Halloween is just around the corner, and for people with young children, it can be difficult to find family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday without too much spookiness. Here are a few of our favorite titles for young children that create excitement and enjoyment of Halloween, without the scariness!
Boo to You! by Lois Elhert
When the neighborhood cat tries to crash the mice's harvest party, the mice have a plan to scare the intruder away.
Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
One spooky night in the fall, Mouse creeps out and hears bats flying flit! flit! flit! and apples dropping plop! plop! plop! and children singing 'trick or treat!' What could it be?
Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
Simple rhymes describe the sights, sounds, and smells of Halloween.
10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman
Ten trick-or-treaters start out on Halloween night, but they disappear one-by-one as they encounter a spider, a vampire, a ghost, and other scary creatures.
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
A lonely, oddly-shaped pumpkin is sad that no one chose him for Halloween, but by Thanksgiving he has discovered where he belongs.
It's Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall
A brother and sister plan early for Halloween fun by planting pumpkin seeds in their garden in the summer. Later, they watch as the seeds sprout and eventually grow into bright orange pumpkins for their jack-o'-lanterns. This bright picture book, with its vivid cut-out illustrations, provides an excellent introduction to how things grow.
Moonlight the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Moonlight the cat loves everything about Halloween, from pumpkins to children to candy.
Minerva Louise on Halloween by Janet Morgan Stoeke
On her first Halloween, Minerva Louise the hen puzzles over costumes but enjoys her first taste of candy corn.
Happy Halloween! by Melissa Lagonegro
Celebrate Halloween with this spooktacular holiday tale featuring The Morehead Collection's Teenie Halloweenies. Children will love the cute and creepy critters in this delightful Halloween rhyming story.
Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage
In this Halloween countdown book, ten orange pumpkins are each carried off by a witch, a ghost, a spider, and other Halloween creatures until there's just one.
Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach
The traditional finger rhyme illustrated with watercolors.
Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster by Axel Scheffler
As Posy is baking cupcakes one rainy day, a big furry hand taps on her window, then a growl and a knock bring her to her door, where a scary--but somewhat familiar--monster waits.
Who Goes Out on Halloween? by Sue Alexander
Enumerates the various creatures out on Halloween, from fat monsters and pirates to small witches and ghosts.
Halloween Night by Elizabeth Hatch
A cumulative rhyme about what various creatures, from a mouse to a child, do on Halloween night.