25 Spooktacular Halloween Childrens Books You’ll All Love
Is Halloween drawing near, and you’d like to add some Halloween-themed books to storytime? For home? For the classroom? You are in the right place! I’ve compiled a list of 25 Halloween childrens books I hope you will like as much as we do.
There are so many Halloween books out there that choosing can be overwhelming. Some of these are not specifically for Halloween but have characters like witches and monsters, making it an ideal read for the season. I have split the list into age groups; of course, books can go beyond age, or you can read earlier – they are all child friendly, so feel free to decide what is best for you 😉 I just thought splitting them might help, and I used as reference what my children enjoyed most at different stages.
Here are my XX favorite children’s picture books to read on Halloween and the days leading to it!
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Halloween Childrens Books for 0-2-year-olds
1. You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie – by Natalie Marshall
This board book is a sweet rhyming story with different pairs of child and parents (Halloween-themed), where the parent says nice things and how much they love their little ones. You’ll find pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, and even bats. The illustrations are adorable, and the book has cutouts that make it more interactive and grasp little one’s attention. A festive and sweet read.
2. Eek! Halloween! – by Sandra Boynton
There’s a big round moon in a dark, dark sky. The chickens are nervous. Do you know why? This is a fun board book that will introduce Halloween traditions to children in a fun sweet way. Pumpkins, costumes, and Trick or Treat. No need to be scared because things are a bit strange, it’s Halloween and it’s all just for fun.
3. Little Blue Truck’s Halloween – by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
Little Blue Truck and his friend are going to a party just down the road.
“Beep! Beep! Beep!” Says Little Blue. It’s Halloween, you come too!”
This is a friendly and different Halloween story, where you find animals dressed up in costumes, and you must guess who it could be. Underneath the flaps, you will see what animal is hidden under those fabulous costumes.
4. Spooky Pookie (Little Pookie) – by Sandra Boynton
Such a lovely rhyming Halloween board book where Little Pookie tries out many costumes until he finds the perfect one to go trick or treating for Halloween. It’s a silly and charming book that you will all enjoy from the Little Pookie series.
5. Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch – by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
Little Biscuit goes to a pumpkin patch and has fun picking pumpkins and playing with his friends. This is a beautiful book for those who can go to a pumpkin patch and see all you can do with them!
6. Llama Llama Trick or Treat – by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama gets ready for Halloween: decide what costume to wear, scoop a pumpkin, fill a bowl with sweets and go trick or treat. It is a lovely board book to introduce Halloween traditions to children in a lovely way.
7. First 100 Padded: First Spooky Words – by Roger Priddy
This is a lovely Halloween book for small hands with a soft, padded cover. It is part of the First 100 Words Series by Roger Priddy; this book is filled with 100 new words that are Halloween-themed for families who love Halloween celebrations. The images combine illustrations and photographs, allowing children to pick their favorite costumes, treats, and more. A fantastic addition to your library that will help your little one build their vocabulary.
8. Hoot Howl Halloween 10-Button Sound Book for Little Trick-Or-Treaters (Interactive Children’s Sound Book with 10 Spooky Sounds)
If your child enjoys books with sounds, this one is the one to get for Halloween. If you can’t stand books that make noises – stay far away! You are warned 😉 With this one, you’ll hear ghosts and witches cackle all day long. There are ten different spooky sounds that they will enjoy.
Halloween Childrens Books for 3 to 5-year-olds
9. Room on the Broom – by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
We love this brilliant book where kindness and friendship are at its heart. The witch and her cat fly on a broom high across the sky, but the wind blows away her hat, bow, and wand. Lucky for her, three animals help her find her lost items, and they ask her to tag along, to which she always says, “Yes!”. Unfortunately, their broom breaks as they encounter a Dragon who wants to eat the witch for tea. They all join forces to help her kind friend who is in need!
10. Peppa’s Halloween Party – by Scholastic Inc and EOne
Peppa, George, and all their friends dress up to go to a Halloween party at Peppa’s. They eat pumpkin pie, dress up, and dance. The book follows the same structure as the same Halloween episode. If your children enjoy Peppa, this is a nice book to have and read aloud.
11. The Spooky Wheels on the Bus – by J. Elizabeth Mills and Ben Mantle
If your little one loves “The Wheels on the Bus” song, they will love this book. A silly Halloween version of the classic song, counting from 1 spooky bus to 10 goofy ghosts. You can dance to each different sound as you wish! A fun activity to do together and a way to build some fun memories as a family.
12. Angelina’s Halloween – by Katherine Holabird and Helen Craig
Angelina and her friends love Halloween – they want to go as sparkly fireflies, make their costumes, play games, and have a wonderful tea party. Angelina’s little sister Polly wants to be a firefly too, but Angelina doesn’t think she can be a firefly, and Polly ends up going as a ghost. While trick or treating, Polly gives Angelina a scare when she gets lost in an old haunted house – but she is found quickly, and Angelina promises she’ll have her very own firefly costume next Halloween. For more ballerina books, check out this post!
13. Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete – by Kimberly & James Dean
Pete and Dad go trick or treating, but he is a bit scared. Dad gives him a flashlight to light the way and to see there is nothing to be scared about. It’s a fun lift-the-flap book that will catch children’s attention. In the end, Halloween isn’t as spooky as he thought, just full of sweet surprises.
14. How to Catch a Witch – by Alice Walstead and Megan Joyce
It’s Halloween, and the Catch Club Kids feel something isn’t right… there are goblins, ghosts, and ghouls everywhere! The witch is responsible! She’s opened a portal that has let out spooky creatures all over the neighborhood. Will they be able to catch her and have everything go back to normal? It is a fun and silly read with contraptions and tricks to try to trap the witch.
15. Ten Timid Ghosts – by Jennifer O’Connell
This is a fun counting book for Halloween. In a haunted house live ten timid ghosts, but one day, a witch comes moves in and plans to scare them out, one by one! Will she succeed? Or will they be able to take back what’s theirs?
16. Big Pumpkin – by Erica Silverman and illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Once, a witch wanted a pumpkin pie, so she planted a pumpkin seed. And it grew, and it grew until it was huge. On Halloween, the witch wanted to pick the pumpkin to make her pie, but it was too big and heavy that she couldn’t lift it. All the monsters try to lift it by themselves, but a little bat has a bright idea that might make it possible. This book is a not-so-scary 25-year-old classic that you’ll all enjoy.
17. The Crayons Trick or Treat – by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
This version of the Crayons series is silly, where some of the Crayons are unsure what they must do or say when going trick or treating. Simple, fun, and short (although my favorite one is still the original “The Day the Crayons Quit”).
18. Ten Minutes to Bed Little Monster – Rhiannon Fielding and Chris Chatterton
This is a book from the Ten Minutes to Bed series, which we adore. Belch, our little monster, doesn’t want to go to bed. In this countdown story, you’ll creep down the stairs, eat some monsterlicious jelly, and play with her monster friends until the countdown is over and Belch is fast asleep in his bed. The rhythm is soothing, and the illustrations from Chris Chatterton are simply marvelous.
19. Halloween Things to Make and Do – Usborne
An excellent Halloween activity book with games, craft ideas, and puzzles. You can check out one of the activities in this Instagram post. It is an excellent book to get ideas for decorations and things you can make and do to make the holiday more spooktacular.
20. Little Sticker Dolly Dressing Halloween – by Fiona Watt and Lizzie Mackay
The Little Sticker Dolly Dressing are some of my daughter’s favorites because they are reusable sticker books. There are many books in the collection and the Halloween is just fantastic. My daughter loved these. They recommend from 5 years old upward, but she enjoyed them when my daughter was 3. Each double spread is a scene, and you have stickers to populate the scene and make it as you like.
There are 250 reusable stickers in the books, and you have a fold-out back cover where you can “park” stickers while they are not in use. The book is not very big, so they are great when traveling. They’ll have a great time creating fun and spooky sticker scenes for Halloween. If you’d like to see more sticker book ideas, here you’ll find our favourites.
Halloween Children’s Books for 6-year-olds and older
21. The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky (The Food Group) – Jory John and Pete Oswald
Mr. Seed is in a very baaaad mood because he doesn’t know what to wear yet for Halloween. If he’s not having fun, he decides nobody should be either and decides to tell everyone that Halloween is off. Oh no! But he’ll soon discover, that it’s not a competition and that you don’t need a very elaborate costume to have fun. It’s about sharing and togetherness, no matter what you are wearing.
22. How to Catch a Monster – by Adam Wallace and Andy Walkerton
This is a lovely book about conquering your fears. A brave young ninja heads into the closet to catch the monster that’s been so scary night after night – but soon he’ll realize that the monster didn’t mean to scare him and that they can be good friends and have loads of fun together.
23. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books) – Stan & Jan Berenstein
Brother and Sister are going by themselves trick or treating for the first time. There are some rules that they must follow: they must stay in their neighborhood and not eat any of the treats until they get back home. They plan their route and do not want to go to Miz McGrizz’s house because “everybody knows she is a witch.” But Mama Bear encourages them not to be deceived by her looks, that she may look old and crooked, but she is very lovely.
When out and about Too-Tall Grizzly and his gang trick them to Miz McGrizz’s house to play some tricks on her, but the lady spots them and invites them all in and gives them a delicious candy apple. This story teaches us that appearances can be deceiving – things aren’t always what they look like. And if you’d like to check out more bear books, here you can find many more.
24. Paint by Sticker Kids: Halloween: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time! Includes Glow-in-the-Dark Stickers
These sticker books are just excellent. There are many in the series, which we love, and we had to get the Halloween one as well. These books are like sticker mosaics. First, you have a layout of the illustration split into little sections, each with its number. Then you have a sticker page.
First step: Find the sticker.
Second step: Peel the sticker.
Third step: Place the sticker.
Then, add the next and the next, and complete the paintings.
25. Weird But True Halloween: 300 Spooky Facts to Scare You Silly – by National Geographic Kids
Another book from the Wierd but True! series from National Geographic Kids, ready for Halloween! It’s filled with 300 facts, stats, and trivia about candy, pumpkin carving, costumes, and more. Did you know that there is an underwater pumpkin carving contest? Strange, but it is true. You’ll learn this and many more things about this spooky holiday.
Our favorite Spooktacular Halloween Children’s Books
I hope you will enjoy our Halloween book selection. These are the books that we have at home or that we have read through the years and that we remember fondly. These are the ones that, when I take them from the bookshelf, bring back memories of trick or treating, dressing up, eating treats, and just goofing around. I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we have.
For browsing ease, I’ve gathered all these books together as a list on Amazon, in case it can be helpful.
Happy reading and happy Halloween! *