20 Books to Read Together on Halloween Night

Once the candy has been sorted and stored safely away for rationing (to prevent sugar highs, naturally), curl up with your littles (or yourself, no judgment!) with these delightful Halloween reads. There’s a little bit of everything in this list, from board books geared toward pre-readers to stories you and your littles can read and share together. No matter how or with whom you spend it or what you choose to read, I hope all of you have a fantastically spooky Halloween!

Halloween Is Coming! by Cal Everett (Words) and Lenny Wen (Pictures)
How to Build a Haunted House by Frank Tupta (Words) and Kyle Beckett (Pictures)
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween: A Lift-the-Flap Book! by Alice Schertle (Words) and Jill McElmurry (Pictures)
Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson (Words) and Kevan J. Atteberry (Pictures)
The Itty-Bitty Witch by Trisha Speed Shaskan (Words) and Xindi Yan (Pictures)
The Silly Sounds of Halloween: Lift-the-Flap Riddles Inside! by Mike Petrik
Super Hero Halloween (DC Justice League) by Random House
Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant (Words) and Steven Henry (Pictures)
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams (Words) and Megan Lloyd (Pictures)
Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex
Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney
Vlad the Rad by Brigette Barrager
Corduroy’s Trick or Treat by Don Freeman (Words) and Lisa McCue (Pictures)
There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher (Words) and Greg Abbott (Pictures)
Teeny Tiny Ghost by Rachel Matson (Words) and Joey Chou (Pictures)
Sweet and Spooky Halloween (Disney Princess) by RH Disney
The Littlest Witch by Brandi Dougherty (Words) and Jamie Pogue (Pictures)
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (Words) and Axel Scheffler (Pictures)
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan & Jan Berenstain

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Poem for the Day: October 31st, 2021

Halloween Party by Kenn Nesbitt

We’re having a Halloween party at school.
I’m dressed up like Dracula. Man, I look cool!
I dyed my hair black, and I cut off my bangs.
I’m wearing a cape and some fake plastic fangs.

I put on some makeup to paint my face white,
like creatures that only come out in the night.
My fingernails, too, are all pointed and red.
I look like I’m recently back from the dead.

My mom drops me off, and I run into school
and suddenly feel like the world’s biggest fool.
The other kids stare like I’m some kind of freak—
the Halloween party is not till next week.

© 2005 Kenn Nesbitt. “Halloween Party” originally appeared in Nesbitt’s collection When the Teacher Isn’t Looking, which was published in 2005 by Meadowbrook Press and is available to purchase wherever books are sold.

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All Aboard the ARC: Halloween Is Coming! by Cal Everett (Words) and Lenny Wen (Pictures)

Halloween Is Coming! by Cal Everett (Words) and Lenny Wen (Pictures)

***Note: I received a free digital review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Seasonal titles are often hit-or-miss in terms of quality and sales-worthiness. You have your perennial bestsellers, the classics, which always perform well. Then there’s the seasonal titles featuring licensed characters, like Pete the Cat or Peppa Pig. These are always a big hit with preschool audiences but are certainly nothing to write home about. And then finally are the newbies, the titles published especially for the holiday(s) in question that aren’t tied to any other franchise or proud tradition save the holiday itself.

The Three Types of Children’s Halloween Books © 2021 Fred Slusher. All rights reserved.

My verdict: it’s absolutely delightful. Everett’s pithy rhymes combined with Wen’s clean and colorful illustrations make for a spook-tacular family read for Halloween night.

Halloween Is Coming! belongs to the last category. My verdict: it’s absolutely delightful. Everett’s pithy rhymes combined with Wen’s clean and colorful illustrations make for a spook-tacular family read for Halloween night. I also really appreciated the diversity of the children featured in the picture book. Too many children’s books focus exclusively on able-bodied white children and this deliberate act of exclusion prevents BIPOC children and children who are differently-abled from being able to socialize themselves within the framework of their peers. In short, representation matters, and it doesn’t just matter in social issue titles that explicitly deal with race, ability, or any other demographic characteristic.

Too many children’s books focus exclusively on able-bodied white children and this deliberate act of exclusion prevents BIPOC children and children who are differently-abled from being able to socialize themselves within the framework of their peers.

I’m comfortable in saying that Halloween Is Coming! is my favorite new Halloween title published this year and will be one I enjoy reading in the future as well as recommending to my littlest customers and their adults.

Pumpkins at the farmers’ market / Jack-o-lantern when we carve it © 2021 Cal Everett (Words) and Lenny Wen (Pictures). All rights reserved.
© 2021 Lenny Wen. All rights reserved.

Halloween Is Coming! was published by SOURCEBOOKS Kids on August 3rd, 2021 and is available to purchase wherever books are sold.

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