Fun and Spooky Halloween Picture Books

Fun and Spooky Halloween Picture Books

Are you struggling to find the perfect Halloween books for kids? Look no further! Whether your students like scary books or not, there will be a perfect Halloween book for them out there, whatever their age. 

Fun and Spooky Halloween Picture Books

A Bit of Halloween History

Did you know that Halloween started out as an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain? As Autumn began, they believed that the boundary between our world and the world of ghosts was so fragile that spooky being could wander freely. To prevent the unearthly invasion the Celts had a huge feast, including lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to scare away the ghouls and monsters.

In the 8th century, the Pope incorporated aspects of the Samhain festival into All Saint Day when Catholics honoured the saints on 1st November. The night before became known as All Hallow’s Eve and eventually Halloween. The dressing is up is still a big part of the festival and the feast has been replaced by buckets of candy and chocolates!

Now the history lesson is done, check out the best Halloween picture books below.

FREE Graphic Organisers for Halloween Books!!

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Suggested Halloween Books

Reading these Halloween books for kids is a great way to get in the mood for a night of witches, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, pumpkins and underwear(!). I know as a librarian and teacher some students always ask for scary books, here you will find multiple choices to add to your classroom library.

Below you will find a list of the best Halloween books for kids, including some new books. There is a picture book for everyone from toddlers to kindergarten and even upper elementary children.

You will see some of the books have resources available. If you click on the image you will be taken to a page with resources and information about that specific book.

Black Dog by Levi Pindfold

A family is afraid of a large black dog outside their home. As they each spy a dog through their window, it grows in size and menace. It is the smallest member of the family who discovers the dog is not what the rest of the family imagined. A book to promote a growth mindset, open-mindedness, risk-taking and courage.

The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leather

A fearful rabbit doesn’t understand why a big, scary rabbit is always chasing him. It is only when the rabbit runs into a dark wood that the sinister rabbit disappears only to spot some glowing eyes concealed in the trees. Will Rabbit overcome his fears?

The Book That Eats People by John Perry

The author urgently warns the reader to stay away from this book. It disguises itself behind different dust jackets, lurks in libraries, and has a taste for careless children.

Chalk by Bill Thomson

Three children use their imagination to create real-life objects after finding magic chalk. This wordless picture book promotes creativity, friendships, and responsible decision-making.

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots, especially free ones, this is until the carrots begin stalking him and watching his every move. The tension builds as Jasper’s imagination goes into overdrive. He devises a plan to stop the carrots but will it be the success he hopes for? Reinforces themes of fears, honesty and honesty.

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The dark frightens Lazlo. When his nightlight goes out the dark beckons him to come to the basement. Lazlo tentatively walks into the basement where he thinks dark lives. He follows the dark's instructions who leads Lazlo to a drawer full of light bulbs.

Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

A little witch has a creative solution to get rid of the ghost haunting her house. She washes them, hangs them out to dry, and uses them as bedsheets and curtains!

How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green

Learn how to make friends with a ghost with a manual from Dr. Phantoneous Spookel. If you are sweet, warm, and kind, a ghost may come and find you. You can then give them their favourite (gross) snacks, tell them bedtime stories and grow old together.

Into the Forest by Anthony Browne

A boy visits his grandma by travelling through the forest, against his mum’s instructions. He meets fairy tale characters in strange circumstances. Afraid, he runs to his grandma’s house where he finds a surprise.

Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead

Peter moves to a new house in a dark, unfriendly wood. He makes imaginary protectors, Lenny and Lucy, from a tall pile of pillows, blankets and string. Feeling safer, Peter meets his next-door neighbour, Millie, and discovers that his new home is not as dangerous as imagined.

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett

Leo, a lonely ghost, lives in an empty house. When a new family moves in they are unwelcoming. He befriends the girl as her imaginary friend, not a ghost. Leo reveals his true identity when he thwarts a robbery, but Jane accepts and embraces Leo’s true identity.

Lon Po Po by Ed Young

A mother leaves her three daughters at home while she visits her mother, Po Po. A wolf visits the sisters and the younger one lets it in. The two older sisters have to devise a plan to escape and kill the wolf. Compare and contrast this Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood with other versions.

The Pomegranate Witch by Denise Doyen

A group of kids want to eat from the most beautiful pomegranates tree. Unfortunately, the tree happens to be growing in the garden of a witch. As they try to get the fruit the witch has a few tricks up her sleeve.

The Tunnel by Anthony Browne

Two siblings discover a tunnel. The brother rushes in, dismissing his sister’s fears. When he doesn't return she finds the courage to follow him. Promotes themes of facing our fears, cooperation, curiosity, responsibility and being a risk-taker.

The Watertower by Gary Crew

In Preston, Australia an old rusty watertower casts a shadow over the town. When Spike and Budda climb the tower to go for a swim strange things start to happen around the town. It is up to the reader to draw their own conclusion about what is happening.

The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg

A widow, Minna Shaw, finds an extraordinary broom after a witch falls into her garden. The broom helps with household chores. She knows the broom is harmless but her neighbours are not so trusting. Two neighbourhood boys harass the broom and it teaches them a well-deserved lesson. But these actions provoke the neighbours in making Minna burn the broom. Will this be the end of the story?

The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

When Lucy tells her family there are wolves in the walls of the house they don't believe her. Her belief comes true when the wolves come out and Lucy's adventure is just beginning.

What Next?

I hope you have found a perfect Halloween book for you to read aloud in your classroom. What kind of Halloween books do your students enjoy? Spooky, tense, funny, gentle or just plain silly!

Let me know in the comments below if you have any other suggestions that I can add for next Halloween.

Don't forget to check out the related books and download the free Halloween PDFs!

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