5 Favorite Children’s Books for Halloween

5 Favorite Halloween Children's Books. I love these not so scary picture books for tots!

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Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I’m hoping that Baby will soon agree with me. For his first Halloween, we dressed him up as a precious little pumpkin, mostly because we couldn’t find a baby Ewok costume. This year he will be celebrating as Frankenstein, and I foresee an owl costume in his future.

Baby’s big candy splurges will have to wait until next year (at least), but he’s already enjoying lots of {not so spooky} scary stories. I’ve loved building our Halloween picture book collection, and below are of some of my favorites.

5 Favorite Halloween Children’s Books

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex was the best bedtime story. My husband found it for me Baby last year, and it was the first board book I memorized. Each page and picture paralleled Goodnight Moon, with an goofy goon creating mischief in a cold gray tomb. It was sweet and funny, and had an awesome cast of supporting characters. I couldn’t wait to read it again this year.

A Very Brave Witch by Allison McGhee and Harry Bliss, witches were terrified of humans. One young witch decided to take a closer look on Halloween night. She soon discovered that humans weren’t so different from herself. The moral of the story was that people who seem very different may not be as scary as they appear. A Very Brave Witch shared this meaningful message in a silly and delightful way.

Pumpkin Time by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld was an awesome Just Between Friends find. It followed a family of cats as they pick out their pumpkins from the patch. The pictures were cute and I loved the rhymes. It was a great book for introducing little ones to Halloween, jack-o’-lanterns, and trick or treating.


Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler was another playful rhyme. During her flight, the witch made many new friends and accepted all their requests to join her on the broom. The broom broke under all of their weight. A horrible dragon captured the witch, and her new friends had to find a way to save her. It was a wonderful book on the importance of friendship, kindness, and cooperation.

Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg was on this list before Baby was even born. My favorite book from childhood, Funnybones was the first book I remember memorizing reading. The story began in a dark dark town on a dark dark street in a dark dark cellar where some skeletons lived. The skeletons spent a wonderful night wandering through town looking for someone to frighten. I’ve always loved this book. It’s a keeper.

In addition to these favorites, I was thrilled to find that our library has a LOT of children’s Halloween books. I want to keep Halloween special, so I save most books about witches, skeletons, ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to read only in October (excluding Harry Potter, of course). By borrowing books from the library, we will always have new stories to share without having to store them the rest of the year. It’s a win-win!

There is one downside: waiting for holds. Some of the Halloween books are really popular. This year we our reading may continue into November because there is still a wait for The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin and Llama Llama Trick or Treat. Now I know to make my requests earlier next year!

What are your favorite Halloween stories? What was your favorite childhood book?

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9 thoughts on “5 Favorite Children’s Books for Halloween

  1. Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout

    We just bought Room on the Broom for a little friend’s birthday gift, but we haven’t read it yet. I figured anything from the author of The Gruffalo would probably be good — have you read that one?
    A Halloween-ish book from childhood that my mom has unearthed for my children to enjoy is Witches Four — I think it’s out of print but you might be able to find it at your library. Classic Marc Brown (before he wrote the Arthur books!)
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  2. Julie

    What a cute list. I’ll have to add them to my list of books to read to my bump someday :)
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  3. Susan Maccarelli

    I need to check out Goodnight Goon – I have never heard of it, but my kids would get a kick out of the parody. Pinning to my Halloween board! #MomTimeThurs
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  4. Jessica Dimas

    SO cute!! I just went and bought the Goodnight Goon and Room on the Broom! Seriously love Amazon lol. These were such awesome picks, thanks for sharing them with us!
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