40 Books For Children To Celebrate Halloween

40 Books For Children To Celebrate Halloween

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Sunday 31st October 2021


40Halloween Books for Kids to Make Bedtime a Little Spookier

1              Coraline

One day, young Coraline finds another house strangely similar to her own—but maybe better! But the family who lives there wants Coraline to never change…and to stay there forever. Coraline will have to use all her smarts and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life. For readers 8–12 years.

2       The Gruffalo

In this beloved picture book, a mouse takes a walk through the woods and comes across a fox, an owl, and a snake. A mouse is a tasty treat for these other animals. But this mouse is sneaky and smart, so he invents…the gruffalo!

3     Creepy Carrots!

This Caldecott Honour–winning picture book is like The Twilight Zone meets a carrot patch, and it couldn’t be more fun! Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. But then the day the carrots start following him…or are they?

4   How to Make Friends with a Ghost

This beautifully illustrated picture book is the story of what you should do when you meet a ghost—and it may not be what you think! From simple steps like giving the ghost its favorite snacks to telling them a bedtime story, these tips will ensure that your ghost BFF will be just as beloved as you are.

5      Leo: A Ghost Story

Leo likes to draw, makes yummy snacks, and just happens to be a ghost. When a new family moves into and Leo’s efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave home and sets off on adventure out in the world.

6    Los Gatos Black on Halloween

Every Halloween, monsters host a ball in the Haunted Hall. And who’s attending? Witches, skeletons, and vampires—and more! This multi-award-winning book will add fun new charm—and new words!—to your children’s Halloween library.

7      The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt

This sweet book tells the tale of a little ghost who is a quilt instead of a sheet, like his parents and friends. He feels sad to be different until he has an experience that only a quilt can have.

8        Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Jasper Rabbit makes a big discovery about his underwear when the lights go out in this hilarious story that will have kids laughing from start to finish.


9   Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins

Pete is a cool cat, and he’s got the songs of the season to share with your little ones about five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. It won’t be long before the whole house is harmonizing. Try Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete, too.


10   Runaway Pumpkins

A trip to a pumpkin patch goes awry when the pumpkins fall out of the bus’s storage compartment. What will the kids do with just one remaining pumpkin?

11    How to Catch a Monster

From the authors of How to Catch a Mermaid and How to Catch a Dragon, this scary-good tale is about a boy ninja who decides to head on a mission to confront a monster who (spoiler alert!) ultimately becomes a friend.


12   Bonaparte Falls Apart

Bonaparte the skeleton is falling apart—both literally and figuratively—but his good friends Franky Stein, Black Widow, and more are at the ready to put him back together again before school starts. Kids will love this tale that’s more heartwarming than horror.

13    When the Clock Strikes on Halloween

Part fairy tale, part primer, kids will be rapt learning the trick of how to tell time while also enjoying the story about all the treats that various witches, vampires, and ghosts have planned when Halloween strikes.

14     The Spooky Wheels on the Bus

Everybody knows the wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round, but do the wheels on the “Spooky” bus go “boo”? Your kids will have to read the book to find out what tricks this special bus is up to.

15   Brave Little Camper Saves Halloween

When Farmer MacDonald’s prize pumpkin for the annual Halloween parade goes missing (and two sneaky raccoons are to blame), the farmer and the brave little camper save the day.

16      Scooby-Doo: A Haunted Halloween

Those meddling kids are at it again! This time Scooby and the gang are trying to solve the mystery of who is out to ruin the Halloween celebration. Zoinks! Jinkies!

17      The Night Before Halloween


Set the the infamous “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem, this funny rhyming story takes on a life of its own with kooky goblins, monsters, and ghosts on—you guessed it—the night before Halloween.

18    Little Blue Truck’s Halloween

Little Blue Truck drives around picking up his crew of animal pals for a festive Halloween party. Along the journey, discover each friend’s costume through interactive flaps and playful illustrations.

19   Ghostbusters

Who ya gonna call? When it comes to zapping ghosts, there’s only one team to trust—Ghostbusters! Based on the 30-year-old blockbuster movie, this story is retold in a kid-friendly tone.

20     Peppa’s Halloween Party

Join fun-loving Peppa and the rest of the Pig family as they prepare for a Halloween party with friends.


21        Halloween Hide-and-Seek

Kids will love this interactive book! Move the “magic flashlight” around to spot the hidden Halloween objects throughout the book.

22   Snowmen at Halloween

After a late October snowfall, some neighborhood friends build a crew of scary snowmen who have a little Halloween fun of their own while the kids are sleeping.

23  I Spy Halloween Book

This fun activity book will keep them entertained for hours, from coloring pages to guessing games.


24      It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

The artistic and creative mouse from the popular If You Give a Mouse a Cookie storybook is ready to paint pumpkins—all the pumpkins!—to celebrate the season.


25      Spooky Pookie

Pookie the pig is back and ready to choose the perfect Halloween costume—with a little help from your little one.

26   What Was I Scared Of?

The Dr. Seuss classic spooky tale gets an upgrade with glow-in-the-dark ink—making it even more entertaining for a Halloween-themed bedtime story hour.

27   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down

In this installment of the hit “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, Greg tries to avoid the scary sights and embrace the festive season ahead of Halloween.

28      Goodnight Goon (A Petrifying Parody)

Fans of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon will love this parody, which puts a festive twist on the iconic bedtime book.

29   It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Before you watch the iconic Peanuts movie with your family this fall, read the storybook version to your kids.

30       Room on the Broom

Travel the October skies with a witch as she tries to track down a few missing magic items with help from some new friends.

31      Ten Timid Ghosts

A great choice for little ones, this Halloween book encourages kids to count as they encounter a series of ghosts in a haunted house.

32    The Witches

If your youngsters love Matilda, The BFG, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, they’ll love this other classic tale from Roald Dahl.


Welcome to Dead House

Read the book that started it all! Kids eight and up will love this thrilling book from author R.L. Stine.

34   Where’s My Mummy?

Set out on a spooky adventure with Little Baby Mummy and Big Mama Mummy in this sweet picture book featuring with a series of spooktacular characters.


35    Runaway Mummy

Revisit the beloved children’s book The Runaway Bunny with this new parody that’s perfect for Halloween.

36    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Your munchkins will learn to muster up courage—even at the spookiest times—as they read the tale of the little old lady who was not afraid of anything.

 37   October, October by Katya Balen

Katya Balen’s October, October is a very special new addition to the shelf and deserves classic status – The Times Children’s Book of the Week

A classic in the making for anyone who ever longed to be WILD.

October and her dad live in the woods. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. They live in the woods and they are wild. And that’s the way it is.

Until the year October turns eleven. That’s the year October rescues a baby owl. It’s the year Dad falls out of the biggest tree in their woods. The year the woman who calls herself October’s mother comes back. The year everything changes.

Written in Katya Balen’s heart-stoppingly beautiful style, this book is a feast for the senses, filled with the woodsmoke smell of crisp autumn mornings and the sound of wellies squelching in river mud. And, as October fights to find the space to be wild in the whirling chaos of the world beyond the woods, it is also a feast for the soul.

38   The Haunting of Aveline Jones: by Phil Hickes  (Author), Keith Robinson  (Illustrator)

Aveline Jones loves reading ghost stories, so a dreary half-term becomes much more exciting when she discovers a spooky old book. Not only are the stories spine-tingling, but it once belonged to Primrose Penberthy, who vanished mysteriously, never to be seen again. Intrigued, Aveline decides to investigate Primrose’s disappearance.

39    The Ghost of Gosswater: a spooky, gothic chiller from Waterstones-prize shortlisted author Lucy Strange.

‘Family secrets, a ghost girl and a forbidding manor house that goes up in smoke … You can’t help rooting for Agatha in this spooky, addictive tale of friendship and family.’ THE TIMES

‘Eerie, shimmering, unputdownable’ HILARY MCKAY, winner of the Costa Book Award

The Lake District, 1899

The Earl is dead and cruel Cousin Clarence has inherited everything.

Twelve-year-old Lady Agatha Asquith is cast out of Gosswater Hall to live in a tiny, tumbledown cottage with a stranger who claims to be her father.

Aggie is determined to discover her real identity, but she is not alone on her quest for the truth.

On the last day of the year, when the clock strikes midnight, a mysterious girl of light creeps through the crack in time; she will not rest until the dark, terrible secrets of the past have been revealed …


40   The Witch’s Cat and The Broomstick Blunder by Kirstie Watson  (Author), Magdalena Sawko (Illustrator)

NEW from the author of the Amazon best-selling The Witch’s Cat and The Cooking Catastrophe!

The Witch’s Cat and the Broomstick Blunder: A spellbinding tale of magic, mischief, and mishap!

“The Lovely Witch was always zipping here and there on her broomstick. The Witch’s Cat gave it very little thought. After all, riding a broomstick IS what witches are supposed to do.”

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey

I know I have quoted this before but I believe in it!


Happiness is…being spooked.


I want to be something really scary for Halloween this year so I’m dressing up as a phone battery at 2%.


Love is…dressing up for Halloween together


A time to dance with the ghost…A time to dance with the witch


31st October

1951 Zebra crossings came into use for the first time in Britain.

2013 TV cameras were allowed to record proceedings at the Court of Appeal in England and Wales for the first time. Senior judges and major broadcasters welcomed the move, which the head of BBC News said was a “landmark moment”.



©2021 Phil M Robinson