Just in time for Halloween, here are a collection of kids books that are filled with monsters, witches and ghouls and sure to get your kids into the spooky spirit.
Spooky Books for Elementary-Early Middle School Readers
- The Haunted Library - 10 books in the series
- The Problim Children - 3 books in the series
- Ghosts - by Raina Telegemier
- The Goosebumps Series - over 100 books in the series
- Crenshaw - by Katherine Applegate
- Endling: The Last - also by Applegate, 3 books in the series
- Casper The Friendly Ghost - this book includes multiple books in comic book form
- Peculiar Children of Bus 13
- Witches by Roald Dahl
- Witches - as a graphic novel
- Billy and the Mini Monsters - can be purchased through an Usborne distirbutor, such as my friend, Tami.
- Notebook of Doom Series - 13 books in the series
- Harry Potter - I linked the illustrated version because I loved the drawings
- Magic Misfits - written by Neil Patrick Harris, 4 books in the series
- Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen - 3 books in the series
- Norbert’s Spooky Night - 5 books in the Norbert Series
- The Children’s Horrible House - 3 books in the series
- Legend of the Stat Runner - a series of solve-them-yourself-mysteries
- Scaredy Bat & the Frozen Vampires - 3 books in the series, illustrated mystery chapter books
Then for the younger group, we have a bunch of favorites. I am only listing a small portion of Halloween books because there are SO many to choose from.
Spooky Books for Young Kids-Early Readers
- The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- Ice Cream Every Time I see a Ghost : Illustrated Joke Book
- Skeletons ARE NOT Spooky
- The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
- Spooky Wheels on the Bus
- Berenstein Bears Trick or Treat
- Curious George: Haunted Halloween
- Room on the Broom
- Monster Trouble
- Skeleton Hiccups
- Halloween Hustle
- Pete the Cat - Trick or Pete
- It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
- Goodnight Goon
- Splat the Cat, What Was That?
- The Night Before Halloween
- Trick or Treat Little Critter
- Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat
- At the Old Haunted House
- Spider Sandwiches
- Creepy Carrots
- Halloween Fun For Everyone
- Danny and the Dinosaur: Happy Halloween
- Spooky Pookie
- It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!
- Happy Halloween, Stinky Face
- One, Two, Boo!
- Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
- That Monster on the Block
It is worth noting that just about every children’s series has a Halloween-themed book. If you search online for your favorite series, you will probably come across one.
Also, since kids are back in school, don’t forget to check out Scholastic Books for some of these books. Your kids’ school and class can get free books by ordering this way. And Scholastic has made it easy to ship books directly to your home.
Finally, let’s not forget that libraries are a great resource when you don’t want to have a huge collection of seasonal books. If you are up for going into a library, they usually have sections dedicated to books for upcoming holidays or themes you could search through. If not, utilize their holds feature and pick up books when they are ready for you. It’s wonderful.
I hope you found something new to check out on these lists. Happy Spooky Reading!
- What are some of your favorite books to read to/with your kids for Halloween?
- Do you read seasonally themed books?
- Pull certain books out only for certain holidays?
- Do you find something new every year or do you have ones that are part of a tradition?
- What are some others I should had added to this list?