30 Best Halloween Books for Kids

It’s time to have some not-so-spooky fun with these Halloween books for kids!



Whether your kids are excited or afraid of Halloween, there are books for you in this collection of kids’ Halloween books for them to enjoy.


 Classic Kids Halloween Books

Room on the Broom

You may have seen this Halloween show for kids on Netflix.  It’s, hands-down, a favorite Halloween story for kids.


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

This classic Halloween book for kids was a hit year after year! It’s a fun book to read.  Do a fun shared reading, and let the kids incorporate movement and sounds.


Five Little Pumpkins

Whether you read the book, sing the song, or have the kids retell the Five Little Pumpkins poem, this is a classic Halloween selection for the kiddos.




Big Pumpkin

Oh. my. goodness, friends!  Big Pumpkin is, and has been as long as I’ve been teaching, my favorite Halloween book for kids!  It has fun characters, repetition, rhyming, encouraged team work, and is perfect for retelling!  I would read the book, play the song, and let the kids dress up as the characters to retell the story. Every year, this was an absolute hit!




This I’m a Little Pumpkin poem is a great tool for a contrast and compare pumpkin lesson.




    Halloween Books for Preschoolers

    Spooky Pookie

    This Halloween board book is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  What will Pookie dress up as for Halloween this year? Your little ones will get to see all of the costumes that Pookie tries on.  They’ll love the final choice as much as Pookie does. 🙂


    My First Halloween

    Simple text and illustrations, this board book would be great for a First Halloween book collection.


    Babies Love Halloween

    Is this your baby’s first Halloween?  Are you trying to teach your toddler about the fun parts of Halloween?  If so, this board book is perfect for your collection of Halloween books for kids.



    The Spooky Wheels on the Bus

    If your kids love the classic nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, they will love this Halloween version, too!


    Hoot Howl Halloween

    This Halloween book with sounds is perfect for toddlers to engage in the fun aspects of this spooky holiday.


    One, Two…Boo!

    This is a great Halloween counting book for kids!  They can lift the flaps and count their way through the haunted house.


    Halloween ABC

    Let your kiddos find all of the Halloween and Autumn things that start with each letter of the alphabet!  Whether your looking for Halloween books for kids in preschool or kindergarten, this is a must-have to build alphabet skills.






    Fun Halloween Books for Kids

    Skeletons are NOT Spooky!

    This is an adorable book for kids who are afraid of skeletons.  Several reviews appreciate the humor used to bring light of a common fear for kids


    Scary, Scary, Halloween

    With rhythm, rhyme, and just the right amount of fright, this is the perfect spooky story to share on Halloween!” 



    At the Old Haunted House

    Detailed illustrations and fun rhyming patterns make this a great addition to your collection of Halloween books for kids.



    The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin

    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love using poetry to get kids excited to read.  So, when I saw this fun Halloween book is to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider, I knew it had to be included in this list of kids’ Halloween books.



    You could do a read and compare using this book, and the Itsy Bitsy Spider printable poem.


    The Night Before Halloween

    “‘Twas the night before Halloween, and all through the house, All the creatures were stirring, except for the mouse.The monsters had gathered to plan and prepare,For the trick-or-treaters who soon would be there?.”


    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Based on the movie, written and illustrated by Tim Burton, this is a classic book for your Halloween books for kids collection.



    Turkey Trick or Treat 

    When a turkey dresses up like a pumpkin just to get candy, you know it’s going to be a good story!



    Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!

    “It’s Halloween in the meadow, and the beloved, classic, and New York Times bestselling feathered friends Duck & Goose are ready for trick-or-treating!”



    Creepy Pair of Underwear!

    Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He’s not afraid of the dark, and he’s definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow.



    How to Catch a Monster

    A Bestseller, and part of the How to Catch series that kids love!



    Snowmen at Halloween

    This Halloween book for kids is part of the New York Times bestselling series!



    It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

    From the popular kids book series, If You Give a Mouse, this is a cute, non-scary, book for Halloween.


    Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete

    Kids love Pete the Cat books!


    Ten Timid Ghosts

    When I changed up my classroom library, or my daughters bedroom book nook, I would make sure to include books about numbers.  This counting Halloween book is a must have in your themed collection.



    5-Minute Spooky Stories

    Beloved favorites like Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan as well as popular new characters from the latest Disney films, including Wreck-It Ralph and Rapunzel, encounter everything from ghosts to haunted houses! With twelve scary stories, a padded cover, and fun illustrations on every page, this collection is a great gift for boys and girls.”



    Happy Halloween Stinky Face

    “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.” 



    Teachers’ Night Before Halloween

    You don’t have to be a teacher to know the craziness that happens the night before Halloween at school.

    Bone Soup

    When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin.  Find out what he does…



    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat

    And, last but not least, the kids will love when they see this funny, rhyming, Halloween book on the shelves.  Every season or holiday, my kids would ask me for the “Old Lady” book… you can’t have a solid collection of Halloween books for kids without “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat”



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