Get Excited to Read Halloween Books

Affiliate Links I’m not crazy about scary books but some kids love them. But often scary books can get some kids reading more than usual — which is a good thing. So, here’s a new list of scary and not-so-scary Halloween-themed books.

Halloween books for kids

New Picture Books

10 Orange Pumpkins
Ten Orange Pumpkins A Counting Book by Stephen Savage
A bold, graphic illustrations accompany rhyming text that counts down from 10 to 1. Well-done, not scary.

Halloween Night
Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray, illustrations by Brandon Dorman
Using the familiar Night Before Christmas rhyme, this Halloween version describes zombies, ghosts and witches scaring trick-or-treaters.

Halloween drawing
A Halloween Drawing Spooktacular! by Jennifer Besel
If you have kids who like step by step drawing books, they’ll like this new Halloween-themed book. Fun things to draw such as a mummy, Frakenstein, and a dancing skeleton.

Picture Book Favorites

Alpha Oops
AlphaOops: H is for Halloween
by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
Hilarious – one of our favorite Halloween stories!

Little Old Lady
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
by Linda D. Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd

Room on a Broom
Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
A classic Halloween story of friendship!

Big Pumpkin
Big Pumpkin
by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
How do you get the biggest pumpkin off the vine? You’ll be surprised!

New Chapter Books

Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You Up at Night
 by Adam F. Watkins
Actually these aren’t tales but rhyming scary poems. Here’s an example:

The Attic
Come on up to the attic.
Come up if you dare.
Climb up the rickety ladder-
come up and see what’s there . . .

Other poem titles are: Black Cat, A Monster Confesses, Full Moon, Someone’s Got a Voodoo Doll.

Doll Bones
Doll Bones
by Holly Black
A haunted doll, middle school, and a creepy adventure. Scary. Read SLJ’s review here.

Scary Tales Home Sweet Horror
Scary Tales Home Sweet Horror
by James Preller
While not terribly well-written, this would be a good choice for a reluctant reader  who needs an easy chapter book and likes scary stories.

Gustov Gloom
Gustav Gloom and the Four Terrors
by Adam-Troy Castro
Fernie, Pearlie and their over-cautious dad help their neighbor Gustav look for his missing father in the shadowy and scary Dark Country. But there is a prison break in the Dark Country and now everything is a big disaster. Quirky and a little bit scary.

Furry and Flo
Furry and Flo The Big Hairy Secret
by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
This is the first book in a new, easy chapter book series about Flo and her neighbor, Furry — who is really a very hungry but nice werewolf. The gigantic mama spider might be a bit scary to your kids but that’s it.

Monster Juice Barfitron
Monster Juice Fear the Barfitron
by M.D. Payne
I liked this silly book for it’s overall kindness message with an entertaining plot. Chris starts volunteering at a retirement home and soon discovers it’s a home for retired monsters. At first he’s scared until he realizes that the monsters are under attack. He and his friends decide they can help — with cheese and barf.

My Monster Bubble Writer
by Linda Scott
Get your writer psyched about writing in cool letter styles with this fun new book.
Monster Bubble Writer

Do your kids enjoy scary stories? Which are their favorites?

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