Favorite Spooky Children’s books

Favorite Spooky Children’s books

As parents, we are always looking for ways to get our kids to embrace reading as a part of their lives. Halloween is another great opportunity to encourage that life-long love of literature!

Here are some great book ideas for all ages to give your children smiles and chills this spooky time of year.

Ages 0-5

Look for familiar characters to help introduce your littlest monsters to the idea of Halloween without being scary. Books like Corduroy’s Halloween, Happy Halloween Curious George, and Berenstain Bears go on a Ghost Walk all take friendly faces your child already loves and puts them into the new situation of Halloween and trick-or-treating.

Find books to also help your little one’s overcome the fears that may surface during Halloween with books like Go Away Big Green Monster. In this book your child creates a scary monster page by page and then makes him go away again showing that they are in control of their imaginations.

Ages 6-9

By this age your child can remember events from year to year and will begin planning their Halloween costumes and adventures weeks before the big night. Help them build up to the night of fright with some of these great books they can enjoy with your or on their own.

Tell me a Scary Story…but not too scary by Carl Reiner, Moore Zombies, the search for Gargoy by Wendy Knuth, Zombie Jokes by Uncle Amon, and Ed Emberly’ Halloween Drawing Book are all great options for kids at the early reading stage who want to make Halloween last all month long.

Ages 10+

There are some great series for older kids to enjoy during this spooky season.

No kids should make it to their teenage years without reading at least some of the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine. The American Chillers are also a must read for preteens.

Help your older child host a Creepover for their friends the week of Halloween or even on Halloween night.  Fix some spookalicious treats and be sure to supply Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collected by Alvin Scwartz. The kids will get many more thrills and chills using their imaginations than if you were to simply show a scary movie that night!

What's your favorite children's Halloween book?