Fun Halloween books for little trick-or-treaters
It’s time to start the countdown to costumes and jack-o’-lanterns with loads of fun Halloween reads for kids. Here are some new and enduring favorites for the holiday that this Halloween-loving editor recommends for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.
Kids who love Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site will be excited to join the crew once more as they prepare for Halloween in a brightly colored lift-the-flap board book. A construction yard filled with jack-o’-lanterns, black cats, and a haunted house give the pages a classic Halloween feel but the simple text and surprises behind each flap promise fun not frights. Ages 2-4 —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
If your kids love the classic Disney movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, then this Little Golden Book adaptation is the perfect read for the days leading up to Jack Skellington’s favorite holiday. The delightful illustrations are filled with expressive characters shown with a mix of bright colors and shades of grey, perfect for this cute story of a bored Pumpkin King and a lonely rag doll. Familiar and fun, this book is as sweet, funny, and wonderful as the film behind it. Ages 3 and up —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
A little ghost is all set to give someone a good old-fashioned fright, but she can't find her boo! She searches high and low, but where did it go? Mom tries to explain that her days of scaring are over, but this little ghost won't give up so easily. Decidedly not scary but rather oh-so-sweet, the rhyming text and fun wordplay make this a perfect read aloud with a surprise interactive ending. Ages 4-8 —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
This playful picture book story about a group of trick-or-treaters, a clever witch, and a monster dance party, is another winner in the How to Catch series, and young readers will have a great time with the different witch traps the kids come up with. Eagle-eyed fans of the other books in the series will also delight in spotting some familiar characters here and there in the illustrations, which adds to the fun. Ages 4-10 —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
Nicola Killen's simple color palette—beautiful shades of grey, white, and orange (including pops of foil)—is used to great advantage to create crisp details and perspective that beg the reader to examine each page long after the words have been read. Little ones will love this story of a girl named Ollie, her cat Pumpkin, and a lost kitten rescue. The autumnal setting and tale of good deeds and friendship give this picture book life long past October 31st. Ages 4-8 —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
If you’re looking for a short Halloween read for the littlest trick-or-treaters at bedtime, look no further. The latest in the Goodnight Train series of books takes readers on a Halloween night journey along with three kids dressed as a skeleton, a princess, and a bumblebee as they ride a train of boxcars filled with costumed animals, eye-popping piles of candy, and plenty of smiles. From bats to black cats, the classic holiday icons show up, and before you know it, this board book train rolls into a happy, sleepy, bedtime ending. Ages Baby-4 —Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor