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The Best Halloween Ever (The Herdmans #3)

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The Herdmans plus Halloween have always spelled disaster

Every Halloween, the six Herdman kids steal candy, spray-paint other kids, and take everything that isn't nailed down. And this year promises to be the same, until the Mayor decides to up and cancel Halloween. True, that means there'd be no Herdman trouble to contend with, but that also means no candy, no costumes, an

Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published July 27th 2004)
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Oct 17, 2008 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
After creating havoc at Christmas, the Herdmans are back. This time, their previous antics lead the town to cancel Halloween since the holiday has devolved into little more than the Herdman family laying in wait to beat up and steal unsuspecting trick-or-treaters candy.

This sequel to "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a bit of a one-joke story, spread out over the course of a hundred or so pages. The central conflict is the Herdman's have led the town to cancel Halloween, which makes all the k
Dec 10, 2008 Toni rated it liked it
My class is using this book as a read-aloud and they are loving it and making all kinds of text to text connections with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Jul 27, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
I like it because Alice dressed up like a Christmas tree.
Monserrat Carmona
Nov 10, 2015 Monserrat Carmona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
It was an amazing book READ IT.
Last evening I was reading a teacher site I sometimes frequent. There someone asked about this book. Someone else provided a very detailed project packet, which I downloaded. I made plans to run out at lunchtime to get the one copy Cumberland County has. Upon entering school, I thought to check our school library, just in case. Sure enough, we have a copy and no one had checked it out two days before we celebrate.

I have read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It's a very fine tale. This sequel, wr
Nov 17, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This book is one of three stories written by Barbara Robinson about a community who is terrorized by a family called The Herdmans.

I had found this book a long time ago and tucked it away in our container of Halloween decorations with a few other Halloween-themed books. I figured that our girls would be old enough to want to read this someday.

This year, we pulled the book out and started reading it. I have to admit, though, that it just didn't seem to engage us. I kept falling asleep as I read
Jack Khandjian
Jan 25, 2014 Jack Khandjian rated it it was amazing

The theme of the book The Worst Holloween Ever is to say that there is always good in somebody. The Herdmans on Halloween have always created a disaster. Every Halloween, the Herdman kids steal candy, spray-paint other kids, and take everything that isn't nailed down. There are six Herdmans and the worst one is the youngest one, And this year the Mayor decides to cancel Halloween, because of the Herdmans. That means there'd be no Herdman trouble to contend with, but that also means no candy, no
Oct 29, 2010 Tama rated it liked it
I'm reading this one for my class. I am currently working with students who have autism, so we are waiting until the week after Halloween to read this book with the class so that they will have their new experiences for reference. I plan on finishing it this weekend.

Cute story. I like the Herdmans and their take on life. They manage to make the ordinary exciting and interesting!
Mar 31, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Cute book. Very simple plot, but darling style! Clever wording. Definitely an enjoyable read.
The notorious Herdman kids have stirred up plenty of trouble around town by the time school has started and the adults fear what could happen on Halloween. The mayor cancels Halloween "out of concern for public safety." While it means no worrying about the Herdmans, it also means no trick-or-treating or candy for everyone else. The principal announces an all-school event to celebrate Halloween in a controlled environment. None of the students are thrilled with the sanitized event since they'd ra ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Jenna rated it liked it
The Best Halloween Ever skews to the younger side of middle grade, if it can even be considered middle grade. What’s between picture books and middle grade? Whatever that is, The Best Halloween probably ever fits into that category. I chose to read The Best Halloween Ever because I loved the first book in the series, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. (I loved the made-for-television movie even more.) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was written in 1971, so I assume this book, even though it wasn’t ...more
Alexander Carranza
Nov 05, 2015 Alexander Carranza rated it really liked it
Have you ever thought about a Halloween with no candy or trick or treating,not even costumes?

The theme of my story is Halloween.It takes place in Woodrow Wilson School.The conflict of my book is person vs person.Well in this story it talks about 6 Herdmans stealing candy and this year ended up to being the same until the Mayor decides to cancel Halloween you might thing that the Herdmans won't be a problem on Halloween which might show as i stated before that would mean no candy trick or treati
Feb 20, 2016 Livingdeadpunk rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm just having a sensitive moment here, but one major aspect of this book really bothered me. The Herdmans within this book are bullies, thieves, and troublemakers that don't pay attention in school and don't read the paper and seem to abuse animals on a regular basis. Fine. Dennis the Menace types. No problem there. But then it's emphasized throughout the book just how poor, white-trashy the Herdmans are by presenting them as this ridiculous stereotype of a poor family. The mother is a s ...more
Oct 01, 2011 NebraskaIcebergs rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I’m happy to report that Robinson shines again with The Best Halloween Pageant Ever. Consider the opening line: “It was the principal’s idea, but it was the Herdman’s fault, according to my mother.” In the very next paragraph, we learn the scandalous facts that the Herdmans piled eight kids into a revolving door and put live guppies on a pizza. Then, horrors upon horrors, we learn that because of the Herdmans there isn’t going to be any Halloween. Who wouldn’t want to keep reading after that int ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Corkery rated it it was ok
Shelves: 7th-grade
I think that the best halloween ever is such a funny book becuase the herdmans brothers how they make such trouble with one little situation.Like when they went to the bank they were seeing what would happen if they all got in the door and when they did it they got stuck.Which they had to call the constructor and to tore the door apart and the manager was mad at them and the officer was seeing what to guard so he chose the fish tank.Nobody could of blame him becuase the herdmans always destroy t ...more
"The Best Halloween Ever" by Barbara Robinson is book three in the books about the Herdman family and their antics. This Halloween instead of all the kids trick or treating and getting their candy stolen by the Herdman's the school PTA decides to do the party at the school. The Herdman's think they're too cool for the party so all the other students are looking forward to a "Herdman free" Halloween even if their parents will be there too. Then weird things start happening and kids go missing.

I'm ashamed to admit that I've yet to read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever so this is my first exposure to the Herdmans. With having nothing to compare it to, I have to say that I really did enjoy this book.

The Best Halloween Ever is the story about a town that decides to cancel Halloween in hopes to not be terrorized once again by the dreaded Herdmans. Halloween instead will be an awful sanitized candy-free and safe celebration at the school, leaving all to wonder, will the Herdmans show up th
Sep 29, 2012 Jess rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointment
I was excited to see this book on the shelf as a sequel to one of my favorite kids books-(Best Christmas Pageant Ever) involving my favorite holiday
It was a quick read but not a very fulling one. This was written 30 years after the original and it was unclear of what time period it was set. I'm assuming its the same "present day" setting because these children have very few similarities with kids of today.
It was very chaotic and I didn't understand the conclusion. I agree with other reviews sayi
Abby Kimball
Jan 07, 2014 Abby Kimball rated it really liked it
I liked it. What I liked about it was just the whole book. It was fun and easy. The book was short so I liked that about it. The herdmans just make it more interesting. you should read this book if you like short, and easy to read books. Its a good book because it has a good plot. you should also read this book if you like Halloween. Its all about Halloween. So if you like Halloween This is a good book for you. If you like "The best Christmas pageant ever" this book is similar, except it is base ...more
Jan 07, 2014 Erika rated it really liked it
I have loved the Herdman kids since my early years in elementary school when our school librarian would read to us from various books she chose during the first 30 minutes of library time every other week. I had no idea this book even existed 'till I stumbled across it in Half Price Books. Just like all the other Best/Worst books by Barbara Robinson, this one did not disappoint. Even now at 26-years-old it still made me smile. It is a cute book, both for kids and adults, and I can't wait to read ...more
Adeline S.
Jan 28, 2016 Adeline S. rated it it was amazing
This one I read every year at Halloween just for fun. It's a hilarious book about a bunch of elementary school kids that get in trouble all the time. Their back story is kind of sad actually, but you can't help but laugh at them. This is a read for everyone, young and old, as are all of Barbara Robinson's books.
Lj bunker
Nov 22, 2014 Lj bunker rated it liked it
This book starts out with the characters blaming anything that ever went wrong on the Herdmans. This book was funny and very interesting to read. At the end of the book the Herdmans filled up the boiler room with candy and gave back to the children and the community.
I found myself liking the book mainly because it was enjoyable to read. I do think this book could be used in the class room as a fun way to teach the children not to put permanent labels of people. The moral of this story is that th
DeShun Grove
Jan 17, 2016 DeShun Grove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny, I love her books. I wish we had experienced a Halloween party like they did.

I never heard about the Herdmans before, I was working with a fifth grade teacher and the students did a peer book study on the Christmas book. We laughed so much along at the Herdmans, that I had to add them to my must read books.
Kami Watanabe
Nov 01, 2015 Kami Watanabe rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book! The Herdmans are so funny
Kaylee Melendez
In The Best Halloween Ever, on Halloween night the herdman kids all ways go around causing damage. Setting fires and smoking cigaretts, and even going and stealing the other kids candies. The mayor of the town couldn't handle it any more so he knew he had to do something about it. He decided he had to put an end to it, so he canceled Halloween because of the herdmans.But will this years Halloween be any differnt? or will the herdmans just cause destruction like normal.
Nov 02, 2015 Kathie rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-reads
I still prefer the Christmas one, but this one was cute, too. You would have to read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in order to have a proper introduction to the characters, but this wasn't too bad.

Imagine everything that could possibly go wrong at a Halloween party taking place in a school......and triple it! The Herdmans have done it again - they, in trying to spoil Halloween, have saved it.
Sunil Jawahir
Sep 24, 2015 Sunil Jawahir rated it really liked it
I really love this series. You would think it would feel somewhat dated but it manages not to be at all. Kids and adults are basically the same and though you may not have dealt with a family like the Herdmans before - you can see yourself in these other enjoyable kids.
Oct 23, 2014 Michele rated it liked it
We were excited to find another adventure featuring the Herdmans and their terrorizing antics. This was a fun book, though a little harder for our five-year-old to follow. Still a great read but not as magical as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Neil Bortz
Oct 21, 2015 Neil Bortz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it and I love Halloween so this was perfect I read all of them

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I grew up in a southern Ohio river town -- Portsmouth -- and that small town atmosphere has affected most of my writing.
My mother, widowed when I was three years old, taught school for forty-nine years in that same small town, and her major (indeed, only) extravagance was books. I grew up with, and quickly adopted, the notion that reading was the only way to fill up every scrap of loose time you
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Other Books in the Series

The Herdmans (3 books)
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans #1)
  • The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans #2)

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