cover image When the Creepy Things Come Out

When the Creepy Things Come Out

Melody Carlson. B&H Publishing Group, $12.99 (27pp) ISBN 978-0-8054-2687-8

For those who don't embrace the Halloween holiday, a Christian alternative to the seasonal thrills and chills (see Children's Forecasts, p. 77) can be found in Melody Carlson's When the Creepy Things Come Out, illus. by Susan Reagan. Rhyming text introduces a young narrator who gets scared by the sights and sounds of Halloween (""Wild things prowling/ Monsters growling!/ Some are green!/ Some look mean!/ Arrgh!!!!""), then calms down and fortifies himself with prayer.