The best Halloween books for kids

Looking for some spooky reads this Halloween? Here are some of our favourite books to help you get into the Halloween spirit.

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When trick or treating is over and the kids have had their fill of sweets, what better way to carry on the Halloween fun than a spooky book. Full of witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls, our list of Halloween children's books are perfect for a bedtime story on All Hallows Eve. From cute and funny stories for younger children to scary books for older kids and teens, there's something for everyone. 

Halloween books for babies and toddlers

My Magical Witch

by Yujin Shin

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My Magical Witch has push, pull and turn mechanisms as well as a sparkly foil cover wheel that is sure to keep little ones entertained. Beautiful illustrations and gentle rhyming text take little readers on a magical broomstick ride with a colourful witch!

Busy Halloween

by Louise Forshaw

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With lots to see in Busy Halloween, children can join in the Halloween fun by pushing, pulling and turning the tabs. Carve a pumpkin, then get dressed up, ready to trick or treat and celebrate at a Halloween party!

Children will love playing with this bright and colourful board book with gentle rhyming text and wonderful illustrations by Louise Forshaw.

Halloween books for kids aged 3 - 5

Dracula Spectacular

by Lucy Rowland

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Dracula Boy is more giggles and glitter than beastly and bitter, but will he dare to follow his heart and live life in technicolour? Dracula Spectacular is a heart-warming tale about learning to be brave, kind, and  yourself, with plenty of spooks and sparkle!

There's A Spider In This Book

by Claire Freedman

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There’s a spider in this book. Are you brave enough to take a look?

Eric the spider can’t understand why people scream and run away from him. He only wants to say hello. But Fluffy the cat wants to eat Eric, so he’s hiding. It’s up to the reader to find Eric on every spread and maybe finally catch a glimpse of him with the surprise lift the flap ending . . .

Jake Bakes a Monster Cake

by Lucy Rowland

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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.

The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson

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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!

Room on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson

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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?

Halloween books for kids aged 5 - 9

Spooky Poems

by James Carter

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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 . . . 

Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

by Chris Riddell

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There are musical goings-on at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and a spooky mystery for Ada Goth to solve in Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, the fourth book in the Costa Children’s Book Award winning Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate 2015-2017.

Discover all the books in the Goth Girl series here.

Halloween books for kids aged 9 - 12

The Beast

by Brendan Reichs

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The Beast is the second book in the darkly suspenseful Darkdeep series from Brendan Reichs and Ally Condie. After saving their town from a monstrous figment invasion, Nico, Opal, Emma and Logan just want to stay out of trouble, enjoy Halloween and explore their mysterious clubhouse. But then a dangerous new breed of figments start appearing . . . 

Discover The Darkdeep, the first book in the series, here. 

Mountwood School for Ghosts

by Toby Ibbotson

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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?

The Secret of Platform 13

by Eva Ibbotson

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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.

Young adult Halloween books

There's Someone Inside Your House

by Stephanie Perkins

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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. 

Cuckoo Song

by Frances Hardinge

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When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows something isn't right. She has an insatiable hunger, her sister is scared of her and her parents keep whispering behind closed doors. Soon Triss finds out that what happened to her is more terrible and strange than she could ever have thought, and to fix things she must travel to the terrifying Underbelly, before it's too late . . . 

Plague Land

by Alex Scarrow

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Leon and his sister Grace have recently moved to London, and are struggling to settle into their new school,  when rumours of a deadly unidentified virus start to fill the news. Within a week the virus reaches London, and the siblings have to run for their lives. But the virus isn't the only danger out there . . . 

Discover all the books in the remade series here.