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Halloween Night

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  263 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
'Twas Halloween night, Tand all through the house, Every creature was stirring, including the mouse . . . The witch is cooking. Banshees are singing. The goody bags are oozing with ooey, gooey snacks. Everyone's warming up for the best Halloween party ever. Get ready for a frighteningly fun time, because you're invited!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Greenwillow Books
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Jan 11, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray, illustrated by Brandon Dorman is a variation on The Night Before Christmas focusing on a monsterous Halloween celebration.

Dorman's detailed illustrations, both funny and creepy, were made using digital art. My favorite images are mummies, creepies, buffet, 10 tricksters, shivers, monsters, enjoyed and leftovers.

This rhyming treat features a witch, zombies, mummies, pumpkins, green creepies, a ghost, banshees, bats, ravens, harpies, amd a two headed host
“Twas Halloween night, and all through the house/Every creature was stirring, including the mouse”.

So begins one of the stranger variations on “ Twas the Night Before Christmas”, where instead of greeting Santa Claus, the residents of a haunted house prepare for their visitors. The illustrations are a dead giveaway that readers should expect a tickle to the funny bone. There’s a significant “gross-out” factor that’s aided considerably by the illustrations- it’s one thing to read about ogres set
Nov 08, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Dec 11, 2014 Keegan rated it really liked it
So somehow this ended up in our library collection along with the Christmas books when my four-year-old stumbled on it and requested it. I thought I was too Halloween-ed out for now, but this is really a delightful Halloween book! It parallels "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and my kids recognized that really early on, but of course has its own story. The illustrations are beautiful and really drew my kids (4 & 6) in. Even the older one (who can read) would sit and stare at the pictures a ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
The title is Halloween Night and it is written by Marjorie Dennis and illustrated by Brandon Dorman. The publisher is Greenwillow Books and it was published in 2008. The book has not received any awards so far but it is a fantasitic poetry book. The plot of the book starts on Halloween night in an old scary house. In the house there is a witch, some goblins, zombies, an ogre, an Olaf, and bats all preparing Halloween treats. The treats are filled with bugs, eyeballs and other treats for the litt ...more
Sharron Thornton
Apr 14, 2012 Sharron Thornton rated it it was amazing
This delightful story is a Halloween word play on The Night Before Christmas. The story begins by describing a haunted house full of creepy creatures: "Stiff-legged zombies awoke from the dead, As moth-eaten mummies arose from their beds".
When ten young tricksters approach the house,an ugly witch invites them in: "Come in!" said the witch. "Please be our guests. Come to our party! We've put out our best!" The children peeked through the open door and saw a table full of goodies: "fishtail, st
Rosa Cline
Nov 02, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, halloween
This one is full of the traditional Halloween 'characters' witches, ghosts, ghouls, etc So it may scare they younger readers-listeners. Especially the illustrations. They were really good, but sometimes too good (for a young child) My 3 year old granddaughter seemed a little scared at times but then at other times she was okay with the story.
Kristy McRae
Oct 18, 2014 Kristy McRae rated it it was amazing
My son brought this one home from the library. Cute, fun Halloween story. The illustrations are what really make this one fabulous! So many great details, spooky creatures, gross-outs (like jars of eyeballs)! We loved it!
While nearly too scary with plenty of halloween gouls and more this is a neat read to add to the seasonal stack with a poetry akin to "the night before Christmas". It pleasing the ears and humorous to the right audience. My girls won't read ot alone, but they'll gladly snuggle up and read it aloud with me. The illustrations are amusing and full of hints to see as well.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expr
We were all delightedly grossed out with the descriptions of the Halloween treats in the book!
Judy Desetti
Apr 02, 2016 Judy Desetti rated it liked it
Shelves: school, holiday, 2016
Based on rhythm of the Night Before Christmas. Kids will enjoy this. Purchased
Tiffany Baker
Oct 05, 2014 Tiffany Baker rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of our most favorite new books to read before. So cool!!
Apr 29, 2015 Linsey rated it really liked it
One of my kids favorite Halloween books. Fun book.
A Halloween take-off on Clement Moore's "Night Before Christmas", as the witch and all her ghastly friends (mummies, banshees, bats, zombies, and more) prepare for a fantastic, frightening Halloween party. Scary decorations and sickly snacks are put out for all to enjoy, and all the monsters are ready for fun when they hear the doorbell ring and a group of costumed children shouting, "Trick-or-Treat!" Brandon Dorman's illustrations are wonderfully creepy and comical, perfect for the tone of this ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Pam rated it liked it
Great illustrations and a snappy text made this book a good addition to Halloween book collections. For some reason I liked the beginning more than the end, but I still recommend it.
Heidi Stone
Nov 11, 2014 Heidi Stone rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous pictures, fun rhyming book.
Shannon D. Hall
Sep 15, 2014 Shannon D. Hall rated it it was amazing
This book is a Halloween MUST READ!
Oct 17, 2012 Alyn rated it it was amazing
Got this book from the public library to read to my 4 yr old son. He's a very picky boy. I thought he might not like it but he loved it.

The book has just about everything that has to do with Halloween and more. We get to see witches, ghosts, mummies and banshees. There are a lot of things to look at and my son enjoyed counting the number of pumpkins on a page.

The book is also a very easy read. There are usually 3-5 sentences on each page which makes it a quick read too. I don't find myself goin
Nov 01, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing
This book is based on "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." It's a fun take on that poem for Hallowe'en. We follow ghouls and ghosts and other scary things as they throw a party on Hallowe'en. The poem is fun and the illustrations are fantastic. The illustrations are so detailed that they could be looked at for hours and hours to see everything that's in them. This book stands up to multiple readings and is easily a yearly favourite.
Oct 24, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Very neat Halloween book about creatures having a party at a haunted house and some tricksters who show up there, but aren't really happy with what they find! My elementary students have enjoyed this book this week and some have said they'd stay for the party and others have said that they'd run as fast as they could AWAY from it!
Jesika La Bryer
Sep 29, 2011 Jesika La Bryer rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This was another great Halloween book. The rhymes on each page add to the delight of celebrating Halloween and the festivals associated with it. My 6 year old loved this one, he was engrossed by the description of the characters and the illustrations. This book could lead to a great poetry assignment.
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Dec 28, 2011 Candice rated it liked it
my daughter didn't even want me to finish this book when I read it to her. Half way through it she closed it and went to find me another book to read to her. Which she never does. I think the illustrations scared her. I loved the illustrations (for an older child) but the story line is a little weak
Jul 25, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
38 months - Stories written based on the 12 Days of Christmas and The Night Before Christmas drive me nuts...there are so many of them that it's tiresome even if on occasion the words and illustrations are top notch. I would just prefer reading something original.
Alexandra Sinkus
Oct 31, 2013 Alexandra Sinkus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fab-40-file
1. Poetry
2. None
3. K-2
4. This story is perfect for around Halloween. It is a good mixture of gross and spooky. The children would enjoy the detailed pictures. I would have the kids do an art activity of what they would be dressing up for Halloween.
Dec 04, 2009 Jolene rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children 3-7 years old. Halloween lovers.
Halloween Night by Majorie Dennis Murray/Illustrations by Brandon Dorman. A witty and rhyming take on "The Night Before Christmas." The drawing and ryhming text are very charming and would make an excellent storytime treat for 3-7 year olds.
Oct 30, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry and I read this on October 30th to celebrate Halloween. Cute take on the night before Christmas. Loved the rhymes and the illustrations. Could see us reading this every Halloween season.
Jul 01, 2009 Jennie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K-2 and Intensive Support Classes
Recommended to Jennie by: Marianne Costello
A rhyming Halloween version of The Night Before Christmas complete with colorful illustrations of ghouls, bats, vampires and witches preparing a lovely feast that frightens away the trick-o-treaters.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Nov 12, 2012 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The boychild was not quite ready for Halloween to be over, so he grabbed this one from the library.

Set to "Twas the Night Before Christmas". Very cute. The illustrations were great.
Sep 03, 2008 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Just bought this today at Barnes and Noble. So cute! A poem like "Twas the night before Christmas" for Halloween. Myself and my kids fell in love with the illustrations.
Nov 07, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful. The illustrations were fantastic, vibrant and with so much to discover on each page. The story was a rhyme taken from The Night Before Christmas.
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