Halloween Special Resources
A Ghost Story
Bibil lives with his family in an old castle. He has a happy life. Then one day, two thieves come looking for treasure.
Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was an Irish writer. In 1897 he wrote about a terrible vampire, Count Dracula. One night, Dracula goes to the village because he is hungry. All the houses have garlic on the doors so Dracula can't enter to drink any blood. There is only one door with no garlic on it, and he goes in. He sees a woman who is cooking dinner, and he bites her neck.
The Canterville Ghost
Simon de Canterville is a famous ghost in a castle in England. He is angry when a new family arrives to live nearby because there are children and they are American too! The ghost decides to do everything possible to frighten the family away. But the Otis family isn’t easily frightened, and they cause Simon a lot of problems.
Every night, the Spooky Skaters leave their home in the Land of the Dead and go skating in secret in the local skate park. They do spooky stunts on the ramp and they feel alive! Every day after school, Ben, Leila and their friends hang out at the skate park. Roland and Patty go there too, but they can’t skate and they‘re definitely not cool! Then, one night, Roland and Patty meet the Spooky Skaters.
Mary Godwin (1797-1851) was born in London. In 1816 she married Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of England's most famous poets. In 1818, during a holiday in Switzerland, she wrote Frankenstein with her husband and their friends. Dr. Frankenstein gives life to a creature who goes out of the laboratory to find a little love. The police think it killed a woman and her daughter but, in fact, it saved them.
The Boy from Yesterday
Sea Bird Cottage is the ideal place for a holiday. That's what Mrs Dale and her children think when they first arrive. But the cottage has a sad history. What are the noises they hear at night? Who is the mysterious figure in the garden? And who is the boy from yesterday?
The Haunted Castle
When Beth and Mara read an advertisement to stay in a haunted castle for Halloween, they think it is a good idea. Their friends agree. A group of six goes to Monchester Castle for fun. It is an experience they will never forget.
Buffy the Vapire Slayer: Halloween
It’s Halloween at the Hellmouth! Buffy and their friends hire costumes for trick or treating and discover that more than just their appearance has changed…
It’s Halloween but DJ doesn’t want to go trick-or-treating. He wants to spy on the house across the road because he’s convinced it’s alive. DJ and his friends discover that the house is eating things and people. When the police don’t believe them, they attempt to solve the mystery of the ‘monster house’ on their own.
Craigen Castle Mystery
Each of the courtyards in Craigen Castle tells a tragic story. When Ed and Joan go to visit the castle, they discover that they cannot get out. As it gets darker, the past begins to come alive. Joan is terrified. It is all part of the plan. But whose plan is it?
Buffy the Vapire Slayer: Inca Mummy Girl
It’s Cultural Exchange Week at Sunnydale High but there’s something strange about Buffy’s exchange partner. Is the beautiful girl from Peru, ‘Ampata Guttiérrez’, all that she seems?
Victor Frankenstein is an ambitious young student. 'I will show the world the mystery of life!' he declares. But he is horrified by the monster he creates. 'Why did you play with life in this way?' cries the monster. Rejected by society, the monster is determined to destroy his creator and all those who are dear to him.
The Canterville Ghost and other Short Stories
Three of Oscar Wilde's most popular short stories. The Canterville Ghost: 'You'll be sorry you bought the house,' people told Mr Hiram B Otis. 'Everyone knows that a ghost lives there.' But Otises are a modern American family, and they don't believe in ghosts. The Model Millionaire: Hughie Erskine has every talent except one. He can't earn money. And without money, he can't marry Laura Merton. But good luck can come from the strangest people. The Sphinx without a Secret: Why does Lady Alroy behave so mysteriously? As Lord Gerald Murchison falls madly in love with her, he is concerned about her strange behaviour. Will he discover her secret?
Buffy the Vapire Slayer: I Robot, You Jane
Willow finds love on the internet with ‘Malcom’. She can’t understand why Buffy and Xander are suspicious of her new boyfriend – until she realises that she’s dating a demon…
Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to visit his client, Count Dracula. While there, he discovers that the count has a terrible and bloody secret. When Dracula moves to England, Jonathan's friends and family are in danger of becoming his victims. Can they destroy the evil Count before he wins control of their lives? They begin a desperate chase across Europe in their mission to end the vampire's reign.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Washington Irving, who was named after George Washington, was born in 1783 in New York City. As a child he enjoyed exploring as much as he could, and as an adult he travelled extensively. Later in life he spent much time in England, where he met the world-famous writer Sir Walter Scott. It was Scott who stimulated Irving’s interest in American folk tales. Irving wrote many books, and was the first American writer to gain international fame. He died in 1859 and was buried near Sleepy Hollow. In this short novel, Irving re-creates a simple rural community where the people’s belief in ghosts and the supernatural remains strong. A schoolmaster who hopes to marry a rich farmer’s daughter has a rival: a strong, fearless young man. Both are determined to win Katrina’s hand and inherit the farm. How does the legend of a headless horseman affect the outcome?
The Pit and the Pendulum and other stories
Poppet is a special penguin but he's unhappy because he's pink. He likes swimming, surfing and sliding down icebergs. One day, he slides into a whale's mouth and the whale takes him far away. He finds other penguins who live in a zoo and plans an escape... back to the South Pole.