Halloween Books for Kids

From the costumes to the candy, Halloween is a fun holiday for families, whether you decide to go trick-or-treating or have a cozy evening at home, complete with your favorite fall snacks. With so much focus on dressing up and hoping to score the best candy, there’s a chance you didn’t think to check your local library for Halloween kids books. You might even be surprised that this category exists, but it surely does! There is a wide selection of children’s Halloween books, from silly to spooky to sweet. Check out some of our favorites below, then head to the library and pick a few up for the perfect Halloween bedtime stories. 

Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson

Pick a Pumpkin, by Patricia Toht

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Gustavo, the Shy Ghost, by Flavia Z. Drago


Llama Llama Trick or Treat, by Anna Dewdney

Spooky Pookie, by Sandra Boynton

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Joffe Numeroff

We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt, by Goldie Hawk

We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt - by Goldie Hawk

Snowmen at Halloween, by Caralyn M. Buehner

How to Make Friends with a Ghost, by Rebecca Green

Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete, by James Dean

The Halloween Tree, by Susan Montanari

The Halloween Tree: Build New Traditions with This Funny and Imaginative Holiday Book for Children (Halloween Gifts for Kids): Montanari, Susan, Martinez, Teresa: 0760789274251: Amazon.com: Books

How to Catch a Monster, by B.G. Hennessy

Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman

The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt, by Riel Nason

Stumpkin, by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Stumpkin: Cummins, Lucy Ruth, Cummins, Lucy Ruth: 9781534413627: Amazon.com: Books

Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton

The Scariest Book Ever, by Bob Shea

The Little Kitten, by Nicola Killen

The Little Kitten (My Little Animal Friend): Killen, Nicola, Killen, Nicola: 9781534466968: Amazon.com: Books

The Crayons Trick or Treat, by Drew Daywalt

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween, by Alice Schertle

Is reading one of your child’s favorite parts of the day? It’s a great opportunity to wind down, spend some quiet moments together, and unplug from reality for a little while. We hope your family enjoys these Halloween-themed children’s books this year! You might even find inspiration for next year’s Halloween costumes—it’s never too early to start thinking of ideas!

Be sure to check out some of our other book recommendations for kids: