Halloween nights are the perfect time to curl up with a hot chocolate, a few mini treats and a great book. There are lots of fun Halloween titles for kids depending on their age and whether they like a spook or two, but it can be hard to find the right one for your child. So, we’re making it easier on you—check out these Halloween books that are broken down by scare factor, with 0 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Which one will you dare to read with your little goblin?! —Jennifer Cox
BOO! Baa, La La La!
Scare-ability factor: 0
From the beloved and bestselling author Sandra Boynton comes an adorable new Halloween board book. Littles will delight in following the gentle cow as she ventures out into the moonlit night, trying to discover who it was that replied to her “BOO” with a “BAA.” Get it here.
We’re Going On A Pumpkin Hunt
Scare-ability factor: 2
Three trick-or-treaters are looking for the perfect pumpkin on a beautiful Halloween night. They make their way through some sticky cobwebs, flying bats, and even a dark, spooky house, but they’re not scared. The trick-or-treaters eventually find their pumpkin … and maybe even a ghost! Get it here.
The Good, The Bad, and The Spooky
Halloween is the Bad Seed’s favourite holiday of the year, but what’s a seed to do when he can’t find a great 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? Get it here.
I Want To Be In A Scary Story
The author wants to write a funny story but his main character, Monster, has a different idea. He wants to be the star of a chilling, petrifying, terrifying scary story, but scary stories can be, well, very scary. It turns out that maybe he wants to be in a funny story after all! Get it here.
Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots
The third graders at Bailey Elementary are so hard to handle that all their teachers have quit, but their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, is different: She’s just moved from Transylvania into a spooky old house in Bailey City, and she wears a mysterious brooch that glows as green as her eyes. Could Mrs. Jeepers be a vampire? A great title for new independent readers. Get it here.
Zee Puckett loves ghost stories—she just never expected to be living one. It all starts with a dark and stormy night. When the skies clear, everything is different. People are missing, there’s a creepy new principal who seems to know everyone’s darkest dreams, and Zee is seeing frightening things: large, scary dogs that talk, and maybe even … a ghost. This one will keep your avid reader on the edge of their seat! Get it here.