The Ultimate Halloween Reading Guide for Kids of All Ages

As the weather cools, the leaves begin to change and pumpkin spice everything takes over our newsfeed, we know Fall is in the air and following right along, Halloween. Whether your little ones like ghosts and goblins, skeletons and witches or fairies, princesses, pirates and ninjas, this is a time for all to celebrate! Scary and haunting or happy and fun, we here at Daily Mom have a book for everyone. Cozy up with your pumpkin spice latte, an apple fritter for the little and some afternoon reads sure to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Infant and Toddler Favorites

Board books, lift-the-flaps and touch-and-see stories are perfect for little fingers to truly engage the senses. Inspire a love of reading from early on by making it a cozy, cuddly, fun and interactive experience for your infant from birth. Allowing children to develop a sense of touch, feel and even the smell of books will promote a future love for literature while introducing the Halloween holiday.

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle

Baby Touch and Feel Halloween by DK

In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting

Pre-School Picks

With more of a theme and plot than the infant and toddler picks, but still with a somewhat rhyming text, our pre-school age stories are perfect for giving the kids just a bit of suspense without anything truly scary. Black cats, skeletons, and witches are take over these tales as our children learn this holiday is both fun and just a little spooky.

Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting

Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown

Rattle Bone Rock by Sylvia Andrews

Early Readers

If your kindergartener loves story time, but in all their independent glory wants to be reading rather than read to, here are some holiday favorites perfect for you. With a few short stories in each book, and easy to read, age-appropriate vocabulary, your child can pick out a Halloween tale perfect for them to read on their own or aloud to you or a sibling.

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz

Have No Fear! Halloween is Here! by Tish Rabe

Dragon’s Halloween by Dav Pilkey

School-Age Series

Likely to be getting excited about Halloween by now, your school-age reader will love getting in the spirit of the season with the additional benefit of allowing him to practice his reading skills everyday. Another plus to the below list of books is that each is a part of a series, meaning if your child falls in love with the main character or story line, there are plenty more to choose from. Although the books in these series feature many of the same characters, the stories do not really build upon one another, allowing your child to jump around rather than having to read the books in order.

Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Boo…and I Mean It! by Barbara Park

It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green! by Dan Gutman

Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve: Magic Treehouse Series #30 by Mary Pope Osbourne

Chapter Books for the Fearless

Whether your child is in middle or high-school, she may be venturing into the realm of the suspense novel and lean toward the scarier stories. If so, Halloween is an ideal time to engage your child’s mind, give a bit of a fright and keep your younger reader on the edge of his or her seat to the very end. Teach your child how incredibly entertaining and enjoyable reading can really be by providing books that truly tell a tale.

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Non-Fiction for Inquiring Minds

If facts, figures, and non-fiction are your child’s forte make sure to select a book or two to teach him about the holidays. The majority of holidays in the United States are based on historic happenings so there is always a plethora of interesting information on the history and evolution of the holiday, including its symbolism, religious components, and current celebration.

Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

National Geographic Readers: Halloween by Laura Marsh

National Geographic Readers: Bats by Elizabeth Carney

Activity Options for your Energetic Offspring

Perfect for a quiet time activity or a long car ride, activity books are the way to go. Keeping children off electronics and thoroughly engaged in something educational is a common goal of most parents, so here to help are some activity books guaranteed to please this Halloween.

I Spy Spooky Night: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo

Halloween Sticker Activities by Tiger Tales

Run, Run As Fast As You Can: Halloween Themed Maze-Runner Book by Jupiter Kids

For all things Halloween check out our Ultimate Halloween Guide for DIY Costumes, Candy-free Treats and Trendy Fall Decor.




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Kristin dePaula
Kristin is a Montessori Mama who spends her days working as a lawyer with at-risk youth and her nights chasing her 4 boys on their latest adventure. She spends a significant amount of time in the kitchen creating healthy, organic, and delicious meals for her family, reading books with her boys, and at the soccer fields. Aspiring to make a difference in lives of others one child at a time, Kristin is passionate about social justice, early literacy, and early childhood education. While she loves scarves and boots, Kristin lives at the world's most famous beach with her husband, kids, extended family, and enough pets to open a zoo.

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