Saturday, October 22, 2016

Best Children's Books About Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite Western festivals and we are very excited about it this year! We just bought our pumpkin, and the next 10 days are going to be full of Halloween family festivities. Since our family is big on reading, I always celebrate by reading seasonal books. There are some wonderful, playful children's books about Halloween that we really enjoy reading together.

Here are some of our favorites:

Popcorn, by Frank Asch
(ages 2-8)
One of our friends gifted us this book and it's one of our favorites. After his parents go out for the evening, bear invites all his friends over for a Halloween party and they make too much popcorn. The illustrations are bright and primary, and the story is easy to understand even for the littlest kids.

Halloween Mice, by Bethany Roberts
(ages 18 months-6)
This is a sweet story about three mice that dress up and go out on Halloween. The language is simple and rhythmic, and it captures the fun and mischief of Halloween night. This one is a great book to start teaching younger children about what Halloween means.

Click, Clack, Boo, by Doreen Cronin
(ages 3-8)
For fans of Click Clack Moo, you will love this great follow-up story about Farmer Brown and his animals. Farmer Brown is very scared of Halloween so he shuts himself inside his house, but the animals have other plans!

Where Is Baby's Pumpkin?, by Karen Katz
(ages 6 months - 3 years)
This is a lovely lift-the-flap board book for babies and toddlers to start them about celebrating Halloween. Follow the baby as he plays peekaboo with all his home's Halloween-themed surprises.

Halloween Surprise, by Corinne Demas
(ages 3-6)
This book is all about the fun for kids to decide what costume they will dress up as for Halloween. With help from her cats, a little girl comes up with the perfect costume. This book also teaches kids that it's sometimes more fun to make your own costume, rather than buy one in the store.

The Best Halloween of All, by Susan Wojciechowski
(ages 4-8)
This book is about a little boy with classic helicopter parents who design their son's elaborate costumes. Finally at age 7, the boy decides that he will design his own costumes. It's a good reminder for parents to let their children decide their own costumes, although it's fun for us too!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams
(ages 4-8)
This book is a good one to read if your children can be easily scared of Halloween. The story follows a fearless little old woman who is being followed by a spooky pumpkin man. Instead of being scared, she collects them and puts them to good use! The folk art illustrations are detailed and bright.


What books about Halloween do you enjoy?


  1. Always loved the 'Peanuts' classic, 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.' I'm sure you can find the cartoon version on Youtube, I bet your daughter would love it :)

  2. Was a big fan of 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.' too.
    I miss Halloween most out of all the US holidays!


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