The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids — From Sweet to Scary

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Get your kids in the mood for Halloween with these best children’s books that range from sweet to scary to in-between. You’ll find Halloween books for every age and stage on this huge list of book titles! (With reviews.)

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids — From Sweet to Scary

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids
Eek! Halloween!
by Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton’s board books are GENIUS and kids love them. The rhymes, perfect. The stories, hilarious. This new book about Halloween is no different. The chickens are nervous at all the strange things they see — a pumpkin, a wizard, a robot. So what do they do? Hide their eyes. Until someone explains what’s going on. . .

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids
Boo! Haiku
by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Bob Shea
Simple haikus will get you thinking and guessing these Halloween things — a bat, a skeleton, a black cat.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids
Peep and Egg I’m Not Trick-or-Treating
by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joyce Wan
If you love these two friends, you’ll like this new, funny story about Halloween. Peep does an admirable job trying to entice Egg into being brave for trick-or-treating by sharing jokes, planning out the night, and talking about costumes. But Egg just won’t. (Yet.)

What's New in Halloween Books (2017) 
Halloween ABC
by Jannie Ho
(board book)
For those of you Halloween aficionados (you know who you are), share your enthusiasm with your kids starting young. This book will help. H for haunted house, M for mummy, R is for run, and T for trick or treat. Bright colors and clean illustrations.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary 
B is for Boo: A Halloween Alphabet
(Babylit) by Greg  Paprocki
(board book)
The vintage (retro) artwork and style of this Halloween alphabet book feel cozy, not scary with pages filled with treats, costumes, and other Halloween words.
Absolutely lovely.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Boo Who?
by Ben Clanton
Who can’t relate to being new and feeling invisible? Boo is new and literally invisible. Not only that, he has trouble playing most games — because of being invisible. Tag doesn’t work. Neither does basketball. But he’s happy to learn that Hide-and-Seek works perfectly! Muted colors show expressive characters pairing perfectly with this sweet story about fitting in. A great story for anytime of year, not just Halloween season.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Bonaparte Falls Apart
by Margery Cuyler, illustrations by Will Terry
Bonaparte is losing all his bones. (Get it? He’s a bone-losing skeleton!) His friends, Franky Stein, Blacky Widow, and Mummicula try to help him but their glue, web, and bandages don’t help. When they see a dog with a bone, the friends realize that the bone loving dog is just what Bonaparte needs. Now he can go to school with confidence.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
I Want to Be in a Scary Story
by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien
Little Monster wants to be in a scary story. In a conversation between he and the narrator, Little Monster maybe needs the story to be less scary, maybe a funny story instead. And the story actually turns out to be both scary and funny for Little Monster and for us, the readers.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
This Book is Full of Monsters
by Guido Van Genechten
I LOVE this book! Kids get ready to be immersed in the stinky, loud, interactive world of monster-kind. Each page instructs you to do something to prepare for the next page’s monster — hold your nose, be very quiet, plug your ears. And get ready for the big ending! There are many interactive books on the market right now that feel contrived and predictable. Not this one. I’m very impressed. It’s a favorite of 2017.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Herbert’s First Halloween
by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Steven Henry
Little Herbert is unsure about this whole Halloween thing. So his dad gently introduces him to the idea. After making him a tiger costume, the two make their own carved pumpkin. Trick or Treating goes so well, Herbert is excited about next year. It’s a quiet celebration that will help children feel more comfortable about the holiday.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Creepy Pair of Underwear!
by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
Jasper’s mom to buy him a pair of big boy underwear. But the underwear are CREEPY. They glow in the dark. So Jasper (who isn’t scared at all!) tries and tries to get rid of them. But no matter what he does, they come right back! Finally, he’s successful after burying them on a hill. That’s when he realizes he misses his creepy underwear and wants them back. A clever combination of silly and creepy both in this story for all year round.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
The Pomegranate Witch
by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
The children dream of snatching and eating the pomegranates but how can they when it’s owned by . . . The Pomegranate, Pomegranate, Pomegranate Witch? The battle lines are drawn. Just when you think you know what will happen, you are surprised! Delicious words and sensory images weave together in a wonderful new Halloween favorite story.
The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Grimelda and the Spooktacular Pet Show
by Diana Murray, illustrated by Heather Ross
To win the pet show, Grimelda must make her pet spooktacular. Of course, first she must find her spell book. And then the right pet. But, things go wonky at the pet show and Grimelda turns her cat into an even cuter cat. Whoops. Now what will happen!?


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza
by Jennie Palmer
The Wompananny Witches love cooking but are terrified by children. They accidentally put their feelings of fear and terror into a pizza; a pizza that escapes and wreaks havoc on the neighborhood. The witches must face their fears (children) and help the children stop the Mean Pizza. You’ll love the humor and sweet message of courage and friendship. This is another book that works year round, not just on Halloween.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
The I’m Not Scared Book
by Todd Parr
This book talks about what things are scary and when those same things are not — “Sometimes I’m scared of dogs // I’m not scared when they give me kisses.” Parr makes it okay to feel scared then shifts the perspective to see those things in a new way. Read this book about emotions anytime of year.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton
Don’t you just love Sandra Boynton board books? My kids ADORED her writing and illustrations when they were littler. This cute Halloween book shows how Pookie makes a decision about what to wear as a Halloween costume. You’ll love it.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
It’s Raining Bats and Frogs
by Rebecca Colby
Oh, dear. It’s raining on the Witch Parade. Delia wants to help so she changes the rain to cats and dogs. But that’s too cray so Delia tries again with hats and clogs instead. But the witches fight over the shoes so how about bats and frogs instead? Disaster after silly disaster make rain look good. After all a little rain never hurt anyone. Cute and not scary at all.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Even Monsters Say Good Night
by Doreen Mulryan Marts
Avery doesn’t want to go to bed. She’s worried about the monsters under her bed and in the closet, too. Until her mom explains that monsters sleep in their own beds in their own houses. And Avery isn’t scared anymore. What a great way to help calm children’s nighttime fears, don’t you think?

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Ghosts In the House a Lift-the-Flap Book
by Ammi-Joan Paquette, illustrated by Adam Record
This clever, funny Halloween counting book starts with one ghost. The ghost discovers (lift-the-flap) a skeleton in the closet and now there are two. Soon there are a total of five monsters prowling through the house. That is until they see a little boy. Yikes! Frightened, the monsters run for their lives. 🙂

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Happy Halloween Witch’s Cat!
by Harriet Muncaster
What should the Witch’s Cat girl dress up as for Halloween? She and her mom, the good witch, visit a store to find a costume. But nothing seems right until she realizes she could just go as a witch’s cat. Gorgeous illustrative photos of three-dimensional scenes make this extra intriguing.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Fright Club
by Ethan Long
Fright Club has one last meeting before Halloween and Operation Kiddie Scare. But there’s a problem — cute creatures including a bunny want to join the Fright Club! What will the Fright Club do? We love this funny new Halloween book.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Ava the Monster Slayer by Lisa Maggiore, illustrated by Ross Felten
We think Ava rocks – she’s the fierce monster slayer (and quite cute) who braves monsters in her basement to rescue stuffed Piggy. She is awesome, don’t you think?

Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
by Matthew McElligott
Wow, I had no idea that monsters needed haircuts. Now I know. And this boy barber, inspired by his barber dad, spends one night a month giving monsters haircuts –no matter who shows up or what they need! (Think Cyclops, Medusa, and Frankenstein.) Fantastic!

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Peanut Butter & Brains: A Zombie Culinary Tale
by Joe McGee, illustrated by  Charles Santoso
Reginald loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — and hopes to convince his fellow zombies that eating pb&j is so much better than brains. Not totally a Halloween book per say but good for any zombie lover.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Monster Trouble!
by Lane Fredrickson, illustrated by Michael Robertson
Winifred isn’t scared of the monsters who visit her bedroom. She loves them and thinks they’re cute. But they are annoying — they interrupt her sleeping and are smelly. She tries everything to get rid of them until she stumbles on the perfect solution — kisses! Monsters hate kisses. Funny!!

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Dining with Monsters! A Disgusting Way to Count to 10!
 by Agnese Baruzzi
Turn the book sideways to read and lift-the-flaps to see what these horrible monsters eat — 1 spider, 2 frogs, 3 whales. Awesome bold graphic illustrations!

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Gray
You know the drill. There was an old ____ who swallowed a _____. This updated monster version leads up to a knock on the door and trick or treating.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids -- From Sweet to Scary
Mr. Pants:  Trick or Feet! by Scott Mccormick, illustrated by R. H. Lazzell
We’re huge fans of the hilarious Mr. Pants graphic novels for beginning readers — this is the third book in the series. Mr. Pants and his sisters are stuck at the airport on Halloween. It’s up to Mr. Pants to figure out how to make the Halloween fun happen no matter where they are.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids
Bad Kitty Scaredy Cat
by Nick Bruel
Bad Kitty didn’t use to be such a scaredy kitty but when one night frightening creatures appear (An Awful Alien, A Bizarre Bigfoot, A Creepy Clown, . . . ) she becomes very, very scared. But when Kitty sees the candy: Apples, Bubblegum, Candy Corn, Dried Fruit, . . ., her fears go away. Now she’s motivated to Attack the Alien, Batter Bigfoot, Clobber the Clown, and get all the candy for herself. Hilarious alphabetic fun!

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids
Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween
by Garth Stein, illustrated by R. W. Alley
Enzo isn’t sure about Halloween until he learns that it’s just pretend. Phew!

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids
Grimelda The Very Messy Witch
by Diana Murray, illustrated by Heather Ross
She needs pickle root but must clean her entire house before she can find it. Silly and fun — no scary stuff here.

The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids
Monster Trucks
by Anika Denise, illustrated by Nate Wragg
Loud, frightening monster trucks clang, boom, bang before the big race but what a surprise! It’s the Little Blue Bus who beats them all.


The Best List of Halloween Books For Kids
A Teeny Tiny Halloween
by Lauren L. Wohl, illustrated by Henry Cole
Fall is coming and the teeny tiny woman’s house is a bit scary when covered with so many leaves. So, she decides not to be afraid and bakes chocolate chip cookies. Outside, three costumed children play in the leaves then discover the house. Together they eat the cookies inside the warm, cozy house.

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.
Halloween books
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.
Halloween books
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!”)
Halloween books
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.
Halloween books
Ten Creepy Monsters
by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
Count down from 10 creepy monsters to 0 in this creepy rhyming book with ghoulish illustrations. Clever and entertaining with scary-ish Halloween illustrations.

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.
Wow do we love this Halloween book! The author not only has fun Halloween food and craft ideas but great photographs, a poster, stencils, and a page of stickers as well. My 10 year old has dog-eared the pages she wants to do –um, almost all of them. Here’s our to-do list o’ fun so far:
Creepy Chocolate Spiders
Meringue Bones
Chocolate Tombstone Cakes
Brilliant Broomsticks (paper bags, rope, sticks)
Chocolate Licorice Broomsticks
Pin the Nose on the Jack-O’-Lantern
Spiderweb Pumpkin Soup
Frankenstein Fizz
Halloween books
Haunted Histories
by J. H. Everett
Believe it or not, I sat down and read this book straight through – having intended to skim it. It was fascinating! It’s more about history than spookiness – I learned more about the Tower of London, tips for attacking a castle, the crazy King Ludwig II of Bavaria, The Bastille, and lots more. I highly recommend this can’t-put-it-down book!

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