Best Halloween Picture Books for Kids

25 Halloween picture books perfect for your child to read this October! Find classic Halloween books and cute Halloween books that are more modern.

Halloween books for kids

We love reading at our house. In fact, we are at the point where we own too many books, so I have sadly had to go through them to get rid of some.

We donated a whole bunch to a young family in our neighborhood. I am saving a bunch to break out once I have grandkids.

As I went through the books, I kept all of the holiday books. Most of my kids are past the age where they really read picture books, but we always read picture books that go with the holidays. Those will stay in our collection forever.

Halloween Picture Books for Kids

With that said, here are some of my favorite Halloween picture books.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

This is one of the most popular Halloween books out there. It is all about helping friends out and it is a really cute book.

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

This is one of our family’s all-time favorite Halloween books. It is about a little old lady who is brave despite something trying to scare her. In the end, they figure out a way to work together.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro

My children enjoy these “old lady” books so much that we own almost all of them. This is the Halloween version.

Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

This book is a parody on the classic book “Goodnight Moon.”

Fancy Nancy: Halloween…or Bust! by Jane O’Conner

The Fancy Nancy books are an absolute favorite in our home. The kids love Fancy Nancy. The books bring in extensive vocabulary for your little one to learn.

10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman

Count down backwards with this fun Halloween book.

Pick a Perfect Pumpkin by Robin Koontz

This is a book that is heavily science-oriented designed to teach about pumpkins.

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever by Don Freeman

This was Kaitlyn’s favorite Halloween book when she was 3. She loved the Corduroy character. She definitely had good taste; this is one of the few books on this list with a perfect 5 rating on Amazon.

25 Halloween picture books for kids

Corduroy’s Halloween by B.G. Hennessy

This was one of McKenna’s favorite Halloween books the Halloween she was 18 months old. This is a lift the flap book, which is always a hit with that age range.

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

There was one year McKenna hauled this around with her everywhere she went. She carried it around all over the house, she looked at it while I changed her diaper…she loved it. I love Karen Katz. She makes great books. This is a lift the flap along with some touch and feel.

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

This isn’t necessarily a Halloween book, but one I think is great to read this time of year. I remember Kaitlyn just giggling the whole way through this book. It is a great book for telling those monsters to go away and that they aren’t scary!

The Haunted Ghoul Bus by Lisa Trumbauer

This is great for school-aged children. This book is great. It is about a boy who accidentally gets on the Ghoul Bus instead of the School Bus. At first, he is scared but comes to like the “scary” folks on the bus.

By the end, he is super sad to see them go. Great for teaching to get to know people, and also great for kids who might have some exposure to scary things around Halloween to help them not be scared.

Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat! by Victorian Kann

This is another favorite character of many kiddos. It is always fun for holidays to find books from characters your children already love.

I Like Pumpkins by Jerry Smath

This was another favorite of Brayden and also Kaitlyn. This book talks about all of the fun things to do with pumpkins at this time of year.

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

This is a good one with the beloved Duck & Goose characters.

Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton

This is based on a popular character. Splat wants to be a scary cat at Halloween, but is too much of a scaredy-cat to scare anyone.

How to Celebrate Halloween by P.K. Hallinan

This book is full of rhymes. Rhyming teaches children how language works, so it is always beneficial to have some rhyming books on hand. This book goes through the whole trick-or-treating night.

Halloween Mice by Bethany Roberts

This book is a quick read. The language has a lot of interesting words to describe the actions of the mice.

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

This is another rhyme book. It has counting benefits and it is a very fast read.

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

This is another fun rhyming book. This is about a pumpkin who was different and how it was a good thing that he was different.

T-Rex Trick-Or-Treats by Lois G. Grambling

T-Rex is a fun character with several books. This is great if you have a dinosaur lover at home.

Wee Witches Halloween by Jerry Smath

This is a rhyming book all about witches going to school to learn to be witches. They try to scare people on Halloween, but it just doesn’t work.

The Halloween Play by Felicia Bond

This is a fun story about a little mouse in a Halloween play and overcoming his nerves.

The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing

This is a fun twist on “The Night Before Christmas”. It is a fun little book about the monsters meeting the human trick-or-treaters. This is another one of thos very popular Halloween books.

Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi

This is a cute little book about getting lost while playing hide and seek.


This is more than enough books to get you through the month! Something I always did to build up our collection was buy 1-3 books each year. That way I could aim for what books I thought my kids would like best in their current stages and I could also spread the cost out. Plus, it is always exciting to get a new book!

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