These Halloween books for kids are the best books for this time of year. Reading them with your little kids will become a new favorite Halloween tradition.
We tend to go overboard around the holidays in my house. My big thing is that I love to create an end memory that you can look back on for years, so I help make that by decorating the entire house and baking delicious treats.
I look back fondly at my childhood because of all my mom's efforts in making the holidays special. So, I want to do the same for my kiddos. And if that means our home looks like a haunted house, so be it.
I love everything about the Halloween season. The weather gets colder, there are yummy treats to eat, and you can visit the pumpkin patch. Another thing I love is reading a great book to get into the Halloween spirit.
Reading with kids of all ages is a great way to spend time together. It also helps your kids practice reading, so it's a win-win! We love reading the best Halloween books for the whole month of October.
Why should you read Halloween books?
- It will help young readers improve their literacy skills
- There are a ton of Halloween board books, which help with fine motor skills
- They help you get into the season of Halloween
- It is a good way to spend time with your kids
- You will make fun memories with your children
- All holidays are more fun with books! Check out our Thanksgiving books for kids as well
What makes a great Halloween book?
- It takes place around Halloween: A spooky story should definitely take place during the month of October. Bonus points if it takes place on Halloween.
- There is a Halloween theme: A great Halloween book will talk about spooky things like ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, zombies, etc. A Halloween book needs a Halloween theme.
- It is funny: You do not want a children's book to be too scary, so there needs to be a good balance of spooky and funny in a Halloween book.
- Awesome pictures: There are so many cool Halloween things, so make sure they are well depicted in the book. Incredible illustrations make a book even better.
Now that you know why you should read a Halloween book and what makes a good Halloween story, it is time to read. Here are some of our favorite books to read this upcoming spooky season.
This push-and-slide board book follows the story of Wiggle the Witch and her spooky adventures. It's simple rhyming scheme is great for young readers, and the push and pull helps them with their motor skills.
Every Halloween, Miss Fiona makes pumpkin pies for the neighborhood children. She is an old lady who reminds them of a witch. Luckily she is not a mean witch.
Whenever something upsets him, one little boy turns into Crankenstein. One day, he meets another Crankenstein. Your kiddos will love learning about how to turn a frown upside down in a fun, spooky way.
The No Biggie Bunch trades Halloween candy rather than trick-or-treating because they all have food allergies. This book is a fun book that teaches about the best way your little monsters can navigate food allergies.
The littlest pumpkin is the last pumpkin in the patch. It wants a home for Halloween, but the patch closes for the season. A group of mice take him in and they have a Happy Halloween.
6. Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet (Gilbert the Opposum)
Gilbert wants to dress up as a space pilot for his Halloween costume but ends up with his sister's ballerina tutu. This adorable book will make your kiddos giggle and make them think of the perfect costume for Halloween night.
This flap book follows Little Critter and his little sister on Halloween. They do fun activities at a Halloween party but run into some spooky, strange things. It is a fun story your young children will love.
This spooky picture book teaches about the smells of Halloween. It is a scented storybook, so your kids can actually smell stuff like candy, pumpkin pie, and other things you will find during this holiday season.
Ollie helps a lost kitten find its way back home with her pet kitten. She is rewarded for her good deed in a spooky way. Join Ollie and her kitty, Pumpkin, on their Halloween adventures.
In this sweet story, Duck and Goose are on the search for a great pumpkin. Help these animal friends find a pumpkin so they can have the best Halloween ever. This book is the perfect read-aloud book.
11. B is for Boo
This cute book is a beloved picture book that teaches the alphabet with a Halloween twist. By reading this book, you and your kiddos will learn the spooky tales of Halloween.
This book is one of my favorite Halloween picture books because it teaches your kids how to count while discussing Halloween. It makes learning fun!
In this classic Halloween book, a brave old lady walks through the woods at night and hears something following her. Join her on this spooky adventure to see who or what is following her.
Instead of trick-or-treating with his friends, Linus decides to wait for the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. The Great Pumpkin brings toys to good children, but no one has seen him. Will Linus get to see the Great Pumpkin?
A little ninja decides to be brave and face the monster who lives in the closet. But is the monster really that scary? Join the little ninja to make a new friend that you did not expect to make.
Brother and Sister are excited to go trick-or-treating until a friend decides to play a trick. They learn about being kind and how to celebrate Halloween in a fun and friendly way. Plus, they get to eat candy!
To celebrate Halloween, Little Blue Truck is picking up his friends to go to a Halloween party. Each animal friend is dressed up, so use the flaps on the board book to see who is who.
18. Creepy Carrots
Like every bunny, Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. He loves to eat them all the time until he thinks they are starting to follow him. What happens when your favorite food starts to haunt you?
Your kiddos will love the rhyming of this hilarious book. The old lady eats all the spooky things, which will make your kids giggle...and maybe keep them from eating silly things.
Join Franklin and his friends when they go to a Halloween party. Everything is fun and games until there is a ghost at the party.
So, there you have it! Reading with your kiddos is such a fun way to spend time together. Plus, these Halloween books are absolutely adorable.
Need more inspiration for celebrating this spooky holiday? Check out our Witches Night Out party. Grab your best friends and dress up like witches to celebrate.
Speaking of dressing up, check out these last minute guy costume ideas. They are perfect for Halloween, but do not take a lot of time or effort.
Another party idea is our Halloween brunch. If you do not want to dress up and throw a huge party, our Halloween brunch is for you. Gather your closest friends and eat some spooktacular snacks.