Recommended books for children for Halloween
Our top picks for spooky books and not-too-scary stories for kids.
by Lillian Hoban
Perfect for the 4-8-year-old in your life, Arthur’s Halloween Costume is about a young chimpanzee trying to make the best costume in his school. Arthur’s imaginative choices will inspire children to get creative with their own costumes this year.
by Deborah and James Howe
A children’s favorite, Bunnicula is a hilarious story about a bunny that may or may not be a vampire rabbit–he did make a tomato white after all. Told from the point of view of the family dog, Harold, and featuring the keen observations of Chester, the suspicious cat, this is a classic tale for 9-12-year-old kids.
by C. S. Lewis
Four kids step through a wardrobe and enter a magical world, Narnia, which has been frozen into perpetual winter by the evil White Witch. Now considered a classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a great read for kids 9 and over–and for their parents, too.
edited by Martin Harry Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh
What could be better for Halloween than stories and excerps from Newbery Medal winners including Beverly Cleary, Madeleine L’Engle, and Paul Fleishman? More enchanting than scary, this anthology is the perfect read for 9-12-year-old kids.
by Nancy Parent
For the preschool set, this board edition book visits Poo and friends while they get ready for Halloween and Piglet is too scared to join them.
by Jesse Leon McCann
Scooby and the Gang are invited to a Halloween costume party at a luxurious hotel. But when they arrive, they find the rest of the guests scared out of their wits. Someone at the party isn’t just dressed as a phantom, he (or she) is a phantom! This glow-in-the-dark mystery is appropriate for children aged 4 to 8.