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Illustration © Daelyne Bell

TRICK OR REATERS is a national effort to place stories in trick-or-treaters’ bags.

By printing TRICK OR REATERS flyers and giving those flyers to trick-or-treaters, schools, libraries, organizations, bookstores, families and individuals can link children to this website with over 100 free scary, mysterious, and fantastical stories, activities and recommendations for children’s books.

!!Let’s make Halloween a day to discover stories and literature!!

12,000 trick-or-treaters and Halloween lovers visited this site in 2016 and discovered new children’s books!

Halloween is a day where we all play with story.  Millions dress up to celebrate the heroes, villains, and other characters that strike their fancy.  Millions more answer the doorbell and give candy in exchange for a glimpse at these costumes. What if in addition to (or instead of) giving candy, we offered stories?  —Kirsten Cappy, Curious City, Head Ghoul




TRICK OR REATERS is envisioned and administered by the ghouls at Curious City and sponsored by that great ghoul that runs the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

A special thanks to Monster Trucks children’s book author Anika Denise for her freakishly fantastic support.

Curious City a company that seeks to create a stronger bond between readers and the books created for them.  Run by Kirsten Cappy since 2003, the company is known nationally for building projects that creatively engage children with the written word.

The Erin Murphy Literary Agency is a leading U.S. children’s book agency headquartered in southern Maine. We focus on connections—between writer and editor, story and reader—as well as on helping our clients build their careers and grow as artists.



TRICK OR REATERS owes more than an inch of inspiration to Neil Gaiman’s All Hallows Read and to the bookish who have been dropping books in trick-or-treater bags for decades.

For first inking the monsters that have stolen to “T” from “Treaters” to transform it to “Reaters,” our thanks go out to the students of the Maine College of Art Illustration Department circa 2013.