Since Halloween can be a scary time for kids, picture books are a great way to introduce Halloween themes and characters with humor and fun. These 10 picture books are perfect for kids ages 4 to 10; they contain beautiful illustrations, rhythmic words, and themes that range from mildly scary to downright silly. Enjoy these books with your child as you get ready for the Halloween season.
It’s Pumpkin Time!
A brother and sister get ready for Halloween by going to their garden and planting a pumpkin patch. Children will learn the life cycle of a pumpkin from seed to harvest, making this book a great introduction to gardening. Beautiful illustrations of paper painted collages make this book a visual treat as well.
A slightly spooky witch wants to celebrate Halloween by baking a pumpkin pie, but the pumpkin she needs is stuck on the vine. A cast of mildly sinister characters comes to her aid, one by one. The vibrant illustrations and rhythm of the words will engage kids in an enjoyable read.
Scary, Scary Halloween
Jan Brett’s familiar style makes the illustrations in this story spooky and beautiful at the same time. The text is a poem about the characters that come out on Halloween, although it’s not too scary, as each character is a child dressed in costume. This book will take children on a Halloween journey through the imagination.
The Night Before Halloween
In this Halloween adaptation of Clement C. Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, we get a glimpse at the preparations monsters go through for Halloween. But what will happen when the monster world and human world meet? This is a fun story with rhythmic text that kids will want to read again and again.
In The Haunted House
This is the story of 2 children’s romp through a haunted house. We only see their sneakered feet as they encounter riddles and rhymes on every page. A fun combination of silly and scary, this second Halloween tale by Bunting is a delightful read.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
This is the tale of a spunky old lady whose practicality takes care of the Halloween objects trying to haunt her. Instead of being scared by the spirits that come by, she puts them to good use. Children will find humor in this tale and a fanciful solution for things that scare them.
Skeletons go from scary to downright silly when they have the hiccups. This story is about a skeleton who just can’t shake his hiccups, making his Halloween activities from carving his pumpkins to polishing his bones impossible to do. This is a silly story that will make kids laugh out loud and take away the scariness of skeletons.
Shake Dem Halloween Bones
It’s Halloween night, and as the sun goes down, the music comes up. In this rhythmic tale, a cast of Halloween characters shimmy and shake to the beat as they dance Halloween night away. Kids will love to chant along to the rhythmic refrains and dance as they read. This is a great book to read to a group of kids as well, as they can all chant and dance together.
On Halloween Night
This book follows Emily as she gets ready to go out for Halloween, but what will her costume be? Her whole family helps her as her costume comes together piece by piece, page by page, with words similar in style to “this is the house that Jack built.” Each page builds a new piece with repetitive rhythm, making this a great choice for new readers. Kids will delight in the anticipation as they guess just what Emily’s costume will turn out to be.
This is the 5th of Dragon’s tales, from beloved author Dav Pilkey. This book contains 3 episodes of Dragon’s Halloween adventures in which he accidentally gets into scary (but not too scary) situations for Halloween. Dragon’s sweet nature and silly antics make this a fun read for kids that will have them laughing out loud.