Halloween is a unique and wonderful time of year. We dress up in costumes and consume some delectable sweet delicacies. It wouldn’t be complete without some spooky good stories, of course! Here is a selection of some wonderful Halloween novels for kids of all ages who like to be scared.
The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John and Pete Oswold
If your children enjoy the “Food Group” series as much as we do, this Halloween story is a must-have for your classroom collection. In it, Bad Seed sets out to discover the ideal Halloween outfit.
Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey
Pig is on a mad quest for snacks in this latest installment of the “Pig the Pug” series. A lighthearted read aloud that will have your pupils laughing.
Halloween Is Coming! by Cal Everett
We adore the charming visuals and lyrical prose in this Halloween ode that focuses on the celebration’s magic.
Hardly Haunted by Jesse Sima
In this wonderfully creepy fable about self-acceptance, an old house just wants to be loved, even if she’s a little haunted.
That Monster on the Block by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Luke Flowers
Monster is looking forward to finding out who will move into Vampire’s old house. He even begins to practice his greeting snarl for the new neighbor. When the moving truck arrives, however, it is not a greedy goblin, an ogre, or a scheming dragon that steps out. Instead, it’s something even scarier than Monster could have guessed!
Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh
This clever, skull-positive novel gleefully dispels any anxieties children may have about their skeletons, transforming skulls from an eerie symbol to a fascinating, intriguing, and vital aspect of our bodies.
The Pomegranate Witch by Denise Doyen
The local youngsters’ mouths moisten with excitement as a terrifying old tree blossoms with the most beautiful pomegranates they’ve ever seen. But the tree isn’t theirs, and it has a guardian! The Pomegranate War has begun!
Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht
Choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Tall and thin or short and chubby? Vibrant orange, ghostly white, or speckled green may all work!
The Short Straw by Irene Mathis
Getting the short end of the stick is rarely advantageous, and this poetic story is no exception. The person who draws the short straw is forced to enter the haunted mansion. Beware!
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
The witch has grown the largest pumpkin ever, and she now wants to bake a pumpkin pie for Halloween—but the pumpkin is so large that she can’t get it off the vine!
Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds
Jasper Rabbit is no longer a small rabbit. He’s not terrified of the dark, and he’s certainly not afraid of something as ridiculous as underpants. However, when the lights go out, his new large bunny underpants sparkles in the dark. Why do they keep coming back after you’ve tried everything to get rid of them?
Pumpkin Countdown by Joan Holub and Jan Smith
Autumn has arrived, and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to the pumpkin patch? The class counts everything in sight, from 20 name tags on coats to one last pumpkin song!
Flashlight Night by Matt Forest Esenwine
Three children use a flashlight to light a trail through their backyard at night; another world lurks in the flashlight’s beam.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
When a witch’s hat, bow, and wand are blown away by the wind, three helping animals track them down. They all want to ride on her broom in return, but is there enough room on the broom for so many friends?
Bone Soup by Cambria Evans
Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, spoon, and enormous eating mouth—but no one in his new town wants to share any food with him. Will Finnigin be able to conjure up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic using only his wits and an unique ingredient?
Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan by Catherine Hapka and Loryn Brantz
When Splat and Seymour travel to the pumpkin patch, he’s motivated to find the largest pumpkin ever. But when he does, Splat discovers that the main issue isn’t pumpkin picking—figuring it’s out how to bring the pumpkin home!
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
You’d want to be friends with Leo. He enjoys drawing, cooking wonderful treats, and most people can’t even see him because Leo is also a ghost.
Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Stumpkin is the most attractive pumpkin on the street. He’d make an excellent Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem: Pumpkin has a stump rather than a stem. Nobody appears to desire a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window.
The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
Beware, reader! This is the most terrifying novel I’ve ever read! So claims the film’s melodramatic ghost narrator. You may go to change the page, but don’t expect him to accompany you. Anything could emerge from that black hole in the center of the jungle!
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Rebecca Estelle has despised pumpkins since she was a child, when they were frequently the only meal her family had. When a massive pumpkin falls from a truck and smashes in her yard, she shovels dirt over the shattered pieces and ignores them. But when autumn arrives, those slimy pumpkin smithereens spring up, and Rebecca Estelle discovers a sea of pumpkins in her garden.
How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green
What should you do if you come across a ghost? You’ll witness how a ghost buddy will lovingly grow up and grow old with you if you follow a few simple steps and the rest of the vital suggestions in How to Make Friends with a Ghost.
Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler
Bonaparte is having a difficult time. When he can’t hold himself together, it’s difficult for this young skeleton to just let go. His throwing arm literally takes a flyer when he plays catch. Lunch may be a truly amazing experience. How can he begin school when he has so many loose screws?
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd
The Little Old Lady Who Was Fearless in the Face of Everything
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was fearless! However, while walking in the woods one fall night, the little old lady heard…clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little elderly lady who was fearless had the scare of her life!