Our Halloween book collection is one that is far from scary but still very festive and fun. The books our boys love to read in October before Halloween are mostly silly rather than scary but still often include Halloween themes like trick-or-treating, pumpkins, costumes, goofy monsters and more. I thought a roundup of some of our favorite Halloween books appropriate for young kids might be of interest for those out there with little ones who might enjoy getting into the Halloween spirit bookworm style!
Favorite Halloween Books for Young Kids
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom is one of our absolute favorite Halloween books. The rhyming is equal parts smart and adorable and the story lends itself well to adding in fun noises to keep kids engaged. With animals and a friendly witch as the main characters and a not-too-spooky dragon in the mix, Room on the Broom is Halloween kid gold! We love this author/illustrator duo’s other books (The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale are two of our all-time favorites) and this Halloween book is a slam dunk and an almost-nightly read from September through October in our house.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams, Illustrated by Megan Lloyd
You know those books you read as a child that you cannot wait to read with your own kids? That’s THIS book for me! I still remember stumbling upon The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything at Target when Chase was tiny and I instantly bought it because it was nostalgic for me but also a great kid-friendly read. The story incorporates repetition that our boys get really into and they practically have this one memorized! It’s also an easy one to add movements and silly voices to as the reader which only increases a little one’s enjoyment of this not-too-spooky story.
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete by James Dean
Our kids are huge Pete the Cat fans, so I had a feeling Trick or Pete would be a hit when my mom gave it to them last year. It’s a lift-the-flap style book (always a hit!) and each flap reveals things Pete sees while out trick-or-treating that aren’t as spooky as he initially thought they might be.
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell
Ten Timid Ghosts is a fun countdown counting book that centers around a witch who wants to move into a haunted house but first must scare away 10 timid ghosts who live there through various clever schemes. The tenth ghost is quite clever as well and may not let the witch get away with her ghost eviction goals!
Bo the Bat by Alma Hammond, Illustrated by Zuzana Svobodova
If your kids are animal lovers and enjoy learning about creatures, Bo the Bat is a fantastic Halloween-themed read they’ll enjoy! It’s a story about a friendly bat that wants to trick-or-treat with children but they’re all scared of him so he sets out to tell them about all the awesome things bats can do. The story is cute (though the writing is admittedly not the best but our kids don’t seem to mind!￼), the pictures are fun and colorful and the end of the book includes bat facts so curious little minds can learn more about bats!
The Halloween Tree by Susan Montanari, Illustrated by Teresa Martinez
Though most trees dream of becoming Christmas trees, this creative book centers around one grumpy tree who doesn’t like holiday lights, decorations or people and is relieved to be left behind at the end of the holiday season. As the years pass, children begin to play on the neglected tree and enjoy using their imaginations to turn the tree into various make-believe things and the tree’s heart begins to change. As the children’s parents consider chopping the tree down one year, the kids come together in an effort to save their beloved tree. In addition to being a sweet story, The Halloween Tree also has an underlying subtle message for kids about valuing things that are different and incorporates diversity in the parents and children in the illustrations which, as a parent, I appreciate.
For grabby little hands, Never Touch a Monster is a slam dunk! While it’s not technically a Halloween book, the monster theme is fun and still feels festive. Every page of this book has something to touch and feel and with vibrant pictures and silly rhymes, it’s a winner for toddlers who want to interact with their stories.
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Like the book mentioned above, The Monster at the End of This Book is not strictly a Halloween book but fits within a monster theme so we’re going to roll with it since monsters and Halloween go together in my book! This silly story cracks our boys up and they get so into it every time we read it!
This book is a toddler’s dream. It has 50+ flaps they can peek under and proved to be a hit with both Chase and Ryder beginning when they were just over a year old. Halloween Is Here is not at all spooky and perfect for introducing Halloween, costumes, pumpkin carving and the concept of trick-or-treating to little ones.