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Arthur's Halloween (Arthur Adventure Series)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  5,561 ratings  ·  89 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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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.
Jen
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.
Moe
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.
Laura Carby
Just a funny story about Halloween night. Students do a writing activity about what they do on Halloween night after we read this book!
Pauline
A classic story about not being afraid...just in time for Halloween!
Cory Schulz
Arthur's Halloween is about Arthur going trick or treating with DW and DW somehow disappears into the "Haunted House" and learns that everthing is not what it appears. Arthur books are great because they give great interactions between Arthur and the other students. The moral of the story is a bit more important that the fact that it is a story about Halloween. The illustration of the newer release is better than the older one. Arthur in the older copies looks more like an animal and Arthur now ...more
Alexis Kydon
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
David
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,
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Barbara
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
Max
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
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Tracy Poff
The sixth Arthur book. Halloween themed, obviously, with a rather tired 'old lady who isn't actually a witch, gasp!' plot. Plenty of Arthur being afraid of his shadow, though he does overcome his fear to go after his sister, which is a point in his favor. Most of these books, so far, are about Arthur being afraid or otherwise insecure. Is that what the series is all about? It'd be nice if Arthur could occasionally be a bit more straightforwardly admirable.
Eve Victor
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
Josiah
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
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Bailey Huylar
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
Lindsey Watson
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
Ceecee
This was always a favorite in my household during the Halloween season!

Arthur’s bravery is tested when his fearless little sister takes matters into her own hands. An enjoyable story ensues; keeping the little one’s entertained. Teaching our young one's not to judge a book by its cover, it can easily become anyone's favorite!

Definitely recommend!
London Richards
I loved this book from start to finish. Arthur was another character I followed along from book to book and even the television series. Arthur’s Halloween is a great book that can be used to teach children not to judge people and places on their outside appearances.
Amanda Hartley
This book is a great book to read around Halloween. It's a great book to demonstrate that things aren't always as it seems, and that sometimes things that you are afraid of aren't as bad as they seem.
Erica Mayberry
I remember reading the book and listening to the cassette tape as a child (not to age the book or myself). I thought the book was a timeless tale about having fun with friends.
Diana
Such a great book. I would definitely create an activity for my future students and ask them what they are doing on Halloween and what costumes they will be wearing.
Aysheh M
I remember reading this every halloween, and even every time in the year! ha ha ha! Its cute and funny and at that age, it creates such a spooky and an intense scene.
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
Ali
Great kids book

My kids loved it. They want to read it again and again. They want to read more of Arthur's book.
Keely Shannon
I'm planing to use this as a read-aloud for Halloween and then add it to my first grade classroom library. Arthur books are always a hit!
Tracy
If your child loves Arthur, you won't want to miss this cute little Halloween story.
Mary
I really liked the way that this story took Arthur from being afraid of Halloween and the scary things that go with it to him being braver than everyone else. It shows that the things we don't know are often scarier than the things we do, and once we confront our fears, we become more confident. Arthur's friends make fun of him at first for being so scared of things, but once he proves himself, they are very much in awe of him. It is a great story for beginning narrative skills because it isn't ...more
Brooke
Such a good adventure book. It would be fun to read during Halloween.
Kirei
Oct 07, 2008 Kirei rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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Anna Davis
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
Katherine Crawford
cute little book that could help little ones who are afraid during Halloween.
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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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