Scared Silly (Bunnicula and Friends Series)

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It's Halloween night and spooky things are going on at the Monroe house. The wind is howling. The walls are creaking. Howie, the little dachshund, is scared silly. And Chester, of course, is sure the vampire bunny, Bunnicula, is up to something. Harold would just as soon sleep through the whole scary night, but then a witch sneaks into the Monroes' kitchen and starts stirring up a witch's brew. Will Bunnicula be its main ingredient? Before you say BOO! it's Harold, Chester, and ...

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It's Halloween night and spooky things are going on at the Monroe house. The wind is howling. The walls are creaking. Howie, the little dachshund, is scared silly. And Chester, of course, is sure the vampire bunny, Bunnicula, is up to something. Harold would just as soon sleep through the whole scary night, but then a witch sneaks into the Monroes' kitchen and starts stirring up a witch's brew. Will Bunnicula be its main ingredient? Before you say BOO! it's Harold, Chester, and Howie to the rescue.

Harold, Chester, and Howie have a harrowing Halloween night worrying about Bunnicula as well as about a witch who comes into the house.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This story, narrated in first person by Harold the dog (of Bunnicula fame), concerns a cat, a dachshund, a rabbit--and, of course, a scary Halloween night. The animals know all day a storm is coming that night, when they'll be alone in the house. Anything might happen. Once the Monroe family heads out for the evening's festivities, goblins wander the streets, and in the storm, the lights go out. Then a witch arrives. She starts up a brew in the kitchen, then says, ``Now where are those animals?'' Chester's remark: ``My mother didn't raise me to be an ingredient.'' After the witch takes Bunnicula into the kitchen, the others try to escape, but they're stopped at every door by monsters. It's the invasion of the . . . Monroes, who've all come home--and the witch turns out to be Grandma, early for a visit. Morrill's diverting illustrations are an integral part of the fun in this light-hearted, corny caper. The pictures show the atmosphere growing visibly scarier once Harold, Chester et al. are alone at home; they cower at shadows, peek round doors with their ears back and stare in the dark living room at Bunnicula's red eyes. Then Morrill echoes the animals' (and the reader's) relief, when the intruders turn out to be family, by showing all participants full length, from farther away. This effective blend of words and art could summon a shiver any time of the year. Ages 5-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Harold, Chester and Howie are the Monroe's pets-a dog, cat and puppy. One other pet is Bunnicula, a rabbit. It is Halloween, and a storm is brewing. Chester is trying to frighten Howie on his first Halloween. Harold thinks Chester is being hard on Howie, but Chester insists that being scared is what Halloween is all about. The pets nap, and wake up to an empty house, but plenty of commotion outside. Howie looks out and see kids parading around as ghosts and goblins. Chester assures him that they are looking for puppies to munch. All of a sudden there is a tapping at the door. Now all of the pets are terrified. Hiding behind a chair, they see a witch walk into the living room. As the pets watch, she walks into the kitchen to prepare a witch's brew. When she comes out of the kitchen and gets Bunnicula, the pets find their courage and head off to rescue their friend. Wild antics and confusion abound before the mystery is solved. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Be prepared for the frolicking fears of Howie, Chester, Harold, and the very unusual vampire rabbit, Bunnicula, in their newest adventure into the frights and sights of Halloween trickery. They have appeared before in Bunnicula (1979), Howliday Inn (1982), The Celery Stalks at Midnight (1983, all Atheneum) and now can be enjoyed by a younger audience. In this seasonal tale, the four friends are excited about Halloween, but are soon to be terrorized by a mysterious (and puzzlingly familiar) witch. Large watercolor illustrations make for a really tangible experience as the action-packed story unfolds to its surprising (but not too scary) ending. Young listeners will be spellbound as they ``see'' Chester's tail wag to and fro, or ``feel'' Howie's hair stand on end the length of his back. The text is not overwhelming, making this a tale well within the capabilities of early readers. Eyes will dart from word to picture and back again in this picture-book tale of the frightful foursome. Order early, and order duplicate copies. You'll need them! --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elem . Sch . , OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689857515
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Series: Bunnicula and Friends Series, #3
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 319,179
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (, an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at

Jeff Mack has illustrated six books in the Bunnicula and Friends series.
He is also the illustrator of several popular picture books, such as Rub-a-Dub Sub, We're Rabbits!, and Starry Safari. Jeff lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Visit him on the Web at

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Chapter One: Spooky Halloween

Halloween is always spooky at our house.There are grinning pumpkins and scary costumes and tricky tricks and yummy treats.

Of course the treats are my favorite part.

Especially the chocolate ones.

I live with the Monroes -- Toby, Pete, and Mr. and Mrs. Monroe. They are human, but I don't hold that against them.Chester lives here too. He's a cat. Enough said.Howie is a puppy, and Bunnicula is a rabbit.Rabbits don't usually do much.Hop around. Wiggle their whiskers. Look cute.

The thing is, Bunnicula is no ordinary rabbit, but more about him later.

As I was saying, Halloween can be spooky around here.

But this year things were even spookier than usual.It all started when the Monroes left us alone.

"Where have they gone this time?" Howie whimpered.

He hates to be left alone.

"I think they said something about a costume party," I said with a yawn.

"I guess they have better things to do than sleep," Chester said.

I yawned again. "What could be better than sleep? Except eating, of course."

"Harold, you should really try to stay awake," Chester said.

"Why?" I asked.

"Because it's a dark and stormy night!" Chester cried.


"So, don't you remember what happened on that other dark and stormy night?" Chester demanded.

I thought about it for a minute.


Chester nodded.


Chester nodded again.

"In that case, I was definitely under the covers -- asleep!"

"No, you weren't," Chester said. "You were standing right beside me when they brought that monster home."

"M-m-m-monster?" Howie asked.

"He means Bunnicula." I sighed.

Chester blames Bunnicula for all the strange things that go onaround here. And believe me, a lot of strange things go on around here.

"That rabbit is up to something, I just know it," Chester said.

We all turned to look at Bunnicula.

He was sitting in his cage, wide awake.

Bunnicula is awake only at night.

Chester says it's because he's a vampire bunny.

I don't argue with Chester. It's bad for my health.

"I have a plan," Chester said.

"No! No plans!" I cried.

Chester's plans are really bad for my health.

"This plan is simple. Nothing to it," Chester said. "All you have to do is sit here and keep an eye on Bunnicula."

"Why?" I groaned.

"Because it's Halloween!" Chester cried. "Who knows what vampire bunnies get up to on Halloween?"

Text copyright © 1989, 2005 by James Howe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2009

    A wonderful and suspenseful story for young children.

    I have been reading this story to my class for the past ten years and it is still one of my favorites. The characters are just lovable. The children listen intently to find out what is going to happen.

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