I like to think that every holiday is a good chance to get some new books. (My bookshelves are always begging for mercy.) Halloween is no different. Sure, you'll also need to stock up on candy and cider and pumpkin-spice-flavored-things, but I think spooky children's books are just as vital. Playing dress-up is fun and all, but some of my favorite memories of being a kid had to do with being scared out of my mind (and subsequently running to my big brother or my parents and demanding that they keep me safe). I devoured horror books, even the super scary books with grotesque black and white drawings of ghosts and ghouls and spiders crawling out of skulls. I loved to see just how scared I could stand to make myself. And I want to give my children the same opportunities (within age-appropriate reason, of course). So I've rounded up some new Halloween-y books that range from festive and silly to downright spooky (or "'pooky" as my youngest says.) So light your jack-o'-lanterns and pull up a woolly blanket and a mug of something mulled, surround yourself with an array of screaming carved pumpkins and/or a terrifyingly realistic latex corpse, and get to reading.