These books are fun for Halloween with just the right amount of scare. Enjoy!
Summaries provided by Barbara Saylor
The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard… CLOMP, CLOMP, SHAKE, SHAKE, CLAP, CLAP. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Join the witch and her cat for a broomstick adventure!
Happily, each item is picked up by helpful animals who join the grateful witch and her cat on their travels. But is there really room on the broom for so many new friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from the clutches of a hungry dragon?This very funny story of quick wits and friendship will captivate children with its irresistible verse.
Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara
At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! Luckily, she happens to be a witch and knows a little something about taking care of ghosts. She catches them, puts them in the washing machine, airs them out to dry, and gives them new lives as sofa covers, table cloths, and, of course, bed sheets to cozy up under.
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can’t get it off the vine.
It’s so big the ghost can’t move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there’ll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.
The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
A widow finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom left by a witch who fell into the widow’s garden.
I Need my Monster by Amanda Noll
A unique monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this picture book relies on the power of humor over fear, appeals to a child’s love for creatures both alarming and absurd, and glorifies the scope of a child’s imagination. One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Ethan knows that without Gabe’s familiar nightly scares he doesn’t stand a chance of getting to sleep, so Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they’ve got the right equipment for the job—pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tail—but none of them proves scary enough for Ethan. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. It turns out that Gabe didn’t enjoy fishing because the fish scared too easily.
By the Light of the Halloween Moon by Corline Stutson
In this “catchy, lilting cumulative tale with glorious comical/scary illustrations” (Kirkus Reviews), a little girl’s toe taps a tune as her legs dangle from a footbridge that has all sorts of creatures hidden underneath. There are cats and witches, bats and ghosts. With lots of repetition, a rhythmic, bouncy text, and imaginative illustrations, this Halloween title is sure to tickle your bones — your funny bones, that is!
We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt by Susan Pearson
Susan Pearson has written her own unique version of the popular song, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” introducing four children who go out at night in search of a ghost. After squish-squash-squooshing through a swamp, rustle-rustle-rat-a-tattling through a cornfield, and overcoming all kinds of obstacles on their journey, they come face to face with a ghost in a graveyard. Then—RUN! RUN! RUN!—they race back to the safety of their warm, cozy house.
Who’s There Little Hoo? by Brenda Ponnay
Whoooo’s There? Halloween doesn’t have to be scary, but Little Hoo is a little bit nervous when there’s a knock at the door. For toddlers and preschoolers. Your little ones will love Little Hoo in this Halloween picture book.
Bone Soup by Cambria Evans
Known across the land for his infamous appetite, Finnigin is never seen without his eating stool, his eating spoon, and his gigantic eating mouth.
When Finnigin finds himself in a new town on Halloween, he hopes to join a great feast with the creatures who live there. But not a body or soul will share any of their food with the ever-famished Finnigin. So what’s a hungry skeleton to do? Armed only with his wits and a special ingredient, will Finnigin be able to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?
Halloween Bugs by David Carter
Behind each spooky door lurks a different Halloween pop-up surprise….Trick-or-treating becomes spine-tingling fun with the ghostly, ghouly Bugs inside!
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
What’s the best way to help a skeleton get over his hiccups? That’s the question that this fun and quirky book tries to answer.
Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting
Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat.