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Halloween Books: Frighteningly Cool Choices for Kids

Updated on October 29, 2014

Read-a-Loud about Witches, Ghosts and Monsters

Halloween books for kids abound in bookstores and libraries. Which are the ones that kids like the most? Which are great read-aloud books that frighten just a little, but not so much that nightmares result?

Here is my selection by four favorite authors and illustrators chosen from books that I've bought or borrowed over the years for children and grandchildren. Except for the scare factor I select Halloween books, almost the same way I choose other kids' books.

  • Suitability for Child. Are topics suitable for her age group.
  • Vocabulary. Are words on a level which he can understand, or perhaps broaden his vocabulary a little.
  • Illustrations. Are colors bold and bright? Do they invite inspection and discussion?
  • Interaction. Do illustrated pages lead to questions and discussion? Are puzzle books easy enough to interpret?
  • Let me know if you have other children's Halloween books you'd like to see added to my lists.

Read to the Children in Your Life!

"Reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for

building knowledge required for eventual success in reading."

National Academy of Education's Commission on Reading (1985)

Stacks of Creepy Stories

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Plenty of Scary Halloween Books

What kinds of children's Halloween books are you most likely to read aloud or buy for kids?

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The Witches

The Witches
The Witches

The tale of a hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable! Age Level: 7 and up; Grade Level: 2 and up. Also in DVD format.

 

Roald Dahl's Books for Kids - For Halloween and Whenever You Want a Scary Story

The children's books of Roald Dahl, born in Wales of Norwegian parents in 1916, live on into our 21st century. Despite their somewhat dark humor, they appeal to children of all ages. Perhaps because they are "safely" suspenseful and even frightening. Dahl won many awards and accolades for these books. I can honestly say that they still appeal to me, so perhaps I am "young at heart." Here are the three Dahl books I choose to include in my Halloween Roundup of Children's Books:

  1. The Witches
  2. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
  3. Tales of the Unecpected

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Mike Rex Writes and Illustrates

MICHAEL REX is the creator of over thirty books for children, including bestseller "Goodnight Goon" and the "Fangbone! series." He sometimes uses his two sons as model for some of his very disgusting books. He also maintains a very interesting Blog which shows, among other things, how he creates his books. My choices for Rex's books are:

  1. Good Night Goon: A Petrifying Parody
  2. Runnaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody and
  3. Brooms are for Flying

Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody

Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody
Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody

A parody on "The Runaway Bunny" in which the little mummy transforms himself into a variety of other monsters. Reading level: Ages 3 and up.

 
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Classic Goosebumps #1 - Night of the Living Dummy

R. L. Stein: A master at scaring kids

R. L. Stein has, in my humble opinion, one of the neatest and most interactive author web sites on the internet. The site includes a "Funhouse," Rainy Night Theater, Booklists to make sure that you have read his books in order, and news in case you want to catch R.L. at a book signing in your area. There is even a 16-page downloadable guide, in the Teacher category, in which R. L. shares his best writing tricks and secrets. But savvy students don't have to wait for their teachers to discover this guide and hand it out, they can get it themselves and start writing great essays.

Classic Goosebumps #2 - Deep Trouble

R. L. Stein's Horrifying Book Series - Get Ready to be Spooked!

This prolific author's books include:

  • "Goosebumps Hall of Horrors" Series consists of 4 books. Appropriate for Age Level: 9 and up.
  • "Goosebumps Horrorland" Series of 25 books; Age Level: 8 and up; Grade Level: 3 and up.
  • "Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror." Age Level 12 and up; Grade Level 6 - 10.
  • "Bitten: Dangerous Girls and the Taste of Night." Age Level: 14 and up
  • and
  • others including the original "Goosebumps" Series.

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Trailer of Recently Released Movie: R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?

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Amazing Books, Games and DVDs from Walter Wicks

Walter Wicks is really a guy who likes to look for and find objects. He likes puzzles, games, science, and illusions. Besides Wick's several I Spy books about Halloween, Fantasy and others, he has loads more books like the "Can You See What I See" books of puzzles. On his web site are "Behind the Scenes" features in which Wicks shows us how he build to illustrate objects for his Optical Tricks books.

I Spy: Spooky Mansion Deluxe
I Spy: Spooky Mansion Deluxe

Brain-building games for kids.

 

Collaboration between illustrator Wicks and author Jean Marzollo

I Spy Spooky Night
I Spy Spooky Night

Puzzles are in and around a haunted house - a Victorian dollhouse - where readers search for mice, spiders, candles, bats, jack-o-lanterns, and bones. Reading Level: Ages 6 and up; Kindergarten to Gr. 4.

 

Books Stir Imaginations

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Charms and Beads with a Book Twist - Help the favorite girl in your life keep track of her favorite Halloween books

There are no charms or beads on the market that I can find specifically related to Halloween kids books. But, wouldn't it be fun to search out appropriate charms and beads with your favorite girl? Here are nifty ideas to get you started.

Halloween Charms: To emind you of books you've loved or those you'd like to read..

Chidren, Reading and Education

Children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful go further in school than those who don't. Children with low-education families can do as well as children with high-education families if they have access to books at home. (Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations 2010)

Do you have any favorite Halloween books for kids to recommend? - I am always on the lookout for great kids' books.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Elsie, Thanks Again! I am happy that you noticed the images. I had a good deal of enjoyment in picking them out. I am a long-time fan of Dover because they have such good (domain free) images.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice selection of halloween books for children. Your images brighten up the hub and make it look very attractive to the viewing eye. Thanks.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Thanks for your gracious comments, Nancy.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      There is nothing like reading to kids when they're young. It encourages them to read for themselves. And after all, books take us places we could never begin to go without them. Nice Hub.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @greenlungsofpoland: Thanks a million!

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      greenlungsofpoland 5 years ago

      A nice collection of frighteningly cool halloween books for kids!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @bwet: Thank you for your kind comments. I've included these book choices because I enjoy them as much as children do. I think your niece will also like them.

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      bwet 5 years ago

      Wow... very interesting reading choices. I've got to introduce them to my niece!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you for visiting and leaving such a gracious comment for me. I love these books!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      awesome book selections and recommendations.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @JoshK47: Thanks for your gracious comment and also for the squidblessing :+]

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very cool suggestions! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @charity7: Thanks a million for stopping by and commenting, and tweeting this lens. I'm happy that you enjoyed it.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Great story recommendations.

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      charity7 5 years ago

      Great Lens! I don't have any young children anymore, but I think I would have picked the "Goodnight Goon". I will tweet this lens.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      @mouse1996 lm: Hi Michelle! I love your avatar :+) Thanks for visiting this lens and for your great compliment. I appreciate both very much!

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done! Squidlike

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      perrybenard 5 years ago

      my children love the goosebumps books, another great lens.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 6 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      They are great reading for kids of any age! Thanks for visiting!

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      ThatsYourPeople 6 years ago

      I love the section on parody books. Some of them look really funny and I want to check them out. My kids are too old for them but I'm not!