Best Kids Books About Halloween

45 Kids 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.

The Monsters' Monster book
#2
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
#3
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.

Monster Needs a Costume book
#4
Monster Needs a Costume
Written by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Wendy Grieb
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

It’s almost Halloween, and Monster needs to decide what he’s going to be. With so many options — a fireman, a ballerina, a cowboy, a ninja—how will he ever decide? In this playful, rhyming story, Monster shows young readers that sometimes being creative and daring to try something new are the best solutions.

Waltz of the Scarecrows book
#5
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

Bonesville book
#6
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. "

Ghoulia book
#7
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.

Ten Creepy Monsters book
#8
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.

Lots of Cats book
#9
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.

Peppa Pig and the Halloween Costume book
#10
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?

Pumpkin Island book
#11
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.

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma book
#12
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.

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.

Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch book
#14
Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch
Written by Beatrix Potter and illustrated by Ruth Palmer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Celebrate Halloween with your favorite rabbit! In this completely original tale, Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin Bunny once again dare to sneak into Mr. McGregor’s garden to nibble on his ripe, autumn vegetables. But noises in the garden frighten the bunnies, who take off for home–without a single bite of pumpkin! The eerie, but promising glow of a jack-o-lantern greets them at home, and the family of bunnies throw a little party with pumpkin seeds for dessert!

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? book
#15
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?
Written and illustrated by Wendell Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Every year, giant pumpkin contests take place at fairs across the country—the 2012 record-holder weighed over a ton! The latest craze is to carve the most enormous pumpkins into racing boats. But what’s next? Why not think really big? Award-winning artist Wendell Minor does just that as he imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places—as immense as the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.

The Night Before Halloween book
#16
The Night Before Halloween
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Cynthia Fisher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“‘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?

Halloween Is Here, Corduroy! book
#17
Halloween Is Here, Corduroy!
Written by Don Freeman and illustrated by Emilie Kong, Don Freeman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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!

Ten Orange Pumpkins book
#18
Ten Orange Pumpkins
Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

The Frightful Ride of Michael Mcmichael book
#19
The Frightful Ride of Michael Mcmichael
Written by Bonny Becker and illustrated by Mark Fearing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bonny Becker and Mark Fearing join forces for a deliciously spooky story -- with a twist ending that'll leave readers hungry for more. When the Thirteen bus pulls up one dreary, stormy evening, something about it doesn't seem quite right. The driver grins down with a mouthful of long, white teeth, and there's barely any room to sit, but Michael McMichael is bringing his gran something very dear, so he gets on board despite his misgivings. But as they travel on and the rest of the passengers get off, Michael realizes there's nothing normal about this bus -- and the driver is getting creepier by the minute. Best-selling author Bonny Becker's cleverly rhyming text will chill and thrill readers alongside Mark Fearing's wonderfully funny illustrations, making this book perfect for Halloween story times -- and lovers of things that go bump in the night.

Bone Soup book
#20
Bone Soup
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Thomas Knight
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat book
#21
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.

Halloween Good Night book
#22
Halloween Good Night
Written by Rebecca Grabill and illustrated by Ella Okstad
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Count up to ten and back again with this sweet and clever Halloween bedtime story starring your favorite monsters! Gliding through the moonlight come the monsters big and small, sliding up your stairway and oozing down your hall. They aren’t very scary, in fact they’re rather sweet. So snuggle into bed and let them whisper, “Trick or treat!”

Trick or Treat, Pout Pout Fish book
#23
Trick or Treat, Pout Pout Fish
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna, Deborah Diesen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

The Pout-Pout Fish Halloween Faces book
#24
The Pout-Pout Fish Halloween Faces
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

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!

Skelly's Halloween book
#25
Skelly's Halloween
Written by David Martin and illustrated by Lori Richmond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a fall causes Skelly B. Skeleton to come apart on Halloween, his animal friends try to put him back together based on their own bodies.

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