Best Halloween children's books

09 October 2017

By Pan Macmillan

From witches to ogres and monsters and a Gruffalo, our list of Halloween children's books will fit right in to the spooky theme (and help with the sugar rush!)

WOW! It's Night-time

WOW! It's Night-time

Perfect for children aged 2 - 4 years

When it's time for us to go to bed, owls are just waking up and one curious little owl is ready to discover the wonders of night-time. But where are all the other owls? 

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I Am Bat

I Am Bat

Perfect for children aged 2 - 5

Bat loves cherries, but they keep going missing.  One by one, the precious red cherries are whisked away behind Bat's back. And now Bat is on the hunt for the guilty cherry thief and everyone is a suspect - including you!

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The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

For children aged 3 - 5 years

When we are fast asleep in bed, the Midnight Library springs to life.mals. The little librarian and her three assistant owls help each and every night-time animal to find the perfect book. But with a noisy squirrel band, an upset wolf and a slow-reading tortoise to help, they could all be in for a very busy night.

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Jake Bakes a Monster Cake

Jake Bakes a Monster Cake

Perfect for children aged  3 - 6 years

Jake is baking a birthday cake for his best friend Sam, but when his friends help out, things turn rather monstrous. With spider legs, rotten eggs, slugs and slime, Sam is in for a very smelly surprise.

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Wolves

Wolves

Perfect for children aged 3 - 5 years

Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library, but soon a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep right off the pages... Rabbit's book has come to life!

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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Perfect for children aged 3 - 7 years

Have you meet the Gruffalo who lives in the deep dark wood? With his terrible tusks and terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws, it's no wonder fox, owl and snake are all terrified of him!
 

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Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

Perfect for children aged 3 - 7 years

The witch and her cat love flying over forest, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand!  They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. They climb on, one after the next, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon looking for a snack?

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The Spell Thief

The Spell Thief

Perfect for children aged 6 - 8 years old

When Jack (of the beanstalk fame) spots Anansi, the new kid in town talking to a troll in the Deep Dark Woods, he becomes suspicious. Everyone knows that trolls mean trouble, and Jack will do anything to prove to the rest of his friends that Anansi is a troll spy.

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Spooky Poems

Spooky Poems

Perfect for children aged 7 - 11 years

A spooktacular collection of poems about all things creepy - from ghosts and ghouls, to witches and vampires. 

This book may well disturb you,
it creeps into your dreams,
for nothing you read in this book
is ever quite the way it seems...

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Mountwood School for Ghosts

Mountwood School for Ghosts

Perfect for children aged 9 - 11 years

Fredegonda, Goneril, and Drusilla are Great Hagges. They think that ghosts these days are decidedly lacking and it's time for them to learn a thing or two about being scary. And what better way to teach them than to set up their very own school for ghosts?

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The Secret of Platform 13

The Secret of Platform 13

Perfect for children aged 12 years and up

Under Platform 13 at King's Cross Station there is a secret door that leads to a magical island that appears only once every nine years.
 
And when it opens, four mysterious figures step into the streets of London. A wizard, an ogre, a fey and a young hag have come to find the prince of their kingdom who was stolen as a baby nine years before. But the prince has become a horrible rich boy called Raymond Trottle, who doesn't understand magic and is determined not to be rescued.

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There's Someone Inside Your House

There's Someone Inside Your House

Perfect for children aged 12 years and up

Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life after moving to Nebraska from Hawaii. However, one by one the students begin to die in a series of gruesome murders and Makani doesn't know who's next on the list. This school year may turn out to be one to die for... literally. 
 

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Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

Perfect for children aged 12 years and up

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister must fight for it, starting on the night they turn sixteen...

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