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10 Halloween Stories for Kids

Nothing says Halloween like spooky ghost stories and other holiday-themed tales. Moms Jeana Atkins, from Grand Junction, Colo., Robbie Maclauchlan, from Lynchburg, Va., and Laura Hamilton, from Leavenworth, Kan., share their favorite Halloween books for kids.

Read some of these great halloween titles to your kids during Halloween season.

  1. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
    By Charles M. Schulz
    This all-age pleaser is an enduring classic featuring the Peanuts characters you and your kids have come to know and love.

  2. “Biscuit’s Pet & Play Halloween”
    By Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    This board book is suitable for infants and toddlers and stars the beloved canine character, Biscuit. “My daughter loves reading this book,” Hamilton says. “It’s one of our family favorites all year long.”

  3. “Halloween”
    By DK Publishing
    This board book features all sorts of Halloween treats and creatures sticking out from a jack-o’-lantern. As you turn the pages, each item is revealed. Some are a scary and others are plain silly. This book is perfect for infants, toddlers and the preschool set.

  4. “Wanda’s Halloween Party”
    By Sarah Treu
    This beautifully illustrated book for preschoolers has Wanda searching for three perfect pumpkins to make into jack-o’-lanterns for her party. Your kids will delight in the adventures Wanda experiences along the way.

  5. “Clifford’s Halloween”
    By Norman Bridwell
    Featuring Clifford, the big red dog, this is a favorite for kids of all ages. Emily Elizabeth loves Halloween, and best of all, so does Clifford. Your kids will love reading about his adventures.

  6. “Little Witch’s Big Night”
    By Deborah Hautzig
    This is a Step into Reading Step 3 book, suitable for elementary school kids. Little Witch has to stay home on Halloween as punishment for cleaning her room, but she makes the best of the situation. “My son loves this book, which he inherited from his cousin,” says Hamilton.

  7. “Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve”
    By Mary Pope Osborne
    This is part of the popular “Magic Tree House” series and is suitable for elementary school kids. Jack and Annie travel to the haunted castle and discover what’s inside. This book combines history with Halloween for an adventure your kids are sure to love.

  8. “The Halloween Tree”
    By Ray Bradbury
    Featuring eight boys and their friend, Pipkin, on Halloween night, the boys explore mysteries in Egypt, Mexico and other lands. This book is the perfect Halloween book for middle schoolers.

  9. “Hands On Halloween: A Cookbook For Kids”
    By Gina Meyers
    This is a hands-down favorite for teens, tweens and their parents. This cookbook offers great recipes for Halloween parties, such as Candy Corn Crepes, Grilled Goulish Cheese and Frog’s Eye Salad.

  10. “Halloween: Magic, Mystery and Macabre”
    Edited by Paula Guran
    This book contains short stories by multiple authors including Peter Straub, Thomas Ligotti and Ray Bradbury. From fun to frightful, these short stories are perfect for reading with teens and tweens. Unlike full-length books, these short stories can be read in one sitting.


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