Halloween Books for Kids of All Ages

Halloween Books For Kids of All Ages

For kids that are big and kids that are small, find the right spooky (or not-so-spooky) boooooooks for them all!
This list is from PBSKids.

Babies & Toddlers
1. Peek-a-Who?
By Nina Laden
Keep it simple! Combining bright colors with predictable rhymes makes this board book a great Halloween read for young children.

2. Five Little Pumpkins
By Dan Yaccarino
“Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate. The first one said, ‘Oh my, it’s getting late.’” Whether you sing it or say it, this cute book about Halloween pumpkins follows a pattern of rhymes and encourages early counting.

3. One, Two… Boo!
By Kristen L. Depken
Help kids learn about Halloween traditions and develop fine motor skills with this full-of-surprises, lift-the-flap book.

4. Mouse’s First Halloween
By Lauren Thompson
With bold colors and playful text, this slightly spooky tale familiarizes kids with different sounds and exposes them to rhyming couplets.

Preschool & Kindergarten
5. Where’s My Mummy?
By Carolyn Crimi
Join Little Baby Mummy and Big Mama Mummy as they play an exciting game of hide-and-shriek that ends with a nice surprise.

6. Halloween Is…
By Gail Gibbons
In another family-favorite book, Gail Gibbons aims to teach kids about the history and traditions of Halloween, accompanied by her soft and inviting illustrations.

7. Ten Timid Ghosts
By Jennifer O’connell
Similar to “Five Little Pumpkins,” “Ten Timid Ghosts” pairs simple counting and rhyming concepts to create a fun Halloween read. This book includes more difficult vocabulary words and spookier Halloween concepts, making it perfect for slightly older kids.

8. Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody
By Michael Rex
“Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.” If this sounds familiar, you’re right! This lively parody of the classic “Goodnight Moon” is an instant favorite!

9. Scary, Scary Halloween
By Eve Bunting and Jan Brett

Eve Bunting and Jan Brett team up to bring us a wonderfully detailed vision of a spooky Halloween night. Through a pair of glowing eyes and chantlike repetition, kids get an elusive look at the variety of trick-or-treaters and Halloween scenes.

Early Elementary
10. Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat
By Doreen Cronin
Farmer Brown is afraid of Halloween! So the familiar gang of barnyard animals take it upon themselves to give him tricks, treats, and the full Halloween treat-ment in this not-so-spooky book.

11. Shake Dem Halloween Bones
By W. Nikola-Lisa
Perhaps the most energetic Halloween book around; kids will want to sing this song over and over. Matched with awesome illustrations of household items personified, this “Shake Dem Halloween Bones” has it all.

12. Room on the Broom
By Julia Donaldson
“Room on the Broom” is a nice tale about helping others in need and treating others the way you’d like to be treated. When animals help the witch collect her items displaced by the wind, she allows them to ride on her broom—but is there room for everyone? Find out!

13. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
By Linda D. Williams
Would you be afraid if shoes, pants, a shirt and a pumpkin head were following you? This little old lady sure isn’t! Kids love the build-up of this less-than-scary read aloud.

14. Bone Soup
By Cambria Evans
In this Halloween-themed version of Stone Soup, Finnigin the skeleton can’t seem to find anyone who is willing to share their food with him! Follow the loveable creature as he solves the problem in a strange new town and cooks up some magic.

15. Tell Me a Scary Story…But Not Too Scary!
By Carl Reiner
Shall we turn the page—or is it too scary? You decide just how far the story goes in this creepy collection of Halloween stories by Carl Reiner. The noted actor/director writes stories that’ll make you hide under the covers, but only if you choose to read on!

Upper Elementary
16. The Witches
By Roald Dahl
“This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.” Roald Dahl’s frightening, yet endearing book about a boy, his grandmother and witches begins with a phrase that will make kids afraid to put it down. “The Witches” is a sensational read and surprisingly insightful tale of loyalty and love from the late, great Roald Dahl.

17. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
By Deborah Howe
A cute bunny or a ravenous rabbit with fangs? Join the rest of the Monroe family pets as they investigate the new, suspicious animal living under the same roof.

18. The Halloween Tree
By Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury is almost synonymous with scary stories. Eight friends are whisked away on an adventure through space and time in search of their friend Pipkin and for the true meaning of Halloween. Accompanied by eerie black-and-white pictures, this book adds the perfect amount of “petrifying” to any Halloween gathering.

19. Coraline
By Neil Gaiman
Now a major motion picture, “Coraline” is a can’t-put-down tale for kids. Following her curiosity, Coraline finds a door leading to a world almost identical to her own—only better! But once there, will she ever be able to return to her true home and family? Only one way to find out—by reading!

20. Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve (Magic Tree House, No. 30)
By Mary Pope Osborne
Part of Mary Hope Osborne’s sensational series, Magic Treehouse (this is no. 30). Jack and Annie enter into the adventure of a lifetime. Mystery, magic and the magnificent Merlin swirl together in this action-packed family favorite.

21. A Tale Dark and Grimm
By Adam Gidwitz
See Hansel and Gretel like never before! Familiar characters juxtaposed with recognizable settings turn classic fairy tales into a playground of Grimm Brothers stories. With just enough spook, you’ll love this new take on old favorites.

22. Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales
By Robert D. San Souci
Gather ’round, boys and girls! Looking for scary stories to tell on Halloween? Look no further—these 30 stories will keep you up all night!

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