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12 Kids’ Books for Halloween and Beyond

The Children’s Book Review

It’s time for the spectacular spooky season of Halloween! All of the fun that comes from dressing up and trying on new personas can be downright liberating for kids (and adults) of all ages. Those of us that get a kick out of adrenaline-inducing ‘boos’ will happily seek out the mysterious elements of the season, while others will come face-to-face with some fears. For both reasons, Halloween is a great time to read books that empower kids to embrace the silly and spooky.

Excellent for reading in October and beyond, the books on this list span all ages and range from fun to freaky. You’ll find stories about monsters, pumpkins, skeletons, pirates, witches, ghosts, and more for toddlers through teens and everyone in between.

Buy the BookMonsters Come Out Tonight!

Written by Frederick Glasser

Illustrated by Edward Miller

With lift-the-flap doors that open up to reveal a cast of entertaining and spookalicious characters, this board book is a definite charmer for the little ones. It’s a great introduction to all of the typical Halloween suspects, such as a witch, mummy, skeleton, and vampire.

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Ages 3-5 | Publisher: Harry N. Abrams | ISBN-13: 978-1419737220

Book If You\'re Scary and You Know ItIf You’re Scary and You Know It!

Written by Carole Gerber

Illustrated by Noel Ill

If you’re like us and you love a bit of a sing-song storytime, you’ll enjoy this silly and spooky and fun take on the preschool classic “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

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Ages 3-6 | Publisher: Familius | ISBN-13: 978-1641701464

Book Mr Pumpkins Tea PartyMr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party

Written and Illustrated by Erin Barker

Mr. Pumpkin is hosting a tea party for all of his friends. If you like a little bit of pumpkin spice and all things nice, this is the book for you. It’s an inspirational, celebrational fall delight filled with fantastic friends, ghoulish delights, and spooky charm.

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Ages 3-5 | Publisher: blue manatee press | ISBN-13: 978-1936669776

Book Happy Halloween PiratesHappy Halloween, Pirates!: Lift-the-Flap Book

Written by W. Harry Kirn

Illustrated by Inna Chernyak

When pirates dress up for Halloween, you know you’re in for a treat. Happy Halloween, Pirates! is a sweet and sturdy book made for little hands that will enjoy lifting the engaging flaps and discovering hidden treasures.

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Clever Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-1948418881

Buy the BookPick a Pumpkin

Written by Patricia Toht

Illustrated by Jarvis

If visiting the pumpkin patch and picking just the right pumpkin is an annual tradition for your family, then this is the perfect read-aloud picture book for you.

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Candlewick | ISBN-13: 978-1536207644

Buy the BookSkulls

Written by Blair Thornburgh

Illustrated by Scott Campbell

If skeletons seem scary to your little one, Skulls will have readers in awe and appreciation of this critical bone. They’ll possibly even be surprised to discover that they, too, have a skull inside. It is a clever little book for young thinkers!

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-1534414006

Buy the BookBeneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories

Written by Max Brallier

Illustrated by Letizia Rubegni

Got a beginner reader that loves a little spinetingling storytelling? With its easy-to-read text and colorful illustrations, this early reader book from New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier will be right up their (dark and stormy) alley.

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Ages 5-7 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | ISBN-13: 978-1338318531

Buy the BookOwl Diaries: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm

Written and Illustrated by Rebecca Elliott

Newly independent readers will happily go on Eva the owl’s class field trip to the pumpkin farm. Things get pretty exciting when an award-winning pumpkin goes missing.

We’re big fans of the Owl Diaries chapter book series—these books help to build confidence and keep readers turning pages!

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Ages 5-7 | Publisher: Branches | ISBN-13: 978-1338298642

Buy the BookGhoulia and the Mysterious Visitor

Written and Illustrated by Barbara Cantini

Here’s another confidence-building book for newly independent readers…

This second story in the illustrated chapter book series, featuring Ghoulia, the not-so-scary zombie, is perfect for young readers that love a little mystery.

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Ages 6-8 | Publisher: Harry N. Abrams | ISBN-13: 978-1419736902

Buy the BookThe Okay Witch

Written and Illustrated by Emma Steinkellner

How about our readers looking for a little witchy magic?

There is so much to love about this heart-filled and humorous graphic novel pegged as Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl. When Moth Hush encounters some bullies, her life takes an unexpected and witchy turn.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Aladdin | ISBN-13: 978-1534431461

Buy the BookGhost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell

Written and Illustrated by Illustratus

Any middle schooler that isn’t afraid of a little hair-raising should have a collection of ghost stories on hand to share with their friends at their next sleepover. Best read with the ceiling lights out and a flashlight in hand.

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Ages 9-12 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | ISBN-13: 978-1452171289

Book Dead VoicesDead Voices

Written by Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden is known for her creepy storytelling. Dead Voices is her follow-up novel to Small Spaces—one of our picks from our Scary Stories book list. Set in a ski resort and filled with chilling, ghostly nightmares, this is a story that will take readers from fall into winter. Try the audiobook narrated by Renee Dorian and listen together as a family—the family that gets spooked together clings together.

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Ages 10+ | Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-0525515050

Go Beyond the Books with These Fun Games and Stationery Items

An enjoyable way to help reinforce reading and vocabulary skills is to play games. The following picks would all be fun for a Halloween party, too!

Order NowMonster Stationery

Created by Ooly

The monster-themed stationery items make fun party favors or even work for filling your trick-or-treat bowl! Putting a teal pumpkin on the front porch has become a popular way for families to signify they offer allergy-free treats for Halloween.

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Ages 3+ | Publisher: Ooly | ASIN: B01FNAD1L6

Buy the GameScary Bingo: Fun with Monsters and Crazy Creatures

Illustrated by Rob Hodgson

A spooky and silly twist on the classic game of bingo. Three to seven players can participate at a time, so it’s perfect for small groups and family participation.

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Ages 5+ | Publisher: Laurence King Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-1786270085

Buy the GameFeed The Woozle

Created by Peaceable Kingdom

There is absolutely nothing else but fun going on when you have to feed the Woozle snacks like moldy macaroni, and hairy pickles while doing the Hula dance. Feed the Woozle is a cooperative game that works on a bunch of different preschool skills.

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Ages 5+ | Publisher: Peaceable Kingdom | ASIN: B00L3DQ1B0

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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