Here at October Boys, we love to collect old kid books on Halloween. This will begin a post series of kids books that we love- some known wide, some rarely read.
The first book we want to highlight is called Hubknuckles. Reading this as a boy, I was awestruck on how spooky it
was. I recently picked this up again, and found that it was still very spooky
for a kids book. I don’t know why, but you do see a lot of children’s books from
the 60s-80s tackle more heavy spooks for a “kids” book. No complaints here
Here is a description:
Every Halloween, Hubknuckles pays a visit to Lee and
her younger sisters and baby brother. The children watch the ghostly figure
from the safety of their warm kitchen, experiencing delicious little tickles of
But this year, Lee has decided that Hubknuckles isn’t real. “Hubknuckles is
just a sheet and a flashlight,” she tells her sisters. “Either Ma or Pa makes
him dance.” And she is determined to prove it.
What Lee discovers after an eerie dance on the lawn with her silent, shadowy
partner is sure to delight young readers, who will be enchanted by the softly
glowing illustrations of this unusual Halloween happening.