New Halloween Picture Books

It’s Halloween season! If you take a quick peek in my Halloween archives, you’ll see that the last time I posted a list of Halloween themed picture books was way back in 2013. And while I still love and highly recommend all of the books on that list (seriously, you should definitely go and check it out if you haven’t already) I thought it was high time to share with my loyal readers some of the new Halloween picture books that I’ve been enjoying lately.

So, without further ado, here are 10 new Halloween picture books that I think are worth checking out! And before you go, make sure to pop over and have a look at my other Halloween book lists!

Snowmen at Halloween

In this charming follow-up to Snowmen at Night, Snowmen at Christmas, and Snowmen All Year, snow falls on a cold October night and a pair of siblings build some snowmen complete with their own Halloween costumes! After the children go to bed for the night, the snowmen gather for Halloween festivities of their own, including pumpkin carving, apple-bobbing, and trick-or-treating. When the children wake the next morning, the snowmen have melted away, but they’ve left behind a special message. All of the books in this series are charming and beautifully illustrated, and Snowmen at Halloween is no exception.

Pick a Pumpkin

Patricia Toht and Jarvis, the duo behind 2017’s smash-hit Pick a Pine Tree, are at it again. In this beautiful book, readers will follow along on a trip to the pumpkin patch, a pumpkin carving party, and trick-or-treating. The rhythmic text and bewitching illustrations are sure to make Pick a Pumpkin an instant classic.

The Halloween Tree

Among all the excited young trees at a Christmas tree lot, one grumpy little sapling asserts that it has no interest in becoming someone’s Christmas tree. After all, the tree hates lights, decorations, and, most of all: people. As the tree grows, its limbs become gnarled and twisted, and the Christmas tree lot is cleared to make room for a housing development. The local children take a liking to the distinctive-looking tree, and when homeowners consider cutting it down, the children must think of a creative way to save it.

Goblin Moon

There’s a goblin moon on Halloween night and the goblins have come out to play. After and evening of trick-or-treating, a girl and her family return home and, upon discovering the little creatures, she must come up with a plan to send the petite pests packing. While the idea of having monsters in the house that adults cannot see might be frightening for some readers, the goblins themselves are more cute than creepy.

Bone Soup: A Spooky, Tasty Tale

Three little witches and a host of other Halloween characters prepare a delicious batch of bone soup in this spooky story based on the classic fable, Stone Soup. This entertaining book includes a recipe for the witches’ soup.

Sammy’s Spooktacular Halloween

Sammy loves Halloween: the candy, the pumpkins, the scares. When he gets the chance to be his charge of his family’s annual haunted house, he gets to work straightaway. Sammy works on his Halloween pranks and inventions with such enthusiasm that he drives his family absolutely crazy! With colorful comic-style illustrations, this fun book is sure to make kids giggle.

Fright School

At Fright School, the young students (vampires, mummies, ghosts, werewolves and other monsters) learn the fine art of scaring trick-or-treaters on Halloween. The twist ending reminds readers that monsters are likely more frightened of you then you are of them.

Skelly’s Halloween

It’s Halloween, and Skelly Bones Skeleton is as excited as can be for trick-or-treating. But Skelly takes a tumble while trying on costumes and lands in pieces. Worried that he’ll miss out on his favorite holiday, Skelly seeks the aid of several animal passersby, all to hilarious effect.

Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party

In this whimsical tale, the dapper Mr. Pumpkin sets the table for a Halloween soiree. Each of his seven guests brings increasing numbers of treats to the table, from Sir Bones’ two jugs of cider to Baron Laguna’s 12 balloons. The soft watercolor and ink illustrations perfectly set the scene.

Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters

In this delightful anthology, classic nursery rhymes are given a Halloween twist. Readers will love poring over such tales as “Mary Had a Little Ghost,” “Zombie Miss Muffet,” “Sing a Song of Witches,” and Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary.” The tales, and their accompanying illustrations, have just the right amount of Halloween spookiness, without being too frightening for younger listeners.

What did you think of this list? Are there any other new Halloween picture books that I should check out? Let me know in the comments!

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