These Halloween books for children are a great way to gently ease the little ones to subtle spookiness and mystery without giving them nightmares. Each one of the following seven books makes great Halloween reading for young children.
1. Creepy Carrots!
Creepy Carrots is a not-really-scary picture book by Aaron Reynolds, with black and orange illustrations by Peter Brown. The book (40 pages) is about a rabbit, Jasper, who fears his favorite treats, "creepy carrots", are out to get him. Read this hilarious tale about Jasper and his quest to stop the carrots. Does his plan work? You will be surprised at the ending.
2. Boo Who?: And Other Wicked Halloween Knock-Knock Jokes
Boo Who? is a book about funny knock-knock jokes by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg. The beautiful illustrations in this book are by Stephen Carpenter. The book (16 pages) is a fun lift-the-flap book about the amusing story of two trick-or-treaters in a haunted house as they encounter giggling ghosts and goofy goblins.
3. Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom, authored by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is a Halloween book about a witch and a group of animals who help her. The language is rhyming and pleasant to read.The illustrations are adorable.It's fun to do voices for the different animals in this book.
4. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat tells the story of Brother and Sister Bear going trick-or-treating with their friends for the first time without an adult along. The book (32 pages) teaches the children about the difference between right and wrong and the rules for Halloween safety.
5. Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt
Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt is is a great mystery book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, with illustrations by Marc Simont. In this book Nate is solving a spooky Halloween case that has him searching through an old haunted house for his friends missing cat!
6. What was I Scared of?: A Glow-in-the Dark Encounter
What was I Scared of? is by Dr Seuss is a new picture book edition of an old Dr. Seuss story. It's a good not-so-scary story for children ages 4 to 8 during the Halloween season, particularly since special ink makes some of the artwork on every page glow in the dark.
7. Moonlight: The Halloween Cat
Moonlight: The Halloween Cat is a book for a very young children. Authored by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, the book (32 pages) describes how a black cat called Moonlight enjoys walking around the neighborhood on Halloween Eve, watching the children in costumes and seeing the jack-o-lanterns glow.