Halloween Reading

Fun books for Halloween Reading

One of the areas that I have REALLY been wanting to blog about are children’s books. I LOVE reading to my kids’ … and I never have (and never will) regret the time I spend reading to them. And, since the chill of Halloween is in the air, I’ll start with my favorite Halloween reading suggestions for kids!

Halloween Books for Babies and Toddlers

  • Five Little Pumpkins” pictures by Dan Yaccarino (words are the well-known finger play)
  • My First Halloween Board Book” by DK Publishing (cute pictures of all the Halloween basics)
  • Biscuit’s Pet & Play Halloween” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Where is My Pumpkin?” by Karen Katz
  • A Pumpkin for Pooh” by Frank Berrios
  • Spiders, Bats, and Pumpkin Eaters: Halloween Fun with Mother Goose” illustrated by Jerry Smith


Halloween Books for Preschoolers and Lower Elementary


  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams
  • The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody” by Michael Rex (yes, this actually copies the story of “Runaway BUNNY”)
  • Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody” by Michael Rex (yes, this actually copies the classic “Goodnight Moon”!)
  • Happy Halloween , Stinky Face” by Lisa McCourt (we LOVE the Stinky Face books!)
  • Arthur’s Halloween” by Marc Brown
  • Clifford’s Halloween” by Norman Bridwell
  • Skeleton Hiccups” by Margery Cuyler
  • “Haunted House, Haunted Mouse” by Judy Cox
  • “Scaredy-Cat, Splat” by Rob Scotton (very cute and funny)
  • “Spooky Hour” by Tony Mitton (counts down from 12 midnight)
  • “Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin” by Victoria Karr
  • “Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween” by Alethea Kontis (very cute)
  • “There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Bat” by Lucille Colandro
  • “Ten Timid Ghosts” by Jennifer O’Connell (this one is actually one of our favorites)


I’d LOVE for you to add to the list. Please leave a comment of any of YOUR favorite Halloween stories for kids!

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Erin Greene

    We really like T’was The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing. In fact, it was last night’s bedtime book. 🙂

  2. Laura

    Just added it to our Amazon wish list! Thanks, Erin!

  3. Tiffany Robin

    Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Not just for the free candy but for all the decorations, and excitement that surrounds it. Unlike christmas where you have to spend so much money. This year is extra exciting for my family because I have a child of my own to dress up:) I just hope there are no crazy people out there trying to hurt people with their dumb tricks!!!!

  4. Jane

    My older son’s birthday is on Halloween, so we have lots and lots of Halloween books! We also just read Scaredy Cat, Splat and Haunted House, Haunted Mouse. Loved them!! We also like Monsters Party All Night Long. . . . a little gruesome (they serve horrors d’oeuvres: eyeballs and toenail chips–yuck!) but quite funny. And the lesson is great too–sharing with friends makes life more worthwhile!

  5. Christal Housley

    Thank you so much for this post, I’d just like to say that as a mother to an 8 month old as well as a teacher I love festive holiday themed books! It is a great way to talk about the holiday as well as get excited in advance by reading. Themed books are great as well because it gets and keeps children interseted in reading which is so important. I love digging out all my books as the holiday approach….my students get so excited to see what one we will put out each time:)

  6. What Do We Do All Day?

    We love The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey. Thanks for linking this post to The Children’s Bookshelf.

  7. Robyn

    I have not seen Goodnight Goon, but I LOVE a good parody so I’m hoping to get my hands on that one right away! Our favorite Halloween book is Bone Soup (another parody, this time to stone soup) by Cambria Evans. My children ask for this book all the time, it’s such fun!

  8. Jaymie Shook

    We love Biscuit! We have some of the other holiday books in the series, but not Halloween. I’ll have to try and find it. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  9. sunnymama

    There are lots of books here sunnyboy would love! Thank you so much for sharing with our Autumn Carnival. 🙂 I’ve featured your post here: http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/all-year-round-week-thirty-five-7.html

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