10 Must-Read Halloween Books for Kids


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Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spooky spirit than diving into Halloween books? For those little ghouls and goblins in your home who are eager to immerse themselves in stories of witches, monsters, and playful haunts, we’ve compiled a list of ten Halloween books perfect for kids. These tales, ranging from delightfully spooky to downright adorable, are sure to become bedtime favorites.


  1. Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler A kind witch and her cat find themselves picking up a group of hitchhikers on their broomstick journey. This rhythmic tale not only introduces a cast of cute characters but also teaches valuable lessons about friendship and teamwork.
  2. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams and Megan Lloyd When a fearless old lady encounters pants, shoes, and other items that seemingly move on their own, her bravery is put to the test. A fun and repetitive read-aloud story, this book is an absolute delight.
  3. At the Old Haunted House” by Helen Ketteman and Nate Wragg A fun rhyming tale that introduces kids to all kinds of spooky creatures having a grand party in an old haunted house. It’s a lighthearted take on the classic “Over in the Meadow.”
  4. Bone Soup” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Tom Knight This story is a Halloween take on the classic “Stone Soup.” A young skeleton with a clever idea manages to conjure up a soup that the entire ghoul community enjoys!
  5. Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody” by Michael Rex For fans of “Goodnight Moon”, this fun parody turns the gentle bedtime classic into a hilarious, spooky read that’s perfect for the season.
  6. The Dark” by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen While not exclusively a Halloween book, “The Dark” explores a child’s relationship with darkness in his house. With its intriguing narrative and unique illustrations, it’s an ideal read to discuss overcoming fears.
  7. The Hallo-Wiener” by Dav Pilkey Oscar, a small sausage dog, is the subject of mockery because of his shape. But on Halloween, Oscar gets the chance to prove that despite appearances, he’s got a big heart and great courage.
  8. Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin The animals on Farmer Brown’s farm are up to their usual antics, but this time with a Halloween twist! Kids who enjoy the “Click, Clack, Moo” series will definitely love this festive edition.
  9. Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman and S. D. Schindler A witch grows an enormous pumpkin and needs help making it into a pie. The repetitive storyline and fun illustrations make this a read-aloud favorite.
  10. Creepy Carrots!” by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown Jasper Rabbit loves carrots, especially the ones from Crackenhopper Field. But what happens when the carrots start following him? This Caldecott Honor-winning book blends humor with just the right amount of spookiness.

Whether your little ones are in the mood for some light-hearted spooky fun or tales that teach about bravery and friendship, these Halloween reads are perfect. So, snuggle up with a warm blanket, a cup of cider, and embark on a magical reading journey this Halloween season!

We hope you found some new Halloween books to add to your library! What Halloween-themed books does your family enjoy reading? 


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