Looking for a family-friendly Halloween story that will become an annual favorite? Here are 40 classic Halloween picture books that have been loved by my boys year after year.
They’re sure to tickle and entrance your preschool and elementary-school children.
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40 Classic Children Halloween Picture Books
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin: 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!
Go Away, Big Green Monster!: Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. 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!
Skeleton Hiccups: What’s the best way to help a skeleton get over his hiccups?
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything: 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!
Scaredy-Cat, Splat! (Splat the Cat): 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.
T. Rex Trick-or-Treats: 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.
The 13 Nights of Halloween: 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 spookier and slimier, the better!
Scary Storybook Collection: 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.
Say Boo!: Little ghost Ben can say “Whoo,” and he can say “Moo,” but he can’t say “Boo!” And soon it will be Halloween! Lynda Graham-Barber and Caldecott Honor Winner Barbara Lehman tell a funny and encouraging story — complete with highlighted sound words — for young trick-or-treaters.
Five Little Pumpkins: 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.
The Hallo-Wiener: 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 the Haunted Hotel: 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?
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat: 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. But during their Halloween outing, the cubs discover that appearances can be deceiving.
10 Trick-or-Treaters: 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.
Shake Dem Halloween Bones: 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.
Haunted Party: 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-ortreaters, readers count backwards as the guests depart. A surprise ending offers a delightfully spooky twist.
The Halloween Kid: 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? Yee-Ha-lloween!
The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk: 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. But will Papa Bear learn the hard way that one bear’s fun is another bear’s nightmare? Boo!
Pumpkin Eye: 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.
All Hallows Eve: The story of the Halloween Fairy: 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 itshe 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.
Dragon’s Halloween: Gentle blue Dragon’s spooky, silly Halloween tale, by Dav Pilkey, the award-winning author/illustrator of the Captain Underpants series is perfect for beginning readers.
Hoodwinked: With gentle humor and a touch of magic, Arthur Howard reveals how true friendship sometimes turns up in the most surprising places.
Halloween Night: 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!
I Spy Spooky Night: A Book of Picture Riddles: Spectacularly eerie pictures chock full of hidden objects. A must for any Halloween collection.
Can You See What I See?: On a Scary Scary Night: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve: 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!
Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies: 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.
Room on the Broom: 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?
Scary, Scary Halloween: Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat.
Ten Timid Ghosts: Ten ghosts, a witch, and a haunted house make this Halloween countdown a spooky treat!
Happy Halloween! (Max and Ruby): 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’s Halloween: 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.
The Haunted Halloween Party, Level 2: It’s Halloween in Coolsville and Scooby and Shaggy are off to meet the gang at a groovy costume party! But 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!
Los Gatos Black on Halloween: 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!
In the Haunted House Touch & Feel Lift-the-Flap Book: All we see are two pairs of sneakers–one large, one small–as a little girl and her father tour a dark, mysterious house.
Bats at the Ballgame: Do you think humans are the only ones who enjoy America’s national pastime? Grab your bat—the other kind—and your mitt, and join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete. How about a mothdog? Or some Cricket Jack?
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Peanuts): Join the PEANUTS gang as they get ready for a night of trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, and pumpkin patches. In this faithful adaptation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, young readers are introduced to the classic tale.
Happy Halloween, Curious George: 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.
Clifford’s First Halloween: 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!
Flat Stanley and the Haunted House: Stanley can’t wait for the Halloween party at school. But when a bully picks on his friend, Stanley saves the day in no time flat!
What am I? Halloween: 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!
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