Top 20 Halloween Books for Young Children

Looking for some fun, silly all out great books for Halloween!?


Check out some of my favorite Halloween books below!!


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This is one of my favorite times of the year!  I love Fall, the cooler weather and all the amazing activities that you can do in this season.

When I was a teacher, the theme in my classroom for two whole weeks would be everything pumpkin and Halloween related.  We would cover the life cycle of a pumpkin, the parts of a pumpkin, discuss Halloween, and do many art projects related to the theme.  I always had so much information, art projects, and books to share with them that I felt that spreading it out over two weeks was a great way to cover it all.  I always really enjoyed teaching themes that were two weeks in length, because I knew that I had some great and fun information to present to them!!!  I would follow the interests of the children and follow their lead.





With such an extensive theme with a lot to talk about and cover, I thought that it would be great if I shared a list of my Top 20 Halloween Books for Young Children.  A theme wouldn’t be complete without a great collection of books.  If you know me or if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I am an avid collector of books!  I personally own and have read each book on the list and a few have actually become my favorites over the years!  I chose books that are humorous, silly, and have great stories and illustrations.  This collection of books is great for any classroom, homeschool, or your child’s home library!


Top 20 Halloween Books for Young Children



1. If You’re Spooky and You Know It


If You’re Spooky and You Know It is a Halloween-themed twist on a classic.  It has witches, skeletons, werewolves,mummies vampires, and Frankenstein clapping their hands, nodding their heads,stomping their feet, jumping up and down, honking their nose and dancing all around!


2. Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins is an interactive finger play song/riddle where children can join along and count with each pumpkin.  It is fun, engaging, and has easy to remember text.


3. Ghost in the House


Ghost in the House is about a ghost in a house that creeps along and meets other friends.  This book includes counting and repetitive text, with a fun and exciting ending!


4. Happy Halloween, Stinky Face


Happy Halloween Stinky Face is about a boy who is curious and filled with questions about Trick or Treating.  His Mama has all the right answers for his questions, and reassures him he will have a fun night!


5. The Night Before Halloween


The Night Before Halloween is a Halloween twist on another classic.  This book talks about the preparations of the haunted house before Halloween night, and discusses the fun the children have on Halloween night!


6. Even Monsters Need Haircuts


Even Monsters Need Haircuts is about a boy who after hours, cuts the hair of the monsters and ghouls in his father’s barbershop.  It’s a normal night of cutting hair until an unexpected visitor comes to the shop.

7. This is the House That Monsters Built


This is the House That Monsters Built is a remake on the classic, The House that Jack Built; with a vampire, a ghost, a mummy, a witch, a black cat, a black widow, bats, and Frankenstein.


8. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is about a little old lady who takes a walk through the forest and encounters some interesting ‘characters” along the way and declares that she is not afraid of anything.


9. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever


The Biggest Pumpkin Ever is about two mice who grow a pumpkin for the town pumpkin contest.  They are quite surprised when it is one of the biggest pumpkins the town people have ever seen!


10. Pumpkin Eye


Pumpkin Eye describes the sights and sounds on the streets on Halloween night.  It has fun, rhyming text, that captures your attention.



11. Crankenstein


Crankenstein is about a boy who is cranky, irritated, or angry but just not on Halloween, but always!  A very fun, silly book that will surely make you laugh!


12. Five Little Ghosts


Five Little Ghosts go on an adventure to find somewhere to play and have tons of fun.  It has great, rhyming text and a fun story.


13. Skeleton Meets the Mummy


Skeleton Meets the Mummy follows Sammy the Skeleton on a trip through the dark woods before he goes trick or treating.  He finds that someone, or something is following him!


14. Pumpkin Party


 Pumpkin Party is a fun, rhyming book about the fun of a pumpkin party!


15. The Littlest Mummy



The Littlest Mummy is about a family of mummies.  Mae, the youngest and littlest mummy was too little to be scary, wear srappings, or dance at the bash.  But, she was not too little to make a friend!


16. The Haunted Ghoul Bus


A boy accidentally boards The Haunted Ghoul Bus one day, and had no idea of what his time on the ghoul bus would bring!


17. The Ghosts Go Haunting


The Ghouls Go Haunting is a great Halloween twist on the classic, The Ants Go Marching.  It is fun, spooky, and a silly Halloween story!


18. The 13 Nights of Halloween


The 13 Nights of Halloween is a twist on another classic, The 12 Days of Christmas.  It is equally as catchy, fun, and easy to sing along with!


19. 10 Busy Brooms


10 Busy Brooms is a great witch counting book with fun, silly text and great illustrations!


20. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!


The old lady is back at it again!  But this time with a Halloween theme.  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat is just as silly, hilarious, and crazy as all the other books in this series!


I hope you enjoyed my list of Halloween books.  I’m sure that many of them will become your favorites for many Halloweens to come!




Have any favorite Halloween books that I didn’t include on my list?  Please feel free to share them in the comments!

Anitra J.





  1. Wow! What a great list. I actually haven’t heard of a lot of these! Off to the bookstore we go!

    1. Anitra says:

      Hi Trema! I’m glad that you found a few that seem interesting!

  2. This is a great round up of books! We are huge on books in our house, and yet a lot of these were still new to me!

    1. Anitra says:

      Hi Flossie! So many of these are my favorites and I’m glad I was able to introduce some that are new to you!

  3. This is a great list! I love a good book post! My daughter loves 5 Little Ghosts and If Your Spooky and you know It. I’ll have to work on collecting the rest for her. You can’t go wrong with Scholastic Books. ☺

    1. Anitra says:

      Hi Erin! I agree, Scholastic Books are great!

  4. Lots of great favorites here that I remember from when my kids were younger. Another one my kids LOVED was Too Many Pumpkins.

  5. What a sweet post! I adore children’s books and I love the seasonal ones, so much fun!

  6. Christina says:

    I’ll have to get a few of these my daughter will love them.

  7. These all look like very cute books that my daughter would enjoy. Thank you!

  8. Shared to my Facebook page for my teachers to be sister and niece.

  9. Laura Belle says:

    I remember some of those from when my kids were little. I miss children’s books.

  10. Jamie Nicholls says:

    How cool are these! It is a great idea to get kids more interesting in reading than necessarily on candy for the Halloween season.

  11. These books are so cute! Makes me want to be a kid again! Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a great list – makes me want to be a kid again! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. I’ve been working on being more proactive about reading with the littles. Thanks for the list! Several of them look like real winners. 🙂

  14. Cerin says:

    Never even thought about Halloween books and this is a great list!

  15. What a great list! I used to love five little pumpkins. The ghost one would be great for my daughter so she’s not as scared of them.

  16. This is a really awesome list! I was JUST thinking I need to check our library for some fun Halloween books to read with my kids. I’ll have to see if they have any of these titles!

  17. These all look so cute! My little one loves the “old lady who swallowed…” books. I’ll have to get that one for her!

  18. Amber says:

    My kids would love these books! Thanks for sharing!

  19. The haircut one made me laugh! Great list and post!

  20. I love children’s books and it’s such fun to have themed ones for various celebrations and holidays or seasons. I hadn’t heard of most of these, so thanks for the suggestions! I love all things Halloween.


  21. We just bought Happy Halloween Stinky Face and it is just as adorable as I Love You Stinky Face. Such a great selection and I cannot wait to get some more books for our Pumpkin!

  22. What a great list — all of these books look like so much fun! We need a few new Halloween books!

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  24. Super cute suggestions!

  25. This is a great list of Halloween books. This is also my favorite time of year! When I was a Montessori 3-6 teacher our favorite book was “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.” Every October, I used to do Theater with this book. The kids got to take turns being the little old lady, the gloves, the hat, the pants, the boots, the shirt, and the pumpkin head, and act out the story. They put together the scarecrow with all the props at the end of the story. We did this once a week at circle time. It was so much fun!

  26. Christa Stockton says:

    Great list! We have so many Halloween books, but none of these! Definitely gonna pull from this list.

  27. Audrey says:

    We love Halloween! Definitely checking some of these recommendations out

  28. I love all of these! I’m definitely going to be purchasing more Halloween books.

  29. Victoria Prasad says:

    This is quite the compilation! Looks like I’ll have to get some of these to send to my nieces and nephews. Thanks for this!

  30. This list looks great! I can’t wait to they some out for my girls.

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