Your younger kids might like these newly published non-scary Halloween picture books.
And your older kids might really enjoy some of these scary (and slightly scary) chapter books. (Many of my fifth graders loved the Scary Stories books. I had to buy new copies every few years because the books were so worn out.) I say whatever gets kids loving books works!
Halloween Picture Books
Icky Sticky Monster by Jo Lodge
Icky Sticky Monster is naughty and gross. Find him in the toilet, picking his nose, eating garbage, and drinking cabbage juice. This would be a perfect book if it were just a tad bit longer. Very cute with fun, bright colors.
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! By Laura Numeroff
Learn about feelings in this simple Halloween board book. Mouse paints 7 pumpkins with different kinds of faces – silly, scary, friendly, and sad. Love it.
Just Say Boo! By Susan Hood
A good Halloween read along book for a classroom of kids – where everyone can shout “Boo!” after each question like “If a yip and a yowl make you shiver and scowl, what do you say?” (“Boo!”)
Monster School First Day Frights by Dave Keane
Norm’s new school is full of hairy, scary, Larry monsters. But, Norm feels different because he’s not a monster. But, he can turn green like Hilda when she takes him for a wild broom ride. A hilarious, not-at-all-scary I Can Read book.
Ten Creepy Monsters by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
Trick or Treat by Leo Landry
A invitation mix-up sends two kids to a ghost and witches party where they all become friends. Cute Halloween book.
Halloween Tricks & Treats & Other Nifty Stuff by Fiona Hammond
Halloween Chapter Books
Always October by Bruce Coville
I haven’t read this scary Halloween book yet but found positive reviews on Goodreads.
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
Gravediggers Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin
This looks scary-ish. Read the reviews on Goodreads.
Invisible Inkling Dangerous Pumpkins by Emily Jenkins
This is an early chapter book that is more about growing up than Halloween. Invisible Inkling is a invisible bandapat that lives with 4th grader Hank, and who LOVES to eat pumpkins. Unfortunately, Inkling destroys the pumpkins that Hank’s sister is entering in the Dangerous Pumpkins contest. Of course, Hank gets blamed. Will things work out for Hank and Inkling. We sure hope so! Not scary at all.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schiltz
This scary gothic mystery pits an evil puppet master and an aging witch against three young children — one of whom has been kidnapped and turned into a puppet. It’s quite unlike any story I’ve ever read. I enjoyed it but I suspect it might be too creepy for many kids. Not really about Halloween at all though.
The Whispering House by Rebecca Wade
A slightly scary story about a girl haunting a fairy tale book in the Hannah’s new home. Hannah must figure out why the ghost is haunting her and see if that will stop the haunting. A decent read.
Haunted Histories by J. H. Everett
The Secret History of Hobgoblins by Professor Ari Berk
Just flipping through this book makes one want to read it, lift the flaps, and feel the pages. It’s a beautifully designed book!