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The Best Halloween Ever

(The Herdmans #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,361 ratings  ·  237 reviews

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, and no trick-ordisaster


Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published July 27th 2004)
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Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, audiobook
The least exciting of the three stories in this collection.

How do you protect the town at Hallowe'en with the Herdmans on the loose? Cancel the trick-or-treating and keep the candy away from a potential blackmail or bartering situation. When the Woodrow Wilson PTA decide to host a Hallowe'en night event, everyone cowers in fear, until they learn the Herdmans won't attend. With the event moving forward, a few strange events occur, though no one has seen that group of six unruly childr
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
The Worst Best Halloween Book Ever...

So my son needs to get 24 AR (Accelerated Reading) points this month and I needed a Halloween book to read for my Halloween Book Bingo: "Set on Halloween" square so I thought we could kill two birds with one stone so to speak, by listening to this audio book in the car on the way too & from school. The book has a grade reading level of 5.5 and an interest level for grades 3-5 so since Reece is in 5th grade I thought it might just work.
Well it didn't! And I read somewhere that
Oct 11, 2008 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 mak
Oct 06, 2008 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.
Monserrat Carmona
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
It was an amazing book READ IT.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This fun Halloween book set me off laughing (several times).

Halloween always gets ruined by the Herdmans. This year, trick or treating gets canceled by the mayor – no Halloween! Can the Herdmans ruin Halloween any more than that? Well, maybe. Just maybe they can.

Indeed, it's a comical read – kids will just eat it up.
Jul 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I like it because Alice dressed up like a Christmas tree.
Megan (ReadingRover)
Another funny book about the Herdmans causing chaos. Not as hysterical as the first one but still pretty comical. The narrator on these audiobooks really sets the stage. She’s perfect for these stories.
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 seq
Oct 30, 2012 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 it, but the plot
Jack Khandjian
Jan 25, 2014 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 28, 2010 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!
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Gotta love the Herdmans. This is no best Christmas but a respectable follow up.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Cute book. Very simple plot, but darling style! Clever wording. Definitely an enjoyable read.
Such a fun read aloud that is becoming a family tradition for Halloween.
Gilbert Stack
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I was in eighth(?) grade, a substitute teacher who didn’t want to teach math read us the first few chapters of Barbara Robinson’s book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I was probably the only person in the class who was glad she did. Many years later I stumbled upon the book again and finally found out how it ended. Much to my delight, there are at least two more books in the series. All revolve around the horrible Herdman children who despite being bad in most conventional senses of the wo ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not sure when I first read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (TBCPE), but I usually re-read it every Christmas season. It is funny tale that explores the spirit and wonderment of Christmas.

After logging it on Goodreads, I discovered that Ms. Johnson also authored The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans #2) and The Best Halloween Ever (The Herdmans #3). Since Halloween is later this month, I decided to read the third installment of the Herdmans' antics.

TBCPE is my favorite of the three install
Rachel Joy
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

That was so hilarious!! Barbara Robinson is a genius at funny and everyone should read this book every year at Halloween! It's a great read aloud for younger folks and a breath of fresh air for older folks.

Read it ;)!
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Though this was my least favourite of the trilogy about the Herdman’s, it was still fairly amusing. I like how theHerdman’s in each book secretly do nice things for those around them. And the idea of a cancelled Halloween! Or a roomful of candy!
Alice Teets
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: halloween
Not nearly as good as the Christmas one.
Destiny Sanderson
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very Cute I love Halloween
Kara Beal
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
The Herdmans are back for Halloween! I've read Ms. Robinson's classic Christmas tale many times, but I had no idea she'd also written a Halloween story.

In classic (silly) style, the Herdmans cause Halloween havoc and then redeem the holiday.

This is a fun read-aloud book for the whole family. The story is not too scary or stressful for young kids. And the audio version narrated by Elaine Stritch is fabulous.
Steven R. McEvoy
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
My son came home from school raving about The Best School Year Ever, and wanted to read it together because of how much he was enjoying it. When I looked into it and found out that it was part of a trilogy he freaked out. I picked up all three so we could read them together. We have read them out of order but this was the second one we read.

There are over 15 editions of this book and it is available in a number of languages. I had not heard of this series or the author until my son c
Sep 15, 2015 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
Oct 29, 2015 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
Oct 22, 2014 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
Jan 15, 2014 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
Sep 29, 2012 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
"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. ...more
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 this Hallo
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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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The Herdmans (3 books)
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