top of page

Kid-tested favorite books for some (not too) scary Halloween reading!

It's that time of year again! Thoughts are turning to fall fun, and all the holidays coming our way. Mine is a Halloween-loving family! We love seeing the neighborhood decorations, watching all our favorite Halloween movies, and coming up with creative costume ideas. Most of all, we enjoy the sense of excitement and anticipation as we lead up to the big day!

My students and I love the following books for getting into the Halloween spirit! For each book, I have included an activity suggestion. Only treats below, no tricks! (Please note: the links below are affiliate links. If you buy items through using these links, I get a small commission to help support this blog. Thank you!)

The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd. This was one of my daughter's favorites when she was younger. It is wonderful for reading aloud! Our "little old lady" travels through the woods in the story. Various items start to follow her - an old pair of shoes, a pair of pants! She is not afraid, though they wiggle and clomp at her! The group accumulates more and more characters until she finds a way to put them all to use together! (Activity suggestion - In this story, the lady makes a scarecrow out of all the scary objects that were following her. What would you use to build a scarecrow? Draw a scarecrow of your own and come up with a sound for each item to make.)

The Little Ghost Who was a Quilt by Riel Nason and illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler. I just discovered this book recently, and I fell instantly in love. In this book, a little ghost learns to embrace his differences. The little ghost cannot keep up with the other ghosts; he is slower and gets hot faster because he is a quilt. But one Halloween night, he has an experience that could only happen because he is a quilt, and it changes his mindset. Best for kids up to about 2nd grade and perfect for a read-aloud for younger children, this book is beautifully illustrated. (Activity suggestion - The ghost in the story was a quilt, and he had a family member who was a tablecloth. What is another thing a ghost could be made of? Draw a picture of your ghost made out of something other than a sheet.)

For your readers who love a creepy series, try these next books on the list. The Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown. This is another new one for me. The Creepy Carrots is a very funny book about a little bunny dealing with unusual vegetables! The second book in the series is The Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown! This sequel to the Creepy Carrots was based on an idea suggested to the author by a reader of the first book. It is delightfully creepy in a funny and enjoyable way that is not likely to scare your little readers. Follow along with Jasper the Rabbit as he has to deal with some seriously spooky behavior from the new underwear mom got him at the underwear store. Most recently we have been delighted by The Creepy Crayon by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown. In this book, the "creepy" item leaves our friend Jasper in a moral predicament. Does he let the Creepy Crayon help him with his schoolwork even though he knows that it is cheating? The newfound fame and adoration the Creepy Crayon has brought him is very tempting. What will Jasper decide? Suitable for preschool through grade 3 readers. (Activity suggestion - The books are illustrated in black and white instead of color, with very few bits of color scattered across the pages. Why do you think the illustrator decided to do this? How did it set the mood for the story? Draw your own scary movie poster for this book!)