Jennifer O’Connell

Children’s Book Author & Illustrator

its halloween night cover

It’s Halloween Night!
by Jennifer O’Connell, illustrated by Jennifer Morris

Featured on WETA's Reading Rockets list!

Cartwheel Books - Scholastic, Inc. 2012
Reading level: ages 3-6
ISBN: 13: 978-0-545-40283-5
$6.99 U.S.

Ordering Information

Visit your local bookstore (
Order online: (Barnes & Noble)
Or call Scholastic at: 1-800-724-2222, Prompt 1

Before Halloween night begins, a creative group of trick-or-treaters get their costumes ready and play a guessing game with the reader about what they are dressing up as. Then they gather together, run to the first house, ring the bell and then yell, “trick-or-treat!”


hot-dogChildren’s Literature

"Looking for a Halloween read-aloud that will keep young children engaged and thinking? If your answer is "yes," then It's Halloween Night! will be a sure win.

In addition to a fun first-read, the rhyming and predictable text pattern makes the book a good choice for beginning readers. Teachers may also want to chart the text for choral reading and word family work. It's Halloween Night is a versatile picture book and a positive addition to any primary grade classroom."
— Maria Lamattina, EdD.

School Library Journal

"Simple rhyming sentences and colorful, uncluttered illustrations give clues to the costume, but the answer isn't revealed until the page is turned. Children can find stars, spiders, bats, and pumpkins hidden in the backgrounds of each colorful spread. This not-so-scary Halloween book is filled with smiles and treats."
— Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada