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October rolls around, the leaves fall from the trees, and pumpkins get picked and start to become jack-o-lanterns... it's time for Halloween! To get you in the mood for this candy-filled and costume bedecked holiday, we've compiled this list of oh-so-fabulous books for Halloween that are perfect all month long. Which are your favorites?

Top 10 Books About Halloween

Frankenstein book
#1
Frankenstein
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from Readerly Mom

I think this might be the chef d'oeuvre of the whole BabyLit series. As a fan of Mary Shelley's original novel, I think this take on it is clever and hilarious. To my kids, it's a cute book about body parts, made extra fun by featuring a funny-looking monster. It's a win all around!

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.

The Widow's Broom book
#2
The Widow's Broom
Written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed—now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond book
#3
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts book
#4
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this book! It's great for Halloween, of course, but this book is one that's still fun to read all year long, especially if your little one is getting ready for a haircut. It's funny and the story is great! The only thing I'd mention is *spoiler* that there is one monster who looks like a normal person but takes his head off, so I'd just be wary of that if your child might be sensitive to that or monsters, in general.

Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal--after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks. Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

The Monsters' Monster book
#5
The Monsters' Monster
Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I really love this book, especially for Halloween time! It's my favorite Halloween book, and I love it every time I read it. Great for kids because it shows that monsters aren't all scary, and promotes saying thank you! The illustrations are fun, too. :)

Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Such a great book, especially for around Halloween time, but it's worth reading year round! The message that being grateful is far more enjoyable than being a little monster is a great one, and the setting in this very unrealistic situation makes it enjoyable rather than overly moralizing.

Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words. In this playful tale from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude.

Monster & Son book
#6
Monster & Son
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Joey Chou
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

Despite having monsters in the title, this is a rather gentle going to bed book. I enjoyed the author's incorporation of language such as "chase you into bed" and "gobbled down a snack" that shows a tender side of fatherhood while still reminding you of their monster side.

Romp along with parent and child yetis, werewolves, giant lizards, and more as they stir up some monster-sized fun! Readers big and small, young and old, wild and tame, will roar with laughter and take this book by the horns, teeth, and fur...discovering that monsters and humans aren't so different—especially in the ways they love each other.

Seeking a Witch book
#7
Seeking a Witch
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Allie Smith
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is one of my very favorite Halloween board books, complete with snazzy rhymes and brightly colored illustrations featuring all of your favorite Halloween creatures from goblins to vampires that still manage to look as cute as ghouls can be. My toddler asks for this one again and again, even when it's not Halloween... although I personally think it's better come October.

Describes a witch, from her green skin to her pointy hat and love of toads.

Room on the Broom book
#8
Room on the Broom
Written and illustrated by Julia Donaldson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from Grammy

This might seem like a Halloween book but its message is a good one year round. The rhyming text is consistent and clever and the colorful and humorous illustrations are sure to delight. The generous witch earns some loyalty from her new-found friends who return the favor in an unexpected way leading to a clever turn of events at the end. It is long for young listeners, but worth the time if they have the attention span for a longer read.

The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a full-size board book, perfect for sharing with little ones! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.

Boo-La-La Witch Spa book
#9
Boo-La-La Witch Spa
Written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Isabel Roxas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Such a fun combination of spooky witch and spa elements with adorable illustrations that ramp up the cute factor on all of the witchy elements (hags, spiders, werewolves, toadstools, etc.). The off-the-tongue-tripping rhymes are fun and add silliness and humor that ensures this is a fully light-hearted book.

Spooky meets silly in this unique Halloween story about a witch’s night out at the fa-BOO Witch Spa! Halloween is the most important day of the year for any witch. So when the holiday ends and the witches are tired from tricking and treating, they all head to the fa-boo Witch Spa. Here they indulge in Bat-Whisker Tea, Broom Bristle Facials, and other spooky spa goodies. A trip to the Witch Spa is sure to make any witch or warlock feel refreshed, revived, and positively revolting. Charming illustrations, clever rhymes, and silly spa treatments make this a fun Halloween book with mega mom appeal.

Room on the Broom book
#10
Room on the Broom
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a board book! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.

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Books About Halloween and Monsters

Frankenstein book
#1
Frankenstein
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from Readerly Mom

I think this might be the chef d'oeuvre of the whole BabyLit series. As a fan of Mary Shelley's original novel, I think this take on it is clever and hilarious. To my kids, it's a cute book about body parts, made extra fun by featuring a funny-looking monster. It's a win all around!

BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts book
#2
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this book! It's great for Halloween, of course, but this book is one that's still fun to read all year long, especially if your little one is getting ready for a haircut. It's funny and the story is great! The only thing I'd mention is *spoiler* that there is one monster who looks like a normal person but takes his head off, so I'd just be wary of that if your child might be sensitive to that or monsters, in general.

Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal--after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks. Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

The Monsters' Monster book
#3
The Monsters' Monster
Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I really love this book, especially for Halloween time! It's my favorite Halloween book, and I love it every time I read it. Great for kids because it shows that monsters aren't all scary, and promotes saying thank you! The illustrations are fun, too. :)

Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Such a great book, especially for around Halloween time, but it's worth reading year round! The message that being grateful is far more enjoyable than being a little monster is a great one, and the setting in this very unrealistic situation makes it enjoyable rather than overly moralizing.

Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words. In this playful tale from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Monster & Son - Mr. Staccato - Despite having monsters in the title, this is a rather gentle going to bed book. I enjoyed the author's incorporation of language such as "chase you into bed" and "gobbled down a snack" that shows a tender side of fatherhood while still reminding you of their monster side.

  2. Ten Little Monsters - Ten little monsters set off in search of adventure. But what will the ten little monsters do when they meet a howling werewolf, a giant spider and other scaries in the night? A monster stomp of a book with lots of things to spot and count on every page, this noisy rhyming story from the creators of the bestselling Ten Little Pirates is perfect for sharing again and again - at Halloween, or indeed at any time of the year! Now in a chunky board book format, perfect for little hands to hold. Praise for Ten Little Pirates: 'A rollicking read with an easy rhythm and jaunty illustrations . . . an excellent addition to books that help with counting.' Guardian 'Ties together its counting lessons and bobbing rhymes with intricate neatness . . . Lots of humorous details to discover on every page.' Time Out 'Hilarious. Will have both child and reader laughing out loud.' Angels & Urchins 'This book is wonderful.' Child-Led Chaos

  3. Goodnight, Little Monster - Rhyming text describes a mother guiding her young monster through bedtime preparations, such as howling at the moon, snacking on worm juice and beetle bread, and choosing a bedtime story.

  4. Night of the Living Zombie Bugs - Book 3 in the Speed Bump and Slingshot Misadventures illustrated chapter book series starring two slacker friends on a frightful odyssey through a zombie-filled forest! Speed Bump and Slingshot investigate a potential zombie outbreak in their neck of the forest. As newly minted members of the Eagle Scouts, they're doing their best to be brave, but when a creepy crow confirms their suspicions, these chicken-hearted birds lose their cool. To make matters worse—they're not just zombie-birds, they're ZOMBIE-BUGS! Can these hesitant heroes cast their fears aside and face the cicadas newly risen from the underworld? Or will the zombie-bugs conquer all and transform Speed Bump and Slingshot into the undead? Find out in Night of the Living Zombie Bugs, the third installment of this hilarious series from Dave Coverly. A Christy Ottaviano Book Read the whole series! Night of the Living Worms Night of the Living Shadows Night of the Living Zombie Bugs Praise for Night of the Living Shadows: "Overall a lighter-than-air escapade with just a light wash of satire." —Kirkus Reviews “This misadventure from a bird’s perspective is hilarious, light, and clever and may provide fun reading and anew favorite.” —Children's Literature Night of the Living Worms: An Amazon Editors' Best Book of the Month A Florida Sunshine State Young Readers' Award Selection "Dave Coverly is ridiculously funny and clever and creative. I'm jealous of his bird brain." —Stephan Pastis, New York Times-bestselling author of the Timmy Failure series "Coverly’s drawings are full of visual jokes, and the narrative is packed with playful language. . . . Clever, imaginative, and precisely targeted to its audience, this new series is sure to please." —Booklist "Filled with subtle irony, wordplay, and gentle pokes at life, the text is accompanied by appealingly large, cartoon-style, black-and-white line drawings . . . This story will have students laughing out loud and reluctant readers asking for the sequel." —School Library Journal “The jokes and birdy banter come fast and furious . . . and should keep readers flying through the pages.” —Publishers Weekly "Both [pictures and text] are liberally festooned with gags, sight gags . . . and puns." —Kirkus Reviews

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Books About Halloween and Costume

Spooky Pookie book
#1
Spooky Pookie
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Pookie gets dressed up for Halloween in this silly board book from beloved and bestselling author and illustrator Sandra Boynton. It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!

Eek! Halloween! book
#2
Eek! Halloween!
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Boynton celebrates Halloween! A new addition to the Boynton on Board series, with over 21 million copies sold, Eek! Halloween! is all treat and no tricks, a journey with Boynton and her nutty characters through the tradition of Halloween. It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”

Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat book
#3
Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat
Written and illustrated by Eileen Christelow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In another adorable story starring Eileen Christelow's mischievous and beloved monkeys, these five silly monkeys go trick-or-treating and fun chaos ensues! Now in paperback. "Another winner." --School Library Journal Five little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They're going trick-or-treating with their favorite babysitter, Lulu. Mama reminds her, "Don't lose the rascals!" But soon those mischievous monkeys meet other costumed friends and decide to try "the best Halloween trick ever!" Will Lulu be fooled? Or will the five little rascals get tricked by their own monkey business? Vibrant, silly, and perfect for reading aloud, this non-scary Halloween story will delight fans of this best-selling series. Includes recipes for "eyeballs" and "worm juice" for kids to try at home.

Honorable Mentions
  1. On a Windy Night - On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice: “Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours—if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes—owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed illustrations are packed with visual tricks for children to discover. Are those skeletons or cornstalks? Ghostly hands or tree branches? The playful tone of the text makes this a perfect, not-too-scary read-aloud, with an enjoyable surprise ending.

  2. Halloween Trick or Treat: A Colors Book - A red crayon, an orange pumpkin, a purple cat, a black vampire, a white ghost and more are included in this adorable Halloween colors book for toddlers. With Lydia Nichols's fresh yet retro style illustrations and spot glitter making the cover extra festive, this board book is sure to be the perfect gift for young trick-or-treaters at Halloween.

  3. Pout-Pout Fish: Haunted House - It's time for Halloween, and Mr. Fish is nervous about visiting a haunted house with his friends—but he just may be surprised that it's not all so scary! At an affordable price point, and with two pages of stickers, this new format is fun and accessible for Mr. Fish's fans and newcomers alike.

  4. Trick or Treat on Animal Street - Get ready for a wild Halloween on Animal Street in this cute rhyming lift-the-flap book! "It’s Halloween night and there are friends to meet— It’s time to trick-or-treat on Animal Street!” Join pirate foxes, bunny ballerinas, and more on a not-so-spooky Halloween adventure. With big flaps to lift and adorable illustrations, this fun rhyming board book is festive and perfect for story time!

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Books About Halloween and Witch

Seeking a Witch book
#1
Seeking a Witch
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Allie Smith
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is one of my very favorite Halloween board books, complete with snazzy rhymes and brightly colored illustrations featuring all of your favorite Halloween creatures from goblins to vampires that still manage to look as cute as ghouls can be. My toddler asks for this one again and again, even when it's not Halloween... although I personally think it's better come October.

Describes a witch, from her green skin to her pointy hat and love of toads.

Boo-La-La Witch Spa book
#2
Boo-La-La Witch Spa
Written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Isabel Roxas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Such a fun combination of spooky witch and spa elements with adorable illustrations that ramp up the cute factor on all of the witchy elements (hags, spiders, werewolves, toadstools, etc.). The off-the-tongue-tripping rhymes are fun and add silliness and humor that ensures this is a fully light-hearted book.

Spooky meets silly in this unique Halloween story about a witch’s night out at the fa-BOO Witch Spa! Halloween is the most important day of the year for any witch. So when the holiday ends and the witches are tired from tricking and treating, they all head to the fa-boo Witch Spa. Here they indulge in Bat-Whisker Tea, Broom Bristle Facials, and other spooky spa goodies. A trip to the Witch Spa is sure to make any witch or warlock feel refreshed, revived, and positively revolting. Charming illustrations, clever rhymes, and silly spa treatments make this a fun Halloween book with mega mom appeal.

Where's the Witch? book
#3
Where's the Witch?
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of gently spooky creatures hiding behind bright felt flaps in this Halloween offering. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book's search-and-find inquiries. A perfect book to share with very little ones.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Night Before Halloween - “‘Twas the night before Halloween, and all through the house, All the creatures were stirring, except for the mouse.The monsters had gathered to plan and prepare,For the trick-or-treaters who soon would be there?.” Little monsters and goofy goblins take center stage in this silly, spooky spin on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem. But what will happen on Halloween when the monsters come face to face with human trick-or-treaters in this fun-filled book by the author of The Night Before Easter?

  2. Bone Soup - One Halloween morning three witches are looking for a tasty treat and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their Bone Soup. No one in the village is convinced that soup can be made from a bone, until the littlest monster reveals just what the special ingredient should be.

  3. The Witches - From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

  4. Ten Orange Pumpkins - From a sneaky spider to a ghostly chef to a sly mummy and crafty witch, join your favorite spooky creatures as ten orange pumpkins disappear in a countdown to a Halloween surprise. Bright, bold, and fun, Ten Orange Pumpkins is a perfect read-aloud and is sure to capture the imagination of the littlest trick-or-treaters.

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Books About Halloween and Friendship

Room on the Broom book
#1
Room on the Broom
Written and illustrated by Julia Donaldson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from Grammy

This might seem like a Halloween book but its message is a good one year round. The rhyming text is consistent and clever and the colorful and humorous illustrations are sure to delight. The generous witch earns some loyalty from her new-found friends who return the favor in an unexpected way leading to a clever turn of events at the end. It is long for young listeners, but worth the time if they have the attention span for a longer read.

The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a full-size board book, perfect for sharing with little ones! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.

Peep  and  Egg:  I'm  Not  Trick-or-Treating book
#2
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating
Written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Joyce Wan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Peep is so excited to go trick-or-treating with her friend Egg. She wants to visit the duck pond and the cow pasture to get treats. But Egg thinks Halloween is too scary, with frightening monsters possibly lurking everywhere! Peep tells her jokes because laughing helps you feel less scared. Egg is still not cracking. But soon Egg learns that maybe trick-or-treating is not so scary after all when you have a friend to hold on to.

Honey Moon Shiver book
#3
Honey Moon Shiver
Written and illustrated by Joyce Magnin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This was a fun, magical book about honesty, friendship, and forgiveness. I also think the hint of Halloween as they live in the town of Sleepy Hollow is a great addition to the book, which makes it a fun read for fall or any time of the year! When Honey gets caught in a tangle of lies, she learns that telling the truth is always the best policy, and she also learns to forgive her friend.

"Honey Moon is in a terrible pickle. She borrowed her mother's precious silver locket without permission and now the family heirloom has gone missing. Honey suspects it was taken by one of her best friends. She sets out to find the necklace before her mother notices it's gone. Along the way, Honey meets Shiver, who turns out to be much more than the owner of the newest popsicle shop in Sleepy Hollow. With Shiver's guidance and a bit of magic, Honey is able to track down the locket and learn the importance of telling the truth and the power of forgiveness."--Amazon.com.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Super Spooked - Although she has battled supervillains, Ellie has recently become scared of the dark, so when she is invited to a Halloween sleepover at her best friend's house she is apprehensive--but when the villainous Fairy Frightmare sprinkles the girls with bad dream dust, trapping them all inside their nightmares, Ellie must squash her own fears to rescue her friends.

  2. Scary Stories for Young Foxes - Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains the kinds of adventures and thrills you love to listen to beside a campfire in the dark of night. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, and R. L. Stine have found their next favorite book.

  3. Trick Or Treat on My Street - Come with me and trick-or-treat from house to house along my street! Head down the block with a group of kids as they get ready to go trick-or-treating on Halloween night! This cute, fun board book features tabs so you can flip right to your favorite monster, hero, or creature. With bright, fun illustrations and bouncy, rhyming text, Trick or Treat on My Street is perfect for little monsters everywhere!

  4. Halloween Is Here, Corduroy! - Corduroy and his friends love to trick-or-treat, and they are excited for Halloween! His friends all have the perfect costumes in mind, but Corduroy can?t decide what to be. With a little help from his friends, though, Corduroy will have the best Halloween ever!

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Books About Halloween and Holidays

Room on the Broom book
#1
Room on the Broom
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a board book! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.

Pick a Pumpkin book
#2
Pick a Pumpkin
Written by Patricia Toht and illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The creators of Pick a Pine Tree are back with a joyful, energetic celebration of a Halloween tradition. Pick a pumpkin from the patch. Tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right. Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition. Readers will be happy to follow along with each step, from picking out the perfect specimen at the pumpkin patch (be sure to stop for cider and toffee apples) to carting it home, scooping out the insides, carving a scary face, and finally lighting a candle inside -- savoring the familiar ritual of transforming an ordinary pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind glowing jack-o'-lantern.

Alphaprints: Boo! book
#3
Alphaprints: Boo!
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Come and join in the tricks and treats in Boo! —the latest title in Priddy’s best-selling series, Alphaprints. This spooktacular book is sure to delight children with fun rhymes to read, kooky illustrations, and exciting textures to touch and feel. Each Alphaprints character is created by adding pictures of everyday objects to embossed fingerprints and features an inviting, touch-and-feel texture, including: - fuzzy fur - soft felt - foil fabric - and glittery gauze With funny illustrations, rhyming text, and plenty to touch and explore, Alphaprints: Boo! is a great way for your little one to join in the spooky fun this Halloween.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Don't Push the Button! Halloween - Halloween is finally here, and Larry is going trick-ortreating. With your help, who knows what kind of crazy candy surprises are in store! All you have to do is push the doorbell… Uh-oh.

  2. Happy Halloween! - Dozing in front of his fireplace on Halloween night, the Count hears someone knocking at his castle door but sees nobody when he answers, a mystery that leads to spooky fun with Elmo and other Sesame Street friends.

  3. Skeleton for Dinner - Big Witch and Little Witch have made stew, and now they want to have their friends for dinner! But when Skeleton mistakes the guest list for a menu, he takes off running, and soon Ghost and Ghoul join him too! But poor Little Witch has no idea there’s a misunderstanding. Luckily there’s one creature in the haunted forest who can help everyone figure it all out. This spooky and silly read-aloud is just right for Halloween.

  4. The Pout-Pout Fish Halloween Faces - Boo! Little guppies will delight in seeing the Pout-Pout Fish try on different Halloween costumes, from a caped superhero to a grinning ghost to a cheery-cheery mummy. With googly eyes and a different costume on every spread, this addition to the Pout-Pout Fish novelty collection is sure to turn little pouts into big smiles!

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Books About Halloween and Ghosts

The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin book
#1
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Written by Sonali Fry and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

This gently spooky twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes a favorite nursery rhyme just perfect for Halloween! The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down the spooky street. He passed a ghoulish ghost and some stinky goblin’s feet. A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen! Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!

Ghost in the House book
#2
Ghost in the House
Written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that's more playful than scary. There's a ghost in the house, In the creepy haunted house, On this dark spooky night all alone. When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears...a groan! Turns out it's only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter...a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn -- and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you'll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!

Boo Crew (Nancy Drew Clue Book) book
#3
Boo Crew (Nancy Drew Clue Book)
Written by Carolyn Keene and illustrated by Peter Francis
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Help Nancy and her friends find the truth behind a haunted theater in the tenth book in the interactive Nancy Drew Clue Book mystery series. The hit TV show Twinkle Little Stars is coming to River Heights to audition contestants for their upcoming Halloween show. They’ll choose talented kids from all over the country to compete for prizes. Nancy, Bess, and George are dressing up as witches and are planning to create a special potion onstage for the judges. The recently renovated Heights Theatre has opened its doors for the auditions. The old theatre had been abandoned for fifty years but is now restored to its original beauty. But on the day of the auditions, everything seems to go wrong; the girls’ cauldron over bubbles, a werewolf mask makes its owner sneeze, spider webs fall on the dancers. That’s when the clue crew learns the Heights Theatre is rumored to be haunted—people say ghosts are the reason it stayed empty for so long. But Nancy knows better than to believe in ghosts. She’s sure that the culprit is of the human variety. Then Bess sees monsters dancing around a piano playing on its own—the keys moving but no is playing it. Could the rumors be true? Is the Heights Theatre really haunted? It’s up to the clue crew—and you—to find out!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Five Silly Ghosts - A playful peek-a-boo cover reveals five glittery ghosts for preschoolers to count in every silly scene of this board book.

  2. Magic for Sale - On the corner of Hemlock and Blight, the magic shop of Miss Pustula Night is open for business. Creepy curiosities and endless enchantments fill the shelves, but it’s the rumor of a shop ghost that really has kids excited. Brave Georgie McQuist has been double-dared to find the phantom, and he's up to the task-- but he never expected that he'd give the ghost a fright! Together, boy and ghost take on the task of cataloging every last treasure in Miss Pustula's crowded and cavernous cellar, down to the last spell and skeleton-- but what will the witch do when she catches them there? The deliciously spooky, tongue-twistingly clever rhymes in this story are illustrated in lavish detail-- each creep and kraken crawls across the pages, and Miss Night's shelves are crowded with pickled elves and dusty potions. From the first friendly fright to the last lurking ghoul, this adventure is perfect for Halloween. . . and beyond.

  3. Zip! Zoom! On a Broom - "One goes zip.Two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room." ​So begins this witchy counting story. Count up from one to ten and back down again, when you join ten very feisty witches — and one little kitten — on their journey through a haunted graveyard, a scary forest, a spooky castle, and more in this adorably eerie tale. This book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun!

  4. Maze Book: Follow Me Halloween - Follow Me Halloween is a fantastically busy Halloween finger trail book for young children. They will love to follow Boo the ghost through each of the seven Halloween scenes, using their fingertips to trace along the grooved mazes. Each scene is full of funny little Halloween characters to spot in the Ghost Town, the Count's Castle, the Witches' Wood, and more. And at the end of every trail is a hole going through to the start of the next exciting maze adventure. This little board book is packed full of fun, making it an ideal Halloween gift for under fives.

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Epilogue

15 books that are just too good to leave off of our Halloween list.

  1. The Widow's Broom - Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed—now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary.

  2. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

  3. Stumpkin - Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s the perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?

  4. Just Say Boo! - The Book Snob Mom - The watercolor illustrations in this book are gorgeous, and it gives kids a coping mechanism for what to do if they're scared on Halloween... just say "Boo!" I like that the illustrations switch back and forth between the scarier version of the children's first perception and what they discover the reality to be as they face their fears and that the siblings all stick together and help each other out.

  1. Herbert's First Halloween - Herbert is deeply doubtful about his first Halloween—but with a little help from his dad and a special tiger costume, Herbert might just find confidence on Halloween night. Together, father and son practice roaring, carve a pumpkin, and venture out in search of candy. And by the end of the night, Herbert finds his doubts have melted away. A sweet introduction to Halloween and to being brave, this book is sure to delight the youngest of trick-or-treaters.

  2. Big Pumpkin - The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine. It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day. How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You'll be surprised!

  3. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything - ‘A clever reworking of a classic story. The little old lady’s fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences. With brilliantly colored, detailed folk art illustrations. A great purchase.’ —SLJ. Children's Choices for 1987 (IRA/CBC) Notable 1986 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC) Children's Books of 1986 (Library of Congress) 1988 Keystone to Reading Book Award (Pennsylvania Reading Association)

  4. Dracula - The Book Snob Mom - The illustrations for BabyLit books are oh-so-cute always and this one is no exception. I haven't read the classic Dracula, so this one doesn't draw me in as much as the classics I'm familiar with (Pride & Prejudice, I'm looking at you), but it's the perfect book for Halloween.

  1. Where's Boo? - Grammy - This is a sweet book for the 2-3 year-old set. Halloween themed, it is a good exercise in predictability and expectation featuring a cute cat and her friends.

  2. The Halloween Kid - The brave and trusty Halloween Kid saves trick-or-treaters from a crowd of sweet-stealing Goodie Goblins.

  3. Click, Clack, Boo! - Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn.

  4. 10 Trick-or-Treaters - 10 trick-or-treaters on a dark and spooky night out to get some candy or give someone a fright. Little do these ten trick-or-treaters know that they are the ones who will be frightened on Halloween night when a toad hops near, a skeleton tries to join their dance party, and a monster asks to share their candy.

  1. My Pet Giraffe - Giraffes make the best pets! Follow a little girl and boy and their pet giraffe as they spy, dress up for Halloween, and play hide-and-seek!

  2. Monster Museum - Come in--if you dare--and meet the werewolf, Count Dracula, the mummy, and some of their slimy, screaming, slithering friends. They're just dying to show you a good time!

  3. Boo at the Zoo - Get ready for a costume party at the zoo with this Halloween lift-the-flap adventure featuring your favorite animals all dressed up to trick-or-treat! Welcome to BOO AT THE ZOO! Where the animals wear Halloween costumes, too! It’s Halloween at the zoo, and the animals don’t know what to wear! Lift the flaps to discover costume tricks and treats that lead to a big BOO AT THE ZOO! From Giraffenstein to Flaminghosts to Vamtigers and more, little ones will love lifting the sturdy flaps to reveal the silly Halloween costumes hidden underneath.

Did you enjoy our Halloween book recommendations? Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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