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Halloween Books For Preschoolers

Updated on July 10, 2014

Read These Great Halloween Books To Your Preschooler!

This Halloween, delight your little ones with these top ten Halloween books for preschoolers. These are great read aloud books for family parties, storytime at the library or the Halloween party in the classroom, as well as suitable for individual one on one reading too. Just scary enough to interest but not so scary to give them nightmares, these Halloween books will entertain and educate - and that's the best parent "trick" of all!

PS - Why not create a new holiday tradition by giving your children a holiday themed book instead of or in addition to all their candy and sweets?

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Halloween Hoots and Howls

A Frankenstein who shops at the grocery store. A ghost who’s afraid of ghosts. A witch with a turbo broomstick. These are just a few of the quirky ghouls and goblins children will meet in this playful picture book brimming with holiday cheer. Joan Horton’s silly, spooky poems and JoAnn Adinolfi’s whimsical illustrations capture the spirit and excitement trick-or-treaters expect on Halloween. So this year, give a giggle and a shiver for Halloween Hoots and Howls!

Vera's Halloween

Vera is finally big enough to go trick-or-treating after dark, and this year she is dressed as a mummy! When one of her tissue bandages unravels, she stops to fix it only to discover that her family accidentally left her behind. As Vera searches for them, it starts to rain. How will she keep her bandages from falling apart? How will she find her way home?

Getting separated from loved ones can be a scary experience for children. In her reassuring way, Vera Rosenberry evokes the atmosphere of a spooky yet magical Halloween, and the comfort that comes when reuniting with loved ones.

The Littlest Pumpkin

Littlest Pumpkin
Littlest Pumpkin

Halloween is the most important holiday for any pumpkin. And the Littlest Pumpkin dreams of being the center of attention. Throughout the day, children come and go, picking their pumpkins. And when Bartlett's Farm Stand closes, only the Littlest Pumpkin remains. But just then, a group of mice scurrying around the stand make the Littlest Pumpkin's dream come true in a most unexpected way on Halloween night.


Inside A House That Is Haunted

The author/illustrator team of "Inside a Barn in the Country" uses picture clues to tell this funny story about a spider, a cat, a bat, and many other "creatures" inside a spooky house. A knock on the door of a haunted house creates an uproar among its inhabitants, including a spider, bats, a ghost, a cat, and a mummy. Finally, a monster stomps down the hall to confront the visitor, only to find a small version of himself. When the trick-or-treater removes his mask, the creatures are so terrified that they flee. Following the cumulative structure of "This Is the House That Jack Built," the text incorporates rebuses for key words. Judy Sierra's The House That Drac Built (Harcourt, 1995) has the same underlying rhythmic structure and also ends with the arrival of trick-or-treaters. Will Hillenbrand's illustrations in that book set a spooky mood that might send shivers down young spines. Arnold's goggle-eyed characters are more amusing than frightening, and are clearly aimed at a younger audience. Consider Capucilli's title if the demand for Halloween books exceeds the supply.

The Room on the Broom and Other Songs - by Julia Donaldson

As well as being the UK's most successful picture book author, Julia Donaldson is a gifted songwriter for children. This volume includes nine of her best-loved songs and each score includes piano accompaniment and guitar chords. The songs will be familiar to anyone who has heard them on TV or radio or enjoyed one of Julia's hugely popular live performances. A CD, attached to the inside cover of the book, contains all nine songs, sung by the author. Now, everyone can sing along!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are a prize-winning team and the creators of many best-selling books for Macmillan. Julia was a songwriter before becoming an author, and music continues to play an important part in her life. She is a frequent and hugely popular performer in schools, libraries and at all major literary festivals, where she creates her own music magic. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator within the children's book world, and has created many bestsellers, including the award-winning ROOM ON THE BROOM. His bright humorous illustrations are a perfect complement to Julia's lively songs.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

0nce 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! A delightful picture book, perfect for both independent reading pleasure and for telling aloud. The Little Old Lady. . . is a clever reworking of the classic story of a ghostly body that appears bit by bit. The humor of the little old lady's fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt, pumpkin head, etc., that are chasing her, will enchant young audiences. The catchy refrain never falters, and the rhythmic repeated sounds made by each of the woman's pursuers are sure to appeal to children.

Pumpkin Soup

Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn't long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper's delightful story will resonate for a child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

Ghosts In The House!

At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! Luckily, she happens to be a witch and knows a little something about taking care of ghosts. She catches them, puts them in the washing machine, airs them out to dry, and gives them new lives as sofa covers, table cloths, and, of course, bed sheets to cozy up under. Fresh and charming illustrations in dynamic orange, black and white bring this resourceful heroine and these spooky ghosts to life.

Pumpkin Eye

All the glorious, spooky, swoopy delights of Halloween congregate on one street for one perfectly bone-chilling night in Caldecott Honor artist Denise Fleming's splendid Pumpkin Eye. Gorgeous, thick pulp paintings depict jack-o'-lanterns, bats, dragons, and toothless hags, while clever, memorable rhymes capture the very essence of Halloween: "Trick or treat-- / pounding feet, / wretched witches / roam the street." Fleming's evocative language and imagery fill the pages with clacking bones, blood red nails, muffled moans, eerie shadows, and the burning wicks of candlesticks. Her unusual illustrations, made by pouring colored cotton fiber through hand-cut stencils, are just right for the subject matter, lending a thick, dark, mysterious quality to the trick-or-treaters, moonlit night, and close-up pumpkins.

The Halloween House

Little do two escaped convicts seeking refuge know that they’re about to encounter these werewolves and nine other creepy creatures, all ready for their Halloween haunt. The night is long, and the crack of dawn finds the lawbreakers making a beeline for the safety of their cell. Erica Silverman’s spooks might upset Jon Agee’s cons, but they're sure to enchant all young Halloween lovers. The sparkling verse is matched by pictures that are an irresistible combination of skill and wit.

What's your favorite Halloween book?

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    • SusanM5725 profile image

      Susan spencer 

      5 years ago from Texas

      My kids loved hearing the stories Ghosts in the House by Kohara and Bears in the NIght by Stan and Jan Berenstain.

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      5 years ago

      You have some great books listed for preschoolers. Wonderful page!

    • JenOfChicago LM profile imageAUTHOR

      JenOfChicago LM 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Great suggestion, thanks!

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      6 years ago

      The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. As a preschool music teacher, I use this book to develop improvisational skills in young children by having them pair rhythm instruments with the different sounds in the book (shake, shake=maracas, wiggle, wiggle=jingle bells, etc).

    • TriciaLymeMom profile image


      6 years ago

      lots of great books. Sharing this lens on my pumpkin books for kids lens.

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      6 years ago

      great ideas.

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      6 years ago

      I love your idea of giving preschool children a book for Halloween and what a special treat to have you read it aloud with plenty of expression and enthusiasm!

    • LucyMac LM profile image

      LucyMac LM 

      6 years ago

      I can't say I have ever read a Halloween book.

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      6 years ago

      Without a doubt "Scary Scary Halloween" by Eve Bunting. I have been reading this to my daycare kiddos for more than 20 years.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens. These books are all new to me. I look forward to checking some of them out with my 4-year-old grandson.

    • daoine lm profile image

      daoine lm 

      7 years ago

      These all sound awesome. I will definitely have to look out for these when my toddler is a little older.

    • lemonsqueezy lm profile image

      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      I love book lenses. We have "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" and read it every year.

    • elizajane202 lm profile image

      elizajane202 lm 

      8 years ago

      I'll have to check these out, not a single one looks familiar. I just checked out a whole bunch at the library too to read to my 3 year old.

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      These books all look wonderful, but The Littlest Pumpkin has stolen my heart! Just adorable!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Pumpkin Soup

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Cute books! I like the Pumpkin Soup book; it's adorable. :)


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