Just like at Thanksgiving and Christmas, Halloween is the perfect time to gather your family around for story time. These Halloween picture books are perfect for the whole family.
Whether you’re doing a read-aloud or the kids want to read independently or one-on-one, these picture books are perfect for everyone!
Halloween Picture Books
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The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan & Jan Berenstain
This classic story is exactly what you’d expect out of a Berenstain Bears book. Celebrate Halloween while learning about right and wrong, and that appearances can be deceiving.
I also love that this edition comes with over 50 bonus stickers! Such fun!
Another great option is “Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk“, where we learn the lesson that not everyone appreciates being scared.
Franklin’s Halloween by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
Another classic and one of my childhood favourites!
Franklin is trying to find something to wear for the Halloween costume contest, but nothing seems quite right! Things only get worse when he starts to worry that there may be a real ghost at the party! A very cute book filled with lots of Halloween fun.
Happy Halloween, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer
Similar to Franklin, Little Critter is just trying to celebrate Halloween but some spooky things are going on. What are all those things lurking in the shadows?
Follow along in this fun lift-the-flap book as Little Critter and Little Sister get dressed up and explore a haunted house.
Clifford’s Halloween by Norman Bridwell
Yet another one of my favourites. Clifford is adorable!
Come see how Clifford and Emily Elizabeth celebrate Halloween. They play lots of fun games, tell ghost stories, and go trick-or-treating. It’s a very cute story.
This edition also has a bunch of stickers for some extra Halloween fun.
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete by James Dean
Another fun lip-the-flap book that’s especially great as a Halloween book as it teaches kids how to trick-or-treat! Kids can practice yelling “trick or treat!” and then lifting the flap to open the door.
The surprises on every page are so fun and I think this book serves as a great prep for Halloween night!
How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green
While not technically a Halloween book, this adorable book is definitely on trend.
If you or anyone in your family has ever wanted to befriend a ghost, including how to find them and what to do once you’ve met one, such as mud tarts and earwax truffles. A very cute how-to guide!
Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht and Jarvis
If you’ve ever seen the book “Pick a Pine Tree“, then you’re already familiar with this kind of lively rhyme scheme and beautiful illustrations.
In this gorgeous Halloween book, each page features rich, cozy fall scenes as we follow along step by step through the whole process of picking and carving a pumpkin.
Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler and Will Terry
This story is so cute and is actually really great for back to school, but since it’s filled with monsters it also works really well as a Halloween book.
Bonaparte the skeleton keeps falling apart, like when his arm goes flying off when he catches a ball. He’s terrified to start school, because how will he ever keep it together?
In this adorable book about friendship, it’s Bonaparte’s friends – Franky Stein, Blacky Widow, and Mummicula – to the rescue. A very sweet book.
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell
There are ten ghosts in this haunted house, but a witch wants them gone! See all of the ways she tries to scare them away.
A great book for reinforcing counting to ten with lots of repetition and engaging pictures.
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler and S.D. Schindler
A very funny story about a skeleton whose hiccups – hic hic hic – are throwing off his entire day! He tries everything to get rid of them – will they ever go away?
This book is hilarious. The repetitive “hic hic hic” is probably enough to get any kid laughing, but the images will definitely send them over the edge! His jaw goes flying off as he tries to brush his teeth, and when he tries to get rid of his hiccups by drinking water while upside-down, water pours out of his eyes!
This book is definitely a bit quirky, but a must-read!
Happy Halloween, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore
“I Love You, Stinky Face” is one of our favourite picture books of all time, and this Halloween version doesn’t disappoint!
Stinky Face is full of questions as always – “but Mama, but Mama!” – and this time is coming up with all sorts of ways trick-or-treating could go wrong. As always, though, Mama is there with the perfect answers to his questions.
A very cute book, especially if your child also has some worries about trick-or-treating.
Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi and John Manders
Have your little ones ever come up with EVERY possible excuse why they can’t go to bed yet? Well, Little Baby Mummy is no different.
Little Baby Mummy convinces his mom to play hide and seek with him before bed. Along the way, he encounters all sorts of spooky characters, including one that has him calling for his mummy!
None of the characters he encounters are actually scary, though, so your little ones should feel okay reading this Halloween story.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
While not technically a Halloween book, reading about monsters is perfect for this time of year!
This book is a classic and I just couldn’t leave it off the list. Experience the wild rumpus all over again with his beautiful picture book.
Did your family enjoy these amazing Halloween picture books? Let us know in the comments what your favourite Halloween picture book is!