Salem, Massachusetts has a long and notable history, most of which would not be considered bright and happy. All Hallow’s Eve in Salem, written by Kristian James, and illustrated by Alisa Aryutova, sets out to prove otherwise with this breezy children’s book.

Touting Salem as the “unofficial town of Halloween,” All Hallow’s Eve in Salem takes a cheerful look at the preparations the town’s citizens are undergoing for the biggest night of the year. The story is painted against a historically accurate backdrop, prominently highlighting several famous museums, and even The House of the Seven Gables. We are treated to an array of spooky creatures who are abuzz with excitement over the impending night of tricks and treats. Monsters such as vampires, werewolves, and mummies offer up smiles instead of their traditional chills and scares as we see them in a relatable, more human-like element.

There are plenty of charming moments, like Frankenstein’s Monster dressed in a more humorous fashion than his traditional garb, or The Mummy taking time with a costumed child to be helpful rather than scary. James also makes sure to mention names of certain characters, giving them personality and flair to set them apart from the beasts we are all familiar with. 

Aryutova’s illustrations are gorgeous, with muted colors that help to set the tone for the mood of the story, while also including fun touches to the backgrounds that give this book re-readability. 

If you’re looking for an entertaining tale to read with your little ghouls and goblins this Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve in Salem is a sure bet to get you into the Trick-or-Treat spirit.

All Hallow’s Eve in Salem is available this month from all major retailers in paperback, hardback, and ebook formats.   


9 out of 10

All Hallow’s Eve in Salem
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Length: 35 pages
Written By:
Kristian James
Illustrations By:
Alisa Aryutova


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