Autumn is finally here, and with the approach of Halloween, we want to dedicate this week to helping you prepare your best spooky celebration ever!

To start getting into the Halloween spirit, we’ve created our perfect list of Halloween books to read as a family. With options for all ages, these kid-friendly scary stories are the perfect way to spend some time learning more about the ghouls and goblins that make this time of year such a hauntingly good time!


Let’s get spooky!


kid's halloween book
children's halloween book


Halloween Hustle

Follow the journey of Skeleton as he dances across town to a Halloween party. The only problem – he keeps tripping and falling apart on his way there! Little ones will love this silly book and want to dance their way to Halloween parties all October!


Llama Llama Trick or Treat

This board book is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit with babies and toddlers! They’ll love flipping its durable pages to see Little Llama find a costume, pick out a pumpkin to carve, and go trick-or-treating with Mama Llama and his friends, just like little ones will do themselves.


kid's halloween picture book
funny kid's halloween book


Gustavo the Shy Ghost

The debut picture book from Mexican artist Flavia Z. Drago, kids will love reading about Gustavo finding the courage to make friends and overcome his shyness. A great book for little ones to relate to as they grow up and build their own friendships, told through a Day of the Dead theme and colorful images!

A Spoonful of Frogs

Frogs are, of course, the main ingredient for a witch’s favorite treat – but they’re also the hardest ingredient to include, because they keep jumping off the spoon when she tries to add them to the cauldron! This book will have the whole family laughing together as the witch tries to get the frogs in the soup.


kid-friendly halloween book
child-friendly halloween book


The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

Celebrate spooky season with everyone’s favorite bear family! Join Brother and Sister Bear as they go trick-or-treating for the first time alone with their friends. Kids will love seeing the Berenstain Bears all dressed up for Halloween, just like them!

My Monster Mama Loves Me So

Little ones will love reading this book with their own monster mamas every year for Halloween! A sweet story about mothers and their unconditional love for their children, this is a great book to warm everyone’s hearts with a Halloween twist.


kid's halloween book
funny halloween book


Where’s My Mummy?

Little Baby Mummy goes on an adventure when he gets lost during a game of hide-and-go-shriek with Big Mama Mummy before bed! Along the way, he meets plenty of friendly new creatures that children will love to meet, too. The perfect bedtime story for All Hallow’s Eve, the adorable illustrations will help carry little ones off to dreamland.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!

A Halloween spin on the classic “little old lady” tale, kids will be laughing like goblins as they see all that’s on the menu for this little old lady! Written in rhyme and featuring goofy illustrations, children of all ages and their parents will love this book.


teen halloween book
young reader halloween book


The Witches

In this classic from renowned children’s author Roald Dahl, young readers will love learning about real witches, not fairy-tale ones! A fun tale that teaches them how to discern regular ladies from witches, they’ll love getting into the spooky spirit with this book.


Young readers will love joining family pets Harold the dog and Chester the cat as they try to protect their family from the mysterious new pet – a rabbit with suspiciously vampiric markings and a habit for sucking the juice from vegetables! This playful twist on the iconic tale of Dracula will have kids ready for a FANG-tastic Halloween.


children's halloween book
kid's halloween book



When Coraline discovers a brand new, even better world with more exciting parents she’s overjoyed, but things swiftly take a turn to show that everything is not so great as it first appeared… Children will love this creepy tale by award-winning author Neil Gaiman.


A classic throughout the years, kids will love reading the spooky story of a brother and sister that move to a new town and think their new house is haunted. While their parents don’t believe them, their new friends do, and children will love trying to solve what’s going on along with them!


kid's halloween books

Photo from @theeverco


We can’t wait to start reading all of these amazing books – WITCH will you read first? Stay tuned for more fun Halloween ideas coming soon on the magazine!

Can’t wait for more spooky stuff? Grab some blankets and popcorn, settle in with the whole family on the couch, and discover our scary good selection of family-friendly movies from last year!

Share on
Madeline Blankenship
Madeline Blankenship