For my son’s very first Halloween, a wee 6 weeks old, I dressed up that child in so many different outfits and costumes. Just like I couldn’t resist dressing him up, I also couldn’t resist buying a million Halloween board books.
Halloween is tied with Christmas as being my favourite holiday. Obviously, I just had to have a bunch of wonderful board books I could read while curled up with my little boy.
Now that I’ve got two little boys, I need even more books, right?
Here are some of my (and my son’s) absolute favourite Halloween board books (so far).
Halloween Board Books
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The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills and Ben Mantle
Walter LOVES this book. Not only is “Wheels on the Bus” one of his favourite songs, he also adores counting.
This bus picks up all sorts of funny, spooky creatures. Kids will love singing along with this fun twist on a familiar favourite!
One, Two…Boo! by Kristen L. Depken and Claudine Gevry
Another one of Walter’s favourites! This lift-the-flap book takes us on a tour of a haunted house, all while reinforcing counting skills.
The pictures are so adorable and there are flaps on every page, so what’s not to love?
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry and Sanja Rescek
Another twist on a classic! “The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down the spooky street.”
Read along as the little pumpkin gets help from a witch to get back home. Very bright, eye-catching pictures that any little one will love!
Five Little Pumpkins by Tiger Tales and Ben Mantle
I first bought this padded board book to keep in my supply teaching bag. It was great for music classes with the littler kids during the month of October.
Kids have lots of fun hearing the rhyme and acting out the story. Definitely a must-have!
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
Little Blue Truck is picking up all of his friends on his way to a Halloween party!
This is another great lift-the-flap book, as you see which animal friend is in which costume. A lot of fun!
If you like this Little Blue Truck book, you should also check out the original in the series as well as the fan-favourite, Little Blue Truck Leads the Way.
You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marshall
“You’re my little pumpkin pie, you make my life so sweet. Warm even on the coldest night, you’re good enough to eat.”
A very sweet book to read with your little ones, perfect for cuddling up together during the crisp fall weather. It has adorable pictures, raised pictures that pop through cut out shapes (which my eldest always loves), and a heartwarming message.
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Walter was SUPER into pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns last year, so this book was a BIG hit. I love the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series, so I was thrilled to share this one with him.
Mouse has seven pumpkins to carve – the different faces are great for reinforcing learning about expressions and emotions, by the way – but one has gone missing! A very cute story.
Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli and Tim Zeltner
So many children just can’t wait to grow up – they’ll definitely be able to relate to the little pumpkin seed in this story!
The seed tries to scare the leaves and the grubs, but he’s just too little and not scary. Will he ever grow up into a big, scary pumpkin?
There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott
I saw this book described as being like if two of our favourite board books – Press Here and The Monster at the End of This Book – had a baby, and boy is that true!
Kids are encouraged to tickle and shake and do all sorts of interactive things while reading.
This is one of a whole series of interactive books. Other great ones for Halloween would be There’s an Alien in Your Book and There’s a Dragon in Your Book.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
“The witch had a cat and a very tall hat, and long ginger hair which she wore in a plait. How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.”
From the same author as The Gruffalo comes this adorable story about friendship told in a jaunty rhyme. Kids LOVE this book!
Frankenstein: A BabyLit Anatomy Primer by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver
The BabyLit books are definitely some of my favourite board books! Each one takes classic literature and makes it accessible for little ones while teaching new vocabulary and still warming the hearts of us bookworms.
The Frankenstein book is perfect for Halloween! Enjoy the classic spooky story while also teaching your little one the names of their body parts.
Other great BabyLit choices for Halloween: Dracula (a counting primer) and The Odyssey (a monsters primer).
Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams and Ron Stucki
This is also a BabyLit book, but instead of being a “primer” of vocabulary, this takes Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” and turns it into an adorable little story.
Parents will definitely be able to relate to this story, where Edgar the Raven just says “Nevermore!” when he’s asked to do anything. So finally his mom reads him a bedtime story. A cute and simple book.
Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney
Just like in our list of Thanksgiving board books, we simply have to remind you that Llama Llama has a whole series of adorable little holiday books.
This books is short and simple, which is great for little ones who aren’t ready to listen to longer books. Follow along as Llama Llama goes about all the Halloween activities, from picking out a costume to trick-or-treating with Mama Llama and his friends.
Peanuts’ The Legend of the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz, Maggie Testa, and Scott Jeralds
Did you love watching this Charlie Brown special on TV every year? Well now you can experience the same story but in board book form.
This is a great way to pass down your own cherished childhood memories to your kids.
Baby Touch and Feel: Halloween by DK
We’re big fans of touch and feel books in this household. Not only are they great for sensory and motor development, they’re just super fun!
This one features textured pumpkins, fuzzy kittens, and even a sticky potion in a witch’s cauldron! Yuck!
Teeny Tiny Ghost by Rachel Matson and Joey Chou
“In the teeny tiny barn of a teeny tiny house lived a teeny tiny ghost and a teeny tiny mouse.”
Join the teeny tiny ghost as she tries to figure out how to be scary when she’s so very little, and makes a friend along the way.
This is my newest Halloween book purchase for my boys and I’m SO excited to read it to them. It’s just absolutely adorable, with a great little rhyme scheme.
I really hope you enjoy these brilliant Halloween board books as much as I have with my boys.
If I missed any that are your favourites, please let me know in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for some more books to add to our collection.
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