What 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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.