Top Ten Halloween Books for Children

Volunteering to read-aloud at your child’s school and need a few good Halloween titles? Trying to get your tween to enjoy reading more?

Check out these Halloween-y stories that are guaranteed to creep out the kids (but not TOO much).Top Ten Halloween Books for Children

10. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Written by Alvin Schwartz, Illustrated by Stephen Gammell (ages 8-12) Are you brave enough for Scary Stories?Welcome to the macabre world of Scary Stories, where folklorist Alvin Schwartz offers up the most alarming collection of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time. Here is a selection of extraordinarily chilling tales along with spine-tingling illustrations by renowned artist Brett Helquist.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
9. Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt
Written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Illustrated by Marc Simont
(ages 6-9) It is Halloween night, and all the kids are dressed up to go trick-or-treating. But Nate’s friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat Little Hex is missing. Is he hiding, or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog, Sludge, are on the case!
Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt
8. Room on the Broom
Written by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler 
(ages 3-7) The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?
Room on the Broom
7. The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
Written by Jack Prelutsky, Illustrated by Arnold Lobel (ages 6 and up) From a “mud-encrusted” mummy to the eponymous rider, these 12 creepy creations–abetted by Goreyesque black-and-white artwork–are sure to raise readers’ hackles.
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
6. Ten Timid Ghosts
Written and Illustrated by Jennifer O’Connell 
(ages 4-8) 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! Young trick-or-treaters learn to count from ten to one as each ghost flies away from the witch’s spooky tricks. Will the ghosts figure out how to frighten the witch away in time for Halloween night?
Ten Timid Ghosts
5. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Written by Charles M. Schulz, Illustrated by Scott Jeralds 
(ages 4 and up) It’s Halloween! Time for ghosts, ghouls, and…
the Great Pumpkin? Linus is sure that this year the Great Pumpkin will finally appear. Join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang for some spooky tricks and hilarious treats in this thirty-fifth anniversary adaptation of the television special!
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
4. The Witches
Written by Roald Dahl, Illustrated by Quentin Blake 
(ages 8 and up) This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!
The Witches
3. The Graveyard Book
Written by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean 
(ages 10 and up) Neil Gaiman’s perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book, has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?
The Graveyard Book
2. Sweet Dreams, Little Monster
Written by Caroline Bennett, Illustrated by Alexa Moon (ages 2-6) 
Sweet Dreams, Little Monster is the delightful tale of a friendly little monster being put to bed.From learning that a bubble bath can be fun to brushing the beetles from his teeth, the young monster learns everything.
He uses a bug-flavored toothpaste and drinks hot slime for his bedtime drink, he even prays before bed, and then enjoys a bedtime story or two.
Sweet Dreams, Little Monster
1. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Boxed Set
Written by Ransom Riggs (ages 10 and up) 
Together for the first time, here is the #1 New York Times best seller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and its two sequels, Hollow City and Library of Souls. All three hardcovers are packaged in a beautifully designed slipcase. Also included: a special collector’s envelope of twelve peculiar photographs, highlighting the most memorable moments of this extraordinary three-volume fantasy.
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Boxed Set