Picture Books About Halloween

Submitted by Ila Langner on Thu, 10/07/2021 - 10:00 AM
Ghosts, pumpkins, bats, skulls and moons fly in the night sky.

Most libraries have a holiday picture book section for Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and December Holidays.

Here is a list of my favorite books to read aloud for Halloween storytimes!


My Favorite Pictures Books to Read Aloud at Halloween!

Boo!, book cover

Boo! Carrier, Lark

If you are looking for a wonderfully non-scary book for the baby and toddler set, this is a great book!

Peek-a-boo books certainly enrapture your young child as they learn all about the different kinds of costumes.  As friends emerge, your child will discover that not everything is as scary as they might think!

Follow along as Leroy the dog sees all kinds of different iconic Halloween images, with special surprises underneath!

Brooms are for Flying!, book cover

Brooms are for Flying! Michael Rex

Great for the toddler set due to the participatory nature of the book, Brooms are for Flying! is sure to get your toddler energized!

Following the formula of the song, "Hokey Pokey," children can stand up and follow along with the movements in the book.  Be prepared for a big surprise at the end!

Author Michael Rex has other holiday-related books that follow Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon.  I am quite fond of Rex's distinctive and humorous artwork in all of his books.

This is one of my favorite read-alouds at Halloween!

Skeleton Hiccups, book cover

Skeleton Hiccups Margery Cuyler

If you have ever had the hiccups, you will immediately understand Skeleton's problem!

Skeleton does not like having the hiccups.  Watch and see if Skeleton is able to banish those annoying hiccups!  Kids will laugh uproariously if you exaggerate the hiccups!

Preschoolers will enjoy the humor of this very funny book.  Adults will, too!

Ms. Lucia, thank you for this book recommendation!  This title is always a hit in October!

Hallowiener, book cover

Hallowiener Pilkey, Dav

Hallowiener by Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants) is my oldest favorite holiday-themed book.  Halloween was the first holiday I worked as a children's librarian.

I remember reading this book at an outdoor event for children at one of the parks.  Though the environment was dark and spooky, this story certainly brought laughs to the audience.

The book also has an important message about how to persevere over bullying, presented in a funny and accessible way for children.

This book is great for elementary-aged children.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, book cover

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

Preschoolers and elementary-level children will enjoy this story about how to overcome fear.

In addition, this title also has participatory elements as well.  Children can stand up and stomp, clap, and shake different body parts, as they listen.

One of my favorite books for Family Storytimes, this book is great for all ages!

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