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Olive and other Halloween book+costume ideas from Penguin

Welcome to Penguin's Halloween blog tour, which pairs spooky middle grade books with great costume ideas! I love the idea of dressing up as a character from a book, and I know lots of families and schools choose to celebrate Halloween this way, too. Today's (seventh and final) tour stop features the first book of one of my favorite middle grade series (my review), plus a fantastic giveaway! Here's Penguin with the details:

Step into some creepy stories this Halloween and become your favorite middle grade character…from the ghoulish undead to mischievous pirates, the costumes are endless.

The BookBooks of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West

When eleven-year-old Olive moves into a crumbling Victorian mansion with her parents, she knows there's something strange about the house - especially the odd antique paintings covering the walls. And when she puts on a pair of old spectacles, she discovers the strangest thing yet: She can travel inside the paintings, to a spooky world that's full of dark shadows. Add to that three talking cats, who live in the house and seem to be keeping secrets of their own, and Olive soon finds herself confronting a dark and dangerous power that wants to get rid of her by any means necessary. It's up to Olive to save the house from the dark shadows, before the lights go out for good.
The Costume
Halloween is the perfect time to be Olive and travel through paintings and beyond! This costume is great for a school-day costume:
  1. Olive wears a red striped shirt over a long-sleeved white shirt, jeans, and red shoes. Don’t forget her yellow headband!
  2. Find the oldest, biggest glasses you can find. A grandparent might be able to help with this one!
  3. Now comes the fun part! Find a big piece of cardboard and cut out the shape of a BIG picture frame. Make the edges curvy and decorate with markers and paint. 
  4. You’re ready to be Olive! Carry around your new picture frame and wear your glasses for quick escape – but keep an eye out! There are people who might want to make sure your Halloween is full of more tricks than treats….
Find The Books of Elsewhere online at thebooksofelsewhere.com
Purchase The Books of Elsewhere here: AmazonBarnes and NobleIndieBound 
And check out the rest of the blog tour for more great book+costume ideas:

M 10.22 In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
T 10.23 Gustav Gloom and the People Takers by Adam-Troy Castro
W 10.24 Undead Ed by Rotterly Ghoulstone
F 10.26 The Creature from the 7th Grade by Bob Balaban
M 10.29 Wereworld: Shadow of the Hawk by Curtis Jobling
T 10.30 Books of Elsewhere:The Shadows by Jacqueline West
right here at Books Together
[Me again.] And now for the giveaway! Courtesy of Penguin, I'm giving away a set of all seven books featured on the blog tour to one lucky reader (and commenter) on this post. Just leave a comment by midnight Friday, November 2 to enter [deadline extended due to Hurricane Sandy!]. If you'd like, let me know who you're going to be for Halloween, too. Olive, perhaps?

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Reader Comments (11)

I loved that book! What a great givewaway!

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermadelyn


October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNoreen

I'd love to be entered! :) I'm not dressing up, but if I were I'd be Penelope (from the film of that name). Thanks for the giveaway!

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October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Love love love Olive and The Books of Elsewhere! If I was dressing up, I think I would try your Olive suggestion or would wear my Eeyore costume. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Brtjaden (AT). Hotmail (DOT). com

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

I love this giveaway! The books are so fun - thanks for the offer!

I don't plan to dress up for Halloween this year but am helping the kids with their costumes - Aerial (Little Mermaid) and Woody (Toy Story) . So cute! :)
Happy Halloween!!


October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWrighty

I'm hosting my own stop on this tour, but the book bundle is so appealing that I am entering at all the other stops!

B. wants to be an Internet Troll. A challenging costume.

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercharlotte

7 year old Carissa is dressing up as a black cat (perhaps the girl version of Leopold from The Shadows. She will wear a black cape to add mystery to the costume.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Happy Halloween! I am going to be a pink poodle. :)

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWillow

I didn't end up dressing up for Halloween this year, but if I had I probably would have been fancy nancy again. She's one of my favorites to dress up as, and the kids I work with love it too : ) These books look so good! Thanks for the giveaway!!

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralicia marie

Great giveaway! I was delighted to spend Halloween with you! I think I saw Gerald and Piggy at the Ashlawn parade??

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda N

Oooh, my kids are obsessed with the spooky and mysterious...not just this time of year, but all year round! What a fun giveaway!

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine S

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