Our Favorite Halloween Books

Our beloved Halloween books always put the biggest smiles on the kids faces. We bring them out when we put up our decorations, and they get a kick out of reading through some of their favorite stories. We have a tradition of giving each of them a new book each year, so we’ve grown quite the collection. Below are links to the ones we look forward to putting on our shelves each year!

  1. B is for Boo by Greg Paprocki – A Halloween Alphabet features a collection of twenty-six illustrations featuring Halloween-themed concepts, including imaginative costumes, oodles of treats, pumpkins galore, masks and monsters, and haunted houses.
  2. Gilbert the Ghost by  Guido Van Genechten – A warmhearted picture book about a different, special ghost.
  3. How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green – A whimsical story about ghost care.
  4. The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea – Many delights — such as surprises after the page turns, a wildly over-the-top narrator, and perfect punch lines for readers to anticipate — make this book a scream for both kids and parents.
  5. Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht – Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition.
  6. The Little Kitten by Nicola Killen – A charming autumnal story about a little girl who must return a lost kitten to its home, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die cut pages.
  7. Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins – A unique Halloween story about a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern.
  8. Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson – Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel—but she DOES need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters WON’T let her be! Every night they sneak in, growling and belching and making a ruckus. Winifred constructs clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures. What’s a girl to do?
  9. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler – What’s the best way to help a skeleton get over his hiccups?
  10. Rufus: The Bat Who Loved Colors by Tomi Ungerer – A classic tale about a bat who learns to embrace his differences through friendship.
  11. Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott – A hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father’s footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.
  12. One Black Cat by Robie Rogge – One black cat is out on Halloween night. As he walks along, he meets some trick-or-treaters dressed as unicorns, superheroes, and princesses!
  13. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson – This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.
  14. Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell – It’s Halloween, and ten timid ghosts in a haunted house have a problem: a mean witch has moved in and is planning to scare them out, one by one!
  15. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz – It’s Halloween night, which means costumes, trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples…and waiting for the Great Pumpkin.
  16. Happy Halloween Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt – Stinky Face is getting ready for Halloween when he has a question–which of course Mama knows the perfect answer to! Even though Stinky Face can think of a million things that could go wrong while trick-or-treating, Mama knows that no matter what happens, he’s going to have the best night ever. 
  17. Skeletons ARE NOT Spooky by Duds – For everything that skeletons do for us, why do they have such a bad reputation for being spooky? Maybe they are just like us and want to have a little bit of fun.

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