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13 Frightfully Fun Stories to Get Your Kids in the Halloween Spirit
by Devon A. Corneal
Devon Corneal is a writer, recovering lawyer, and bibliophile. She’s also a devoted wife and mother, except for the occasional page-turning affair with Jamie Fraser and Jason Bourne. Devon has always been captivated by quirky authors like Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein and sees no reason to stop reading children’s books just because she’s a grown-up. Devon’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and on her blog, Cattywampus.
" Get ready for goblins, witches, ghosts, and great Halloween reads! From silly stories to terrific tales with just the right amount of fright, these spook-tacular books are sure to get your little trick-or-treater excited for the big night. So don’t be scared — get reading!"
by Elaine Bickell, illustrated by Raymond McGrath
This picture book is a must-read if you love classic Halloween stories like Room on the Broom and Tilly Witch. Written in rhyme and accompanied by energetic illustrations, this upbeat story will be a seasonal read-aloud favorite for readers young and old.
by Rick Chrustowski
These zombies don’t eat brains — they eat candy! And lots of it. Kids obsessed with trick-or-treating will love this early reader book about a spooky troop of zombie dinosaurs hunting for candy. With its vibrant illustrations and silly characters, it will have your child counting down the days until Halloween.
by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Cynthia Fisher
Kids who can’t wait for candy night will love rhyming along with this delightful Halloween story. Little monsters are getting ready for their Halloween party while the children are getting ready for trick or treating. But what happens when the kids knock on the door to this spooky house? The familiarity of the rhythm (to the tune of "The Night Before Christmas”), combined with delightful illustrations, will make this one a fast favorite.
by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Babymouse loves scary costumes, but Felicia Furrypaws and the rest of the popular girls pressure her into dressing up as something pretty and playing pranks on the neighbors. Can Babymouse navigate this tricky situation? Either way, this adorable and funny graphic novel is a real Halloween treat.
by Margery Cuyler and Will Terry
This sweet, silly, and not-too-scary story makes a fun addition to seasonally-themed storytimes. Bonaparte, a skeleton, is having a tough time keeping himself together. Literally. Thankfully, he has some good friends — including Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula — to help him out.
by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish
In this installment of the How to… series, two kids explain how to attract, scare, and play with a ghost for some extra Halloween fun. Kids will delight in seeing a ghost (dressed as a robot!) going door-to-door for treats.
by Lynn Fulton, illustrated by Felecita Sala
The whole family will be fascinated to learn the story of how Mary Shelley, at 19 years old, created the legendary monster of Frankenstein. (Did you know it started out as a contest between friends to write the best ghost story?) A visually gorgeous picture book biography, this one’s a year-round must-have.
by Dr. Seuss
Even the bravest of us can agree there is something just a little bit creepy about being followed around by a pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them. A fun book to read around Halloween, it's made even better by the glow-in-the-dark pages.
by Rebecca Green
This whimsical guidebook to lifelong friendship presents a few essentials to keep in mind when befriending a ghost. Perhaps most importantly: make sure no one mistakes your new friend for a marshmallow! Charming and sweet, this one’s great during any season.
by Laura Ellen Anderson
Amelia Fang tries to be nice to the Prince of Nocturnia, a land where all things sparkly are the stuff of “daymares,” but he’s just so mean! Enough is enough when the spoiled prince claims her beloved pet pumpkin, Squashy, as his own. Filled with hilarious puns, quirky characters, and wonderful illustrations, little monsters will love sinking their fangs into this delightfully creepy series.
Kids love to dress up as scary monsters for Halloween, but where did these magical beings come from? This book gives your own little monsters a chance to learn about the myths and legends behind the witches, werewolves, and vampires out roaming the streets on All Hallows' Eve.
by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca
In Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve, Jack and Annie find themselves once again in Camelot, where Merlin sends them into a medieval castle in search of the missing Stone of Destiny. With a castle filled with ghosts and an army of ravens to battle, can the siblings solve the mystery of the stolen stone?
by Oliver Jeffers
Help a little girl search her home for ghosts in this one-of-a-kind picture book. With transparent overlays, Oliver Jeffers’s signature humor, and quirky illustrations, this unique and humorous picture book will get you into the Halloween spirit before you can say, “Boo!” Both you and your child will want to read it again and again.
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by Brigette Barrager
by Jenna Lettice, illustrated by Colleen Madden
by Ron Roy, illustrated by John Steven Gurney
*Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2021.
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