9 Great Halloween Books for Kids

These fun, spooky, enlightening and clever picture books are guaranteed to get your little ones in the Halloween spirit.

By Dina El Nabli

I’m Looking for a Monster
By Timothy Young
In this hilarious book, monsters are popping up all over the place. Literally. It’s a pop-up book. A little boy is looking for the perfect monster. Not too scary. Not too big. “It should have horns…but not antlers.” Creative paper engineering helps bring the funny monsters to life.
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Can You See What I See? On a Scary Scary Night
By Walter Wick
The author of the wildly popular I Spy series sets his latest book in and around a hilltop castle. Each two-page spread features stunning, vivid illustrations along with Wick’s signature, addictive search and solve picture puzzles. The book takes its inspiration from the classic folktale In a Dark, Dark Wood.
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Frankenstein Takes the Cake
By Adam Rex
The cover line of this super fun book says it all. “Frankenstein Takes the Cake Which is Full of Funny Stuff Like Rotting Heads and Giant Gorillas and Zombies Dressed as Little Girls and Edgar Allan Poe. The Book, We Mean-Not the Cake.” Using clever cartoons, poems, advertisements, postcards, announcements and even the blog of a headless horseman, Adam Rex shows-both creatively and hilariously-that monsters are a lot like you and me.
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Tucker’s Spooky Halloween
By Leslie McGuirk
When Tucker was just a puppy, he dressed up as a cute little pumpkin for Halloween. Now that he’s all grown up, he’d rather be spooky than cute. This funny board book follows Tucker as he tries on countless cute costumes before finding just the right one to scare trick-or-treaters away.
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Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween?
By Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by David Biedrzycki
Spooky bats and zombies. Spiders and skinny skeletons. These are just some of the scary creatures that show up at a little girl’s door to trick or treat on Halloween night. But are they real? A suspenseful story and colorful illustrations make this book a fun Halloween choice.
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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
By Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian KarasWhich pumpkin has the most seeds? The biggest, medium or smallest pumpkin? Mr. Tiffin asks his class and an investigation is underway. The answer is surprising in this sweet story that features lessons on math, science and kindness. Fun pumpkin facts at the end are a fun added bonus.
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Bats at the Library
Written and illustrated by Brian Lies
In this stunningly illustrated book, readers will experience the joys of the public library through the eyes of book-loving bats. “Another inky evening’s here-The air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!-Bat Night at the library!” Nocturnal bats remind us there’s nothing like the enchantment of story time.
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Where’s My Mummy?
By Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by John Manders
Little baby mummy is stalling at bedtime and wants just one more game of Hide-and-Shriek. As the game gets underway, little baby mummy runs into Drac, Glob, Bones and other wacky creatures. Baby mummy isn’t scared until a tiny creature pops out of a tree. Comical illustrations and the comfort of landing in mama mummy’s arms make this a satisfying read.
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Little Monsters
By Jan Pienkowski
“This little monster plays with his food. This little monster’s very rude.” Kids will love the impressive paper engineering behind this pithy pop-up book featuring colorful monsters and clever descriptions.
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