Straight-laced Anne Parsons lives a very strict life and is afraid of school bullies. Anne befriends the offbeat and fun Halloween Spavento, who seems to have magical powers for everything, including scaring the bullies away. Halloween starts to attend the public school with Anne, and together, they are free from the school bullies, at least for a while.
While Anne learns that the Spavento family has a big secret, the Spavento family also learns that the bullies hate “Halloween.” The Spavento family sets out to throw the best Halloween party ever, in an effort to save the Halloween holiday, and also unknowingly, their own daughter.
The book is well-written and brings the spirit of the Halloween holiday to life. I like that the book deals with bullies, and ways that the girls are able to overcome the threats of those bullies. I like the colorful characters in the Spavento family, and how the mystery was solved in an unexpected way. I did feel that the magic in the book sometimes made the answers to the girls’ problems seem a little too simple. I also felt that a few of the characters could have come across as more authentic. Overall, however, I definitely do recommend Saving Halloween. The book brings the magical spirit of the Halloween holiday to life. It also teaches readers to feel confident about who they actually are.