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!


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