The costumes are bought. The party is planned. But you're still looking for fun ways to enjoy the days leading up to Halloween. From books to movies to songs to games, there are lots of fun, last-minute activities you and your little goblins can do before trick-or-treating arrives.

Boo! Books

Snuggle under the blankets for a frighteningly fun story time with some of these Halloween stories.

  • Happy Halloween by Rosemary Wells (ages infants – preschool)
  • Clifford's Halloween by Norman Bridwell (ages infants – preschool)
  • The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing (ages 4-8)
  • There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! by Jared Lee Colandro (ages 4-8)
  • The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan Berenstain (ages 5 – 8)
  • Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray (ages 5-8)
  • Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (ages 6-9)
  • Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Ron Roy (ages 6-10)
  • Weirdo Halloween by R.L. Stine (ages 8-12)

Menacing Movies

Pop some popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy the following frights from the big screen. Be sure to check the movie's description to decide if you're comfortable with your little one watching.

  • Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Rated G)
  • Halloweentown series (Rated G)
  • Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (Rated G)
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Rated G)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Rated G)
  • Corpse Bride (Rated PG)
  • Casper (Rated PG)
  • Goosebumps (Rated PG)

Ghoulish Games

Family game night can take on a frightening theme with Halloween-themed games. Put on your detective hats with the classic board game Clue, get moving with fun Halloween games for the Wii, or hop online to print out coloring pages, crafts, and games.

Scary Songs

It wouldn't be Halloween without listening to the holiday classics such as "Thriller," "Monster Mash," and "Ghostbusters." Create a petrifying playlist the entire family can enjoy, then crank it up for the trick-or-treaters on Halloween!

Now that your costume and candy checklist is complete, have fun this week with the kids! Happy Halloween!