15 Spooky, Silly Halloween Books for Kids
Boo! Read these adorable books with your kiddos to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit.
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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. Here are some fun Halloween costumes for kids you can make right at home.
Can You See What I See? On a Scary Scary Night by Walter Wick
The author of the wildly popular I Spy series happens to have some Halloween books too, including this one, set in and around a hilltop castle. Each two-page spread features stunning, vivid illustrations, along with Wick’s signature and addictive search-and-solve picture puzzles. The book takes its inspiration from the classic folktale In a Dark, Dark Wood. Children will love playing these Halloween party games.
Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex
Who says Halloween books can’t be funny? 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. Want to explore Halloween in the real world? These theme parks have the spookiest Halloween celebrations.
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. Want to dress up your own pup? These are the best Halloween costumes for dogs.
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. These Halloween puns will have you laughin’ ’til your coffin.
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Which pumpkin has the most seeds? The biggest, medium-sized, 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. Don’t miss these amazing pumpkin carving stencils.
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 storytime. These Halloween costumes were the most popular items the year you were born.
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.
Little Monsters by Jan Pieńkowski
“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. Check out these simple and cheap Halloween decorations you can make with the family at home!
Winnie the Pooh’s Halloween by Bruce Talkington
There’s no shortage of Halloween books about everyone’s favorite silly old bear, but this one might be the best-loved! Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood decide to celebrate Halloween by dressing up as the scariest thing they can think of, which leads to some wonderfully funny costume choices. Pooh dresses up as a honeybee, and the neatnik Rabbit attaches cotton balls to himself because his worst fear is a dust bunny! But what happens when the gang hears something that sounds a lot like a real spook?
Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
The youngest Halloween celebrants will enjoy this delightfully simple rhyming story that also teaches the basics of counting. Dan Yaccarino’s pictures, where each of the pumpkins sports a different fun facial expression, bring this traditional Halloween poem to life.
The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Cynthia Fisher
This spooky twist on “The Night Before Christmas” seeks to prove that ghosts, ghouls, and monsters celebrate Halloween much in the same ways humans do. Kids are afraid of them, but they just want to have some fun! Check out these fun facts you never knew about Halloween candy.
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
Spookley looks different from all the other pumpkins in the patch. Because he’s square and they’re all round, he feels like an outcast. But when a scary storm hits the pumpkin patch, Spookley’s unique shape might be exactly what it takes to save the day. This delightful rhyming story comes with a touching message about accepting yourself and others. This Halloween, try out some of these fun pumpkin decorations (that aren’t jack-o-lanterns).
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and illustrated by Mike Smollin
This one’s an oldie but a goodie. In this fourth-wall-breaking Sesame Street classic, Grover warns readers that a monster will appear if they finish the book. He begs readers not to turn the pages, getting increasingly desperate as the book nears its end. When the brave readers do reach the final page, they (and Grover) are in for a monstrously funny treat!
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schultz and Kara McMahon
It might be the most beloved Halloween kids’ movie ever, so why not add the book version to your collection of Halloween books? Follow along as Charlie Brown and the gang go trick-or-treating—sans Linus, who’s determined to catch a glimpse of the fabled Great Pumpkin. Next, check out some more of our all-time favorite kid-friendly Halloween movies.