42 Best Halloween Books for Kids
The Best Halloween Books for Kids will create phantoms and trolls of any age in a scary perspective!
Are you looking for the best Spooky books to read this Halloween? We have selected the Best Halloween Books for Children of any age to get into the Halloween soul.
From Goosebumps and Caroline to Spooky Pookie and Big Pumpkin, this collection of books has a story for every one of the phantoms and trolls in your group, nonetheless of whether they’re looking for something unnerving or senseless.
Depending upon the age of your children, Halloween can be a miscellany. (Also, no, we’re not discussing the irregular toothbrush that realizes its direction into your kid’s going house to house asking for candy pull.) The unusual kid one discovers the merriments (i.e., crowds of individuals in odd outfits) excessively bumping, while the oldest of the family is asking for authorization to watch an R-appraised smasher flick. While we can’t admit to having a reply for each family issue that surfaces over the Christmas season, we do have the checking list covered. Here, a spooky and senseless gather together of Halloween books for Children, with aids that will get both the elder and littles ones psyched for the festival.
Best Halloween Books for Kids 2021
“HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GHOST” BY REBECCA GREEN
Anyone who has ever seen Poltergeist might firstly question the idea of harmless ghosts, but do not be fear: We’re in a safe kid’s book zone, buddies. This fanciful story about getting to tell the things that go bump in the night reads like a how-to guide—and its message of friendship will create any young kid feel much more relaxed with the festival.
“LITTLE WITCH” BY ANNA ELIZABETH BENNETT
A cute but spooky Halloween story that has stood the test of time, and for good motive. The story about a well-looking witch who wants to join school along with mortals has adequate magic, comedy, and fancy to change any young reader into a bookworm.
“THE LITTLE GHOST WHO WAS A QUILT” BY RIEL NASON
Once there was a little ghost in a family, who looked a bit different than the rest of the other members of his family and friends, because he has concealed his presence under a heavy cover, as opposed to the normal breezy sheet. A joyful story about the status of self-acceptance. This one claims lots of social-emotional learning and zero frights.
“THE HALLOWEEN MOON” BY JOSEPH FINK
Halloween is an amazing festival with a lot of fun…unless it never ends. That’s the nightmare scenario that Esther, the protagonist, and her ragtag squad of classmates must avoid in this tween-friendly novel.
The Hardy Boys by Franklin W Dixon
Super-sleuth with amazing kid detectives in the biz. This set of Hardy Boys novels will present readers to the first 10 books of the story, which have The Secret of the Caves, The Tower Treasure, and other classic tales. For a piece of adventure, horror, and, mystery these go-to series can’t be beaten. Ages 8–12.
Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
It will be an amazing and surprising time for girls while reading a Nancy Drew book. In this 10-book collection, kids are familiarized with the beginning of her creepy and scary mysteries—The Hidden Stairs, Nancy’s Mysterious Letter, and other crime-fighting gosh. Ages 8–12.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline swiftly discovers all that sparkles isn’t necessarily gold. She opens the door to another outwardly better home and thinks she has got the jackpot. But when this new family clips wind of her coming and won’t let her go, things get hairy. This marriage of elf tales and adventure is a must for all kids. Ages 8–12.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
These horror amusing stories are as irresistible on Fourth of July as they are on Halloween. Any little horror devotee will delight in the spooky illustrations and stories that guarantee to turn dreams into nightmares. Anyone will certainly think twice before ingoing that graveyard on a dare after gliding through this fan favorite. Ages 8 and up.
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky
Clever wordsmith Jack Prelutsky takes us another set of scary Halloween poems as a follow-up to his book, Nightmares: Poems to horror Your Sleep with adventure. These 12 spine-chilling stories are attended by black-and-white artwork—having the eerie account of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will scare children out just the right amount. Ages 6 and up.
“THE LITTLE KITTEN” BY NICOLA KILLEN
An exciting tot called Ollie (who some might know from Killen’s The Little Reindeer) sets off on a brief voyage to return a missing cat to its home in this attractive read-aloud, which features understated holiday themes and striking mixed-media illustrations.
“HALLOWEEN MUST BE NEAR” BY A.L. BULLARD
A fast and easy read that sketches all the sights and revels—just right for little children who are excitedly counting down the days until Halloween night.
“THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING” BY LINDA WILLIAMS
People-art illustrations and active text with a refrain that will get stuck in your head, this appealing read-aloud about a woman who can’t be surprised have become a Halloween classic, and it’s easy to see why.
“BONAPARTE FALLS APART” BY MARJERY CUYLER
Bonaparte, a young skeleton who retains coming undone (literally), is fearing the first day of school until a cast of Halloween charms (i.e., his compadres) come to the rescue. This one is a modest story about the worth of friendship, made all the more polite by its Tim Burton-esque illustrations.
“GILBERT THE GHOST” BY GUIDO VAN GENECHTEN
Beautiful illustrations, excitingly important text, and a delightful narrative about a ghost who learns to love being different. this award-winning picture book earns a place in every Halloween library.
“TRUE GHOST STORIES FOR KIDS: FIFTY SPINE-TINGLING GHOSTLY TALES” BY BARBARA SMITH
The stories here are short-term but well-written and the content is completely age-suitable (and free of gore). Bottom line: This one is sure to please any kid who is old enough to enjoy feeling a little scared.
“CRANKENSTEIN” BY SAMANTHA BERGER
This light-hearted story is about a boy who changes into a (familiar) cranky monster when provoked with minor frustrations. It boasts incredible illustrations from a Caldecott-winning artist and a hilarious narrative that’s guaranteed to entertain tots and grown-ups alike.
Halloween Books for Kids: Spooky Reads for Young Children
It’s almost that period of the year when toddlers and kids get to dress up in Halloween fun costumes, decorate pumpkins, and go to Halloween parties.
There are sweets, candies, and strange food concoctions. There are also the special spooky and creepy Halloween books that all young children should have on their bookshelves or take from the library.
Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting
This book offers young readers a bit of spine-tingling joy with its poetry. It is written for kindergarten to third grade. Every Child should love this great book and read it out loud.
In the Haunted House
Every Halloween owes a bit of haunted house fun. In the Haunted House by Eve, young kids are treated with a walk through a scary house. The Haunted House provides children just enough spook and mystery without making them too scared and frightened to go to bed. This amazing book is especially Written for ages four to eight.
Shake Dem Halloween Bones
Nikola-Lisa an amazing author wrote another book namely Shake Dem Halloween Bonefire children in the four to eight age group. I think this book should be shared with kids of classmates and also school fellows or even with students of music class.
The rhythm is catching and kids, as well as adults, will need to get up and shake their bones along with the book. The illustrations are also fantastic.
In child life, every kid wants to read spooky and scary stories to make their time special and memorable. Children love books full of scared of spooky skeletons than to make them giggle. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler is a mindless story about a skeleton that can’t get rid of his hiccups.
This book was written for ages four to eight. this book has a lot of fun and is a perfect read for scaredy cats.
“THE HALLOWEEN TREE” BY SUSAN MONTANARI
What happens when a grouchy, would-be Christmas tree agrees to march to the beat of a different drum? A Halloween tree, no doubt. This event mash-up characteristic a clever storyline that readers of all ages will find durable to resist.
“THE ICKABOG” BY J.K. ROWLING
Two young kids board on an adventure to expose the truth about a fearsome mythical mortal in this enchanting, albeit rather dark, fairytale. As you might imagine from a J.K. Rowling book, The Ickabog is a page-turner that will keep children captivated from start to finish. (The full-color illustrations are just icing on the cake.)
“IN A DARK, DARK ROOM AND OTHER SCARY STORIES” BY ALVIN SCHWARTZ
This oldie-but-goodie has been restored with the latest illustrations, but the chilling stories remain the same. There’s a girl who dresses up a ribbon around her neck for secret reasons, a mysterious box in a (you guessed it) dark, darkroom, and some other macabre horror stories that will give broods a scare without going overboard.
“EEK! HALLOWEEN!” BY SANDRA BOYNTON
EEK! HALLOWEEN BY SANDRA BOYNTON is also one of the best books, that you’ll find simple rhyming text and colorful illustrations here. In other words, if you have got a kid under your roof, you can file this festive number under ‘read on repeat.’
“SNOWMEN AT HALLOWEEN” BY CARALYN M. BUEHNER
This Halloween part in the best-selling series about what snowmen do when nobody’s watching key features sing-songy rhymes and eye-catching illustrations.
“WHAT WAS I SCARED OF?” BY DR. SEUSS
The creative children’s book author (and rhymer) Dr. Seuss marks everything of a little fun, and Halloween is no exception. Here, glow-in-the-dark illustrations supplement a humorous story with a soothing massage to the tune of “they’re more frightened of you than you are of them.”
“ROALD DAHL’S BOOK OF GHOST STORIES” BY ROALD DAHL
An album of ghost stories collected (not written) by the famed author—fans of Roald Dahl will appreciate his taste when it comes to the ghostly and macabre. That said, parents should identify that some of these stories are rather dated, and thus, might be better appropriate for more advanced readers.
“LLAMA TRICK OR TREAT” BY ANNA DEWDNEY
The show, the books…Llama Llama is an all-around winner. Needless to say, this one covers all the Halloween bases with upbeat rhymes and a beloved character that babies and toddlers can’t get enough of.
THE BIG BOOK OF MONSTERS: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature by Hal Johnson
A perfect summary to horror lit, this encyclopedia of all-things eerie gives kids maximum at the scariest characters in town from classic novels. Expect flickers, witches, ghosts, dragons, and Count Dracula, among other frightening friends. Ages 10 and up.
Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex
A beautiful parody that both parents and little book lovers will appreciate, Goodnight Goon follows a young werewolf who is trying ever so hard to have a good night’s rest, but one Goon won’t let that happen. Ages 4–8.
Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton
Pookie the pig is having a little anxiety picking a Halloween costume. (Same, girl.) After trying on one suit after another, she just can’t seem to find the right fit. What will be her last selection? Ages 4–8.
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
Our similar rodent protagonist who so greatly hunted a cookie is back, but now he’s got his eyes set on a pumpkin. However, one’s lost from the patch. What comes about to it? Ages 4 and under.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M Schulz
The TV classic in novel form has been a troop-pleaser for generations. If you let Halloween slip by without at least one book of the cherished story, all we have to say to you is “Good grief!” Ages 4–8.
Happy Halloween, Daniel Tiger by Angela C. Santomero
Our go-to cartoon character is rejoicing the spooky season to the fullest. Link Daniel, Katerina Kittycat, Miss Elaina, and all his other pals as they hunt for the flawless costume to wear to the neighborhood parade. Ages 3 and under.
The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants: The Horrifyingly Haunted Hack-A-Ween by Meredith Rusu
Mr. Krupp and Melvin dare to attempt to make Halloween illegal with an awful campaign. Unbelievable! That is when George and Harold swoop in with the clue of an imposter Halloween, filled with Jack-o’-lanterns and sneak or snacking. Will it work? Catch the movie on Netflix, too! Ages 9–12.
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
This witch is in for one terrific disaster. She’s fully-fledged a wonderful pumpkin that’s perfectly suitable for the pie she’s planning to bake. But awkwardly there’s a difficulty: She can’t seem to get the gourd off the vine. She’s provoked the help of other spooky creatures such as the mummy and vampire, who haven’t had any luck, either. A bat pounces in to lend a hand (er, wing) to help cure the situation. Will she get her pumpkin pie? Ages 4–8.
Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat by Victoria Kann
The Halloween celebrations have come to a shouting hangout. When the lights go out in Pink girl’s town, the mayor withdraws the seasonal festivity, which means no pumpkins, no candy, and—perhaps worst of all, no costumes. How will Pinkagirl be clever to show off her attractiveness in pink attire? This kick-butt superhero isn’t about to let the festival go by without a celebration, so she pounces in to save the day. Ages 4–8
Clifford’s First Halloween by Norman Bridwell
Our favorite red dog is receiving the orange cure. In the festivity of Clifford’s first Halloween party, his owner Emily Elizabeth dons the pup in a pretty ghost costume as he boards in traditional festivities—jogging for apples, trick-or-treating and more. Ages 2–3.
Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
No horror assortment is complete short of the work of R.L. Stine. From A Night in Horror Tower to Monster Blood, this Goosebumps anniversary set rejoices one of the scariest series on the shelves. We wouldn’t commend a reading session before bed! Ages 8–12.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl paints an extremely scary image of child-eating witches in this eerie chapter book. A young boy and his grandmother travel to England, warning her to teach him about the various bands of witches throughout the world. When he fortuitously wanders into a crowd of the English witches, led by the Grand High Witch herself, he sets out to caution others about their evil plan. Ages 8–12.
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
Hop inside the Little Blue Truck! He’s pick up his animal friends and taking them to an amazing Halloween costume gathering. Each friend is concealing himself behind a costume and it’s up to little fingers to lift the tabs and figure out who’s who. The Little Blue Truck series joys young book readers with this seasonal adventure that will motivate their imagination. Maybe they’ll even catch costume ideas in the pages of this board book! Ages 2–3.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
When a witch and her cat encounter a sudden gust of wind throughout a flight on her broom, she misses three items in the night—her hat, her bow, and her wand. Three animals aid the witch to get her lost items, but in return, they want to tour her broom for a ride. The witch has to agree if there’s sufficient space for them all, but when a hungry dragon attacks, she might just be happy to have all the help she can get. Kids imagining a spooky, evil witch will be enjoyably surprised by our generous friend. Ages 4–8.
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Our littlest Berenstain Bears muster up the bravery to discover a creepy old tree by going into, up, through, over, down, and out on the new side. Kids will get the smallest chill while learning about instructions through rhymes and bright visuals. Ages 4–8.
The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing
In an acute twist on the famed poem “The Night Before Christmas,” friendly ghosts and ghouls arrange their haunted lodge for Halloween night. This is not so scary book is sure to get your kids in the spirit with fun poems and colorful illustrations. Ages 4–8.
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Little ones who can’t grip being spooked too much will love this book, excelling Grover from Sesame Street. As the title cautions, there’s a monster waiting in the final pages, and Grover does all he can to warn you before it’s too late! The blue, vague guy will have kids giggling the whole way through. Ages 3–7.
Goodnight Little Monster by Helen Ketteman
Your kids’ bedtime rituals might be a bit unlike Little Monster’s! Before he pleats in, he’ll have to drink his juice and scrub his scales—but don’t fail to recall the night light! The gorgeous watercolor illustrations in this fun, Halloween bedtime story mark monsters less-than-scary for the little ones. Ages 3–5.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
With so many tales about scary creatures with awful tusks, claws, teeth, and jaws, how are we to see what’s real and what’s make-trust? In Julia Donaldson’s award-winning picture book, a courageous little mouse trusts he’s spinning a yarn.