Our Favorite Halloween Books for Kids

October 16, 2017

Halloween book cover collage

Fall is here, and what is a better way to celebrate its arrival than with a good book? My kids and I love to go to the library and pick out some great Halloween children's books to read together, and fall is definitely one of our favorite times of year.

Here are some of our favorites that we've enjoyed over the years. All of these books should be available at public libraries throughot Marin. You can look to see if your local library has these titles available at marinlibrary.org.

Babies & Toddlers

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino: This Halloween version of the traditional counting rhyme features bold and colorful illustrations that little ones will love.

Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan: Join Mouse on a spooky autumn night, where he learns that Halloween isn't really so scary after all.

Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton: Toddlers will love following along as Pookie tries to decide what she'll be for Halloween this year. It's so hard to choose!

Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan: This twist on a bedtime board book follows Little Owl as he wakes up from his sleep and enjoys the night.

Boo!/¡Bu! by Leslie Patricelli: This bilingual board book introduces little ones to dress-up, trick-or-treating, and other Halloween fun.

Preschool & Kindergarten

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson: In this delightful book by the author of The Gruffalo, a generous witch allows helpful animals to ride along on her broomstick on Halloween night. It's all fun until a big red dragon shows up.

Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson: Skeleton is dancing his way to a Halloween party—but as he grooves across town, he keeps stumbling, tumbling, and falling apart! Can he make it to the party in one piece?

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman: Will there be any pumpkin pie for Halloween? The witch has grown her biggest pumpkin ever, but neither she nor the ghost nor the vampire, nor the mummy can move it. The little bat, however, has an idea to save the day. Can he get the pumpkin off the vine?

Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray: It's Halloween night and all are preparing for a wickedly wonderful evening of scaring. With zombies and banshees and mummies galore, read this book once and you'll come back for more!

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor: Award-winning artist Wendell Minor imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite monumental places, like 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.

Duck & Goose: Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills: Duck and Goose, dressed for Halloween as a ghost and a superhero, respectively, go trick-or-treating in the forest, but they are careful to follow Thistle's warning to look out for a scary swamp monster.

Gradeschool & Up

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper: Cat, Squirrel, and Duck make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. But one day the Duck wants to shake things up a little and a disagreement ensues. He leaves in a huff, but it isn't long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about their friend and begin a search.

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds: In this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him.

The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey: Oscar the dachshund is a shortie, like all "wiener dogs," and the other pups always make fun of him. His hot dog costume doesn't help his popularity any, but a brave act makes him a Halloween hero.

Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth: Addy, Michael, and Karl are done trick-or-treating, their bags brimming with treats. But the fun isn't over—their good friend Stillwater the panda tells them a spooky and unusual story based on a Zen koan.

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex: This collection of hilarious poems highlights the everyday problems faced by your favorite monsters. Poor Frankenstein's cupboard is bare, the Phantom of the Opera can't get an annoying tune out of his head, and Dracula doesn't know he has spinach in his teeth.

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans: When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join in a great feast, but not a body or soul will share any of their food with thim. Armed only with his wits and a special secret ingredient, Finnigin stirs up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz: This classic book features stories of ghosts and witches, as well as "jump" stories, spooky urban legends, and scary songs–all perfect for reading aloud in the dark.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier: In this new graphic novel, Catrina and her family move to a small, foggy, beach town on the Northern California coast for the sake of her sister's health, and find that it's inhabited by ghosts—real ones!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman: Tired of life with her own family, Coraline discovers a mysterious secret passage in her new apartment that leads to another home just like her own. Life there with a new mother and father is better—or is it? Coraline must find her way back home and rescue the lost souls of other children who have come before her.

The Little Leftover Witch by Florence Laughlin: In this classic children's tale, Felina the little witch gets stranded with the Doon family after breaking her broom on Halloween. Over the course of a year, she learns to live with the Doons and their black cat, Itchabody.

The Witches by Roald Dahl: Witches are real, and there's nothing they hate more than children! In this classic novel by Roald Dahl, a young boy and his grandmother foil a fiendish plot by the Grand High Witch to turn the world's children into mice.

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini: When Kelly loses a little boy to monsters who live under his bed during her first babysitting job, she learns about a secret society of babysitters who fight monsters.