Best Halloween Books for Kids

We’ve amassed a fun collection of what I consider the very best Halloween books for kids and we love pulling them out every Halloween season to read.

From books about pumpkin picking traditions, to spooky tales, to books that teach important lessons by way of Halloween characters, it’s a favorite Halloween tradition to read these titles as a family.

I wrote a bit about why we love each one below, in case you want to build up your Halloween kids book library too!

Below you’ll find all the best Halloween books for kids that we’ve read (so far)!

Stumpkin Book Cover


by Lucy Ruth Cummins

All about a pumpkin who doesn’t have a stem! Simple illustrations and a city setting make this Halloween book so unique.

There's A Ghost in This House book cover

There’s A Ghost In This House

by Oliver Jeffers

One of the most creative books I’ve seen, every page has a sneaky ghost waiting to appear!

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Leila the Perfect Witch

by Flavia Z Drago

A witch who prides herself on being perfect finds something she isn’t perfect at, baking! And along the way she learns that having fun is the most important part.

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Pick A Pumpkin

by Patricia Toht, Illustrated by Jarvis

Patricia Toht’s “Pick A Pine Tree” book is one of our favorite Christmas books, and this is the equally wonderful Halloween version all about favorite Halloween traditions!

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Room on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

This Halloween book for kids is a crowd favorite. It’s a fun read-aloud story of friendship.

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Gilbert the Ghost

by Guido Van Genechten

An adorable story about a (pink!) ghost who embraced being different!

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The Scariest Book Ever

by Bob Shea

If I had to pick one Halloween book to read each year, it would be this one. Creative, hilarious and quite unexpected, this timid ghost finds he is the one that’s scared this time!

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Bonaparte Falls Apart

by Margery Cuyler, Illustrated by Will Terry

If you have a child who is fascinated by skeletons, pick this Halloween book up about a skeleton who is worried about how he is going to keep himself together for the first day of school, and his friends that help him along the way.

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Bone Soup

by Cambria Evans

This fun spin on the classic Stone Soup with a story that emphasizes the importance of sharing, and how one person (or monster?) can bring everyone together!

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A Tiger Called Tomás

by Charlotte Zolotow & Marta Álvarez Miguéns

This is a bilingual new take on a classic story, about a kid who is too shy to make friends, until Halloween rolls around and his costume gives him the courage he needs to leave his stoop! 

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Snowmen at Halloween

by Caralyn Buehner, Pictures by Mark Buehner

What would snowmen do on Halloween when everyone’s fast asleep? This great Halloween book for kids answers that silly question, plus it has a bonus hidden picture game on every page!

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The Haunted Mansion

by Lauren Clauss, Illustrated by Glen Brogan

If you love the iconic Disneyland ride, this book is for you as it takes you through each room and experience in the spooky Haunted Mansion.

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Arthur’s Halloween

by Marc Brown

Arthur is a childhood classic! This book has a great message, that you shouldn’t judge a “spooky” book by its cover.

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Los Gatos Black on Halloween

by Marisa Montes, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

We love Yuyi Morales gorgeous illustrations in our every day library and this poetic story about a Halloween party will be a great addition to your Halloween books for kids collection!

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There’s A Monster In Your Book

by Tom Fletcher, Illustrated by Greg Abbott

I love an interactive book and that’s what this is!! If you’ve read and loved “Press Here” you’ll love this one too! It’s so so adorable and fun to read!

Turkey Trick or Treat

Turkey Trick or Treat

by Wendi Silvano, Illustrated by Lee Harper

This turkey and his fellow farm animals are just trying to go trick-or-treating, and they get creative when everyone tells them they can’t!

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

by Tim Burton

The classic Halloween meets Christmas book that is a must have for any Disney-lovers library!

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The Good, The Bad and The Spooky

by Jory John and Pete Oswald

This Halloween book is about a seed who starts out in a very bad mood when he can’t decide on a Halloween costume, but ends by learning a great message!

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Boo Stew

by Donna L Washington, Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

A fun and spooky take on the classic Goldilocks story, perfect for Halloween! 

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Vampirina Ballerina

by Anne Marie Page, Illustrated by Le Uyen Pham

This one isn’t necessarily Halloween themed, just a cute story about Vampirina the vampire. If you have any ballerinas in your life, this is a must.

What are your favorite Halloween books for kids? We love clearing off our regular bookshelves in October and reading these books for the season! Pro tip: Store your regular books where you store your Halloween books during the rest of the year. Easy swap!

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