I’ll be the first to admit I don’t love Halloween, however, these Halloween books are some of my favorite to read aloud any time of the year. In fact, if I had to pick a group of books that were my favorite to read aloud to kids, it would be Halloween books. Go figure!

Picture Books

In the Haunted House by Even Bunting & Susan Meddaugh – meet all the spooky creatures living in a haunted house as a girl and her father walk through the house at Halloween. Who will end up the most frightened?

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman & S.D. Schindler – A witch finds a pumpkin she wants to take home, but the pumpkin won’t budge. A stereotypical crew of Halloween characters come to help pull and tug. Once the pumpkin is free, the witch takes it home and makes pumpkin pie for everyone who helped.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams & Megan Lloyd The little old lady who is not afraid of anything finds herself frightened by pieces of clothing who start following her through the dark woods on her way home. This is a wonderful cumulative book which begs to be acted out as it is read aloud.

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White & Megan Lloyd Rebecca has hated pumpkins since she was a child. One day a large pumpkin rolls off a truck and lands in her yard. She covers the thing with dirt and forgets about it. Of course she ends up with too many pumpkins, but she learns to love them again.

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell – Tim begrudgingly leaves his jack-o-lantern Jack in the garden after he begins to rot. Tim watches Jack as he decomposes over fall and winter. In the spring a pumpkin sprout appears and Jack watches and waits for pumpkins to grow. He shares his pumpkin bounty with his friends in this gentle story that teaches about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht & Jarvis – This is a fun, rhyming, how-to book for picking a pumpkin and carving it just right. The pictures in this book are beautiful fall tones that really make it feel like autumn is here.

The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown & Richard Egielski – In this never before published Margaret Wise Brown tale, a small yellow pumpkin dreams of being fierce. He eventually gets his wish once fall arrives and he is taken home and carved by a group of children.

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt & Tony DiTerlizzi – this is one of my top 10 favorite books to read aloud. anytime, but it’s especially fun to read around Halloween. The poem, written in 1829, is still so relevant today teaching us to be careful of flatterers. The illustrations are black and white perfection and won a Caldecott Honor.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler When a witch looses her hat, her bow, and her wand three friendly animals her get them back for her. However, will the friends be able to band together to save her from a hungry dragon? This book is so much fun to read aloud! The rhyme slips off the tongue and you find yourself bouncing along.

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean Both my toddlers love this clever twist on the classic “Five Little Pumpkins” featuring Pete and the gang. It’s sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit.

Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting & Jan Brett – two powerhouses of children’s literature paired up to crate this spine- tingling ode to Halloween that provides just the right amount of spook, with a playful cuddly surprise at the end.

Board Books

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond

Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney

EEK! Halloween by Sandra Boynton

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell & Lizzy Rockwell

Around the World

When Pumpkins Fly by Margaret Lawrence & Amanda Sandland – gives an inside peek into how the people in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, an Inuit community in Northern Canada, celebrate blending old traditions and new.

Most of these books can be found in my Bookshop Shop here.

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