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Best Halloween Books for Kids

Boo! Halloween Books for Children

Our resident children’s librarian, Janssen, is back today with some of her favorite Halloween books for kids (get your library cards ready).

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I liked Halloween as a child (what’s not to like?) but as an adult, I find I enjoy it even more.

I’m off the hook for dressing up, since I can costume my children instead, it’s the beginning of the holiday season, and I can finally start pulling out my Halloween book collection.

If you’re looking to bulk up your own collection, here are seven great ones to buy or check out from the library:

  1. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler and S.D. Schindler. This off-beat book about a skeleton desperately trying to get rid of the hiccups is sure to hit your child’s funny bone (can you guess what finally does get rid of his hiccups?).
  2. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This is the #1 Halloween book on Amazon, and for good reason. It’s just so sweet and fun. A witch, zipping along on her broom with her cat, loses various items and is helped by a few kind creatures who, in return, just want to take a spin on her broom. Is there room for all of them?
  3. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi. This classic poem gets a decidedly spooky twist, thanks to Tony DiTerlizzi’s black-and-white illustrations. What better way to introduce your child to poetry?
  4. T. Rex Trick-or-Treats by Lois G. Grambling and Jack E. Davis. T. Rex can’t figure out what he should be for Halloween, but he knows he wants to be something scary. It takes several of his friends to convince him that he’s terrifying enough as he is.
  5. Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Vaccarino.  The classic rhyme about five pumpkins sitting on a gate comes to life in this simple book (also available as a board book). A perfect first Halloween book.
  6. The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey. If you’re looking for a Halloween story that’s more funny than scary, this is one of the best. Oscar, a dachshund, wants nothing more than to be something terrifyingly scary for Halloween, but his mom has made him a hot dog costume, complete with mustard. Is there anything he can do to keep the other dogs from making fun of him?
  7. Popcorn by Frank Asch. This is my all-time favorite Halloween book and I was thrilled when my daughter fell in love with it too last year. Sam’s parents leave him home on Halloween night while they go to a party, so he invites over all his friends and tells them to bring a treat. Every one of them brings popcorn and when they pop it all, it fills the house. (It’s out of print, but many libraries still have copies you can borrow).

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Janssen is a former librarian and avid reader who is always maxing out her library card. She now stays at home with her two-year-old daughter (with another girl on the way) and blogs about books for readers of all ages, her favorite recipes, and parenting adventures at Everyday Reading.

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Siouxzy October 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

These are great! We also love, “And Then Comes Halloween” by Tom Brenner at our house. My kids will love “Skeleton Hiccups.”


Rick November 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Great selection of spooky books!


Tami August 14, 2014 at 8:27 pm

“The Magical World of Sebella: Legend of Halloween’ is a great chapter book for a young reader. Filled with adventure, imagination and magic.


Liz September 19, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I love “Big Pumpkin” I cannot remember the author. I know I picked up a copy at scholastic books last year. It’s my sons favorite and a big hit with the kids in the prek where I work.


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