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Halloween is just around the corner! My girls and I love Halloween! From decorating to getting dressed up, it’s always so much fun. One of our favorite ways to celebrate Halloween is by reading Halloween picture books. We read a couple of books each night leading up to Halloween night.
The list of 50+ Halloween Picture Books are perfect for read-alouds. They are also great for budding readers who are just beginning to practice reading on their own or with someone. The books are about Halloween themes or Halloween creatures. Some of the books have the added bonus of including the alphabet, counting, or colors. And a few even give a brief history of Halloween.
50+ Halloween Picture Books
The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly Halloween by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton – Gerry comes up with a creative Halloween costume, but when her best friend, Delilah, has a costume emergency, the very fairy princess makes a sacrifice that lets her sparkle. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween by David Biedrzycki – A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together. Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown – A little pumpkin dreams that one day he will grow up to scare the field mice just like the scarecrow scares the crows. One autumn day three children take him home and his chance to become a fierce yellow pumpkin comes into reality. Preschool – 2nd Grade
Halloween is… by Gail Gibbons – Describes the origins and history of Halloween traditions and festivities from ancient times to the present day. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Skeleton for Dinner by Margery Cuyler – Skeleton mistakes Big Witch and Little Witch’s guest list for a dinner list and takes off running. He is soon joined by Ghost and Ghoul. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Petal and Poppy and the Spooky Halloween! by Lisa Clough – When Petal admits Halloween is too spooky for her, Poppy helps her understand that it’s all pretend. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Calavera Abecedario A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book by Jeanette Winter – Every year Don Pedro and his sons make paper-mache skeletons for Mexico’s Day of the Dead. A fun alphabet book written in English with Spanish sprinkled in. Preschool – 3rd grade
Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream by Monica Brown – Lola upsets her best friends by playing Halloween tricks on them but with help from her family, she may still be able to enjoy her favorite holiday. Preschool – 5th Grade
Halloween Mice! by Bethany Roberts – Who’s hurrying, scurrying, whisking and frisking their way through a moonlit pumpkin patch? An adorable family of Halloween mice, of course! They have a quick, clever plan to scare off any hungry-looking cat who happens to rustle its way by. 1st – 4th Grade
Harriet’s Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson – Harriet learns the hard way that sharing her Halloween candy makes her feel much better than eating it all herself. Kindergarten – 3rd
Herbert’s first Halloween by Cynthia Rylant – Herbert and his father prepare for his first Halloween by making a tiger costume and practicing a big roar. Preschool and up
Halloween Surprise by Corinne Demas – Halloween is almost here and Lily wants to make her own costume for trick-or-treating. Should she be a scary ghost? Or maybe a roly-poly pumpkin? Perhaps a glittery princess! After many ideas, Lily finally settles on a costume that will be perfect for a Halloween surprise. Preschool – 1st Grade
Vunce Upon a Time by J.otto Seibold – Vegetarian vampire Dagmar loves candy and his interest is peeked about a human holiday where people hand out free candy! Preschool – 3rd Grade
Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis – a fun, mixed up alphabet book with Halloween pagent theme as each letter imbodies a different Halloween custume. Kindergarten – 3rd
Jeoffry’s Halloween by Mary Bryant Bailey – Jeoffry the farmer’s cat heads out to explore Halloween and find out things are not always what they seem. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Moonlight: The Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant – Moonlight the cat loves everything about Halloween, from pumpkins to children to candy. Preschool – 3rd Grade
It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green! by Dan Gutman – A night of regular trick-or-treating turns into the weirdest Halloween in the history of the universe. 1st-5th Grade
Birdie’s Happiest Halloween by Sujean Rim – Birdie loves autumn, but mostly she can not stop thinking about Halloween and what costume to wear, so when she visits her local museum she is inspired by everything she sees. Preschool – Kindergarten
Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween by Garth Stein – Mutt Enzo shares his first Halloween with Denny and Zoe while dressed as a ferocious dragon protector in a neighborhood transformed by jack-o-lanterns, giant spiders, and graveyard front lawns. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Mélanie Watt – From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the year! Preschool – 3rd Grade
At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman – Written in the pattern of the popular poem “Over in the Meadow,” this book all kinds of Halloween creatures and counting fun! Kindergarten – 2nd grade
It’s Halloween night! by Jennifer O’Connell – On Halloween night, a family dresses up to go Trick or Treat! Preschool – Kindergarten
Galaxy Zack A Haunted Halloween by Ray O’Ryan – Although Halloween is not celebrated on the planet Nebulon, Zach, a boy from Earth, discovers that ghosts may be real. Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Happy Halloween, Witch’s Cat! by Harriet Muncaster – A girl who believes she is a special witch’s cat is looking for the perfect costume. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea – Dressed in their costumes, Ollie and his siblings go out on Halloween night and have a scary but fun adventure. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Otter Loves Halloween by Sam Garton – Otter and Teddy celebrate Halloween. Preschool – 1st Grade
Hot Rod Hamster and the Haunted Halloween Party! by Cynthia Lord – It’s Halloween and Hot Rod Hamster is going to a party! But first, he must come up with a costume that’s fun and spooky enough to win the contest. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Shivery Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors by Mary McKenna Siddals – Learn colors by following a cute little creature on his adventure through haunted halls, moonlit forests . . . perhaps even a Halloween party! Preschool – Kindergarten
The Halloween Kid by Rhode Montijo – The brave and trusty Halloween Kid saves trick-or-treaters from a crowd of sweet-stealing Goodie Goblins. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray – This rhyming story tells of a group of animals, monsters, and witches who prepare such a frightening Halloween party that their expected trick-or-treaters all run away. Kindergarten – 4th Grade
It’s Halloween, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert – A boy and his pet dragon enjoy fall activities and celebrate a happy Halloween. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Celebrate Halloween by Deborah Heiligman – Describes the origins of Halloween and how various countries celebrate it. 1st – 4th Grade
Happy Halloween, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt – A mother reassures her young son as he imagines all the things that might go wrong while trick-or-treating. Preschool – Kindergarten
Froggy’s Halloween by Jonathan London – Froggy tries to find just the right costume for Halloween and although his trick-or-treating does not go as he had planned, he enjoys himself anyway. Preschool – Kindergarten
The Halloween House by Erica Silverman – Written in the pattern of the popular poem “Over in the Meadow,” the Halloween house, occupied by a variety of creatures, including werewolves, witches, bats, and skeletons, turns out to be an unfortunate choice as a hideout for a couple of escaped convicts. Preschool – 2nd Grade
Let’s Celebrate Halloween by Peter and Connie Roop – Describes the history and customs connected with Halloween and includes riddles, activities, and instructions for making some masks and costumes. Kindergarten and up
Shake Dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa – A rhythmic tale about different updated fairy tale characters who attend a hip-hop Halloween ball. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Franklin’s Halloween by Paulette Bourgeois – Franklin and his friends attend a Halloween party that features a mysterious ghost. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Dragon’s Halloween by Dav Pilkey – Dragon has a busy and fun-filled Halloween, turning six small pumpkins into one big jack-o-lantern, going to a costume party, and taking a spooky walk in the woods. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting – A band of trick-or-treaters and a mother cat and her kittens spend a very scary Halloween. Preschool and up
Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown – Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister’s costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes – Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos whose monstrous ball is interrupted by a true horror. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Tony Baloney Yo ho ho, Halloween! by Pam Muñoz Ryan – This year, Tony Baloney wants to stand out in the crowd at the school Halloween parade. But can he keep his costume intact until the day of the parade? Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Trick ARRR Treat: A Pirate Halloween by Leslie Kimmelman – Swashbuckling trick-or-treaters stomp and clomp through their neighborhood in search of treasure–aka Halloween candy–but they must be back before dark, because the pirate chief’s mom said so. Preschool – Kindergarten
Harold & Chester in Scared Silly: A Halloween Treat by James Howe – Bunnicula, the fang-toothed bunny, and his buddies are up to some new tricks in this high-spirited picture book adventure about a Howl-o’-ween night fright. Preschool and up
Boo-La-La Witch Spa by Samantha Berger – An overworked witch pampers herself after Halloween at a spa designed just for witch relaxation. Preschool – Kindergarten
Fright Club by Ethan Long – As the monsters of the Fright Club prepare to scare children on Halloween, an adorable little bunny tries to join the club. Preschool – 2nd Grade
There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider by Jennifer Ward – As the old mummy makes his way across a graveyard and through a haunted castle, he swallows all kinds of creepy things. Preschool – 3rd Grade
10 Trick-or-Treaters: A Halloween Counting Book by Janet Schulman – Ten trick-or-treaters start out on Halloween night, but they disappear one-by-one as they encounter a spider, a vampire, a ghost, and other scary creatures. Preschool – 2nd Grade
Tacky and the Haunted Igloo by Helen Lester – Tacky will teach these trick-or-treating hunters that, if they can’t get treats, they’re surely going to get tricked. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger – They search for the perfect costume, hand out candy to trick-or-treaters (or not!), and then go trick-or-treating themselves. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak – As Halloween nears, Monster tries out a variety of costumes until he finally comes up with the perfect idea. Preschool – Kindergarten
Black and Bittern Was Night by Robert Heidbreder – When skeletons take over a small town, the grown-ups call off trick-or-treating, but the kids in town vow to save the day. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin – Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Captain Awesome vs. the Spooky, Scary House by Stan Kirby – Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man must protect their town from a haunted house in this Halloween-themed adventure. Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell – It’s Halloween, and ten timid ghosts in a haunted house have a problem: A mean witch is preparing to move in and scare them away, one by one! Preschool – 3rd Grade
I Am a Witch’s Cat by Harriet Muncaster – A little girl believes her mother is a good witch—and she is a special witch’s cat! After all, every good witch needs a black cat. Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Day of the Dead / El Dia De Los Muertos by Bob Barner – Follow two children as they celebrate their ancestors on this vibrant holiday. They offer marigolds, sugar skulls, and special bread, and make delicious foods. Preschool – 2nd Grade
Druscilla’s Halloween by Sally M. Walker – Druscilla’s sore, ancient knees make it hard for her to sneak up on anyone to play witchy tricks. She tries to find a way for her to sneak quietly. After many failed attempts she has an idea that just might work! Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Boo, Haiku by Deanna Caswell – A witch, a bat, a skeleton, a jack-o’-lantern, a ghost, a black cat, a spider, an owl, and a scarecrow are all hiding in the pages of this clever Halloween-themed book. Preschool – Kindergarten
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills – Count from One Spooky Bus to Ten Goofy Ghosts as this Halloween ride races through town. Preschool – Kindergarten
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson – After returning some items a witch lost, 3 animals want a ride on her broom but is there room for all of them? Preschool – 2nd Grade
Be sure to stop by my Homeschool Totschool Preschool page where I will be linking all our books lists and other resources. And if you are looking for kid-friendly Halloween crafts, make sure you check out my Kids Crafts page where I link all our crafts.
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