Our Favorite Halloween Books

October 6, 2019

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Are your kids excited for Halloween?  Mine certainly are! We talk of little else in this house.  Our costumes are ready and we have tried them on several times!  We scheduled our trip to the Fall Festival to pick pumpkins and take a trip through our favorite Boo Barn.  It’s almost time to bring out our skeletons, witches and ghosts and make our annual Haunted House.  Keeping in the spirit, I unpacked the Halloween books today.  I love how excited my kids are when I bring this bin up from the basement.  It is like they are greeting old friends – “I love this one”, “It’s my favorite”, “Read this one first, Mommy”.

As a mom I feel like one of the greatest gifts I can give my kids is the love of reading.  I want them to know the joy of books.  When they spend an afternoon curled up on chairs around the living room reading their favorite Halloween books I definitely feel like I have succeeded.  The kids helped me pick our current favorite Halloween books and we’d love to share them with you.

Spooky Wheels on the Bus

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus is my current favorite of their Halloween Books.  We picked it out on a whim a few years ago from the Scholastic Book Club. It is a super cute version of the wheels on the bus – counting up from one spooky bus all the way to Ten Goofy Ghosts. I simply cannot read this book without singing. And all the kids sing along – so much fun to be silly and laugh together with a good book.

Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

My kids love the Berenstain Bears – so do I.   A lot of our Berenstain bear books were ones my mom saved from when I was a kid.  In Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat Brother and Sister Bear go trick or treating by themselves for the first time. As always the bears face a moral dilemma and end up making a good decision.  These books are always great conversation starters with the kids.

Heebie Jeebie Jamboree

heebie jeebie jamboree

My kids think Heebie Jeebie Jamboree is hysterical, but I don’t really get it. Maybe I’m expecting too much from a kids book. Two kids get tickets to the Heebie Jeebie Jamboree on Halloween night – a festival for ghouls, ghosts and witches.  Anyway, the kids get separated and the book takes the little girl through a creepy search for her little brother.

The Humbug Witch

humbug witch

The Humbug Witch is a cute story about a little witch whose spells and potions just won’t turn out right.  It is an easy read and the kids laugh at all her misadventures.  There is a fun little twist at the end – which my kids always love!

Clifford’s Halloween

Cliffords Halloween

Another oldie from my childhood collection.  But, seriously who doesn’t love this adorable giant red dog?  In Clifford’s Halloween, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth discuss what they want to be Halloween this year and reminisce about the previous Halloween.  A cute story about how fun Halloween can be without all that scary stuff.

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

We LOVE Room on the Broom.  It is a fun book to read aloud.  It sounds silly but I just love the rhythm of the book.  A slightly clumsy witch and her cat makes friends with a dog, frog and a bird.  They all have an exciting adventure when they meet a dragon who loves to eat “witch with french fries”.  This book will be sure to have your kids laughing.  It is also a short film on Netflix – we watch it multiple times a year.

Ten Timid Ghosts

Ten Timid Ghosts

Ten Timid Ghosts is another scholastic book club find about a mean witch who tries to steal a spooky house from ten scared ghosts.  It is well illustrated and the kids think the ghosts are super silly.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

The Little Old Lady who was not afraid of anything

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is a little more serious book than some of the others.  A little old lady goes for a walk in the woods and hears something creeping behind here.  But she vows that it will not scare her.  I love that this book addresses the idea that sometimes the things that scare us aren’t really bad things at all.  It talks about being brave and trying to understand what those scary noises are – instead of just running away and being frightened.

The Night Before Halloween

The Night before Halloween

The Night Before Halloween is a cute story about Halloween from the perspective of the little monsters, ghosts and witches.  They are so excited for Halloween and to meet the real kids who come trick or treating.  They decorate their spooky home and plan so many spectacular games and treats.  Then, they wait patiently for Halloween and their guests.

There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed A Spider

There was an Old Mummy who swallowed a spider

There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider is a spoof of the “The old lady who swallowed a spider”.  The kids think the mummy is so silly as he swallows spooky and creepy things on his journey across the graveyard.  It is well illustrated and holds their attention



Popcorn was MY FAVORITE book as a kid.  Not just my favorite Halloween book.  But my FAVORITE.  Our copy of it is very well loved.  This little bear is home alone on Halloween night and has a party with his friends.  They all bring popcorn.  So, they pop it all and the house fills with popcorn.  It is a sweet little story but the kids think it is just so funny as the bears have to eat a whole house’ worth of popcorn so they don’t get in trouble!

Well, that is our roundup of Halloween books.  I hope you found a couple new books to try. These books are perfect for preschool and early elementary school aged kids.  I am always on the lookout for new books so I’ll probably pick up a couple more to add to our collection this year.  As with all our toys and books I’m constantly adding new options and getting rid of outgrown toys and books – definitely a challenge.

I am always sad when the kids outgrow their books.  Last year we decided that we no longer wanted all of our “babyish” board books.  I was the one crying as I packed up Five Little Pumpkins and It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse.  I have so many wonderful memories of snuggling with my littles with these sweet books.  Fortunately, I gave them all to my sister, so I didn’t have to actually get rid of them.  Now my kids read them to their baby cousins.  How crazy is that!

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