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Scary Good Halloween Picture Books

Being scared can be so much fun when you’re snuggled up safe and warm with a good book! Here are some of our picks for the best Halloween books for kids—we’ve got ghouls, vampires, bats, a very good witch, and a few adorable trick-or-treaters. Find the perfect Halloween picture books and read-alouds, or turn up the thrills and chills with a seriously scary middle-grade book.

Halloween Books for Babies & Toddlers

It’s never too early to dress up! Guess which animals are behind each adorable costume in the adorable board book Masquerade Party, and write a letter to Santa with Ginger the Halloween witch in Merry Witchmas. Manny the bat has a surprise when he loses his fangs in Manny Loses His Fangs! The youngest readers will get a little scare and a log of laughs with the Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree when trick-or-treaters discover a carnival with a warlock rodeo, a witches’ brew contest, goblin pie, and a tricky hall of mirrors.

Halloween Early Readers… Plus Bonus Fun!

If you’re looking for Halloween books with some added brains, try these spooky Kane Press titles—The Case of Vampire Vivian from our Science Solves It series, and The Great Pumpkin Smash from Makers Make It Work. Both feature scary-smart activities to keep your little goblins learning. The Case of the Haunted Haunted House has detectives-in-training Milo and Jazz using STEM problem-solving skills to try to unravel the mystery when their class’ “haunted house” turns out to really be haunted!

Seriously Scary Middle Grade Books

It takes a little more to intrigue older readers! The Ghosts of Ordinary Objects series is a deliciously spooky trilogy featuring Bone’s Gift, Lingering Echoes, and The Truce. Twelve-year-old Bone possesses a Gift that allows her to see the stories in everyday objects in this supernatural historical mystery series, perfect for reading on chilly fall nights by flickering candlelight.

The Goolz Next Door series is a spooky series set in the suburbs—when horror novelist Frank Goolz and his daughters, Ilona and Suzie, move next door, twelve-year-old Harold is only hoping to make exciting new friends. But it turns out that Frank’s books are actually based on real-life paranormal scares! Check out A Bad Night for Bullies and The Mallow Marsh Monster.

Whatever Halloween stories you’re reading with your kiddos, class, or library story group—we wish you a safe and spooky Halloween! Order your books now at your favorite BOOkstore.

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