Picture Books to Celebrate Halloween

Halloween Stories

Read & Reflect to Grow Big Hearts

Halloween is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. For good reason. What child (or child-hearted adult) wouldn't love a celebration of candy and costumes?

Of course, this season lends itself to some difficult conversations, when young children observe costumes, magazine advertisements, and television previews that may be beyond their emotional readiness. Some are just downright yucky.

These books will help your child navigate this tricky season. 

Conversation Starters

  • What is courage?
  • Does everyone get scared?
  • What should you do when you are afraid?
  • Can you imagine a situation when you could be very brave, like the character in a story? Color a picture or tell a story about this idea.
  • Why is it fun to dress up as someone or something else?
  • How can we help others during this fun, creative holiday?

Enjoy this short, spooky list of Halloween books.

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter

There is nothing wrong with being shy or fearful. But even the most timid among us have the capacity for great bravery. Full of hilarious hilarious illustrations, this book is perfect for any cat lover or any kid looking to unlock his inner courage.



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Zen Ghosts by Jon Muth

Reconnect with Addy, Michael, andKarl from Zen Shortsas they celebrate Halloween with their good friend Stillwater. A ghostly tale and Muth’s signature poetic prose set a wonderful tone in this story.

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Tuesday by David Weisener

If you haven’t had a chance to fall in love with David Weisener’s work, now is the time, and this is the book! Though it may not be a Halloween book explicitly, the unexpected nocturnal flight of frogs sets a perfectly eerie, charmingly fantastical tone for the holiday. 

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Stellaluna by Janel Cannon

Nothing sets a Halloween mood quite like bats. But this little tale of a lost baby bat and her attempt to fit in with a kindly bird family is fun in any season. Stellaluna’s adventures teach kids all about bats, and even more importantly, all about how good friends can appreciate their differences.


Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

A witch and her cat are off on a moonlit broom ride when her hat is blown off into the darkness.  As they attempt to recover the witchy hat, they wind up taking on passengers, dodging a dragon, and solving their space conundrum with style! Axel Scheffler’s illustration make the whole thing incredibly fun!

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A wonderful book to get kids talking about courage and bravery.

Beneath the Ghost Moon by Jane Yolen

This powerful lesson in forgiveness and courage is also a delightfully fanciful story. The dreaded creepie-crawlies nearly ruin the Halloween ball for all the excited mice. This adventure may inspire your own little mice to stage a Halloween dance party!

Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Page by page the monster grows, until your little one is ready to show him who is boss. Then page by page, watch that monster disappear. This book is sure to vanish Halloween fears.

Looking for a chapter book? Older children (9 to 12 or so) might also enjoy this:

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

In one of his few books for children, Bradbury brings kids on a ghostly time travel adventure to search for their lost friend, and the meaning of Halloween. In the end, the boys in the story are courageous enough to make an important sacrifice to save their friend and get home again.



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