Discover the best choices in Halloween books– just right for kids of all ages to enjoy. Find board books, picture books, and chapter books. Even better, these books aren’t scary — they’re kid-friendly and mom-approved.
It’s time for a comprehensive, big ol’ list of all my favorite Halloween picture books for your kids to read. From not scary to a bit spooky, this list has something for every age and stage.
Don’t miss this printable Halloween treasure hunt.
My All-Time Favorite Halloween Books for Kids
Board Books for Ages 1 – 4
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.
Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton (board book)
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. . .
Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton (board book)
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 I’m Not Scared Book by Todd Parr (board book)
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 any time of the year.
Halloween ABC by Jannie Ho
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.
AlphaOops: H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
Hilarious! This picture book is one of our favorite Halloween stories!
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.)
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.
Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz
Don’t you just love Karen Katz books? In this adorable Halloween-flavored story, baby searches around her house for her pumpkin. Help her find it by lifting the flaps. Where will it be?
Halloween Picture Books for Ages 4 – 8
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. Another favorite for the fantastic alphabetic fun!
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.
I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien
This Book is Full of Monsters by Guido Van Genechten
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.
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 Pomegranate Witch by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
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 Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Cynthia Fisher
Kids love this fun remake of the Night Before Christmas poem. In this Halloween story, the monsters prepare for the big day…mummies put on new wraps, Count Dracula does his hair, the witches brew potions, and they all decorate the house. What will they do when humans come trick or treating? Cute, not scary!
MORE Good Halloween Picture Books for Kids
One Spooky Night by Kate Stone
Cut-out pages overlaid with vellum tell the story of a little monster walking through the woods. There he sees Halloween-related sights such as hooting owls, grinning pumpkins, and floating ghosts. The effect of the vellum plus dark and yellow colors creates incredible images.
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.
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. Kids will crack up at this Halloween story!
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.
Gracie Meets a Ghost by Keiko Sena
Gracie’s about to go to bed when she realizes she doesn’t have her glasses. So, she goes outside to search — there she meets a ghost who wants to scare her but since she can’t see him, he doesn’t. The ghost looks everywhere for Gracie’s glasses so he can scare her. Ironically, Gracie thinks he’s so nice and doesn’t realize he’s not, but we the readers know.
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 picture book for any time of year, not just Halloween season.
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!?
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 Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
How do you get the biggest pumpkin off the vine? You’ll be surprised!
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.
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.
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?
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. 🙂
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.
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 picture book.
Boo-La-La Witch Spa by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Isabel Roxas
After the big day of Halloween, the tired witches visit the fab-BOO Witch Spa to drink Bat-Whisker Tea and get spooky spa treatments. A darling Halloween picture book that isn’t 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 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!
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 se but good for any zombie lover.
Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light
Help this little girl search for her monster at the fair. Her monster loves the funhouse, the slide, and bumper cars. The illustrations are black and white except for the geometric shape featured on each page — octagon, rectangle, decagon, etc. This is a delightful search-and-find book for all year round.
Mind Your Monsters by Catherine Balley, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Monsters invaded Wally’s small town, scaring kids, smelling like rotten eggs, and causing big messes. Wally tries everything to get the monsters to stop. Finally, he says the right word: PLEASE. And that works! (Of course.)
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!!
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!
Just Say Boo! By Susan Hood
This is a GREAT book to read aloud because everyone can shout “Boo!” as you read. Kids will say boo after each question. For example, “If a yip and a yowl make you shiver and scowl, what do you say?”
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.
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!
Grimelda The Very Messy Witch by Diana Murray, illustrated by Heather Ross
This witch needs pickle root but must clean her entire house before she can find it. Silly and fun — no scary stuff here.
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.
Goblin Hood by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Piper Thibodeau
When a witch steals all the Halloween candy, Robin Hood steals it back. And her wand, too.
Which are your Halloween Picture Book Favorites?
Halloween Early Chapter Books for Ages 6 – 9
Never Kick a Ghost and Other Silly Chillers (I Can Read Book) by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Pascale Constantin
A not-too-scary, silly. spooky stories perfect for early readers! My daughter’s first-grade teacher read this to the whole class and they LOVED it!
Ghoulia: Making New Friends Can Be Scary by Barbara Cantini
Ghoulia wants to make friends. But, she’s a zombie so she’s forbidden to befriend village children or else their family will be cast out of the village. When she overhears the children talking about Halloween, Ghoulia realizes she can join in with the celebrations, too. The children are impressed by her costume until Ghoulia pulls off her head. Shocked, all they can do is stare. And stare. Until they shot with joy — they love it and promise to keep her family’s secret. Full-color, charming illustrations give this story tons of personality.
Invisible Inkling Dangerous Pumpkins by Emily Jenkins
Invisible Inkling is an 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!
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. In this story, Mr. Pants and his sisters are stuck at the airport on Halloween. Boring, right? It’s up to Mr. Pants to figure out how to make the holiday fun happen no matter where they are.