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I’m not sure if you know this but Halloween is a B-I-G deal in our household. Nolan starts the countdown usually right after his birthday since it’s in the middle of September, and he literally asks every. single. day if it’s Halloween yet. We love to break out the festive pajamas and books for the kids, and seeing how excited they get really makes everything that much more special.
Since the pandemic will most certainly be wrecking havoc on our spooky holiday plans, I’ve stocked up the kids library with all of the favorite ghoulishly-great reads to countdown to Halloween! Plus it’s a fun way to set aside time each night to spend as a family. Have a favorite story that’s not listed here? Please share!
Here’s a list of 31 Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos Books to Read with your Kids:
We LOVE Pete in our house and he’s such a fun character for kids of all ages. It’s also a lift-the-flap book.
There are spooky pop-up surprises to discover inside this fun book! Kids will love reading the comically creepy rhymes about the ghosts, witches, ghouls and other creatures who live in the Haunted House.
What happens when a town has an accidental abundance of pumpkins? This book is fun and the artwork is just spectacular.
4 – Crankenstein
This book is one of our favorites! It has a really great message and the plot will make kids laugh.
The artwork in this book is charming, and I love how it introduces the holiday in a way that kids can easily understand!
7 – Ten Timid Ghosts
Perfect for kids who are just learning to read, and it reinforces counting!
Another kid favorite, especially for those alphabet lovers! We read this one all year.
This one is not only fun with flaps to lift, but the message really resonates with my kid.
Another great book to celebrate Día de los Muertos, and to truly show children why we love this holiday!
11 – Froggy’s Halloween
My kids love the adventures of Froggy and this book is no exception. They giggle at how silly he is! It’s so cheerful.
Readers who love stories about friendship, school, and little monsters will love this clever and humorous picture book about a skeleton who is falling to pieces and needs help pulling himself together.
This one is especially poignant with the pandemic cancelling lots of Halloween plans. It’s got a great storyline of how the holiday is cancelled and then saved!
14 – Creepy Carrots!
This book is so fun, my kids love the rhymes and the silly theme.
The illustrations in this book are just perfect, and I love how they choose unique words for the alphabet.
The story is too cute and how it encourages empathy in our kids! Also helps children learn about mythological Halloween creatures in a non-scary setting.
A new book with adorable pictures, and a sweet and gently offbeat story of loneliness, bravery, and friendship that is sure to be a treat for little ghouls and goblins everywhere.
The 2nd book in the Creepy series, it’s just as funny and cute as the first.
A whimsical story about ghost care, this book is a perfect combination of offbeat humor, quirky and sweet illustrations, and the timeless theme of friendship.
Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!
With the delightful rhymes and signature illustration style, this book is full of festive costumes, fall colors, and plenty of Halloween fun.
22 – Monster Trucks
This book is perfect for the youngest monster and truck fans.
23 – Room on the Broom
A classic book perfect for Halloween, all about friendship and surprising (and not too scary) ending.
With adorable illustrations and even a big word or two, this book is great as a read-aloud or beginner book for early readers.
25 – The Hallo-Wiener
Such a fun read and my kids love the play on words!
26 – Click, Clack, Boo!
Great Halloween story without being too scary.
A fall favorite and also now a movie on Disney! It delivers a special message of tolerance and kindness in a fun, accessible format for early learners.
28 – Goodnight Goon
A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.
29 – Spooky Pookie
Perfect for toddlers while not being too spooky.
A haunted story that will have children singing with excitement.
Another Pete favorite, it’s catchy enough that you’ll be singing along!
BONUS – The Night Before Halloween
We always read this on the night before Halloween and it’s the perfect book to get the little ones ready for the day ahead.
Hope these help you and your entire family enjoy every day of October and leading up to Halloween.