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Frights For Tykes spends a night in “BAT CHILD’S HAUNTED HOUSE”

Friday, August 17, 2018 | Exclusive, Frights For Tykes


It’s now less than a hundred days till Halloween, so I figured that – for this edition of FRIGHTS FOR TYKES – I would cover my first “creepy” Halloween book. The book is BAT CHILD’S HAUNTED HOUSE, written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer and published by RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS in 1995.

The short, 15-page book tells the story of Malcom (one of the many “Critters” in the Little Critter series) who dares Bat Child to live in a haunted house. Bat Child decides to show Malcom he is indeed brave but things don’t go according to plan, as Malcom is intent on scaring him.

My mom bought BAT CHILD’S HAUNTED HOUSE for my first Halloween and I credit it for introducing me to the concept of a haunted house; the rest, as they say, is history. While more cute than creepy, and more silly than scary, it remains a perfect little picture book for one to six year olds, sure to entertain for the brief few minutes that it takes to read.

BAT CHILD’S HAUNTED HOUSE can be bought for $4.99, plus free shipping, “Used” in “Good” condition.

If your child has yet to be introduced to the magic that is Mercer Mayer, then I recommend you buy this book and read it while the jack-o’-lanterns are grinning.

Glenn Tolle
Glenn Tolle grew up with a healthy interest in the macabre. His dad worked, and still works, as a grave digger, and much of his childhood was spent running around cemeteries and reading creepy books. All this combined with early viewings of the classic Universal monster movies led him to writing about the genre. He writes not only for RUE but also for under the pen name Glenn Strange. When not writing about horror Glenn talks about and interviews people within the horror and film community for the YouTube channel Psychic Celluloid Signals and creates original horror stories for publication.