Best Kids Books About Halloween

25 of the Best Halloween Books

Updated Apr. 23, 2019

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?

The Monsters' Monster book
#1
The Monsters' Monster
Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
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.

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. :)

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.

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.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts book
#3
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.

Monster & Son book
#4
Monster & Son
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Joey Chou
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

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.

Boo-La-La Witch Spa book
#5
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.

Big Pumpkin book
#6
Big Pumpkin
Written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by S.D. Schindler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

Just Say Boo! book
#7
Just Say Boo!
Written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Jed Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from 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.

If three dinosaurs roar when you open your door, what do you say? "Boo!" of course! In this charmingly spooky story by Susan Hood, little trick-or-treaters learn just what to say in every Halloween situation. From rattling bones to ghostly footsteps, Susan captures all the best scares of the season—and teaches just the right way to dispel fears in favor of fun. Jed Henry's lustrous watercolors add the perfect crisp chill to this fall-weather story. For if a skeleton groans as she rattles her bones, what do you say?

Herbert's First Halloween book
#8
Herbert's First Halloween
Written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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.

Stumpkin book
#9
Stumpkin
Written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything book
#10
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

‘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)

Ten Little Monsters book
#11
Ten Little Monsters
Written by Mike Brownlow and illustrated by Simon Rickerty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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

Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat book
#12
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.

Click, Clack, Boo! book
#13
Click, Clack, Boo!
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn.

Peep  and  Egg:  I'm  Not  Trick-or-Treating book
#14
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.

The Halloween Kid book
#15
The Halloween Kid
Written and illustrated by Rhode Montijo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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

Bedtime for Monsters book
#16
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!

Little Boo book
#17
Little Boo
Written by Stephen Wunderli and illustrated by Tim Zeltner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A pumpkin seed tries unsuccessfully to be scary until it grows into a pumpkin and Halloween arrives.

Miss Smith and the Haunted Library book
#18
Miss Smith and the Haunted Library
Written and illustrated by Michael Garland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Miss Smith takes her class on a field trip to a spooky library, the students are thrilled when the strange librarian starts reading her creepy tales and monsters of all shapes and sizes begin to appear before their very eyes. Reprint.

Goodnight, Little Monster book
#19
Goodnight, Little Monster
Written by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Bonnie Leick
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Apples and Pumpkins book
#20
Apples and Pumpkins
Written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In preparation for Halloween night, a family visits Mr. Comstock's farm to pick apples and pumpkins.

What was I Scared Of? book
#21
What was I Scared Of?
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The narrator is frightened by a pair of pale green pants with no one inside that seems to be following him, until the two meet and discover that they have nothing to fear. Features illustrations that glow in the dark.

The Hallo-Wiener book
#22
The Hallo-Wiener
Written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

All the other dogs make fun of Oscar the dachshund until one Halloween when, dressed as a hot dog, Oscar bravely rescues the others.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! book
#23
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!
Written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a Halloween-themed twist on the classic "Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly", the old lady manages to swallow a bat, owl, cat, ghost, goblin, and even a wizard. Original.

Skeleton Hiccups book
#24
Skeleton Hiccups
Written by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by S.D. Schindler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

What's the best way to help a skeleton get over his hiccups?

Monster Museum book
#25
Monster Museum
Written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Gris Grimly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

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!

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