Halloween stories to share

Halloween is certainly a fun time for children - collecting candy, dressing up, and possibly attending parties at school or with friends. But this holiday can also provide opportunities to cuddle up with your child and share some delightful Halloween stories. Here is a list of some of the picture books I enjoyed reading to my preschool and kindergarten students.

  • Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman - With the hopes of baking a pumpkin pie, a witch plants a pumpkin seed. Her troubles begin when the pumpkin grows too large for her to handle. Assorted Halloween characters (including a vampire, ghost, mummy, and bat) try to help her out. Using delightful pictures, the author reinforces the value of cooperation and helping.
  • The Hallo-weiner by Dav Pilkey - With cartoon style drawings and a wonderful sense of humor that will delight adults as well as children, Dav Pilkey tells the tale of a dachshund who is teased by other dogs. In the end, Oscar, the dachshund, comes to the rescue of his unkind friends and becomes the hero. This book shares an important message about kindness, friendship, and tolerance as it entertains young listeners.
  • The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing - With the meter and rhyming text similar to the familiar Christmas poem, the author tells a delightful tale of Halloween characters (mummies, spiders, Count Dracula, witches, Frankenstein’s bride, for example) as they get ready for Halloween. The typically scary characters are not frightening at all as they are drawn in a whimsical and charming style.
  • Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson - A rhythmic rhyming verse tells the story of a dancing skeleton on his way to a Halloween party. But trouble arises as his bones begin to fall off as he dances. Adorable pictures add to the fun and children will stay riveted to find out if the skeleton arrives to the party in one piece.
  • My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck - An adorable story about how a Monster Mama demonstrates her love for her little Monster. Children will appreciate how love is universal.
  • Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown - Once again, Marc Brown delights with a story about Arthur and his sister D.W. This time, Arthur is trick-or-treating when he comes to the scariest house on the block. This book helps children realize that sometimes outward appearances can be misleading.
  • Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell - This is an adorable book that counts down from ten with rhymes as a witch tries to scare ten timid ghosts out of a haunted house.
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper - This is a delightful story of three friends (a cat, a squirrel and a duck) who work together to make pumpkin soup each day. Problems arise with the duck wants to switch his soup-making role. Of course, friendship prevails in the end. This is a fun story to read in October because it does not feature the usual characters associated with Halloween.
  • Miss Fiona’s Stupendous Pumpkin Pies by Mark Kimball Moulton - Beautifully illustrated with rhyming text, this book tells the story of a nice, although not beautiful, witch who shares her delicious pumpkin pie and cider on trick-or-treat night.
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson - With delightful pictures and rhymes, Julia Donaldson tells the story of how a witch picks up riders as she flies through the sky on her broom. Young children will enjoy predicting what will happen next.
  • 10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman - Vivid illustrations that make monsters silly and funny will surely delight young listeners. Children will enjoy chiming in on the repetitive phrase while the rhyming stanzas add to the fun.

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