Halloween is just over a week away! Can you believe it? Mae picked a pretty adorable sibling costume for her and Winnie this year and I can’t wait to see them both dressed up!
Besides costumes, my two favorite things about the holiday are Halloween pajamas (I bought both the girls this adorable set!) and books. Both of the girls love snuggling up on the couch and reading piles of Halloween books every day. Mae is much more interested in the “spooky” characters this year than she was last, which has been so fun.
I thought I’d share some top Halloween books with you guys. We don’t have all of these, but they’re all on my list. Mae’s top pick is Monster Trouble (it’s so cute!) and Winnie’s obsessed with 10 Trick-or-Treaters.
Books for Babies & Toddlers:
1 | Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara
This book has charming, vintage-inspired illustrations in orange, black, and white. It’s the story of a little girl witch with a haunted house full of ghosts. Luckily she is not afraid because she knows just what to do! She catches the ghosts and puts them to use – as tablecloths, curtains, and more!
2 | You Are my Pumpkin by Joyce Wan
From a tickly spider to a messy monster, this board book is filled with the sweetest Halloween characters. Tell your baby just how much you adore them. “Baby, I’m just batty for you!”
3 | Who’s There on Halloween? by Susan Hagen Nipp
A sweet rhyming board book that will have its tiny readers using clues to guess which Halloween character is on the next page. Could it be a witch? An owl? A ghost?
4 | One Spooky Night by Kate Stone
Sometimes things that seem scary aren’t that scary after all. That’s the message the little monster learns in this book on his moonlit stroll. This book features cut-outs, glitter, and vellum making it extra unique.
5 | Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli
A sweet story about a little pumpkin seed who yearns for the day that he will be a big and scary Lack-o-Lantern so people will be frightened of his “boo.” He finds a mentor in the friendly-faced wind who tells him to be patient, until one day he finally grows up.
6 | Five Little Ghosts by Patricia Hegarty
Five sweet little ghosts are looking for somewhere to play, but end up making mischief in this sweet rhyming book. After their day of adventure, they all snuggle up together in bed for the night.
7 | Frankenstein: A BabyLit Anatomy Primer by Jennifer Adams
BabyLit is a fun way to introduce your baby to the world of classic literature. This book names all of Frankenstein’s body parts and has simple yet adorable illustrations.
8 | Boo! by Leslie Patricelli
Follow along as baby gets ready for Halloween! He carves a pumpkin, picks a costume, and prepares to go trick-or-treating.
9 | Boo, Bunny by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Two little bunnies are a little nervous for Halloween, but when they bump into each other and decide to adventure together things aren’t so scary and even a little fun!
10 | 10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman
A Halloween counting book! Ten trick-or-treaters head out together on Halloween night, but their group becomes smaller and smaller as each child is tightened off by a spooky creature.
Books for Young Children:
11 | Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson
This one is a favorite at our house and will last way past Halloween! It’s the story of a brave little girl named Winifred Schnitzel who is afraid of nothing. But every night when she’s trying to sleep, monsters sneak in and wake her up. She tries a few tricks to scare them off until finally one night by chance she learns it’s just a kiss that’s needed to send them running!
12 | Gilbert the Ghost by Guido van Genechten
A story about Spartacus, a friendly ghost who doesn’t do so well in ghost school because he’s not like other ghosts. He doesn’t like to scare or haunt and he’s always polite. The principal sends him to the “Abandoned Tower” to learn to be scary, where he meets a black cat. The two become friends and together make the most of being different.
13 | No Such Thing by Ella Bailey
Georgia knows there is no such thing as ghosts! So when she notices things are out of place, missing, or broken, she quickly decides who the culprit must be. But little readers will know the truth as there are sweet little ghosts peeking out from every scene!
14 | Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace
A darling story about a vampire girl who wants to become a ballerina, and the obstacles she needs to overcome. Like needing a class that meets at night, not having her reflection show in the mirror, and not scaring her classmates with her fangs. A fun story of perseverance with the cutest illustrations.
15 | Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Skeleton wakes up one morning with a case of the hiccups. They’re making his day harder than it should be, but he just can’t shake them. His friend Ghost suggests the usual remedies, and even tries to scare them out of him. Until ghost gets a better idea involving a mirror…
16 | Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
Leo is a friendly ghost, but when a new family moves into his house they misunderstand his attempts at being a good host. Leo decides to leave and see the world and soon meets Jane, a super fun girl who think he’s an imaginary friend. But she soon will learn the truth!
Do you or your child have any other favorites? I’d love to know!
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