It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin: A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Halloween by Soraya Diase Coffelt traces the historical origins of Halloween. The book is geared for kids ages 5 – 10, and Coffelt talks about the meaning behind Halloween traditions in a way that is easy for children to understand. For families who participate in Halloween festivities, this book could be a good conversation-starter to discuss how people can have fun during the fall – as they decorate the house or play thematic games – without actually “celebrating” Halloween. The book includes nice illustrations by Tea Seroya.
It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin is narrated from a child’s perspective, and towards the end, I liked how the child announced that this year, he is going to carve his pumpkin with a Christian cross symbol. (The unnamed narrator may be a boy or girl – it is open to interpretation.) Whereas the book explores the roots of Halloween, it is not asking the readers to give up fall-themed activities, but rather to remember that we should rely on God instead of pagan beliefs.