The Cutest Halloween Books for Babies and Kids

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Love it or not (how could you not?!), spooky season is here. My obsession for Halloween runs deep, and that’s no secret. However, it went to another level when my kids were born. And reading Halloween books together helps us get even more into the spooky spirit.

You’d be hard-pressed to find anything more charming than a young kid’s ability to believe in magic and mystery. For me, that’s absolutely the best thing about celebrating holidays with kids. Though we dive deep into most holidays in our home, Halloween takes the cake. For us, the benefit of this is that my 7-year-old and 4-year-old don’t find anything about Halloween scary. It’s all exciting and fun for them.

I definitely did not intend for them to be enchanted by things like skeletons, ghosts, dark nights, and mystery, but I’ll go ahead and count it as a win. (There are so few of those wins as a parent, right?) And since one of our favorite parts of spooky season is reading Halloween-themed children’s books together, we’ve rounded up nearly 30 titles we love and recommend below. 

 

Halloween Board Books

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The Quarto Group | Happy Yak

My World in 100 Words: Halloween

Expose your baby to all the Fall-themed words and activities with this colorful book filled with bright illustrations guaranteed to get you feeling cozy for Fall.

also available in board book

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The Quarto Group | Lena Zolotareva

Guess What's for Halloween

For little ones who love an interactive reading experience, this book include 35 Halloween-themed clues to encourage them to lift-the-flap and see what's underneath.

Pre-order this book (it comes out in May 2023!) in time for next Halloween.

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Sandra Boynton

Spooky Pookie (Little Pookie)

Sandra Boynton's rhythmic books for littles are always fun to read aloud, and Spooky Pookie is no exception.

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Michael Rex

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody

You'll love this creepy, clever take on the classic tale, Goodnight Moon.

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Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry

Little Blue Truck's Halloween

Fans of the Little Blue Truck series are sure to love this Halloween adventure with the gang as they head to a costume party.

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Tad Hills

Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!

The New York Times bestselling friendship duo is back with another sweet story in this Halloween-themed tale.

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Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Trick or Treat

Kids are sure to love this rhyming book all about the best parts of halloween, from costumes to candy.

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Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)

Mouse is painting faces on pumpkins to get ready for pumpkin day when one of them suddenly goes missing.

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Maggie Testa, Charles M Schulz, and Scott Jeralds

The Legend of the Great Pumpkin (Peanuts)

Every year, Linus shares the story of the Great Pumpkin, who supposedly rises out of the pumpkin patch at midnight. Every year, no one believes Linus' story, but he knows that the wait is worth it.

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Olivier Dunrea

Ollie's Halloween Board Book (Gossie & Friends)

This adorable rhyming book follows Ollie, dressed as a mummy, on his Halloween adventure with the other goslings.

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Jabari Asim

My Baby Loves Halloween

The perfect Halloween present for a toddler, this book lists all of baby's favorite things about Halloween, from the crisp air to the candy.

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Nickelodeon Publishing

PAW Patrol Halloween Heroes!

Your little Paw Patrol fan will surely love this Halloween-themed adventure for the pups!

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DK

Baby Touch and Feel: Halloween

This touch and feel book for the littlest monsters includes soft, furry black cats and sticky witches' brews, among it's Halloween-themed pages.

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Rosie Greening

Never Touch a Grumpy Bat

Another touch-and-feel book, perfect for babies and toddlers, this hilarious story features skeletons, pumpkin, and of course, bats.

Halloween Picture Books

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The Quarto Group | ANGELA MCALLISTER

A World Full of Spooky Stories: 50 Tales to Make Your Spine Tingle

It's not really Fall unless you read a spooky tale and this book has loads of stories from across the globe. Written for big kids, your not-so-little-one will be captivated by these spooky stories and gain a deeper appreciation for this Fall season.

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Margery Cuyler and Will Terry

Bonaparte Falls Apart

Bonaparte has a hard time keeping himself together—literally. Playing catch? His arm goes flying. He's worried about going to school and his friends try to help.

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Flavia Z. Drago

Gustavo the Shy Ghost

Gustavo is not your ordinary ghost; he’s extraordinary in his ghostly and musical talents, but he also struggles with his shyness and making friends. However, Gustavo has a plan to get others to recognize his uniqueness.

Plus, the cover on this book is to die for.

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Rebecca Colby and Steven Henry

It's Raining Bats & Frogs

In this fun-to-read rhyming story, Little Witch Delia tries to save the annual parade on a rainy day with unexpected consequences.

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Rebecca Green

How to Make Friends with a Ghost

What's the best solution to being afraid of ghosts? Befriending them, of course! This adorable book takes on the style of a self-help guide with strategies for how to become friendly with ghouls, like collecting autumn leaves and telling spooky jokes.

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Bob Shea

The Scariest Book Ever

In this very terrifying story, the timid, ghoulish narrator follows the curious and exploratory reader as they explore the dark woods—and discover that there might not be that much to be afraid of, after all.

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Duds and Kaine

Skeletons ARE NOT Spooky!

Skeletons, as spooky as they may seem, are really just like the rest of us! They wake up, enjoy their nutritious breakfast of toe jam toast and an earthworm smoothie, and go to school just like everyone else.

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Guido Van Genechten

Gilbert the Ghost

With hundreds of five star reviews on Amazon, it's no wonder you've probably seen this story—about a ghost who doesn't like to be scary—across bookshelves in your feed.

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Anne Marie Pace and LeUyen Pham

Vampirina Ballerina

Vampirina has always dreamed of being a ballerina, but doesn't want to scare off audiences with her fangs! As she trains for a show, she learns that the most important part of reaching her goal is taking small steps—or rather, tip-toes.

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Tom Fletcher and Gret Abbott

There's a Monster in Your Book

Uh oh, a monster is stuck in your book! Will it work to pull him out, spin the book so quickly he falls, or even scare him out? Or is it really not so bad to have a monster in your book after all?

Also available in board book.

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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Room on the Broom

This rhyming book follows a witch who has, terrifyingly, lost her hat! When she goes searching for it, she meets many friends of different species; all of whom seem to want a seat on her broomstick.

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Patricia Toht and Jarvis

Pick a Pumpkin

If you and your little one are headed on your very first pumpkin picking adventure together, this is the book for you. The possibilities are endless in the pumpkin patch!

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Stephen Wunderli and Tim Zeltner

Little Boo

A tiny pumpkin seed hides in the garden, trying to scare off the falling leaves, swirling snow, the soft wind, and the warm sun with his little "Boo!" Before he knows it, the little seed is not so little anymore.

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Alma Hammond and Zuzana Svobodova

Bo the Bat

Bo the bat wears a top hat as he attempts to go trick-or-treating with all the other kids. He doesn't mean to frighten anyone, and he might even be able to help see through the dark night.

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Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

The little old lady who was never afraid of anything went into the forest after dark. Suddenly, she finds some spooky clothing items in the woods—but she's still not afraid.

This article was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for timeliness. 

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