Best Halloween Picture Books for Kids

Boo! Celebrate Halloween with these not-so-spooky Halloween picture books for your next fall classroom read aloud.

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Halloween Picture Books

Room on the BroomCreepy CarrotsPete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins: A Halloween Book for Kids


Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

A witch and her cat are speeding through the October skies when a gust of wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow, and wand! Thankfully some helpful animals work to get the items back to their owner, and in return the witch offers them a ride on her broom. Will there be enough room?

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Jasper the rabbit loves to snack on carrots as often as he can get them! But things start to get creepy when he begins to notice strange things happening around him. Are the carrots following him and out for revenge? 

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean

Five little pumpkins are sitting on the gate, and Pete the Cat has a rhyming song to sing about it! Students will love humming along as you read. 

Where's My Mummy?FrankenslimeBig Pumpkin


Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi

 Little Mummy is looking forward to one more game of hide-and-shriek with Big Mummy before bed, but soon he realizes the woods is full of creepy-crawlies and sharp teeth and dark shadows. Who will help him out of the scary darkness? Big Mummy of course!

Frankenslime by Joy Keller

Victoria Franken, slime scientist, is in a sticky mess when one of her most innovative creations comes to life! Will she be able to lasso the slime in time? 

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

A witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, but now it’s stuck in the field because she can’t get it off the vine! The ghost, mummy, and vampire can’t seem to make it budge either, and everyone is starting to think that there will be no pumpkin pie for Halloween this year. That is, until a bat comes along with the most creative idea yet that just might save the day!

How to Catch a MonsterBonaparte Falls Apart: A Funny Skeleton Book for Kids and ToddlersThe Crayons Trick or Treat


How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace

A ninja sets off on the mission of a lifetime–to confront a monster. But when he finally catches his foe, the ninja realizes maybe this monster isn’t so monstrous at all. In fact, maybe all he needs is a friend. 

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margaret Cuyler

Bonaparte the skeleton is falling apart! Luckily his friends Black Widow, Franky Stein, and others are willing to take on the task of putting him back together. Hopefully they can get the job done before school starts! 

The Day the Crayons Trick or Treat by Drew Daywalt

The crayons can’t wait to go trick-or-treating, but what do they say when they get to the door?

Pig the Monster (Pig the Pug)The Little Ghost Who Was a QuiltIt's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)


Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Pug is on the hunt for TREATS TREATS TREATS! This greedy dog might get a little carried away on Halloween night. 

The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason

Little Quilt’s parents and siblings are all sheets, and Little Quilt is a quilt, making him often feel like a patterned outsider. He feels just too different from everyone else until one day he has an experience that only a quilt could have. Finally he understands that he is just exactly how and who he was meant to be! 

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

The If You Give a Mouse a Cookie mouse is back! This time he has a paint brush in hand and wants to paint pumpkins and other colors of the season.

How to Make Friends with a GhostThe Hallo-WienerThe Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams (September 25,1986)


How to Make Friends With a Ghost by Rebecca Green

Would you know what to do if you encountered a ghost? Simple steps for making friends with those that are different from us include: read them their favorite story, share a snack, or play a game! Readers might just discover that these tips translate well to making human friends as well! 

The Hallo-Weiner by Dav Pilkey

Oscar the dachshund dresses up as a hot dog for Halloween, and the other dogs tease him relentlessly because of it. However, when another dog finds himself in a pickle, Oscar is just the one to offer his assistance! 

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

One dark autumnal night the Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything heard a clomp, shake, clap in the shadows of the forest and gets the scare of her life! 

Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie TaleRunaway PumpkinsBoo Stew


Moldilocks and the Three Scares by Lynn Marie

In this twist on the classic tale, Papa, Mama, and Baby Scare take their bloodhound for a walk while their alpha-bat soup cools. While they are out, Moldilocks the zombie sneaks in and wreaks havoc in their little home. 

Runaway Pumpkins by Teresa Bateman

When life hands you lemons, get a pumpkin? A class trip to the pumpkin patch goes awry. The students are left with one pumpkin. With resourcefulness and a positive attitude, the students make the most of the singular pumpkin.

Boo Stew by Donna Washington

Curly Locks is well-known for her cooking skills, but for all the wrong reasons. The people of Toadsuck Swamp know it’s best to stay far away from her dishes. But when the Scares of Toadsuck start to terrorize the town, will Curly Locks find a use for her awful dishes after all? 

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

Spookley just isn’t like the other pumpkins in the patch. Instead of being average and round, he’s square and cubical. Everyone teases him until the time comes when being square is the very thing that saves the day!

Ghost Afraid of the Dark by Sarah Conway

As Boo the Ghost celebrates his very first Halloween, he realizes he’s scared of many things! His friends are patient with him and help him discover some bravery deep down inside. 

The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky: Over 150 Spooky Stickers Inside. A Halloween Book for Kids (The Food Group)It's a Pumpkin!Monster Trouble!


Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson

Winifred isn’t afraid of anything, including the monsters that keep her up at night in her bedroom. They are annoying though, and she just wishes they would be quiet so she can sleep. With a little clever trickery on her end, Winifred just might get her good night’s rest soon!

It’s a Pumpkin by Wendy McClure

When a group of forest animals finds something large and orange among the trees, they become determined to discover what it is! 

The Good, The Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John

Bad Seed absolutely LOVES Halloween, but this year, he can’t seem to find a costume that’s just right. The only solution, in his mind, is to postpone trick-or-treating for everyone else, which doesn’t sit well with the others. Will Bad Seed learn to be unselfish or will he ruin Halloween for his friends? 

When the Clock Strikes on Halloween by Lisa Ferland

Telling time and entertainment combine in this story about the tricks and treats that vampires, ghosts, witches and more have planned throughout the night as each hour strikes! 

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