Not-So-Scary Halloween Reads

Halloween is this Saturday, and hopefully you’re finding some down time in the whirlwind of pumpkin carving, costume building, and candy buying. We all know that Halloween is the time for “scary stories,” but they’re not for everyone. Luckily, there are also many fantastic picture books that allow younger or more easily frightened readers to celebrate the season. Before you head out to trick-or-treat on Saturday, get yourself in the mood with these five books that we think capture everything that we love about Halloween.


Spooky Pookie, by Sandra Boynton

The latest board book featuring Little Pookie has only been out for a few months, but will no doubt become a Halloween favorite. Pookie can’t decide what to be for Halloween this year; he tries on costume after costume, but none of them seem quite right. Will he find the perfect costume in time for Halloween? Readers of all ages will sympathize with Pookie’s plight!

Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Get into the Halloween mood with a fun, rhyming story that kids are sure to love. A witch is out for a ride on her broom when the wind blows away her hat, then her bow, and then her wand. Three friendly animals help her out, and what do they want in return? To ride on the broom, too! Is there room on the broom for all of them?


Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds & Peter Brown

Watch out–this Caldecott Award-winning picture book might have readers wanting to dress up as carrots this year. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots, especially the ones from Crackenhopper Field. Until one day, when Jasper is certain the carrots are following him. Will he figure out a way to get these creepy carrots off his tail? Kids will love seeing the carrots peeking out of unexpected places, and the twist ending is sure to be a hit!


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda D. Williams & Megan Lloyd

There was once a little old lady who was not afraid of anything. Anything at all. But one night, something might be following her home—something that goes clap, clap…shake, shake… and wiggle, wiggle. What could it be? This is a great interactive read for kids, who will enjoy acting out each clap, shake, and wiggle, not to mention trying to guess who the mysterious follower is!


My First Halloween, by Tomie dePaola

A sweet story about all of the best parts of Halloween. Carving jack-o’-lanterns, decorating the house, picking out a costume… Tomie dePaola’s trademark illustrations make this book a perfect read for anyone who simply wants to appreciate Halloween.

Bonus: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, by Charles M. Schulz

Great Pumpkin

Fans of the classic cartoon will love this book, a faithful adaptation featuring everyone’s favorite Peanuts characters!

Happy reading, and have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!



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