Halloween Picture Books

Witches, ghosts, black cats and jack-o-lanterns! This collection of Halloween picture books features some frights, and lots of fun.
Updated October 2, 2022
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Scary, Scary Halloween
Eve Bunting
Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat.
How to Make Friends with a Ghost
Rebecca Green
What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favorite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren't looking!...
Halloween Forest
Marion Dane Bauer
If you take your trick-or-treat sack and venture into the dark woods on Halloween night, you'll find cat bones, rat bones, and bat bones - and all are looking at YOU! "Take care! Beware! Despair! the bone creatures cry. "You can bet you've just met your worst nightmare!" What will you do?...
A Woggle of Witches
Adrienne Adams
The witches are frightened by strange creatures on the night of their special celebration.
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Charles M. Schulz
Adapted for the first time since the late 1960s, this 35th anniversary tie-in to the Peanuts' classic television special features Linus giving up trick-or-treating on Halloween to await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Full-color illustrations. 50,000
Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Marisa Montes
Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party in this bilingual poem written by Marisa Montes, with illustrations by award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales Under October's luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted...
Just Say Boo!
Susan Hood
If three dinosaurs roar when you open your door, what do you say "Boo!" of course! In this charmingly spooky story by Susan Hood, little trick-or-treaters learn just what to say in every Halloween situation. From rattling bones to ghostly footsteps, Susan captures all the...
The Vanishing Pumpkin
Tony Johnston
A 700-year-old woman and an 800-year-old man, both witches, go searching on Halloween night for the pumpkin someone snitched from them.
Zen Ghosts
Jon J. Muth
Stillwater, the beloved Zen panda, now in his own Apple TV+ original series!It's Halloween. The trees are ablaze in fiery reds. Excited children don colorful costumes. And there's mystery and fun around every corner!When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are...
The Bones of Fred McFee
Eve Bunting
In this rhythmic story, an unsuspecting brother and sister bring a toy skeleton home from the harvest fair. They name it Fred McFee and hang it from a sycamore tree. Soon, eerie things begin to happen: The rooster disappears. The hens won't lay. Most terrifying of all, Fred's bones dance...
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Linda Williams
"A splendiferous Halloween story." --The Horn Book "A great purchase for Halloween or any time of year." --School Library Journal (starred review) 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...
Bone Soup: A Spooky, Tasty Tale
Alyssa Satin Capucilli
"A delight...Just the right mix of creepy and humorous, treading the line between scary and fun." --Kirkus Reviews "Plenty of tasty vocabulary...As ghoulishly bright as a jack-o'-lantern." --Publishers Weekly Three little witches...
The Hallo-Wiener
Dav Pilkey
From Dav Pilkey, creator of the New York Times bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes Oscar, a little dog with a big bullying problem.Oscar is a little dog with a big problem -- he gets more tricks than treats because other dogs tease him all the time. But one brave act on...
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
Stan Berenstain
Carve out family time for this classic Berenstain Bear's read! Three brave little bears explore the inside of a mysterious old tree and go into, up, through, over, down, and out.
Creepy Carrots!
Aaron Reynolds
In this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots--especially Crackenhopper Field carrots. He eats them on the way to school. He eats...
Big Pumpkin
Erica Silverman
A little bat uses brains over brawn in this not-so-scary Halloween picture book. The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine. It's so big the...
Arthur's Halloween
Marc Brown
Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister's costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.
Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson
This fun family read-aloud is the perfect way to start Halloween celebrations with a sweet-but-slightly-spooky story that makes it an ideal gift book The witch and her cat couldn't be happier, flying through the sky on their broomstick-until the witch drops her hat, then her bow,...
Space Case
Edward Marshall
For use in schools and libraries only. A visitor from outer space lands unnoticed on Earth at Halloween, goes trick-or-treating with some children, and visits a classroom.
Cranberry Halloween
Wende Devlin
The citizens of Cranberryport need to raise money to build a new dock after theirs was destroyed in a storm. Almost everyone in town volunteers to help, with Mr. Whiskers volunteering to keep the money they raise in his grandfather's old moneybox. Cranky Mr. Grape not only refuses to donate money...
Hey-How for Halloween!
Lee Bennett Hopkins
The Pomegranate Witch
Denise Doyen
When a scary old tree blooms with the most beautiful pomegranates ever seen, the neighborhood kids' mouths water with anticipation. But the tree isn't theirs--and it has a protector! So begins the Pomegranate War, a fun, rollicking, rhyming tale of a battle between the sly, plucky young rascals and...
Clifford’s Halloween
Norman Bridwell
Celebrate Halloween with Clifford in this vintage reissue of the 1966 classic.This vintage hardcover reissue of Clifford's Halloween showcases Norman Bridwell's 1966 two-color artwork and brings the traditional silliness of Halloween to a new generation of readers. Emily Elizabeth and...
Halloween Hoots and Howls
Joan Horton
There's going to be a party. You're invited one and all. We'll be waiting there to greet you At the Ghost and Goblin Ball. A Frankenstein who shops at the grocery store. A ghost who's afraid of ghosts. A witch with a turbo broomstick. These are just a few of the quirky...
The Widow's Broom
Chris Van Allsburg
A widow finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom left by a witch who fell into the widow's garden.
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich
Adam Rex
Being a monsternbsp;isn't all frightening villagers and sucking blood.nbsp;Monsters have their trials, too. Poor Frankenstein's cupboard is bare, Wolfman is in need of some household help, and it's best not to get started on Dracula’s hygiene issues. What could be scarier? nbsp;nbsp...
Arthur Howard
Mitzi is a witch who likes creepy things. So when she decides to get a pet, she wants the creepiest pet possible. But the bats she tries are too batty, the toad does nothing but eat bugs, and the warthogs . . . well, that’s a whole other story. Mitzi is in despair. She wants a...
The Soup Bone
Tony Johnston
Looking for a soup bone on Halloween, a little old lady finds a hungry skeleton instead.
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
Stan Berenstain
This classic Berenstain Bears story is a perfect way to celebrate Halloween, all the while teaching children about the difference between right and wrong Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book(R) from Stan and Jan Berenstain. It's Halloween and Brother and...
Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat
Doreen Cronin
Will the barnyard animals trick--or treat--Farmer Brown? Find out in this Halloween tale from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo. Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into...
The Little Kitten
Nicola Killen
"Lucky kitten, lucky readers: a sweet, special Halloween story." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This gentle story is a sweet option for a Halloween read-aloud and will please young feline fans any time of the year." --Booklist From beloved...
The Halloween Tree
Susan Montanari
A charming, funny, and heartwarming kids Halloween picture book that will help to start a new seasonal tradition. Perfect for kids 3-5 or any young child in your life that wants to celebrate the spookiest season of the year. Everyone knows most young saplings dream of becoming Christmas trees....
Happy Halloween, Witch's Cat!
Harriet Muncaster
A little girl believes her mother is a good witch, and she is a special witch's cat. Together, they're out to find the perfect Halloween costume. But what could be better than being a witch's cat To create the whimsical world of Witch's Cat, author-illustrator Harriet...
Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween
Rubin Pingk
A young ninja and his adorable younger sister who wants to be just like him are in for the Halloween of their lives in this tender sibling story with graphic novel-inspired illustrations, Samurai style. It is Halloween, and Yukio is excited to celebrate! But whatever Yukio does,...
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt
Riel Nason
When you're a quilt instead of a sheet, being a ghost is hard! An adorable picture book for fans of Stumpkin and How to Make Friends with a Ghost. Ghosts are supposed to be sheets, light as air and able to whirl and twirl and float and soar. But the little ghost who...
The Witches' Supermarket
Susan Meddaugh
"Has what it takes: suspense, humor, and intriguing clues. A book that's as much fun as Halloween itself." --School Library Journal While trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Helen and her dog Martha (begrudgingly dressed as a cat) walk into a very unusual supermarket. One...
Shy Mama's Halloween
Anne Broyles
When their father gets sick and cannot take them out trick or treating on their first Halloween in this new country, Anya and her sisters and brothers are surprised when their shy mother agrees to accompany them.
Franklin's Halloween
Paulette Bourgeois
Franklin and his friends are excited about the Halloween party. But things get scary when Franklin begins to think that there might be a real ghost at the party.
I Spy Spooky Night: A Book of Picture Riddles
Jean Marzollo
The New York Times bestseller I Spy Spooky Night is back with a brand-new design and trim size. Get ready to I Spy in a haunted house with lots of creepy riddles to solve!Kids of all ages will enjoy a fun and spooky exploration as a trickster skeleton beckons readers from room...
The Halloween House
Erica Silverman
"In a hilarious spoof of the counting classic Over in the Meadow, Silverman deposits two escaped convicts in a haunted house, and then lets the inhabitants scare the escapees back to prison. Cheerfully rendered ghoulies accompany each delightfully understated rhyme...A hit if read aloud or read...
Froggy's Halloween
Jonathan London
Froggy tries to find just the right costume for Halloween, and although his trick-or-treating does not go as planned, he enjoys himself anyway. Color illustrations throughout.
The Story of the Jack O'Lantern
Katherine Tegen
On Halloween night, we dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and carve jack-o'-lanterns. But what is really behind these holiday traditions? It all started with a greedy man named Jack, who made a pact with the wrong person. When it comes time for Jack to repay his debt, the deal...
Pumpkin Cat
Ann Turner
On a stormy night in October, a ginger cat finds refuge in the "Returned Books" bin of the local library. Rescued by two kind librarians, Pumpkin Cat makes a home for herself in the large children's room. But the wooden sheep and the sock monkey never talk, and once the librarians leave for the day,...
Hardly Haunted
Jessie Sima
From the bestselling creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a delightfully spooky story about an old house who wants to be a home...even if her new family isn't what she expected. House has a problem. She's a little spooky. She's a little cobwebby. Oh, no! What if...
Ten Spooky Pumpkins
Steve Soenksen
Join celebrated creator Gris Grimly in this spooky countdown, as one little girl ventures out into the night for an unforgettable Halloween adventure!10 little pumpkins, sitting in a line,looking for a cat and they found nine.The wind said SWOOSH and the gate went CREAK.The owl cried...
Pick a Pumpkin
Patricia Toht
The creators of Pick a Pine Tree are back with a joyful, energetic celebration of a Halloween tradition. Pick a pumpkin from the patch. Tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right. Pairing a...
By the Light of the Halloween Moon
Caroline Stutson
In this fun, cumulative tale, a little girl's toe taps a tune as her legs dangle from a footbridge that has all sorts of creatures hidden underneath. There are cats and witches, bats and ghosts. With a rhythmic, bouncy text and imaginative illustrations, this Halloween story is sure to tickle...
Mrs. McMurphy's Pumpkin
Rick Walton
One morning, a few days before Halloween, Mrs. McMurphy wakes up to find a large pumpkin by her front door. "My mouth is here. I speak to you. When my teeth are here, I'll eat you!" it says with a mischievous grin. Unafraid, Mrs. McMurphy politely places the threatening squash outside. But day after...
Boo-La-La Witch Spa
Samantha Berger
Spooky meets silly in this unique Halloween story about a witch's night out at the fa-BOO Witch Spa! Halloween is the most important day of the year for any witch. So when the holiday ends and the witches are tired from tricking and treating, they all head to the fa-boo Witch Spa...
Snowmen at Halloween
Caralyn Buehner
The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series. Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've...
Vampire Boy's Good Night
Lisa Brown
When the sun goes down and everything is wonderfully cold and dark, a vampire boy and a little witch go searching for children in the night. But this is no ordinary night. It is Halloween, and what they find may surprise them. . . .
Not Very Scary
Carol Brendler
Melly is a brave little monster who is not afraid of anything. She loves surprises, and when her fun-loving cousin invites her over for a big surprise, Melly excitedly sets out for a visit. On her way, she notices skittish skeletons, a coal-black cat, and even ghoulish goblins following her. But...
Boo! Haiku
Deanna Caswell
Bestselling illustrator Bob Shea and poet Deanna Caswell are back, this time with a haiku book filled with frights that delight. Here's a spooky haiku just for you! broom across the moon pointed hat at the window hair-raising cackle Can you guess who from this...
Monster School
Kate Coombs
Twilight's here. The death bell rings. Everyone knows what the death bell brings--it's time for class! You're in the place where goblins wail and zombies drool. (That's because they're kindergartners.) Welcome to Monster School. In this entertaining collection of poems, award-winning poet Kate...
Lucy Ruth Cummins
From the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of A Hungry Lion comes a unique Halloween story about a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern. Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He's as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a...
Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet
Diane de Groat
Gilbert wants to be a Martian Space Pilot at the school costume parade, but a mix-up leaves him with nothing but his little sister's ballerina tutu to wear! In this hilarious follow-up to the best-selling Roses Are Pink, Ypur Feet Really Stink , everyone's favorite porcupine learns all about the ups...
10 Busy Brooms
Carole Gerber
Celebrate Halloween with this fun and festive counting book, perfect for fans ofRoom on the Broom! Young readers will want to fly the night sky with the ten little witches in this bright and adventurous Halloween story. Whether zooming past rattling skeletons, buzzing by...
Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat
Tracy C. Gold
An adorable rhyming Halloween book with educational nonfiction elements woven in, perfect for classrooms and libraries! Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me lots of BUGS to eat! Follow along as a young bat takes flight on Halloween night and eats lots of delicious bugs along the way!...
The Ugly Pumpkin
Dave Horowitz
No one wants to take home the Ugly Pumpkin. Sure, he doesn’t look like any of the other pumpkins, but why does everyone have to tease him so much? The poor, lonely pumpkin goes in search of a place where he’ll fit in—and finally discovers the truth about who he is and where he...
Sir William and the Pumpkin Monster
Margery Cuyler
Unsuccessful in his schemes to frighten the family he lives with, a frustrated ghost has a terrifying experience himself on Halloween night.
In the Haunted House
Eve Bunting
All we see are two pairs of sneakers, one large, one small, as a little girl and her father tour a dark, mysterious house.
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
James Dean
Author and artist James Dean brings us a groovy rendition of the classic favorite children's song "Five Little Pumpkins," sung by cool cat Pete and perfect for Halloween. A New York Times bestselling favorite! Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins is in a sturdy paper-over...
Halloween Is Coming!
Cal Everett
A fun, rhyming read-aloud Halloween picture book that starts a new holiday tradition. Perfect for kids 4-8 or any young child wanting to celebrate the spookiest season of the year! Marching in the school parade in frightening costumes that we've made; Look around, the signs...
Miriam Glassman
When crotchety old witch Hepzibah is given a human child to take care of, she's horrified (not a wart on her, poor thing).And when, after years of careful training in witchery, the child, Halloweena, asks for human playmates, Hepzibah is aghast. Nevertheless, she wants to see Halloweena happy, and...
Duck & Goose: Honk! Quack! Boo!
Tad Hills
It's Halloween in the meadow, and the beloved, classic, and New York Times bestselling feathered friends Duck & Goose go trick-or-treating!Now an animated series, available to stream on Apple TV+! Duck is going as a spooky ghost. Goose is going as a brave superhero. And...
Fright Club
Ethan Long
This monster mash-up from Geisel winner Ethan Long doles out the laughs and the chills in equal measure. Each year, on Halloween eve, Fright Club meets to go over their plan: Operation Kiddie Scare. Only the scariest of monsters can join Fright Club--Vladimir the Vampire, Fran...
Boo to You!
Lois Ehlert
The harvest garden is bursting with delicious vegetables, the pumpkins are decorated and lit, and the mice have their costumes ready. Everyone is looking forward to the annual Halloween-night feast. Scary Cat wasn't invited to the party, but he seems to think he's coming anyway. Time for a clever...
Fright Night Flight
Laura Krauss Melmed
First stop, off we pop to a craggy mountaintop. Spooky castle, creaky floor -- who is opening the door? Is it a lurking, smirking Vampire? Or a howling, growling Werewolf? One by one, a ghoulish gang climbs onto this super jet-fueled broomstick for a frightfully fun flight on Halloween night. Want...
Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies
Mark Kimball Moulton
For ages 4-8. What do vampires, pirates and pink rabbits have in common? They all love Miss Fiona`s pumpkin pie! Join the trick-or-treaters as they creep down past the old cemetery to Miss Fiona`s haunted house for a taste of her secret Halloween recipe. Spooky illustrations enhance this...
Cookie Boo
Ruth Paul
The cookies climb out of the cookie tin and go on a Halloween adventure in this rhythmic read-aloud, perfect for family sharing. Seven spooky cookies sitting in a tin, waiting for the moonlight to let the magic in... Cookie Boo, from award-winning author...
Halloween Night
Marjorie Dennis Murray
'Twas Halloween night, Tand all through the house, Every creature was stirring, including the mouse . . . The witch is cooking. Banshees are singing. The goody bags are oozing with ooey, gooey snacks. Everyone's warming up for the best Halloween party ever. Get ready for a...
Cinderella Skeleton
Robert D. San Souci
Cinderella Skeleton Was everything a ghoul should be: Her nails were yellow; her teeth were green- Foulest in the land was she. Poor Cinderella Skeleton! Her evil stepsisters treat her with scorn and work her from dawn till dusk. But...
Moonlight: The Halloween Cat
Cynthia Rylant
For Moonlight, who loves children and nighttime, what could be better than a moonlit Halloween stroll There are trick-or-treaters to secretly follow, owls and raccoons to spy on, scarecrow laps to sit on, and glowing pumpkins with smiles for a young, curious cat. Children will love making...
Halloween Sky Ride
Elizabeth Spurr
As one witch wends her way to the party, a shaky skeleton, a quacky mummy, a jittery jack-o-lantern, and other Halloween haunters want to come too. But can all these guests fit on a single broomstick?

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