Looking for some cute and creepy Halloween books for kids? This collection brings together a ton of spooky stories that are perfect for children of all ages!
Halloween can be such a fun holiday to celebrate with children. Make it extra special this year by starting a spooky stories tradition! Cuddle up with your little ones to read one of these adorable books that celebrate the fun and excitement of spooky season.
The spooky stories you’ll find here are arranged by age level to make it easier for you to find something appropriate for your kids. Every child is different and has a different level of tolerance for chills and thrills, so be sure to choose a Halloween book that provides just the right amount of spookiness.
This collection of Halloween books for kids has board books that even babies and toddlers can enjoy, as well as chapter books for older kids who might want to take on a creepy mystery and feel the goosebumps rise on their arms.
Use these links if you want to jump around the collection of Halloween books for kids:
- Halloween Books for Kids Ages 0-4
- Halloween Books for Kids Ages 4-6
- Halloween Books for Kids Ages 6-8
- Halloween Books for Kids Ages 8+
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Halloween Books for Kids: Featured Series
These are some of my favorite spooky stories for older kids (probably best for 8+). These widely popular series are incredibly entertaining and make excellent Halloween books for kids.
Goosebumps (Series 1)
I remember reading these as a kid and they were so fun (and a little scary at the time), but they were definitely entertaining. If your child is a fan of the creepy and spooky, they will love the Goosebumps series and Halloween is the perfect time to start reading these! This is the first series of 10 books, but there are MANY more Goosebumps books to enjoy. You won’t have to encourage your kids to read these because they won’t want to stop!
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Three Books to Chill Your Bones
Do you need short, spooky stories to tell your kids? or do your kids need spooky stories to tell around the campfire? This is the complete collection of the original Stories to Tell in the Dark and they are perfect for Halloween. Grab a flashlight, turn off the lights, and gather together to see who’s the spookiest storyteller!
Harry Potter Box Set
If your kids haven’t had the joy of reading the Harry Potter series yet, Halloween is a great time to start! A boy wizard and his magical friends on a quest to save the wizarding world? Yes, please! Buy the entire book set as an amazing gift for your kids (and for yourself if you’re a Potterhead like me) and get to reading this holiday season!
Halloween Books for Kids Ages 0-4
Hoot Howl Halloween
Little ones will enjoy pushing the buttons to hear the spooky sounds from this board book. They’ll hear a werewolf, a witch, a ghost, and other fun sounds as they explore the cute Halloween character illustrations. Plus, the book has shaped character cutouts that make it easy to turn the pages.
Boo Halloween Lift-a-Flap
Explore a pumpkin patch and find adorable Halloween characters along the way! Children will enjoy lifting the flaps to reveal surprises. This board book is cute and educational because it includes fun little facts about Halloween.
Trick or Treat Little Pumpkin
What’s more fun than a finger puppet book? This little board book has a soft, fuzzy pumpkin finger puppet that little ones will enjoy playing with as different characters trick-or-treat for Halloween.
Happy Halloween Little Baby!
This keepsake board book is perfect for creating some sweet Halloween memories for your child’s first few years. It even includes a cover flap where you can write a loving message for your child to read when they’re older!
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween
Join Little Blue Truck in a fun Halloween adventure picking up animal friends for a costume party. This board book includes lift flaps that unmask characters as they do fun Halloween activities wearing cute costumes.
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Have fun saying “boo!” with your child as you read about George’s Halloween with friends. He and his friends surprise each other by saying “boo!” The book even includes a mirror for readers to practice their own boo faces. Plus, you can watch the related episode of Curious George to make the experience even more enjoyable.
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Pumpkin
Get ready for peekaboo surprises! This book had cute characters hiding under flaps. When your little one lifts a flap, the adorable kitten and friends will pop up!
LLama LLama Trick or Treat
Get your child ready for Halloween by going through little Llama’s holiday experience, including choosing a costume, getting a pumpkin, and trick-or-treating! Plus, the rhyming style makes it extra enjoyable to read.
You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie
Join pumpkin and other little Halloween friends in this interactive board book. It has cute character cutouts and creates sweet interactive moments like “I’ll hold you close so you know that you’re safe here in my arms.”
Never Touch a Grumpy Bat!
This book is perfect for small kids to explore because it has different silicone textures for them to touch.
Halloween Books for Kids Ages 4-6
Goodnight, Little Monster
It’s time for Little Monster to get ready for bed! This book is perfect for helping little readers see that even monsters have a bedtime routine. Join Little Monster as his mother helps get him ready for bed.
Room on the Broom
I love this book! Follow the witch on her flight as she drops items, makes friends, and tries to fit those new friends on her broom. Plus, there is a short film based on this book. It’s super cute and I had a blast watching it with my kids when they were smaller. I know your family will enjoy it too!
Goodnight Goon: a Petrifying Parody
Picture book parody anyone? Yes, it’s real, and it’s awesome! This book is so much fun and it’s a #1 New York Times bestseller. Kids will love the creepy, slimy, crawly elements and the funny story of monsters trying to sleep while a mischievous goon runs around. This spooky story is a hoot!
At the Old Haunted House
Are you brave enough to enter this old haunted house? Children will enjoy counting all the spooky characters they’ll encounter in the big home, such as black cats, a family of goblins, monsters, and more!
This heartwarming story teaches kids about the life cycle as they follow a child’s Halloween pumpkin journey. The child in the story carves a jack-o-lantern, then when it starts to rot he puts it out in the garden and watches it change until a new plant begins to grow.
The Night Before Halloween
If you and your kids like the classic poem The Night Before Christmas, then you’re bound to enjoy this Halloween spin. The book is about little monsters getting ready for the special day of Halloween. This not so spooky story is sweet and warm.
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
The spooky wheels on the bus go round and round! Have a reading sing-a-along with your little one as this book puts a spooky spin on the classic “Wheels on the Bus.” You’ll encounter glowing wheels, noisy cats,
The Monster at the End of This Book
I still remember reading Grover Goes to School. He’s one of my favorite Sesame Street characters because he’s so shy and lovable. This book is so fun and engaging because it builds excitement and curiosity about a monster at the end of the book!
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete
Meet Peet the Cat! He’s going on a trick-or-treating adventure. Join him as he finds interesting things waiting behind each door. This lift-flap book is full of spooky surprises.
This Halloween book for kids teaches young readers a lesson about creative thinking and collaboration. The witch in the story grows a huge pumpkin that is so big neither she nor other spooky characters, can move it until a smart bat has an idea to save the day.
Halloween Books for Kids Ages 6-8
Ghost Afraid of the Dark
Sometimes we’re all a little scared of the dark, even ghosts! Follow a little ghost in this spooky story where you learn how to be brave in the dark even when things seem scary. The book cover glows in the dark, making it extra fun for nighttime reading!
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang on this Halloween adventure! Watch the tv special after reading the book to maximize the experience of this classic Halloween story.
The Witch’s Cat and the Cooking Catastrophe
This funny tale is about a witch’s cat who tries to make a meal using an old cookbook. Cat’s aren’t known for their ability to cook, and this enthusiastic kitty is no exception. Kids will enjoy this silly cat-astrophe!
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt
This heartwarming spooky story is about a little ghost who struggles to fit in because he’s a quilt and ghosts are supposed to be sheets. This lovely book teaches that it’s ok to be different, even though it’s difficult at times.
Too Many Pumpkins
What do you do when you hate pumpkins but happen to have a lot of them growing in your yard? This heartwarming story is about selflessness and the value of helping others.
Halloween Haunt and Find (I Spy with My Little Eye)
I Spy books are so much fun! Sit with your kids to see who can find the hidden Halloween characters first! This book follows a ghost as he searches for his spooky friends.
Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat!
Uh-oh, Halloween is about to be canceled because of a storm! Can Pinkalicious save the day? Kids will love to see how Pinkalicious makes it possible for her town to enjoy and celebrate Halloween. Real heroes wear pink. 61119005
Halloween is Coming!
Everyone’s getting excited because Halloween is coming! This lovely book has beautiful, inclusive illustrations and a rhyming style that makes it a joy to read aloud.
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
Join the Berenstain Bears for a spooky trick-or-treating adventure! Brother and Sister go out with their friends but things get tricky and they end up learning a lesson about being a good friend and neighbor. Plus, the book includes bonus stickers!
Halloween Mad Libs Junior: World’s Greatest Word Game
How about a fun Halloween word game? This Mad Libs book for kids will create tons of laughs while helping little ones engage in wordplay!
Halloween Books for Kids Ages 8+
Meet Minx! She’s a curious little witch who longs to join mortal children so one day she sneaks away to go to school with them. Kids will enjoy reading about her magical adventures!
Amelia Bedelia Scared Silly
If your child enjoys Amelia Bedelia, this holiday special is the perfect read for Halloween! Amelia tries to impress her friend Candy with her town’s Halloween festivities, but of course, mishaps lead to fun and funny moments.
Roal Dahl’s classic book is one of the best spooky stories for kids who are feeling brave this Halloween! It’s an exciting adventure about a boy who encounters a real group of scary witches who have it out for children!
The Halloween Tree
The Halloween Tree takes readers on a journey to explore the roots of Halloween. A group of trick-or-treaters is taken on an adventure to find their missing friend. They travel through space and time, learning about the holiday’s history and different cultural influences.
Crimson Twill: Witch in the City
Crimson Twill is a young witch whose style and tastes break tradition. This book tells the story of her adventure in the city as she goes shopping in a huge department store that has tons of items for witches.
Spooky stories are great for kids who want a little fright for Halloween. In Grimm House, Hadley is forced to live with her aunts who actually might be witches. Will she be able to escape and survive?
Highlights: Halloween Puzzles Puzzle Mania
I still have a special place in my heart for Highlights. These books are so much fun for children who enjoy puzzles and activities. This Halloween-themed Highlights book is full of fun puzzles with spooky characters.
Scaredy Bat and the Frozen Vampires
This book is part of the Scaredy Bat: A Vampire Detective series. Ellie is a 12-year-old vampire who solves mysteries, even though she’s afraid of a lot of things. Luckily her friends help her and she is able to muster up the courage to solve mysteries, including this mystery about vampires frozen at a royal wedding!
True Ghost Stories for Kids: Fifty Spine-Tingling Ghostly Tales
Looking for spooky stories to share with your kids? This is a collection of fifty haunting stories about ghosts. These creepy tales will keep your kids engaged and have them hugging their covers.
This graphic novel is based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Fans of the movie will enjoy reading about these beloved creepy characters. Plus, readers will love the great illustrations. In a new story, Sally is tasked with coordinating celebrations for other Holidays, but there’s a mysterious person causing mischief and she needs to solve the mystery in time for the celebrations!
I hope you enjoyed this collection of Halloween books for kids and will have a wonderful time enjoying these spooky stories with your little ones!
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