Looking for family-friendly Halloween books that won’t scare the bejesus out of your kid?
Here are 40 delightful stories sure to tickle and entrance your preschool, Kindergarten and elementary-school children.
You can find these 40 family friends Halloween books for kids at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
40 Family Friendly Halloween Books for Kids
Five Little Pumpkins is an absolute must for any preschooler from our Halloween books picks.
And we have always loved Spookley and Skeleton Hiccups.
Children’s Halloween Books
A boy runs into an unexpected problem when preparing to go trick-or-treating for Halloween: his pet dragon is scared silly of this spooky holiday!
Zombies, werewolves, mummies . . . they all make Dragon run and hide.
How will the boy convince Dragon that these things aren’t real, and what costume will the duo come up with for this unconventional pet?
From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the year!
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is the second in a series of nutty safety guides featuring everyone’s favorite worrywart.
A very unique pumpkin delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that’s just right for Halloween…and every day of the year.
Plus, the book comes with a FREE CD that features the famous Bobby “Boris” Pickett (of “Monster Mash” fame) reading the story and singing songs–including one from the upcoming Spookley film!
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.
Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow.
Then, when they’re ready to show him who’s in charge, they’ll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear!
What’s the best way to help a skeleton get over his hiccups?
In Karen Katz’s distinctive style, an adorable baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin.
Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch’s hat, cute-as-a-button bats, and candy apples are found beneath each flap.
Finally after Baby finds her pumpkin, she’s ready to go trick-or-treating and the final flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza!
Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed.
Do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not.
For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats.
There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!
It’s Halloween, and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class.
Unfortunately he’s just too much of a scaredy-cat.
He’s afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary.
Join T. Rex and his friends as they try to find the perfect scary costume for Halloween trick-or-treating.
Is it a bat? Or a cat? Or maybe a jack-o’-lantern? Or maybe T. Rex should just wear his big, toothy grin.
On the first night of Halloween, what does your mummy give you? A bright, shiny Skeleton Key, of course!
In fact, for each of the thirteen nights leading up to the big night, your mummy is ready with gifts that include everything from singing skulls to demons dancing to icky eyeballs.
The perfect treat for Halloween, the second edition of this spook-tacular storybook is sure to delight.
Beloved favorites such as Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan as well as popular new characters from Cars, Toy Story, and Finding Nemo encounter everything from ghosts to haunted houses!
With 19 scary stories and beautiful gilded pages, this is a great gift for boys and girls.
Little ghost Ben can say “Whoo,” and he can say “Moo,” but he can’t say “Boo!” And soon it will be Halloween!
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”Get ready for some wicked fun as these five pumpkins run and roll!
Toddlers will want to chant along with this popular rhyme again and again.
Oscar is short, like all dachshunds, and all the other dogs make fun of him.
On Halloween he takes more ridicule than ever in his hot-dog costume, but one brave act makes him a Grade-A hero.
Olivia and her friends decide to play “hotel” in this story.
Ian keeps insisting that the hotel is haunted, and everyone knows he’s joking… but what if he’s not? What if the hotel really is haunted?
As Brother and Sister Bear don their costumes to go trick-or-treating by themselves for the first time, they plan to avoid Miz McGrizz’s spooky home.
During their Halloween outing, the cubs discover that appearances can be deceiving.
Little do these ten trick-or-treaters know that they are the ones who will be frightened on Halloween night when a toad hops near, a skeleton tries to join their dance party, and a monster asks to share their candy.
It’s Halloween night. The city is quiet. The city is still. But as the lights go down, the music comes up – and the guests start to arrive at the hip-hop Halloween ball! And oh, what a party it is.
Told in hip-hop rhyming text, L’il Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Tom Thumb, and all of their fairy-tale friends come together for a rapping, stomping, shaking Halloween romp.
Stanley can’t wait for the Halloween party at school.
When a bully picks on his friend, Stanley saves the day in no time flat!
For young children, a lift-the-flap look at what makes Halloween special.
From a ghost to a pirate, this is a sure hit for little ones as they guess “What Am I?” and lift the flap to find out!
This humorous, rhyming book invites readers to count eerie party guests (110) as they arrive at the haunted house of the ghost.
When the partygoers are frightened by a group of young trick-or-treaters, readers count backwards as the guests depart.
A surprise ending offers a delightfully spooky twist.
No siree, Halloween won’t be canceled anytime soon, not while the Halloween Kid’s around.
With a rootin’ tootin’ Halloween monster–shootin’ text and retro-modern illustrations, The Halloween Kid will lasso in readers both young and old.
Because who doesn’t love a hero who defends the right to trick or treat?
Papa Bear loves Halloween, so he’s thrilled when he’s put in charge of the Bear Country School’s Ghost Walk.
He has everything he needs to make it a really spooky night — cobwebs, jack-o’-lanterns, and monsters, such as Frankenbear and Grizzula.
Will Papa Bear learn the hard way that one bear’s fun is another bear’s nightmare? Boo!
A Halloween story with just the right amount of spookiness for preschoolers. It’s Halloween night!
The rising moon lights the way for trick-or-treaters and sets the mood for a spooky celebration where imagination rules.
Award-winning author/artist Denise Fleming turns her talents to every child’s favorite holiday.
A pinch of modern fairy dust is sprinkled on Halloween traditions in this playful, ghoul- and goblin-free introduction to the holiday.
Eve, a young fairy from the All Hallows pumpkin patch, loves candy but is unable to make it.
She can only create toys with her magic.
Eve determinedly practices her spells, hoping she’ll be able to magic up candy on her birthday, October 31st.
With gentle humor and a touch of magic, Arthur Howard reveals how true friendship sometimes turns up in the most surprising places.
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!
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything!
But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . CLOMP, CLOMP, SHAKE, SHAKE, CLAP, CLAP.
And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!
Spectacularly eerie pictures chock full of hidden objects. A must for any Halloween collection.
In this latest addition to the hugely successful CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? series, acclaimed photographer Walter Wick welcomes readers out for some spooky search-and-find fun!
What do vampires, pirates and pink rabbits have in common? They all love Miss Fionas pumpkin pie!
Join the trick-or-treaters as they creep down past the old cemetery to Miss Fiona’s haunted house for a taste of her secret Halloween recipe.
Spooky illustrations enhance this tasty tale of Halloween fun.
The witch and her cat couldn’t be happier, flying through the sky on their broomstick-until the witch drops her hat, then her bow, then her wand!
Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items and all they want in return is a ride on the broomstick.
But is there room on the broom for so many new friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from the clutches of a hungry dragon?
Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat.
Ten ghosts, a witch, and a haunted house make this Halloween countdown a spooky treat!
Little brother Max is determined to scare Ruby, but can?t seem to do the trick.
Will Max be able to spook Ruby before Halloween is over?
Based on the successful Max & Ruby TV series, this seasonal story will be a must have for Max & Ruby fans and includes foil on the cover!
Froggy needs a Halloween costume. But what should he be?
He could be Super Frog, faster than a dragonfly, stronger than a bullfrog!
Maybe he should be something scarier, like Vampire Frog! Finally, Froggy knows just what to be.
It’s Halloween in Coolsville and Scooby and Shaggy are off to meet the gang at a groovy costume party!
When Scooby and Shaggy show up at the party, it’s YIKES! in a haunted house!
Turns out it’s not really haunted, just for sale, and that Scooby and Shaggy have gotten the address wrong!
Under October’s luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks.
Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun.
Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren’t even there yet!
All we see are two pairs of sneakers — one large, one small — as a little girl and her father tour a dark, mysterious house.
Halloween is here, and Curious George is getting ready for the big night.
There are so many costumes to try on, treats to share, and games to play!
George has so much Halloween fun picking out the perfect pumpkin, decorating his house, and celebrating with his friends that he’s not sure he’s ready for the day to end.
It’s Clifford’s first Halloween, and Emily Elizabeth dresses him up as the cutest little ghost ever.
Clifford wants to try everything: trick-or-treating, candy apples, and homemade haunted houses.
Discover Halloween with everyone’s favorite red puppy!
Like these Halloween books? Find even more engaging book lists for kids on Mommy Evolution!
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- Halloween Lesson Plan
- Skeleton Theme Home Preschool Lesson Plan
- Halloween Literacy Activities
- Halloween Math Activities
- Halloween Social Scripts
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- Halloween Handwriting Activities
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