Home / Entertainment / What To Read 20 Halloween children’s books full of spooky, silly fun From pumpkin harvests to sweet little ghosts, these stories are full of magic and mischief. By Amber Guetebier and Diva Anwari Updated September 26, 2023 We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. Ready to get into mood for spooky season? You might watch a few Halloween movies for kids on Netflix or have a dance party to release all of the excitement with Halloween songs. But, there’s nothing quite like the best Halloween books for kids to really get everyone in the spirit for all things spooky and, of course, fun. Related: 10 fun and spooky TikTok Halloween crafts for kids There’s nothing like a good ghost story. Or a story about a pug who dresses like a pumpkin. Or a vampire bunny. For many kids, celebrating Halloween is a lot more enjoyable minus the jump scares. The good news is things can be beautiful and just the right amount of spooky, without being scary at all. Some of the latest Halloween children’s books represent all kinds of Halloween goodness: from pumpkin harvests to witches that teach deep insight about friendship and love. So turn the lights down—just a bit—and curl up together with your little ghouls to share some of the best Halloween books for kids. Get cozy and get ready to read our list of the best Halloween books for kids Baby and toddler Halloween kids books Squeaky Bat by Maggie Fischer This adorable new interactive board book for babies and toddlers features a little bat that kids can press to hear it squeak as the bat soars through the magical Halloween night sky. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Pumpkins by Gail Gibbons It’s all about pumpkins this time of year! This beautifully illustrated board book will thrill babies and toddlers as they learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin from seed to pie and everything in between. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP It Sounds Like Halloween! by Maggie Fischer Another sweet new interactive Halloween-themed book from author Maggie Fischer, this time illustrated by Gareth Williams. Toddlers and preschoolers alike will enjoy turning the pages and playing the four different sound buttons when the story prompts (or just when they feel like it). SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Ike Has A Fright by Cathleen Roach Little Ike may be a bat but he sure is scared of Halloween. Ike doesn’t know how he’ll get through the night with all of the terrifying goblins and ghosts roaming about. With the help of a few friends this little bat might just discover that there’s nothing scary about Halloween. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Construction Site Gets a Fright!: A Halloween Lift-the-Flap Book by Sherri Duskey Rinker The construction crew from the beloved Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is back and they’re getting ready for Halloween. This interactive, rhyming book is one of the best Halloween books for kids who might be a little anxious. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Preschool and early elementary Halloween kids books Amara’s Farm (Where In the Garden?) by JaNay Brown-Wood A celebration of fall on the farm, this is the first in a four-book series designed for readers as young as three to teach kids about a variety of seasonal produce grown in different gardens. Join Amara as she prepares pumpkins for an autumnal feast. The book even includes a recipe for Molasses Pumpkin Bread! SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP A Friend for Ghost by Suzanne Kaufman Poor little ghost has a hard time making friends. Between people being afraid of him and people not even seeing him, it can be lonely. Yes, it’s a Halloween book, but it’s also a year-round, sweet book about friendship ideally suited for children anywhere from four to eight and up. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Boo Stew by Donna L. Washington Award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington puts a spooky twist on the Goldilocks plot. Curly Locks is sweet, smart and loves to cook. The problem is, she’s pretty terrible at it and most people in Toadsuck Swamp know to steer clear of her meals. Spoiler alert: Curly Locks uses her talents to save the day. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP If Your Babysitter Is a Bruja by Ana Siqueira ‘Tis the night before Halloween and the new babysitter is looking decidedly witch-like. But one little girl won’t fall for the bruja’s antics. This bilingual book is enchanting and even more fun to read out loud together. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Lila and the Jack-o'-Lantern: Halloween Comes to America by Nancy Churnin Lila and her family have just left Ireland for their new home in America. With Halloween just around the corner, she’s already feeling homesick for the Irish traditions they used to celebrate on Halloween night. Now she’ll have to figure out how to bring a little bit of that Irish tradition to her new home. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP A Spoonful of Frogs The secret to a delicious, witchy soup is a spoonful of frogs. But frogs love to leap! If you can’t get the frogs to stay in the spoon then how do you get them in the cauldron? This silly Halloween children’s book is sure to become a family favorite. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Grumpy Monkey Don't Be Scared by Suzanne Lang Join Grumpy Monkey and his friends for a Halloween night like no other. Halloween in the jungle is a unique experience with lots of eerie sights, sounds and smells. Will the jungle friends be brave enough to get all of their treats? SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP First Night of Howlergarten by Benson Shum Future werewolves all go to howlergarten where they practice tracking scents and listening to the wind and so much more. But Sophie’s first day of school isn’t at all like what she thought it would be. The little werewolf-in-training has so much to learn. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Elementary and early chapter Halloween kids books Witch Hazel by Molly Idle Every once in a while a children’s book is published that embodies the true magic of reading and imagination. This is just that kind of book, one to read, re-read and treasure. “Witch Hazel” is not just a Halloween book, it’s a book about the power of storytelling, the importance of hearing each other’s stories, the beauty of aging and the bittersweet truth of new life after loss. Available Oct. 11. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Costume Parade by Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole The fourth book in an early chapter book series co-authored by Stephanie Calmenson and Magic School Bus author Joanna Cole. Join two best friends, Allie and Amy, who love doing everything together including getting ready for the big costume party for Halloween. What will they do when they meet a friend along the way who needs help, but helping him will make them late? SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP The Pug Who Wanted to Be a Pumpkin by Bella Swift Peggy the pug is back in the fifth story of this illustrated middle-grade series. This time, Peggy’s pal Chloe is too worried about monsters to go trick-or-treating. Peggy doesn’t want her to miss out on the fun so to help her feel less scared, Peggy needs the perfect costume. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Middle-grade Halloween kids books Lumberjackula by Mat Heagerty A middle-grade graphic novel about a hilariously cute half-vampire, half-lumberjack boy who doesn’t want to be either. He just wants to dance. The beautiful thing is, it’s his natural lumberjack toughness and spooky vampire-ness that help make his unique dance moves. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Stories to Keep You Alive Despite Vampires by Ben Acker For fans of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” this is the perfect chapter book to put you in the mood for the spookiest season of them all. A middle grade collection of stories that range from spooky to silly that will (hopefully) help you make it through the night in any haunted house full of vampires, or a night after too much candy. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP Bunnicula: The Graphic Novel by James Howe and Andrew Donkin Believe it or not, it’s been forty years since James Howe’s “Bunnicula” novel was published. Just in time for your late night Halloween reading plans, the first ever complete graphic novel version of the “tail” of one very odd bunny has just been released. Laugh out loud or howl at the moon, while Chester the cat and Harold the dog try to figure out what that cute fluffy new pet is really up to. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP The Ghost Job by Greg van Eekhout Zenith and her friends have all been ghosted. That’s right, they’re literal ghosts! But the thick and thieves friends are onto a new scheme, stealing a machine that just might send them back to the real world. First, they have to figure out how to get past the dead necromancer who wants to use them as lab rats. SHOP AMAZON SHOP BOOKSHOP A version of this post was published September 8, 2022. It has been updated.