"Trick or Treat!"
"Hello Kiddies! What's a great book you've read this year?"
"You want these Reese's peanut butter cups or not?"
Maybe this question was not such a shock from someone at a house with the these pumpkins gleaming in the front yard but the kids came up with book titles more quickly than ever this year.
One of the most frequently named books was The Lightning Thief, followed by Sea of Monsters. One kid shouted, "I can't wait for The Titan's Curse!" (Wow!) I had 2 for Inkheart, several Green Eggs and Ham, 1 Cat in the Hat, 1 Animal Farm, 2 Lord of the Rings, a Pride and Prejudice (thank you very much,) 1 Cinderella, 1 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (dressed exactly like Johnny Depp à la movie,) multiple Cliffords, Harry Potters and Capt. Underpants and 1 Artemis Fowl "but I haven't read the new one," the young man added. (Me neither.) One girl said Stormbreaker and began to tell me how cool Alex Rider was. I almost cried!
It was really so heartening thing to hear all these great titles being shouted out. There has been a definite leap in the reading levels of the neighborhood over the past year according to this informal Halloween poll.