Halloween reading treats for kids

In my house right now, let’s just say there is a lot of prepping and planning going on for Halloween. Samantha, my first grader, has brought home Halloween-themed library books the last 3 weeks. They must have a section dedicated to the holiday! I’ll take it, as will our dentist. Reading books about Halloween is definitely preferable to eating all the candy associated with it, although we’re working through our fair share of that too.

So in anticipation of the big day, I thought I’d share this piece from The Seattle Times about some new books for this scary and fun time of year. It’s amazing that these are all new titles; they just keep coming. It seems this time of year brings a lot more than just tricks and treats (can’t help the puns, it’s that kind of thing). Last year, we really enjoyed Scaredy-Cat Splat! by Rob Scotton, who visited the school and signed a copy for my daughter.

I’d love to know which are your favorite spooky, scary, or funny Halloween books for kids, ones that you loved growing up or newer ones that you enjoy reading to your kids now. Because I suspect that Halloween in our house is going to continue long past October 31st, and that next year we’ll start getting ready even sooner, like right around Labor Day.

6 Responses to Halloween reading treats for kids

  1. Sarah Henson says:

    “Bunnicula” is fantastic. Even though this isn’t a “Halloween” book, as a child, I always read “Stellaluna” at this time of year because the dark pictures and bats put me in the mood.

  2. Julie Nilson says:

    My kids’ all time favorite is “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson (who also wrote the Gruffalo books). It’s not about Halloween per se, but it is about a witch and the little gang of creatures she picks up along the way. I like this one too, because the writing and rhyme scheme are quite clever, and the illustrations are adorable.

  3. RamseyH says:

    Something Wicked This Way Comes. (Also one of my favorite books ever, not just for Halloween!)

  4. Bethany Neal says:

    Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio and Scott Campbell was my Halloween themed (picture) book find this year. The artwork is creeptastic.

    And I’m with you on the extending Halloween! I relish any excuse to dress like 1 of my favorite literary characters–preferably 1 of the (un)dead ones. Gives me an excuse to ramble off synopses since nobody ever knows who I’m dressed up as at parties. 😉

  5. Kimberly J. Smith says:

    The spooky poems of An Eyeball in my Garden is a favorite. And Froggy’s Halloween is an eyebrow raising way to teach toddlers the finer points of the trick-or-treat speech, according to my 2 yr old great-niece who immediately adopted the conclusion of the “trick or treat, smell my feet” phrase.

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