We are just weeks away from my all-time favorite holiday, Halloween. Although if I’m being totally honest, my favorite holiday can change depending on the season so don’t hold me to that. 😉 One thing that is for sure though is that of all the seasonal children’s books, Halloween ones are my very favorite. Over the years we’ve gotten quite the collection going but of course, that didn’t stop me from adding a few more this year.
Since we’re Halloween-book obsessed around here, I thought it’d be fun to share some of our favorites, plus a few others I have on the wish-list.
1 | GHOSTS IN THE HOUSE BY KAZUNO KOHARA
This is the story of a little girl witch with a haunted house full of ghosts. Thankfully she is not afraid because she knows just what to do with them! She catches the ghosts and puts them to use – as tablecloths, curtains, and more. BUY IT HERE.
I also love her newer book, The Midnight Library.
3 | IF YOU’RE SPOOKY AND YOU KNOW IT BY ALY FRONCIS
A fun twist on the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It”! With spooky skeletons clapping hands, wicked witches stomping feet, hairy werewolves jumping up and down, naughty mummies snapping fingers, the creatures in this book are going to show you just how spooky they are. BUY IT HERE.
7 | STUMPKIN BY LUCY RUTH CUMMINS
Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone and twice as round as a basketball! There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. As Halloween approaches, more and more of his pumpkin friends leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give him a chance? BUY IT HERE.
8 | LITTLE BOO BY STEPHEN WUNDERLI
A story about a little pumpkin seed who yearns for the day that he will be a big and scary Lack-o-Lantern so people will be frightened of his “boo.” His friend, the wind, tells him to be patient but waiting is hard. Will the little pumpkin seed ever be scary? BUY IT HERE.
9 | AT THE OLD HAUNTED HOUSE BY HELEN KETTEMAN
At the old haunted house…in a room with no sun…lived a warty green witch…and her wee witchy one…
There are all kinds of creatures in this old haunted house: goblins, vampires, bats, black cats, and more. Count and rhyme along as the creatures prepare for the Halloween Fright. BUY IT HERE.
10 | THE LAUGHING WITCH BY ANDREW NEWMAN
This bedtime story follows the adventures of The Laughing Witch as she prepares her pot with the fruits of the forest she loves. See how she lives hand-in-hand with nature and creates a sacred space to honor those she loves and cares for. Plus there’s a Bedtime Bubble Spell at the end of the book for kids to create a cozy space to help them sleep snuggly. BUY IT HERE.
11 | VAMPIRINA BALLERINA BY ANNE MARIE PACE
Vampira wants so badly to be a ballerina, but to be one she’s going to have to overcome a few obstacles. Like finding a class that meets at night or figuring out how to perfect her form when she can’t even see herself in the mirror. A fun story of perseverance with the cutest illustrations. BUY IT HERE.
12 | NO SUCH THING BY ELLA BAILEY
Georgia knows there is no such thing as ghosts! So when she notices things in her house are out of place, missing, or broken, she quickly decides who the culprit must be. But little readers will know the truth when they see sweet little ghosts peeking out from every scene! BUY IT HERE.
13 | BONE SOUP BY CAMBRIA EVANS
Finnigin is known far and wide for his ravenous appetite, so when he finds himself in a new town on Halloween he hopes to find a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with him. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? He cleverly begins brewing a soup with his magic bone, and one by one each creature emerges with their own special ingredient (frog legs, anyone?). BUY IT HERE.
14 | BONAPARTE FALLS APART BY MARGERY CUYLER
Bonaparte the skeleton is having a tough time. He can’t do the everyday things his friends can without losing parts of himself. When he plays catch, his throwing arm flies away with the ball, and when the doctor checks his reflexes, his bone falls to the ground. How can he start school when he’s literally falling apart? His monster friends try to help but nothing seems to work. Then his pals see a dog run by with a bone in his mouth and they get an idea… BUY IT HERE.
15 | LEO A GHOST STORY BY MAC BARNETT
Leo is a friendly ghost, but when a new family moves into his house they misunderstand his attempts at being a good host. So Leo decides to leave and see the world. Shortly after leaving he meets Jane, a playful girl with a big imagination, and they become friends. Jane thinks Leo is just an imaginary friend, but she soon learns the truth. BUY IT HERE.
16 | BONESVILLE BY JEAN-LUC FROMENTAL AND JOELLE JOLIVET
A mysterious beast is terrorizing the resident skeletons of Bonesville! At night, the beast steals a different bone from the townspeople. It takes the butcher’s fibula, the doorman’s cranium, and the washerwoman’s humerus. Thanks to his patience and cleverness, Detective Sherlock Bones traps the monster, who turns out not to be much of a monster after all. BUY IT HERE.
17 | GHOST IN THE HOUSE BY AMMI-JOAN DAQUETTE
When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway of the haunted house, he suddenly hears…a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost until they both hear…a growl! Turns out it’s a friendly monster who then joins the two of them. The group of explorers continues to grow as they find a surprise at every turn. BUY IT HERE.
18 | THE SCARIEST BOOK EVER BY BOB SHEA
Reader beware! This is the scariest book ever! Or so claims its narrator, a melodramatic ghost. You can go ahead and go into the dark and scary woods, but don’t expect him to come with you. Oh no. Plus, he has other things to do, like cleaning the bathroom and eating doughnuts. And don’t tell him what you find, either. Okay, maybe you should. WAIT NO, DON’T. BUY IT HERE.
19 | HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A GHOST BY REBECCA GREEN
What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favorite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren’t looking. If you follow these steps and a few others in this book, you’ll see how a ghost friend will lovingly grow up and grow old with you. BUY IT HERE.
20 | ROOM ON THE BROOM BY JULIA DONALDSON
The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon? BUY IT HERE.
21 | GILBERT THE GHOST BY BUIDO VAN GENECHTEN
Gilbert goes to ghost school like all the other ghosts, but he’s different than the other ghosts: he doesn’t like to screech in a scary way, he doesn’t want to haunt, and he is always polite. What will happen to Gilbert when he’s sent to the Abandoned Tower by the principal? BUY IT HERE.
22 | I AM A WITCH’S CAT BY HARRIET MUNCASTER
A little girl believes her mother is a good witch—and she is a special witch’s cat! After all, every good witch needs a black cat. Together, this girl and her mom make a perfect pair, whether they are mixing potions, growing magical plants, or dreaming of wild broomstick rides under a full moon. BUY IT HERE.
23 | THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING BY LINDA WILLIAMS
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one afternoon, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp…wiggle, wiggle…shake, shake…boo, boo. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life! BUY IT HERE.
24 | THE UGLY PUMPKIN BY DAVE HOROWITZ
The Ugly Pumpkin waited all October for someone to take him home, but no one wanted him because he doesn’t look like the other pumpkins. So he leaves the patch in search of a place where he’ll fit in. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, he discovers the truth about who he is–but it’s not what he expected! BUY IT HERE.