Halloween Books for Kids

It’s never a bad idea to encourage your child to read. Now that Halloween is coming up, why not get them into the spirit by picking out some Halloween books to get them excited about reading? Here are a few books that will be perfect for getting your little one in the Halloween spirit!

Kids Halloween Books

Your kids are sure to love these easier-to-read picture books. Or if you have a younger toddler, they’re going to love looking at the pictures while you read to them!

Pumpkin Patch Party

Halloween Books Sesame Street Elmo

If your toddler is as obsessed with Elmo as mine were when they were young, they’re going to love this one. This board book features pull out tabs and flaps to engage your child and features all their favorite characters from Sesame Street!

Ten Timid Ghosts

This adorable Halloween book written and illustrated by Jennifer O’Connell is the perfect counting book for your little one.

Clifford’s Halloween

Halloween Books Clifford the Big Red Dog

Another classic and beloved character is, of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog. Written by Norman Bridwell, in this fun read, your child will find out what Clifford decides to dress up as for his first Halloween!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book

Halloween Books Buffy the Vampire Slayer Picture Book

While this is not specifically a Halloween book, it does have monsters and goblins that are perfect to get you into the Halloween mood. This children’s book by Kim Smith is one of many Pop Classics that take pop culture characters and re-imagine them as children on a fun adventure.  It also has a great message about being brave and kind. This book is sure to be enjoyed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans as well as future fans!

It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green

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The entire My Weird School Daze series by Dan Gutman is a great read for grade-school kids. Whether your child is already a fan of the series or this is their introduction to it, they’re sure to love this Halloween-themed chapter book.

Tween/Teen Halloween Books

While a couple of these books are about Halloween or Halloween themed, I’ve also included a couple of books that are just plain creepy or scary to get one into the Halloween mood.

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel

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Any fan of the classic Halloween movie, Hocus Pocusis going to want to check out this fun sequel. This Halloween book, written by A.W. Jantha, takes place 25 years after the film and follows Poppy, Max and Allison’s 17-year-old daughter, as she comes face to face with the Sanderson sisters once again.

A Witch’s Kitchen

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Written by Dianna Sanchez, this story follows a young witch who’s a fabulous cook but struggling to come into her magical powers. This whimsical fantasy novel is perfect for middle-school-age kids.

The New Girl

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Tweens looking to graduate from R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps are going to love the Fear Street series. The first of the series, The New Girl, shows Cory Brooks falling for the new girl at school. But after she disappears suddenly, he goes looking for her on Fear Street.


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Young adults looking for a creepy horror novel are definitely going to enjoy this book by Madeleine Roux. It follows Dan Crawford as he attends a summer college-prep program and dorms in what used to be an asylum. Read on as Dan and his friends discover chilling secrets about the asylum. If you end up enjoying this book, you’ll be glad to know that it’s part of a series that includes Sanctum, Catacomb, and Escape from Asylum. 

Diary of a Haunting

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Told in diary format, this book by M. Verano is written from the perspective of a teen girl named Paige who experiences strange occurrences after moving into a new house in Idaho after her parents divorce. If you like this book, be sure to check the other books in the Diary of a Haunting series, Possession and Book of Shadows.

Those are all my Halloween recommendation for kids. If you want to see more, stay tuned because I will be posting a few recommendations for Halloween books for adults soon!




I'm a mother of two and constantly searching for ways to have adventures and create memories as a new family. I love all things Disney, I'm obsessed with family costumes, and I will find any excuse to dress up and celebrate.

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