Like many Rioters, Halloween is my favorite time of the year, and I enjoy it very much. This is how I’ve felt about the holiday for as long as I can remember. As a child, I read some of my very first Halloween books for little girls. There’s magic in the air in October. Whether it’s the smell of decay and pumpkin spice in the air, or the sound of the wind rustling through the trees or pumpkins popping up all over, I don’t know. There are a lot of orange, purple, black, and green colors all over the place. We go on car trips to see the weird and beautiful things people put up around us. In my free time, I like to come up with new and weird costumes like different Queens of England. Unfortunately, no one else wants to wear them.
It’s only natural that I want to pass this love of the holiday on to my daughter when she’s young. I want her to enjoy all the parts of the day. As for the costumes and candy, that’s what everyone wants. For the baby’s first Halloween, we dressed her up in five or six different costumes that she could wear.
So, here is a list of 15 Halloween books for young children. They have rhyming books, activity books, story books, and more. Some of them are small picture books, and some are longer ones.
Spooky Tricks by Rose Wyler, Gerald Ames, and Talivaldis Stubis
As a child, this was one of my favorite books. It’s from 1968. All kinds of magic tricks are in there (though a few are probably a bit outdated and slightly dangerous). But there are many tricks that use optical illusions, sugar cubes, boxes, and more to make your kids feel like they’re in on the secret.
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo and Valeria Petrone
Rhyming book: Peter the Tiger is on a search for the right pumpkin to use in the Jack O’Lantern Contest in this book. Using it to read aloud and teach kids new words is a great thing to do.
Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton
Boynton is a great place to find a good thing. I think most of my child’s books are written by Boynton, but I’m not sure. So, it makes sense to put Spooky Pookie on the list, as well. To figure out what they want to be for Halloween in this book, Pookie has to think about what they want to look like. As a child, it was hard to figure out what to dress up as. It’s still true. Another good book to read to your kids.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom is a story about a witch who loses her hat and other things to the wind while riding her broom. It was written by the same person who wrote The Gruffalo. She goes out to get her things and makes new friends. Isn’t that what they all want to do? Will she? It’s also been made into a movie on Netflix, which you can watch for free.
Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat by Sue Lowell Gallion and Joyce Wan
As part of the Pug & Pig series, this book talks about disagreements in friendship in a different way. It looks like Pug and Pig have the same Halloween outfits, but Pug doesn’t like his and doesn’t want to go out for Halloween. Pig wants to have fun with their friend. They need to figure out how to make Halloween happen, but can they do it?
B Is for Boo: A Halloween Alphabet by Greg Paprocki
There are a lot of alphabet books that I like, and I like to read It’s fun to see how authors play around with words for each letter, especially X. My first thought is that this is a good book. This picture is a nice nod to old Halloween images. Children’s books usually have pictures that stand out.
Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago
The book is about the Day of the Dead, and not Halloween. Okay, so that makes sense. Even though it’s very pretty, I wanted to add it to the list. Gustavo can do a lot of things that ghosts can do, but he’s very shy about it. There are monsters all around him. Can he make friends with them? It also comes in Spanish, which is a great bonus.
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
Another book in a series with Duck and Goose is here. Where will they go to find a pumpkin? This book is so easy to read that kids will love making animal noises at the right times.
One Halloween Night: A Spooky Seek-and-Count Book by Salina Yoon
Counting books are always a good idea for little kids to play with. In this book, there are flaps and other things that you can open and close as you go through the different witchy number pages.
Spookytale (An Abrams Trail Tale) by Christopher Franceschelli and Allison Black
It’s a book about two kids who go on scary walks through scary places like swamps, haunted homes, and more. It’s also a book with things you can pull out.
If You’re Scary and You Know It! by Carole Gerber and Noel Ill
Toddlers love to sing. “If You Are Happy and You Know It.” This one is set to the song “If You Are Happy and You Know It.”
The House that Witchy Built by Dianne De las Casas and Holly Stone-Barker
“The House That Jack Built” is turned into a witchy story. Kids will love the sound effects and the chance to sing along. Also, kids will love to look at and touch the great collage illustrations.
Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler and Greg Pizzoli
Melly isn’t afraid, almost. On her way to her cousin’s house, she meets a lot of scary people. She’s fine with it. Mostly. During her cousin’s surprise, what will happen? For story time, it’s a little longer than some of the other books, but it’s good.
My Baby Loves Halloween by Jabari Asim and Tara Nicole Whitaker
To start the holiday off right, this is a great way to do it. It’s not just a celebration of Halloween, but it’s also a tribute to the fall, too. These cute pictures go well with the words and will be a favorite book for the little one.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee
Witchy There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is on the list to finish it off. I think it’s a great book because it has a lot of repetition, and toddlers will love the sing-songy part of it, too!