20 Must-Read Halloween Books | North Phoenix Moms



Halloween is one of our family’s favorite holidays! We love any excuse to dress-up and Halloween is THE costume event of the year! We dress up and and indulge in our favorite sweet treats. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without some spooky good stories! Here’s a list of 20 books that are Hallowen favorites in our home.


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Ghost by Lucille Colandro

You won’t believe why the Old Lady swallowed a ghost, a mask, a spider, a flashlight, a cloak, some crows, and a potion!

There was an old lady who swallowed a ghost. I don’t know why she swallowed a ghost but she didn’t boast. Filled with hilarious illustrations and fun rhyming text, this is the latest book in the Old Lady series that’s perfect for young readers.


Don’t Push The Button! A Halloween Treat by Bill Cotter

Whether you’re looking for a Halloween book for toddlers or an interactive book for preschoolers, Don’t Push the Button! A Halloween Treat is a must-have for any household!
From the brilliant mind of author and illustrator, Bill Cotter comes one of the year’s best Halloween books for kids. Everyone knows that trick-or-treating is the best part of Halloween. But that one house looks kind of scary…wait, why are you walking toward the creepy house?! Whatever you do, do NOT ring that doorbell!



Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh

Full of energy and silly moments, skulls grab an unusual spot in the limelight…along with cheese grilled sandwiches…and informational fun. This smart, skull-positive story cheerfully dispels any fears kids might have about their skeletons, flipping our view of skulls from a spooky symbol to a fascinating, cool, and crucial part of our bodies.Skulls are found inside everyone’s head, and these pages let their importance shine. Although sometimes skulls are seen as scary, and they hold lots of holes…important ones…, skulls carry a crucial role in our bodies. With the help of a very spunky girl and a bit of humor, young readers learn more about their skulls.




Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle

Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is picking up his animal friends for a costume party.

Lift the flaps in this large, sturdy board book to find out who’s dressed up in each costume! We love seeing the animals in disguise and then finding out who they are! Will Blue wear a costume too?



Pete the Cat Trick or Pete by Kimberly & James Dean

This book is GROOVY, not SPOOKY! This lift-the-flap book is perfect for young readers. Pumpkins, candy, and costumes! With flaps that reveal fun Halloween surprises, this Pete the Cat holiday story is sure to be a sweet treat for your little trick-or-treaters.

Follow Pete as he goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discover what is waiting behind each door.




 Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Pug celebrates Halloween in this picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Aaron Blabey. Pig was a pug and I’m sorry to say,on Halloween night he’d get carried away…Pig, the world’s greediest pug, is on the rampage for TREATS! TREATS! TREATS!




Emi isn’t Scared of Monsters by Alina Tysoe

This is a hilarious bedtime picture book about what it means to show bravery in the face of the creatures that go bump in the night!Emi is not scared of monsters. Definitely not. Not even a teeny bit.


Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?


How to Catch a Witch by Alice Walstead

A Halloween treat sure to delight young readers and educators alike with STEAM concepts and classic hilarity and chaos! It’s Halloween night and something doesn’t seem quite right. When our heroes head out to trick-or-treat, there are ghosts, goblins, and ghouls everywhere! The Catch Club Kids soon learn that the Halloween Witch opened a magical portal that let all the Halloween creatures visit your neighborhood to trick or treat! Follow along as the Catch Club Kids set zany traps for the Witch so that they can close the portal and get rid of the ghosts and goblins before they take all the Halloween candy!




Boo-nicorns by Joan Holub

Join trick-or-treating unicorns in this whimsical board book, with touch-and-feel on every spread!

Halloween has arrived and these unicorns can’t wait to celebrate! KANGAROO-nicorns, TUTU-nicorns, CHOO-CHOO-nicorns and more put on costumes and go trick-or-treating. Little ones won’t be able to resist the eye-catching, tactile, hands-on touch-and-feel on every page that is sure to keep them engaged and excited during storytime. New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub’s text is full of sweetness and begs to be read aloud, and shines alongside bright, cute-as-can-be unicorns illustrations from artist Allison Black.




The Halloween Tree by Susan Montanari

A charming, funny, and warm-hearted picture book that will help to start a new tradition.

Everyone knows most young saplings dream of becoming Christmas trees. But one grumpy, old tree who doesn’t like lights, decorations, or people is determined to be different. Get ready to meet The Halloween Tree!




Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton

A new addition to the Boynton on Board series, (our favorite is Moo, Baa, La, La, La!) Eek! Halloween! is all treat and no tricks, a journey with Boynton and her nutty characters through the tradition of Halloween.

It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”




What was I Scared of? by Dr. Seuss

This is a little Seussian gem that delivers a timeless message about fear and tolerance.

Here, Dr. Seuss once again reminds us of the futility of holding pointless fears over senseless concerns. In What Was I Scared Of we find Seuss at his best, with wacky illustrations and tongue-twisting rhymes like only he can.




Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

In Llama Llama Trick or Treat, little llama finds the perfect costume, picks out a pumpkin for a jack-o’-lantern, and then goes trick-or-treating with Mama and his friends!




The Good, The Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John and Pete Oswald

Halloween is the Bad Seed’s favorite holiday of the year. But what’s a seed to do when he can’t find a show-stopping costume for the big night? Postpone trick-or-treating for everyone, of course!

Can he get a costume together in time? Or will this seed return to his baaaaaaaaad ways?

Find out in this hilarious, charming, and thought-provoking continuation of Jory John and Pete Oswald’s bestselling series.





Spooky, Spooky, Little Bat by Parragon Books

Join the Halloween fun in this spooky rhyming twist on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Follow the little bat as it flies above town and makes new friends. This fun board book for tots features beautiful illustrations and a plush bat finger puppet with wings.





Trick or Treat, Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

Even the grumpiest kiddos will cheerfully gobble up this the delicious follow-up to Crankenstein and A Crankenstein Valentine! This year, Crankenstein’s favorite day of all—Halloween—has gone rotten! Creepy-cool costumes, super-scary jack-o’-lanterns, and loads of candy have been RUINED by costume disasters, pumpkin-carving nightmares, and a terribly untimely toothache! MEHHRRRR!!! Can Halloween be saved, or will today turn into the crankiest Halloween in history?




Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan by Rob Scotton

Join Splat the Cat in New York Times bestselling author-artist Rob Scotton’s Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan. Splat goes to a pumpkin patch with Seymour, and he is determined to find the biggest pumpkin ever. But when he finally does, Splat finds out the real challenge isn’t the pumpkin picking—it’s how to get the pumpkin home!

Complete with stickers, this storybook is perfect for fans of the Splat the Cat picture book series. Young readers will love laughing along with their favorite furry cat as he thinks up the perfect plan in this hilarious new Splat the Cat adventure!





Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He’s not afraid of the dark, and he’s definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn’t know any better he’d say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper’s not scared obviously, he’s just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!




Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s the perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window.

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