Halloween is fast-approaching and children all over are already getting excited about trick-or-treating. Halloween is an excellent opportunity to peak the literary interest of children with Halloween-themed books. Here are some spook-tacular Halloween books to read with your child at this time of year.
1. Happy Halloween, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer –
These little critter books are classics! This particular Halloween-themed book is incredibly cute. This little critter hesitantly attends a scary Halloween party and ends up having a great time because every frightening monster turns out to be a friend when you unfold the pages.
2. Arthur’s Halloween –
Do you have a little one that is feeling apprehensive about Halloween? Arthur overcomes his Halloween fears when he has to find D.W. and ends up being the bravest one out of all his friends. Arthur and D.W. also show incredible generosity when they offer to help an old lady clean up her property. This book is one of my favourites!
If you liked the other witty books in this series, you’re sure to enjoy this Halloween one! Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the mischievous animals on the farm sure do! Your little one can help join in on the spooky noises that Farmer Brown hears on this Halloween night.
5. Boo! By Robert Munsch –
Robert Munsch books are always enjoyable but this Halloween- themed story is especially fun. Lance decides he is going to paint his face very scary for Halloween… Maybe a bit too scary. His scary face sure does get him A LOT of candy though!
6. Pete the Cat 5 Little Pumpkins –
Everyone loves Pete the Cat and this time he’s celebrating Halloween with five little pumpkins. This is a simpler an shorter story than most, best intended for children who are quite young. This book can be used to demonstrate rhyming and ordinal numbers from first to fifth.
Clifford, our favourite giant red dog, was just a tiny little pup when he experienced his first Halloween. He partook in many of the Halloween traditions; such as, dressing up, trick-or-treating, and going to a Halloween party with a haunted house. Clifford even gives everyone a scare during a spooky storytelling time.
8. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat –
The Berenstain Bears stories have been around for what seems like forever. In this Halloween story, Brother and Sister learn the valuable lesson that appearances can be deceiving when they approach a very scary house and find a sweet lady inside.
9. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin –
This adorable little story is about a very odd pumpkin who didn’t quite fit in with the other pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. He was very sad about being different until a stormy night when his unique shape saved the day. Spookley turns out to be a very brave and special pumpkin which teaches young readers that you can’t judge a book, or a pumpkin, but its cover.
10. Franklin’s Halloween –
Franklin and his adventures are always fun! In this story, after Franklin has chosen a costume for himself, he has to identify his friends who are dressed up at a Halloween party. Plus, there’s a mysterious flying ghost that has everyone a bit spooked. Finally, Franklin and his friends show generosity when they share their candy with a sick friend.
What Halloween stories do you read your children this time of year? Leave a comment below to tell us!