The usual Halloween activities may look very different this year, but one thing that hasn't changed is the stack of fun new Halloween themed books for kids to explore. In the six books below, ghosts, vampires, even a zombie cat (or is he?) are all getting into the spooky spirit. And for slightly older readers there's a creepy take on a familiar game that had me chewing my fingernails along with a bag of bite-sized candy.
The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell
A little ghost is all set to give someone a good old fashioned fright, but she can't find her boo! She searches high and low, but where did it go? Mom tries to tell her that her days of scaring are over, but this little ghost won't give up so easily. Decidedly not scary, but rather oh-so-sweet, the rhyming text and fun word play make this a perfect read aloud with a surprise interactive ending.
Ages 4 to 8
The Little Kitten by Nicola Killen
Nicola Killen's simple color palate—beautiful shades of grey, white, and orange (including pops of foil)—is used to great advantage to create crisp details and perspective that begs the reader to examine each page long after the words have been read. Little ones will love this story of a girl named Ollie, her cat Pumpkin, and a lost kitten rescue. The autumnal setting and tale of good deeds and friendship give this picture book life long past October 31st.
Ages 4 to 8
Glory on Ice: A Vampire Hockey Story by Maureen Fergus
After living for 800 years, it's no wonder things might get boring. That's exactly what happens to the vampire Vlad, so he decides he needs a hobby. Vlad tries dancing, crafts, and a few other activities, but the one that clicks for him is...hockey. What he lacks in skill, Vlad makes up for in enthusiasm and teamwork in a delightful sports-and-vampire-themed picture book that's great fun for the spooky season.
Ages 3 to 7
We're Going on a Goon Hunt by Michael Rex
A Halloween-themed parody of We're Going on a Bear Hunt that will have readers chanting along with the repetitive rhymes and spooky sounds on a search for a green goon. As they make their way through an eerie pumpkin patch and a spooky swamp, this little family doesn't give up. But when the goon is found, they go running for home—all except the youngest boy (dressed up as a unicorn), who isn't the least bit scared and is found on the last page dancing away with monster companions.
Ages 3 to 5
Rise of ZomBert by Kara LaReau
For kids who love James Howe's Bunnicula (a Halloween favorite!), Rise of ZomBert is sure to be a hit. After Mellie and her best friend Danny find a stray cat and bring him home to Mellie's house, things start to get weird. Mellie's stuffed animals begin turning up headless, not to mention the mice. Danny is sure that the cat they've named Bert is a zombie cat, but Mellie needs a little more convincing. The first book in a promising new mystery series from award-winning author Kara LaReau.
Ages 8 to 12
Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
For kids who want something a little scarier, Hide and Seeker is the perfect tale for dark spooky nights, especially around Halloween. Justin's best friend Zee goes missing for a year and comes back...changed. At his welcome home party his friends play Hide and Seek, but with frightening results, including more disappearances. Future fans of Stephen King can start their journey with Hermon's macabre twist on a familiar game.
Ages 8 to 12
Ghosts, vampires, even a zombie cat (or is he?) are all getting into the spooky spirit in these six books perfect for the season.