The ADVENTURE TIME SPOooKTACULAR collects COSTUME PARTY, SECRET 'STACHE, HALLOWEEN HORTICULTURE, and BAD GIRL GONE GOOD -- four fun little Halloween tales set in the ADVENTURE TIME universe (plus a bonus preview of STEPHEN UNIVERSE). Authored and illustrated by series and Boom! favorites, the mini-anthology is just the thing to set the Halloween mood.
Each story is unique (both in subject and style), but very in-place in Ooo. Every creator involved has mastered the cheeky lingo and whimsical style that makes ADVENTURE TIME so fun, and it's great to see such unique variations on a theme. SECRET 'STACHE in particular takes Ooo to different places artistically, but it's no less charming than the usual cartoony style.
Equally varied is each creative team's interpretation of a Halloween story -- some center around the day itself (parties and such), while others riff on festive items like pumpkins. It's as assorted as a bucket full of Halloween candy, and at least one of the stories will bring a smile to your face.
I'm also rather fond of Marceline's Halloween costume.
The SpOooktacular is an enjoyable read, but it's pretty light on the "spOooky" factor (TWELVE YEARS DUNGEON!). It's a tough line to walk with all-ages books, but the stories tended to hit on "funny" rather than "scary." I'd be interested in seeing light-horror (something along the lines of the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books from childhood, but more Ooo-y!) in next year's Halloween special.
Halloween is tomorrow. Even if you're not dressing up (pro tip: a Finn costume is preeeeetty easy!), get into the festive mood by grabbing this neat little collection of holiday-themed stories from some of Boom's finest.