We’ve compiled a list of all The Best Halloween Picture Books! These are all of our favorites, with excellent pictures and timeless stories.
I’m a summer person and so this time of year is always a little bittersweet for me. While everyone else is getting excited about the cool weather, pumpkin spice, and flannel, I’m crying real tears as I pack up the swimsuits and put away everyone’s sandals. I’m really going to miss all that sunshine.
To help me cope with the reality of OCTOBER, I pulled out our Halloween book basket last week. And then, when it didn’t quite cure the melancholy, we took a trip to the bookstore for just a few more new Halloween Picture Books to read.
After a few good cuddles with all the kids on the couch and our pile of fantastic Halloween Picture Books, I really am feeling like I’ll survive the month now.
Some of the Halloween picture books on this list have been favorites for years. A few are brand new to us this year, but all of them are wonderful. There are some that are a little spooky and plenty that are all in good fun.
There are a lot of Halloween Picture Books out there, but these are the best!
P.S. I’ll be sharing peeks into these books over on Instagram this month if you want to follow along!
The Best Halloween Picture Books
This is a brand new book that just came out this year and it’s adorable! Stumpkin is a mighty fine pumpkin – round, orange, and as big as a basketball – but he doesn’t have a stem. While all the other pumpkins at the corner market are being purchased and taken home, Stumpkin remains. Will someone want a pumpkin without a stem?
The illustrations in this one are just gorgeous!
I LOVE this book. I’ve read the Madeline book so many times over the years to my three girls that I can recite nearly the whole book by heart. But instead of an old house in Paris all covered in vines, we have a spooky old castle all covered with spines. And while I adore those twelve little girls in two straight lines, the twelve ugly monsters in two crooked lines crack me up.
Really, if you’ve ever read the Madeline books, you MUST read this Halloween version.
This another hilarious parody that I really never get tired of. I think most parents have Goodnight Moon memorized, right? But there’s no great green room in this version. Instead, we have a cold gray tomb. And where there was originally a quiet old lady whispering hush, we now have a hairy old werewolf hollering “Boo.”
This one is just so funny. I love it!
My 10 and 12 year old LOVE this book. It’s a collection of 19 hilarious stories/poems in a variety of styles. The big idea here is that it isn’t always easy being a monster. Imagine being the Invisible Man and trying to get a haircut. Or a hungry Frankenstein with an empty pantry. Or, my personal favorite, the Phantom of the Opera with a very annoying song stuck in your head.
It’s a tough life, but you and your kids will think it’s laugh out loud funny.
This is a long time favorite at our house. It’s really an essential book for your Halloween library.
This little old lady is not afraid of anything, but there are some spooky shoes, hats, gloves, etc., that are really going to test her bravery.
This is another old-school Halloween MUST READ. Even though it was published in 1992, I didn’t read this book until a friend gifted it to us a couple years ago. It became an instant favorite!
Beautifully illustrated with rich text, this book tells the story of a witch’s broom that one day loses its power mid flight. The witch on the broom plunges into an old widow’s garden and when the widow treats her kindly, the witch gifts her the broom.
The fallen broom has just enough power to be helpful around the house but when the neighbors find out about the magical broom, there’s trouble ahead.
Both the story and pictures in this one are so charming. A sweet, clever little girl moves has a haunted house. Luckily, she knows just what to do with all those ghosts. Hint: there’s a washing machine involved!
I love a good rhyming book and this one is stellar. Ten timid ghosts have a little problem. A witch has moved in and wants them out. One by one she tricks them out of the house. However, one of those little ghosts isn’t as timid as it seems and the witch may not be able to get rid of all those ghosts after all.
There are some authors that you know you can count on and Mac Barnett is one of them. This is the sweetest story about a friendly ghost who likes to draw and make tasty snacks. Really, he’s a ghost you’d like to be friends with.
This isn’t exactly a Halloween book, but it’s just the right amount of spooky so we save it for this time of year. Jasper, a rabbit, keeps seeing creepy carrots lurking everywhere. His parents keep assuring him that there’s nothing to be afraid of, but Jasper has eaten a lot of carrots and he’s pretty convinced that they are finally getting their revenge.
This another one that could be read anytime, but since there is a witch in the story, we save it for October. And, this one is WONDERFUL. It’s a clever rhyme with a twist at the end that you really don’t see coming.
There’s a witch with a broom and she keeps picking up riders . . . until there’s no more room on the broom that is.
P.S. There’s a cute little animated version of this book on Netflix that is fun and follows the text of the book exactly.
A Witch is trying to get ready for a party but her contrary cat refuses to help.
The illustrations in this one are fantastic.
This one is pure nostalgia for me. The story is fine, but the illustrations are my very favorite. They are so detailed, so charming. If I could make Halloween look just like this gorgeous book, I’d die a happy person. Really, go check out the illustrations.
PUMPKIN MOONSHINE BY TASHA TUDOR.
With Tasha Tudor’s gorgeous illustrations, little Sylvie Anne turns the biggest pumpkin into her very own Pumpkin Moonshine (Jack’o’Lantern).
This one is so sweet and old fashioned. It’s been a long time favorite at our house.
Did I miss any of your favorite Halloween Picture Books? I’m always looking for suggestions!