10 Picture Books for Halloween

Nothing like scaring the poop outta some kids, am I right?

As fun as it is to get dressed up and have fun this holiday, Halloween is for the kids.  Before you get your little monsters all suited up on Monday, why not get them in the spirit with some good ol’ reading?  Here is a list of ten great picture books that kids will enjoy this spooky time of year…

10. Peanut Butter and Brains by Joe McGee

Unlike all of the other zombies in town, Reginald doesn’t yearn for brains, the only thing he craves is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  If only he could convince all the other zombie townspeople that pb and j is the way to go.

9. Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

This festive parody of children’s book classic, Stone Soup, features the very hungry Finnegan.  Cursed with an endless appetite and a serious lack of food, Finnegan will have to use one special ingredient to convince the town to share their food with him.

8. Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

The timeless tale of a witch losing her black cat in her very, black house.  Showing children for decades and a collection of stories that witches are not all that terrible.

7. No Zombies Allowed by Matt Novak

If you happen to be a witch than you know just how annoying monsters can be.  Specifically the ugly habits and manners of zombies.  So when throwing a Halloween party, you should seriously contemplate who you are going to invite.

6. Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Leonardo is terrible alright, terrible at being a monster.  After failing to scare anyone, Leonardo finds the most nervous little boy he can and finally makes his first scare.  Unfortunately, scaring is not very nice, and Leonardo would much rather be a friend.

5. A Halloween Scare in Canada by Eric James

Packed full of creepy Canadiana, this spooky tale is perfect for kids of the great white north.  As monsters from across the nation begin to come out, it must mean one thing, it’s Halloween in Canada.

4. Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex

This book is a collection of short stories and poems, all with a very creepy Halloween theme.  Scary stories like Frankenstein getting married, or Dracula meeting some garlic bread, or Edgar Allen Poe facing off against writers block, this collection is just what your family needs for this holiday. 

3. The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey

When poor little wiener dog Oscar gets ready for Halloween, he is disappointed to find his mother got him a hot dog costume.  All the other dogs make fun of the wiener dog, but when he saves them from a scary monster, Oscar may just be a hero sandwich.

2. The Monstore by Tara Lazar

Zack is having problems with his pesky sister, so he does the only rational thing and goes to the Monstore to hire a beast to keep his sister out of his room.  When things don’t work quite exactly like planned, Zack has to hire more and more monsters until things get really out of hand.

1. Halloween Kid by Rhode Montijo

The Halloween Kid rolls into town every year on his stick horse to keep the kids safe from monsters.  But, when the Halloween Kid meets his match in the Goodie Goblins, it is the kids that return the favour and come to his rescue. Yee-ha-loween!

Thanks booknerds, happy trick-or-treating.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome list! I hadn’t heard of any of these – except the Hallo-Wiener – I loved that book, haha!


  2. I love winnie the witch, such a classic for me

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