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Kids Halloween Books for Every Reader

Updated on September 10, 2015
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Halloween is a perfect time to encourage and deepen kids love of books. There is a wide range of Halloween themed books available from spooky, scary books, to interactive, humorous colorful books. A trip to the local library or book store will find displays of books for all ages and genres.

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10 Trick or Treaters

Picture Books

There are a wealth of great picture books available based on the theme of Halloween. Young readers often enjoy eyecatching illustrations and humorous storylines.10 Trick or Treaters by (author)Janet Schulman and (illustrator) Linda Davick is just one example.

The book is essentially a count down book. A group of ten trick or treaters start out the evening adventure but their numbers decrease as they get frighten off by spooky creatures. The adventure is told through rhyme and there are plenty of opportunities to count up and down. The simple rhythmic counting encourages children to join in easily with the reader. The text and illustrations are full of humor and silly rather than scary. The bright colors, and the detail of the illustrations allow for rereading many times and plenty of discussion about the wide variety if costumes included. Its reasonable low price also makes it a perfect Halloween gift.

Examples of Picture Books

Halloween Picture Books
Nina Laden
Five Little Pumpkins
Dan Yaccarino
Five Black Cats
Patricia Hegarty
Julia Woolf
Five Little Ghosts
Patricia Hegarty
Julia Woolf
Slide and Find Spooky
Roger Priddy
Halloween Jack
Roger Priddy
Who Said Boo?
Phyllis Root
Ana Martin Larranaga

Early Readers/Chapter Books

Mystery books are a good way to introduce kids to chapter books. They often contain suspense, some illustrations and have clear structure to a plot. There are many available written on the theme of Halloween and are often part of a series a child might be familiar with. The A to Z Mysteries is a good example of this.

Super Edition #4 - Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Ron Roy sees the characters spending Halloween at Sleepy Hollow. Unexpected things keep happening and they have to solve the mystery of the Halloween pranks. Its spooky theme makes it a perfect mystery story for Halloween.

The Goosebumps series is also a great set of books with scary themes. It is a children's horror fantasy anthology series written by R. L. Stine and has been made into a television series.

Mystery Chapter Books
The Halloween Tree
Ray Bradbury
The Haunted Hotel
Ron Roy
Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve
Mary Pope Osborne

Character Themed Books

As with every holiday, there are many Halloween themed stories based on popular characters. Clifford, Sesame Street, SpongeBob - you can find a book based on most TV and well known characters.

This can be a great way to encourage sharing and reading of books, children will often be more likely to read books about characters they are familiar with.

A good example of this is Boo! Made you Jump! by Lauren Child. The characters Charlie and Lola share a scary story when Lola tries to make Charlie jump. It is full of characters, catchphrases and illustrations common to the Charlie and Lola programs and books.

The Pumpkin Patch is a Great Place for a Story


Character Themed Books

Boo! Made You Jump!
Lauren Childs
Cliffords 1st Halloween
Norman Birdwell
Biscuits Pet and Play Halloween
Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schorier
Scardi-cat Splat
Rob Scotton
It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Charles M Shultz
Dora the Explorer Say Boo!
Sofia the First Halloween Ball
Disney Book Group
Curious George Haunted Halloween
H. A. Rey
Winnie the Pooh Pooh's Halloween Pumpkin
Disney Book Group
Maisy's Trick or Treat
Lucy Cousins
Elmo's Monster Mash
Naomi Kleenberg and Christopher Moroney

Books for Teens/Tweens

Many teens enjoy scary science fiction and fantasy books. There are many written with the Halloween theme in mind.

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Lois Duncan
Scared to Death
Alan Gibbons
The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
Wait Till Helen Comes:A Ghost Story
Mary Downing Hahn
The Woman in Black:A Ghost Story
Susan Hill

Books for Reluctant Readers

Halloween sticker books, lift the flaps and activity books are all good ways to encourage reluctant readers. There is a huge selection available, many reasonably priced.

Examples of Activity Books.

Disney Minnie Mouse Halloween Big Fun Book To Color
Disney Books
Peek Inside: Halloween Is Here! (Peek Inside Sticker Books)
Megan Bryant and Jannie Ho
Can You See What I See?: On a Scary Scary Night: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve
Walter Wick
I Love You, Little Pumpkin
Sandra Magsamen
cloth,lift the flaps
Halloween Mad Libs Junior
Roger Price and Leonard Stern
mad libs

Room on the Broom - Animated

Halloween All Year Around

The other great thing about many Halloween themed books is that they can be read all year round. The stories are generally enjoyable what ever time of year you read them. A good example of this is Room on a Broom by Julia Donaldson. Although the main character is a witch they story is not set at a specific time of year. The theme of the story is friendship and helping each other.

The story centers around a friendly witch who is always losing things. Creatures help her along her journey and she gives them a ride on her broom. The broom breaks, the friends save her from a dragon and she sets a spell to make them a new broom that caters for all the creatures.

The book appeals to readers because it if full of rhyme and repetition and is perfect for retelling. Children love to make up their own spells and design a boom that they would like!

Halloween is a perfect 'excuse' to share a book!

© 2014 Ruthbro


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    Tim 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    The Frankenweenie storybook is another great one for your list.

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    Ruthbro 2 years ago from USA

    Thanks, it was originally featured then unfeatured due to lack of traffic. I updated it and now it is unfeatured due to quality. I will check the Amazon ratio.

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Good and informative hub ruthbro. I don't see why you should have problems getting it featured and passing a quality check. As long as you have enough words per Amazon advertisement ratio you should be fine.