Picture Books for Halloween

As October draws near, families are thinking more and more about one of the most beloved autumn holidays, Halloween. Today I’m pleased to share eight of my favorite Halloween picture books!

This list features a mix of funny, spooky, and sweet so there’s sure to be something the whole family will enjoy! Looking for more great Halloween reads? Be sure to check out my Halloween Board Books list as well as my list of Picture Books about Pumpkins.

costume copycatThe Costume Copycat by Maryann Macdonald

Every Halloween Angela’s big sister Bernadette has the best costume, and gets all of the attention! Angela decides that the best way to ensure that her costume is a hit is to wear her sister’s costume from the year before – but year after year things don’t work out according to plan. This endearing tale of sibling rivalry is full of humor and heart.

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat

This book tells the story of the pumpkin patch that we seldom hear; from planting the seeds in the spring to tending to the blossoms in the summer, all the way to autumn, when buyers arrive to take the pumpkins home. Featuring rich, vivid illustrations, this book is great for sharing before your trip to your local pumpkin patch.

Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett

A skeleton, a ghost, witches and more prowl the town on Halloween night. But these seemingly scary creatures are really just children in Halloween costumes! This book is more fun than frightening, and has just the right amount of spookiness for the target age.

The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey

Oscar is a dachshund who is constantly teased for his unique shape. But an act of bravery on Halloween night changes things for the better. Dav Pilkey has a gift for humor, and this book is no exception.

The Bumpy Little PumpkinThe Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler

When Little Nell goes pumpkin picking, she finds a bumpy little pumpkin that looks just right to her. Her sisters, Big Sarah and Big Lizzie, think the pumpkin is too small and too ugly to make a good jack-o-lantern. With the help of her woodland friends, Nell discovers that great things can come in bumpy little packages.

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Who doesn’t love the Berenstain Bears? In this charming tale, the Bears carve pumpkins, go trick-or-treating, and discover that appearances can be deceiving – especially on Halloween.

What Was I Scared Of? A Glow-in-the Dark Encounter by Dr. Seuss

This classic tale about facing one’s fears has all the charm we’ve come to expect from Dr. Seuss, and the addition of glow-in-the-dark illustrations make this book a ton of fun for dark and spooky nights.

Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler

Skeleton wakes up one morning with a case of the hiccups! He tries to go about his day, but the hiccups don’t go away. His friend Ghost offers a few suggestions, but nothing works. How do you help a skeleton get over the hiccups?

What are your favorite Halloween picture books? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    Thanks for sharing these Katie! I just love this time of year. My son was born the day before Halloween, so we are big Halloween fans over here. 🙂

  2. Don’t know most of these books. Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. The Hallo-Weiner is my favorite!!

  4. These look fantastic, Katie, and I can’t believe I’ve only read one of them! Time for a trip to the library 🙂 I also really like The Littlest Witch and The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything and Room On The Broom 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for the recommendations! My girls are already looking forward to Halloween.

  6. Fall is my favorite time of the year! I used to love to decorate for Halloween, when my sons were young, which included a pile of Halloween picture books. You could say I went overboard on Halloween. Love these recommendations!

  7. I love reading Halloween books to my 4 year old. I see some new ones one the list to give a try. Thanks for sharing. I am visiting from the Booknificent Thursday Hop!

  8. stanleyandkatrina says:

    Another great list! The Costume Copycat looks great. Stopping by on Kid Lit Blog Hop. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  9. How cool is that line up. We don’t really get Halloween in Oz, so I am completely unschooled in this subject lol. These books look great. Thanks for hosting the hop yet again.

    • stanleyandkatrina says:

      Oh my goodness, my daughter would love Austrailia. She’s never really enjoyed Halloween. It is fun when it is is little kids dressing up – not so much fun for the wee ones when adults/older kids dress up seriously creepy. This is actually one of the first years in a long time that she’s dressing up -but only at school and, of course, a literary character. 🙂
      ~Cool Mom/Christine M
      for the S&K Gang

  10. Great list – I really like the look of the Dr Seuss book. I don’t know that one.

    Hopping over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop 🙂

    • Jemima Pett says:

      I don’t really like all this dressing up for Halloween, and especially not the Trick or Treat business. Fortunately that is becoming less common. Parties are another matter. So I hope the books go down well with the intended audience! They look fantastic. Happy hopping.

  11. I love this topic and I see many of our favorites here. I would also recommend “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.” Stopping by from Kid Lit Blog Hop

  12. Great list – the Costume Copycat looks adorable. We’re looking forward to what our toddler will pick as a costume: a helicopter, Mater, pirate, a plane, and Play-doh have been his ideas thus far! 🙂

  13. Halloween isn’t celebrated at all here in Malaysia, BUT our family usually does a pumpkin unit in our homeschool each fall and there are several you’ve mentioned here that I’m excited to hunt down! Thanks so much for sharing at Booknificent Thursday!

  14. Fantastic lineup Katie! I love the premise of the Skeleton hicuup book! Sure to generate some laughter! thanks for sharing on kid lit blog hop!
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks.com

  15. I’m going to have to print out this list and take them all out of the library during the lead up to Halloween. I can see my kids will adore them

  16. I am so excited to take Max on our annual pumpkin patch visit! It’s actually sponsored by our church youth group, so when we buy the pumpkins we help fund their mission trip. Great books to read before we go! Thanks for sharing in the KLBH 🙂

  17. Thanks so much for sharing all these great Halloween books. My kids are older, but I have fond memories of reading a few of these books to them.

  18. Maria @ www.musicteachingandparenting.com says:

    These are great! Thank you so much for sharing this post!

  19. This is a wonderful list of books. Moms and Dads will be able to get their kids started with some great Halloween reads.

  20. ccarpinello says:

    I was going to tell you the name of our favorite Halloween book, but I can’t find it! That means that my grandson has taken it home again!! Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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