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Halloween Children’s Books That I Love To Read

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I advocate for teaching kids to read and helping them develop a love for it. I think it is essential for children to read. In my household, one way to excite my children to read is with holiday books, especially Halloween children’s books. Here is a list of my favorite Halloween children’s books that I love to read to my children or that they now love to read to me! We pull these out at the beginning of every Halloween season and read them repeatedly!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything Book Cover

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything (via
by Linda Williams

This book is entertaining for little kids because they can do actions while you read the book!

Synopsis: Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard… clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! Book Cover

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! (via
By Lucille Colandro

Who doesn’t love the There Was an Old Lady books? I love this book because, like all the other books, the ending is surprising!

Synopsis: The Old Lady is back, and this time, she’s swallowing a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin…and more! This Halloween-themed twist on the classic rhyme will delight and entertain all brave readers who dare to read it!

Dem Bones Book Cover

Dem Bones (via
by Bob Barner

This book is educational. You read about the different bones in the body. The fun thing is that if you know the song, it is fun to sing this book to your kids!

Synopsis: Sing with a colorful skeleton band in this exuberant rendition of a traditional, most-loved African-American spiritual passed down by word of mouth for generations.

Frank was a Monster who wanted to Dance Book Cover

Frank was a Monster who wanted to Dance (via
by Keith Graves

This book is funny! My kids think it is just hilarious!

Synopsis: Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat and shoes made in France, opened a jar, and put ants in his pants!

Bedtime at the SWAMP Book Cover

Bedtime at the SWAMP (via
by Kristyn Crow

This book has a part the kids love chanting with you as you read! There is also a fun new friend at the end!

Synopsis: It’s bedtime at the swamp—except somebody’s not ready. Somebody’s still splashing in the water and the mud.

Shivery Shades of HALLOWEEN Book Cover

Shivery Shades of HALLOWEEN (via
by Mary McKenna Siddals

This book has a lot of fun rhyming words as you read about Halloween’s different colors!

Synopsis: What color is Halloween? It’s as green as an “eerie glow, evil grin, vile brew, clammy skin,” and as white as “cobwebs clinging, a misty trail, a skull, a spook, a face gone pale . . .”

Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies Book Cover

Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies (via
by Mark Kimball Moulton

I always love to read books with witches. This witch is 400 years old and makes pies for all the kids in the neighborhood. There is a surprise at the end about how she serves it!

Synopsis: At Halloween, all the neighborhood children look forward to eating the delicious pumpkin pies made by Fiona, an old woman who reminds them of a witch.

The Skeleton in the Closet Book Cover

The Skeleton in the Closet (via
by Alice Schertle

This book is my favorite Halloween book of all time. We have two copies! I have read it to my kids so many times that I have memorized it. The kids repeatedly ask me to read this book; they love it so much! The Skeleton in the Closet is an adorable book.

Synopsis: Bam! Bam! Bam! A skeleton’s knocking at the door. Creak… creak… creak… Now he’s going up the steps — but this skeleton isn’t looking for what you’d expect. Snickers and shivers await readers in this wickedly funny rhyming story that will surely tickle funny bones.

Every year, I find new Halloween books that I love. For now, this is my list of favorite Halloween books to read with my children. I hope you and your family enjoy these books as much as we have over the years! Until next time, happy reading!

I am a stay-at-home wife and mother to three amazing kids. Our family is in constant battles with ADHD and tactile defensiveness. I think we're the perfectly imperfect family! I am an introvert, and I recently discovered that I am a highly sensitive person. I love to be at home, and my favorite hobbies are reading, cooking, watching movies, puzzles, and playing games with my family.

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