve Victor
Oct 30, 2012 Eve Victor rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from start to finish. Arthur was another character I followed along from book to book and even the television series. This again touches on the fact that Halloween can be a scary holiday and kids need fun in it to be able to handle it. Arthur is celebrating halloween and wants to have all the fun he wants. However, he is stuck with having to take his little sister trick or treating and he is more than disappointed for having to take her out in the night. When they go out they g ...more
Lindsey Watson
Nov 30, 2013 Lindsey Watson rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-books
Halloween has finally arrived and Arthur finds out he has to take his little sister D.W. trick-or -treating and he is extremely disappointed and upset he has to spend Halloween with his little sister instead of being out having fun with his friends. When the two approaches a scary house Arthur is scared. D.W. being the little rebel that she is, goes running in which then forces Arthur to go save her and he was not happy with his sister at all. Once entering they discovered that the house wasn’t ...more
Bailey Huylar
Oct 24, 2013 Bailey Huylar rated it really liked it
Shelves: marc-brown-books
Arthur’s Halloween is a great book that can be used to teach children not to judge people and places on their outside appearances, but to wait and make a decision once you have more information. The book starts out with Arthur being disappointed because instead of hanging out with his friends, he has to take his sister, D.W., trick-or-treating. While they are trick-or-treating, they come across a scary, haunted house, and while Arthur is scared, D.W. runs inside forcing Arthur to run after her a ...more
Diana Judd
Arthur has trouble dealing with Halloween because he's basically afraid of everything, so it's not exactly the ideal holiday for him. He is even less excited by the prospect of taking his little sister trick or treating with him. When D.W.disappears into the old witch's house, Arthur is less than thrilled about following her in, thinking he will have to save her. This was a pretty entertaining book, and it also teaches important lessons about overcoming fears and not judging people/things based ...more
Oct 07, 2008 ABC rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kindergarteners and early elementary
Shelves: younger-kids
Arthur and his friends go trick-or-treating. His friends don't want to go to a spooky house, but Arthur is forced to go there to find his sister. It turns out a nice old lady lives in the house.

My son must have liked it because he wanted me to read it again. But I thought it was just okay. First of all, D.W.'s Halloween costume (a devil) is rather creepy looking. Second of all, the old lady in the house is a human--not an ardvark or a bunny or another animal. Since when are there humans in Arth
Anna Davis
Oct 30, 2012 Anna Davis rated it liked it
Arthur's Halloween by Marc Brown is a funny book in Arthur series. This book is obviously themed around Halloween. A very scared Arthur just wants this holiday to be over. He doesn’t like the food or the decorations, as they are too frightening for him. He doesn’t even like the costumes. When he has to take his sister out trick or treating he begins to fear. His fears increase when DW disappears into the witches down around the corner! This book would be a nice October read for younger classes. ...more
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Marc Tolon Brown is perhaps best known for his Arthur series of children's books.

He lives on Martha's Vineyard and in New York City with his wife, Laurie Krasny Brown. He has three children, sons Tolon and Tucker, and daughter Eliza. The names of his two sons have been hidden in all of the Arthur books except for one: Arthur's Tooth.
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“When it came time to go trick-or-treating Buster knew which houses to skip.
“Don’t go there,” he said. “They only give apples.”
“Gross,” said Francine.
“And don’t go to the big house on the corner,” said Buster. “That’s the witch’s house.”
“My brother saw someone go in there last Halloween and he never came out.”
Arthur tried not to look afraid.
Arthur and his sister had trouble keeping up with the others.
First D.W. got her tail caught.
Then her bag broke.
“You’re such a pain in the neck,” said Arthur.
“D.W. must be short for Dim Wit.”
But D.W. didn’t answer.
Arthur turned around just in time to see her disappear into the witch’s house.”
“Look,” cried Buster. “Arthur just went into the witch’s house!”
“She’ll probably put Arthur and D.W. into her oven, just like Hansel and Gretel,” said Sue Ellen.
“Maybe she’s using them for weird scientific experiments,” said the Brain.
“I bet she locked them in the cellar to starve,” said Buster.
“Maybe we should follow him,” said Francine.
“Maybe we should call the police,” said Muffy.
Everyone was too scared to move.”
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