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Halloween is not a very French festival to celebrate, to say the least; I actually don’t know many children in France who do mark it, even though you do see more about it in shops than we used to.
As teachers or parents we sometimes want a story which relates to Halloween, without being a Halloween story. Here are, in no particular order, my 5 favourite books to fall into this category! – updated in September 2021: there are now 7 stories!

La chauve-souris

Bouh! Le livre qui fait le plus peur du monde

This is the story of a ghost in training trying to frighten the readers of the book… will it manage to do do? More about it in our blog here.

Vèzmô la sorcière

Vèzmô is a most unpleasant witch. May she find true love in this twisted version of a fairytale? Click here to access my full blog and read all about it!


Berthe, unlike Vèzmo, is a very friendly witch! You can choose from a selection of great stories depending on your current topic. You can buy them here on Little Linguist and read more about “Berthe fait une pizza” in our blog here.

Au loup!
This remake of “the boy who cried wolf” is a scary sorry for its character, Simon, and a good reminder to all children! Read more about it in our blog here.

Le petit fantôme qui voulait qu’on le voit

Written by one of my favourite authors, Bénédicte Guettier (who also wrote Trognon et Pépin, Le papa qui avait 10 enfants,  Je m’habille… et je te croque! , L’âne Trotro fait du vélo and L’âne Trotro: Zaza et les œufs de Pâques amongst others this story is about a little ghost who wants to be noticed. Will it manage to get the right type of attention? Read my blog about it here.

Trois fantômes

This is the story of the day 3 animals decided to dress up as ghosts and try to scare everyone around them… but are they really scary enough? Click here to access my full blog and read all about it!
Have fun in your French lessons around the end of October… or any time!

Can you recommend some stories of your own? Please add them in the comments box! Merci!