Halloween Picks
Not-So-Spooky Halloween Reads

Get in the Halloween spirit with these not-too-scary reads for kids!

Chris Van Allsburg

A 25th anniversary edition of the enchanting story of a widow who finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom after a witch falls into her garden.

Eileen Christelow

Five little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They’re going trick-or-treating with their favorite babysitter, Lulu. Mama reminds her, “Don’t lose the rascals!” But soon those mischievous monkeys meet other costumed friends and decide to try “the best Halloween trick ever!”

H. A. Rey

It's Halloween! Curious George and his friends take turns surprising each other with a good “BOO!” Whether leaping out of crunchy leaf piles, surprising friends in silly costumes, or jumping out in the pumpkin patch, George discovers that shouting “BOO!” is one of the best parts of a spooky and fun-filled Halloween.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hilli Kushnir

This board book features a classic rhyming read-aloud text with the five silly glittery ghosts in Halloween costumes as they peer through a die-cut cover. Each page turn provides a playfully ghoulish reveal.

David Goodner, Louis Thomas

Ginny Goblin has one simple rule to follow: She is not allowed to open this box. Not until dinnertime. But Ginny Goblin doesn't like to follow the rules, so nothing will stop her from trying to open this box. Not a tall tower, not a misty mountain, not a frightful forest, and certainly not a murky moat filled with scaly, scary serpents. But wait! What is in the box? You'll have to open this book to find out! (Don't worry, you're allowed.)

Ryan Sias

Learn to draw more than twenty ghastly characters in silly scenes on every page. It’s clever, creative, and contagious fun!

Eve Bunting, Jan Brett

Green eyes watch from the dark as skeletons dance, goblins skip, and ghosts float by. Come along to find a scary, scary surprise! With rhythm, rhyme, and just the right amount of fright, this is the perfect spooky story to share on Halloween!

Nancy E. Shaw, Margot Apple

What will happen when the sheep go trick-or-treating? Could there be wolves lurking in the woods, hoping to waylay them as they return home with their bags full of goodies? In crisp verse and whimsically eerie pictures, Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple tell the lively story of a remarkable Halloween adventure.

Cambria Evans

When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?

Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry

Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is picking up his animal friends for a costume party. Lift the flaps in this large, sturdy board book to find out who’s dressed up in each costume! Will Blue wear a costume too?