Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew: The Halloween Hoax

Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew: The Halloween Hoax

Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew: The Halloween Hoax by Carolyn Keene is a fun chapter book for kids 6 to 9 years old. In this story the girls have decided to make their own costumes and are getting in the Halloween spirit. Every year they get together and watch their Halloween TV special together and this year, as an added bonus, they get the chance to visit the studio where their special is filmed. They couldn’t be more excited. Once they get to the studio, they aren’t so sure that they really want to be there. Lots of spooky, ghostly things seem to be happening all around them.

The studio is full of scary Halloween props. You can hear sound tapes playing with every spooky noise you’ve ever heard and the girls know it. They know how movies and TV shows are made and that none of this spooky stuff is actually real but there seems to be something more going on in the TV studio. The girls are hearing sounds that don’t seem to be coming from the sound tapes, there are shadows lurking around them but they can’t seem to find what’s making the shadows appear.

Spooked by what they have been seeing, they wonder if they want to continue to stay and visit. While they contemplate, the begin a list of clues to figure out if there really is a ghost and if the studio is actually haunted or if it’s just their imagination getting the best of them on their Halloween adventure. Read a long and follow the girls as they track Dr. Funk-n-Stein to gain more clues. They have him in their sights and think he may very well be the ghost that is haunting the studio. He even told them that he came from “The Great Beyond.”

My daughter loves this book in the series because she can so closely relate to it just as so many other kids can. It’s easy to let your imagination get the best of you, especially when it comes to the things that go bump in the night. Reading this with her let her know that she’s not the only one that gets spooked over silly things and that if she faces her fear, she’ll find that what she is scared of, really isn’t that big of deal after all. This is definitely one that we will be reading again.