Looking for some great Halloween books to share with your students? A few days ago, I asked my Facebook followers to share their favorite Halloween book to read out loud. Their responses are below, along with any comments they had to offer. You can learn more about each book by clicking on the title or the image to go to the Amazon listing. Please note that these are affiliate links, which means that I make a tiny commission for sending you to Amazon, but you still pay the same amount for the product.
A few days ago, I asked my Facebook followers to share their favorite Halloween book to read out loud. Their responses are below, along with any comments they had to offer. You can learn more about each book by clicking on the title or the image to go to the Amazon listing.
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Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
“A new favorite? Creepy Carrots. Perfect for the little ones who say they want ‘a scary story.’ No mention of Halloween but the illustrations are EPIC. :)”
The Witch’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
The Hallow-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
“Great picture book; can tie in talking about bullies.”
-Cindy Boardman Reed
“I love The Hallo-Weiner!! It always makes me think of my old dachshund, Louie. Cute story!”
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams
“The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything is one the kids always love!”
“I pass out props that go with the story. The kids LOVE it!”
Boo! by Robert Munsch
“Boo! by Robert Munsch. I read the story, in all of its descriptive loveliness, without showing the last page. The kids are each given a paper plate and asked to show what they think the little boy’s face will look like. There are several opportunities for predicting and inferring (how the characters feel, etc) and the repetitive pattern is great fun.”
Monster Trap by Dean Morrissey
Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex
“Like Goodnight Moon. My 5-year-old loves it.”
The Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
“A great lesson for cooperation!!!”
“Wonderful book for the younger set…great repetition and positive message about cooperation.”
Halloween by Jerry Seinfeld
“A humorous look at what life as a child is like on one of the most beloved days of the year.”
-Karen Jamison Wiley
“Love ‘The Withered Corpse’ poem with gooey props… Kids are blindfolded.”
“The Jerry Seinfeld book for sure! Soo cute!”
-Heather Van Nortwick Faulkner
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
“Great story for overcoming fears.”
Halloween Surprise by Corinne Demas
“Halloween Surprise is great for younger kids. I would say preschool-1st grade. Really cute pictures and easy for prediction making.”
Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton
“His illustrations are great, and the kids love Splat!”
Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies by Mark Moulton
“The description in this book is awesome. :)”
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
“Acceptance of differences! Love it.”
-Sheryl D. Sharkey Boegner
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Pssssst! It’s Me…The Bogeyman by Barbara Park
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson
“Great non-fiction with gorgeous pictures.”
-Life with Mrs. L
Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci
“Cinderella Skeleton – I love all kinds of fractured fairy tales. You can teach lots of different concepts with them.”
-Robin Runnels Muse
My Dog’s a Scaredy-Cat (Hank Zipzer) by Henry Winkler
“This is one that I love to read to my fourth graders because it’s aimed at their age level. It also features a character parade, which we have at our school each year, and the kids enjoy that part a lot!”
The Haunting of Hillside School by Kristiana Gregory
“The Haunting of Hillside School: great read for kids in 2nd-4th grade… The writing really makes it easy for you to feel like you are right there – and it’s creepy enough, but not totally scary – if that makes sense.”
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
“My students love these books – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – they sit around huddled in the library reading them together.”
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. Great to read to 6th graders, it’s usually their first introduction to Poe and keeps them on the edge of their seats.”
The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville
“Perfect for 3-5!”
-Tracy Hardin Horton
The Witches by Roald Dahl
“I LOVE to read the Grand high Witch’s dialog.”
Horror at the Haunted House by Peg Kehret
-Jane Holaday McGinness
Do you have more to add? Please comment with your favorite.
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Awesome selection of Halloween books! I see a few of my favorites and a few I want to find!
Sally from Elementary Matters
Dan Gutman (My Weird School chapter books)- Miss Patty is Batty. We love it and my second graders LOVE his books!
Lee A. Mullikin says
great list, very helpful. Just a heads up, when you click the link for Creepy Carrots, the Amazon listing for The Widow’s Broom pops up.
Thank you for catching that! We will get it fixed.
Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe and the next few books in the series (Howliday Inn, Return To Howliday Inn) are some of my favourite Halloween books to read aloud or to yourself! So funny and mysterious how the vegetables get drained….
For a fun simple one (also a board book) 5 Little Pumpkins.
Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe and the next few books in the series (Bunnicula Strikes Again, Howliday Inn, Nighty-Nightmare, Return To Howliday Inn) are some of my favourite Halloween books to read aloud or to yourself! So funny and mysterious how the vegetables get drained….a lot of fun. Good for some grade 2s but some get scared so I’d say grade 3/4 and up.
For a fun simple one (also a board book) 5 Little Pumpkins.