Halloween is Coming! Books to Get the Party Started!


Halloween is Coming! Books to Get the Party Started!


I found so many great Halloween books, I have two weeks of books for you. Today’s post includes nonfiction, fiction, and joke books.



Happy Halloween! by Alex Appleby (sorry, no link)

This is the most basic nonfiction book. Each two-page spread has one sentence and a colorful photo—most are of kids in costume.


 We Celebrate Halloween in Fall by Rebecca Felix

Still a basic book, this book pairs photos of kids with two sentences of text. It’s a Level One reader.


 Celebrate Halloween by Megan Cooley Peterson

This one is similar to the first two books, except the text for each photo contains two or three sentences. It has directions for an alien werewolf costume at the end.


 Black Cats by Megan Cooley Peterson

Simple text presents lots of information about black cats, ending with a Black Cat Ring Toss game and more black cat resources. There are 3 more books in this Halloween Fun series.


The next three books are for older kids, either to read themselves or as read alouds. They are loosely listed by difficulty.

 The Tricks and Treats of Halloween! History of Fun Stuff by Angela Murphy, illustrated by Rich Wake

This book covers the history of the holiday and several of its traditions. Traditions include costumes, trick-or-treating, candy, and spooky symbols. This is a Ready-to-Read Level 3 reader.


 Day of the Dead by Carrie Gleason

This book is devoted to the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead. It covers the history, preparations, foods, and other traditions of the holiday.


 Halloween and Day of the Dead: Traditions around the World by Joan Axelrod-Contrada, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

This book covers the fall holiday traditions in Ireland, Poland, Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Nigeria, China, and Japan. Lots to learn!



 Shake dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Mike Reed

This book has it all – story, illustrations and rhythm. The story has lots of fun references to nursery rhymes and fairy tales. The illustrations make you want to examine each page carefully for all the great details. And the rhythm might be the best part – it demands to be read aloud. Why? The story is about a hip-hop Halloween ball! I loved it!


 The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

Little Mummy wanted to run away. Wherever he threatens to flee to, Mother Mummy is close behind. She almost loses her cool, though, when Little Mummy threatens to become a little boy. “That would be too horrible!” This book is based on Margaret Wise Brown’s the Runaway Bunny and it’s hilarious. I can’t wait to read Goodnight Goon!


 Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Once there was a little girl who went to live in a big old house at the edge of town. From the title, I think you can guess what the problem is—ghosts! But this girl is no scaredy-cat. In fact, she’s a witch, and has no trouble figuring out what to do. This book has BOLD illustrations!



 Halloween Howlers: Frightfully Funny Knock-Knock Jokes by Michael Teitelbaum, illustrated by Jannie Ho

Two kids travel through a haunted house and collect knock-knock jokes along the way. Many of the punch lines lurk beneath a flap. This is a fun way to tell a Halloween story!


 Boo Who? And Other Wicked Halloween Knock-Knock Jokes by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, illustrated by Stephen Carpenter

This is another story told with jokes and lift-the-flaps. Before today, I didn’t know such book existed. The story line is the same, kids in a haunted house but the jokes are different.


 Hilarious Halloween Jokes by Alison Grambs, illustrated by Steve Harpster

This book is filled with riddles and knock-knock jokes. Lots of jokes!


Looking for more Halloween fiction? Coming up next week!


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