Children's Halloween Books

Recommended Halloween Reading for Kids



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Looking for some 'scary' or 'not too scary' books for halloween?

There are some wonderful stories available for toddlers to teens. Here is my recommendations of what we have enjoyed.

I have listed the halloween books in each section in order from picture books to older children.

Witches, Goblins and Ghosts



  • Winnie the Witch Amazon UK by Valerie Thomas. Fun story. Winnie looks for a solution to stop her tripping over her cat.

  • Room on the Broom Amazon UK by Julia Donaldson. The great use of rhyme makes this book delightful! A good lesson in cooperation.

  • Georgie Amazon UK by Robert Bright. Georgie is a ghost who has a job to do. A very friendly little ghost and a great story.

  • Ghosts in the House Amazon UK by Kazuno Kohara. A very striking book. A little girl goes to live in a haunted house - but deals with the ghosts in an unusual way.

  • Stone Goblins Amazon UK by David Melling. One of a series of goblin books. Well written and fun to read.

  • The Worst Witch Amazon UK by Jill Murphy. The funny, hapless adventures of poor Mildred Hubble. She just can't seem to avoid getting things wrong.

  • Witches, Goblin and Ghost Books
    Pumpkins



  • Too Many Pumpkins Amazon UK by Linda White. What will pumpkin-hating Rebecca do when she has a bumper crop.

  • Pumpkin Moonshine Amazon UK by Tasha Tudor. This is a beautiful picture book. It's almost Halloween and little Sylvie Ann has found the biggest, fattest pumpkin. But before she can carve it into a giant, crooked-toothed jack-o'lantern, she has to get it home.

  • Pumpkin Jack Amazon UK by Will Hubbell. The death of a pumkin - told beautifully! We really liked this one. Perfect to combine with a time lapse video of your pumpkin decaying.

  • Jeb Scarecrows Pumpkin Patch Amazon UK by Jana Dillon. Lovely littly story about a determined scarecrow and his pumpkin patch.

  • Great Pumpkin Switch Amazon UK by Megan McDonald. A nostalgic book - Grampa tells of the time he accidentally cut the stem of his sister's prized pumpkin, causing if to fall down the front steps and smash.

  • Pumpkin Circle Amazon UK by George Levenson. Wonderful full color photographs of the life-cycle of a pumpkin.

  • Best Pumpkin books for children
    Scary Stories


  • In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories Amazon UK by Alvin Schwartz. An 'I can read' book. Pretty scary for little children, so stick to slightly older ones.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Amazon UK by Washington Irving. A great classic. Free from Guntenberg as either a downloadable book or audiobook.

  • Frankenstein Amazon UK by Mary Shelley. A much more complex story than you may think. Free from Guntenberg as either a downloadable book or audiobook.

  • Dracula Amazon UK by Bram Stoker. Very thrilling, but the language is quite hard work. Free from Guntenberg as either a downloadable book or audiobook.

  • I hope you enjoy these children's halloween books! If you would like some activities to go with them, then do check out my halloween activities page.

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