Fa-Boo-Lous Halloween Picture Books!


Preschoolers and younger kids will love this selection of not-too-scary Halloween picture books. These read- aloud picks will make for some spooktacular fun!

Children love Halloween! It’s a holiday that evokes imagination, mystery and wonder. I love to lean into the magic of the season through Halloween picture books.

Pulling out the Halloween books every year at the beginning of October is a much anticipated tradition in my home.

Picture books are a lovely way to build excitement and anticipation about the up-coming holiday, and sharing these books with your children creates a lovely point of connection during a season that can be very busy and commercialized. It is so nice to slow down and savor the magic of the season through a good book!

Read along to discover our favorite Halloween picture books!

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Our Favorite Halloween Books:

Room on the Broom

It’s quirky, clever and exactly what you would expect from the creators of The Gruffalo. This is an annual “must-read!” Halloween picture book in our house.

Scary, Scary Halloween

Four sets of eyes (what creature do they belong to?) peer out in the dark as ghosts and goblins roam the streets on Halloween night.

Pick a Pumpkin

Picking out a pumpkin is an experience that is full of possibility, and the magic and wonder of this quintessential seasonal activity is captured perfectly in this book!

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween

Another Little Blue Truck hit that you will be reading on repeat for years to come!

Dress Up Day

This sweet story of friendship is such a great add for your bookshelf.

Trick or Treat Little Critter

Little Critter transports me back to 1995 and my own childhood, and it is so fun to re-explore beloved books through my sons eyes.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Floating shoes, clothes, hats and gloves. Can anything scare this little old lady?

It’s Pumpkin Time!

Come along on a trip to the pumpkin patch! This book perfectly captures the wholesomeness of a family trip to pick out pumpkins.

Pumpkin Eye

The mystery and magic of Halloween night are perfectly portrayed in this book!

Moonlight the Halloween Cat

It’s Moonlight’s favorite night of the year! Come along as she explores.

Creepy Carrots!

This isn’t technically a Halloween book. Buuuut, it has a great spooky feel, so it’s a perfect read for this time of year!

Creepy Crayon!

Again, not precisely a Halloween book, but this tale has enough creepy in it to make a perfect pick for spooky season.

Ten Timid Ghosts

Kids love countdown books, and this one is so well done with great, lyrical rhymes!

Eek! Halloween!

Boynton’s bold illustrations and catchy rhymes will be beloved by the youngest listeners! But don’t count this book out for older listeners; my 4 year still loves this story!

Click, Clack, Boo!

If you love Click, Clack, Moo (and let’s be real, who doesn’t??), then you will definitely want to add this book to your shelf as well!

Clifford’s Halloween

What a blast from the past to read Clifford books to my son! Clifford brings up all the nostalgia for me, and the great part is that my son loves Clifford too!

Happy Owl-oween!

The simple rhyme scheme and adorable illustrations of this book is perfect for little listeners.

Pumpkin Moonshine

This book perfectly, and humorously, captures the pure delight that surrounds picking out and carving a “pumpkin moonshine.”


This ghost story has the perfect amount of eerie to enchant your listeners.

Monster Trucks

What do monsters do when it’s not Halloween? They go to work!

I hope you and your little ones enjoyed these Halloween picture books! What are your family’s favorites?

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