Best Children's Books About Halloween

88 Children's Books About Halloween

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Even Monsters Need Haircuts book
#1
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

Bedtime for Monsters book
#2
Bedtime for Monsters
Written and illustrated by Ed Vere
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Bedtime for Monsters is Ed Vere's hilarious monsterish tale - with a big twist! What if a monster were looking for a bedtime snack? And what if that snack just happened to be you? GULP! He's getting closer and closer . . . and his tummy is rumbling REALLY loudly. You'd be very scared! BUT all this monster actually wants is a lovely monster-sized goodnight kiss. Night, night!

My Pet Giraffe book
#3
My Pet Giraffe
Written and illustrated by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

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!

The Monsters' Monster book
#4
The Monsters' Monster
Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

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
#5
Monster & Son
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Joey Chou
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

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.

Honey Moon Shiver book
#6
Honey Moon Shiver
Written and illustrated by Joyce Magnin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

"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.

Room on the Broom book
#7
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.

Where's Boo? book
#8
Where's Boo?
Written and illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Where's Boo? is a guessing game in board book form. Very young readers will love searching for Boo the black cat among familiar Halloween characters and objects—and finding something unexpected instead. Each page offers a hint of Boo, but it isn't until the last page that readers will find him. And when they do, they'll want to start all over and do it again!

Dracula book
#9
Dracula
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Meet 2 friends, Mina and Lucy, and the 5 heroes who try to save them from the dreaded Count Dracula in Dracula: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Make sure you’re wearing a necklace of 10 garlic flowers as you count wolves, ships, tombstones, and boxes full of soil in this witty retelling of Little Master Stoker’s classic gothic tale.

Eek! Halloween! book
#10
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!”

Ten Creepy Monsters book
#11
Ten Creepy Monsters
Written and illustrated by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Ten creepy monsters met ’neath a gnarled pine. One blew away, And then there were nine. And so the countdown begins . . . A mummy, a witch, a ghost, a werewolf, a vampire, and others all gather, but one by one their crowd diminishes. At last there is only one creepy monster left. But what kind of monster is it? Squeals of laughter are sure to accompany the reading of this book from bestselling illustrator Carey Armstrong-Ellis, as ten creepy monsters set out for fun.

Ghoulia book
#12
Ghoulia
Written and illustrated by Barbara Cantini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

A lonely, young zombie hopes to find a friend at the Halloween party.

Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble book
#13
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.

Changing Faces: Happy Halloween! book
#14
Changing Faces: Happy Halloween!
Written by Nathan Thoms and illustrated by Pintachan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

It's Halloween and all the different creatures have come out to play. From page to page, watch their spooky faces change as if by magic in this interactive, innovative, venetian blind-style book. Full color.

Bonesville book
#15
Bonesville
Written by Jean-Luc Fromental and illustrated by Joelle Jolivet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

This stunning picture book from the bestselling team of Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet cleverly introduces many of the bones that make up the human body. A mysterious beast is terrorizing the resident skeletons of Bonesville. Under cover of darkness, it steals a different bone from each townsperson, from cranium to phalanges. It takes the washerwoman s humerus, the butcher s fibula, and Dr. Strongbones s coccyx. Thanks to his patience and cleverness, Detective Sherlock Bones traps the monster, revealing that the beast is only the harmless Spot of the Baskervilles, on a mission to rebuild the lost skeleton of his master, Dr. Watsbones. Jolivet s bold illustrations and Fromental s witty storytelling make for a winning combination in this striking picture book, perfect for young Sherlock Holmes fans. "

The Widow's Broom book
#16
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.

Alphaprints: Boo! book
#17
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.

A Fall for Friendship book
#19
A Fall for Friendship
Written by Megan Atwood
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Olive doesn’t believe in ghosts, but something weird is definitely going on at the orchard and she wants to get to the bottom of it in this third novel of a sweet series about the bonds of friendship. Olive, Peter, Sarah, and Lizzie are getting ready for Halloween. This year, they’re planning a zombie hayride and a haunted barn party. As they set up, Lizzie’s older sister, Gloria tells them that a ghost haunts the very barn they’re decorating. According to Gloria, the ghost is angry and desperate for revenge. Lizzie, Sarah, and Peter are fascinated, but Olive doesn’t believe any of it. Not even when strange, ghostly things keep happening all around them. Olive sets out to prove that ghosts don’t exist and that Gloria and her friends are behind it all. But the more Olive investigates, the scarier things become. Could Gloria be telling the truth? Is the orchard really haunted?

Pumpkin Island book
#20
Pumpkin Island
Written and illustrated by Arthur Geisert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Drawn from life, Arthur Geisert's Pumpkin Island is the fantastical story of a real life town brought to a halt by a profusion of pumpkins. Elkader, Iowa, is the perfect picture of small town life--that is, until the pumpkins arrive. One pumpkin? Fine. Two pumpkins? Okay. But with pumpkins growing around every street corner, and over every building, what's a town to do? In these pages, Geisert imagines the town of Elkader overrun by the pumpkins that grow on Pumpkin Island, which sits in the Turkey River, right outside his kitchen window.

Llama Llama Trick Or Treat book
#21
Llama Llama Trick Or Treat
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands. In Llama Llama Trick or Treat, little llama finds the perfect costume, picks out a pumpkin for a jack-o’-lantern, and then goes trick-or-treating with Mama and his friends!

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma book
#22
Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Ladybug Girl gets dressed up for Halloween in the newest hardcover addition to the New York Times bestselling series. It is Halloween and Lulu must decide on a costume. Should she be Ladybug Girl or something new? She tries many different costumes, but nothing seems right. Maybe she’ll think of the perfect costume as she enjoys the autumn day with her family by pumpkin picking and going on a hayride. But it isn’t until Lulu and Bingo help a little girl who is lost that Lulu discovers who she was meant to be for Halloween–Ladybug Girl, of course! After all, she is Ladybug Girl and it is important to be true to yourself.

Peppa Pig and the Halloween Costume book
#23
Peppa Pig and the Halloween Costume
Written and illustrated by Candlewick Press
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Peppa finds that choosing the right costume can be a bit tricky in this Halloween treat for fans old and new. What should Peppa Pig be for Halloween? She has lots of costume ideas, but her friends seem to have thought of everything already. Should Peppa be a pirate? No, Danny Dog is dressing up as a pirate -- with an eye patch and everything! What about a nurse? No, that's Suzy Sheep's costume. Can Peppa pull together a Halloween costume that's perfectly Peppa Pig and perfect for her favorite activity -- in time for trick-or-treating?

Lots of Cats book
#24
Lots of Cats
Written and illustrated by E. Dee Taylor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this hardcover picture book that’s not just for Halloween (but perfect for it anyway!), a lonely little witch tries to brew a magical potion to conjure up some friends, but instead she gets cats…lots of cats! Margaret the witch is about to find out that taking care of a bunch of lively cats sounds like lots of fun…but it could turn out to be lots of trouble! In her debut as author-illustrator, E. Dee Taylor brings this magical book to life with humor, lots to spot in the art, and a great read-aloud rhythm.

Waltz of the Scarecrows book
#25
Waltz of the Scarecrows
Written by Constance McGeorge and illustrated by Mary Whyte
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

While spending the summer at her grandparents' farm, Sarah helps her Grandma and Grandpa stuff old evening clothes with straw and sew buttons onto linen faces. But these are no ordinary scarecrows. Dressed in top hats and tails, ball gowns and gloves, these scarecrows look as if they are ready for a night on the town. And, indeed, they are! Soon, Sarah learns the secret of the annual Harvest Ball and helps bring the legend to life. Full-color illustrations

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