Boo! Spooky (and not) Halloween Books for Kids

Seira Wilson on October 01, 2018
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Halloween.jpgWhat will this year's popular costume be?  Star Wars characters? More narwhals? Good old fashioned vampires and wtiches? Only 30 more days until we find out what giggling little characters await on the other side of the doorbell. 

In the meantime, bring in that supply of deceptively small candies in very large bags (on second thought, maybe wait a little while if you want any left for the kids on Halloween night) and pull the kiddies close for some spooky fun reading time.

Here are ten new books we recommend this Halloween season for kids from toddlers to teens.


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Lots of Cats by E. Dee Taylor

A little witch wants to conjure up some friends, but what she gets is cats instead!  Rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud, and the magic potion gone wrong story is a great pick for sharing with little trick-or-treaters this year.

Ages 4-8


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Jane Foster's Halloween by Jane Foster

Perfect for sharing with even the youngest trick-or-treater, Jane Foster’s contemporary illustrations are now featured in a seasonal board book. Iconic symbols of Halloween, including a witch, a bat, and a haunted house, manage to appear warm and friendly without losing their spooky style.

Ages Baby-2


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Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

A special little Halloween story about a pumpkin without a stem, named Stumpkin. From his place on a store shelf, Stumpkin watches his friends go off and become jack o’ lanterns and wishes very much for a window of his own. At last it’s Halloween night and Stumpkin is the only pumpkin left, but the wonderful lesson here is that home is sometimes right in front of us, and Stumpkin takes pride of place in the shop window. Lovely…

Ages 4-8


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Ghoulia by by Barbara Cantini

The first title in a new chapter book series about a little zombie girl who wants to make some friends outside The Crumbling Manor where she lives. Halloween night is the perfect time for her to leave the grounds and join the costumed neighborhood children. A sweet story about acceptance and bravery that's perfect for the season.

Ages 6-8


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How to Scare a Ghost by Jean Reagan

From the creators of How to Babysit a Grandpa comes a playful primer on the art of scaring ghosts. A bright, fun, role-reversal story filled with Halloween games, tasty treats, and trick-or-treat tips to share with your ghost. Silly spooky fun!

Ages 4-8


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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Known for her adult and young adult science fiction, Victoria Schwab now brings her talents to a middle grade audience with a wonderfully creepy story of friendship and ghosts.  Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, a girl who can commune across the veil of death finds a kindred spirit here in this place of graveyards, secret tunnels, and phantoms.

Ages 9-12


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Go to Sleep, Little Creep by David Quinn

Monster parents and children, including mummys, ghosts, and the Frankensteins —all pictured with smiling or sleepy faces--go through the rituals of bedtime in a sweet, rhyming story that’s a delight all year round, and perfect for Halloween.

Ages 2-4


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My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet by Mo O'Hara

The author of the bestselling series My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish is back with the perfect Halloween book for elementary school readers.  Good friends, evil plans, and summer camp.  While summer camp is over, a vampire cat and young evil scientists are good fun any time, and particularly for Halloween.

Ages 7-10


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The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael by Bonny Becker

I love Bonnie Becker's Bear and Mouse books, and this spooky picture book made me laugh out loud at the end. Excellent rhyming text tells the tale of Michael McMichael as he boards the number 13 bus with a particularly creepy bus driver. Just when you think the end is near for Michael McMichael something very unexpected happens that will have readers gasping in delight. Great fun, and not Halloween specific so a treat any time of year.

Ages 4-8


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Scream All Night by Derek Milman

A contemporary young adult novel about a young man who reluctantly returns to his father's horror movie studio estate and all the cult classic craziness that goes with it.  Funny and moving in a setting of fake blood, poorly planned stunts, and questionable scripts.  A great Halloween read for teens.

Ages 12-up


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