I love having seasonal books for the kids especially for all of the holidays. With fall just around the corner, I’ve been looking for the best Halloween books for toddlers and preschoolers to add to our collection.
Having special books for each holiday is a favorite family tradition. It also helps rotate through the tons of books that I can’t bear to part with and gets us out of reading ruts. The books always seem fresh, fun, and exciting after a year packed away.
For more ideas for fun Halloween family traditions to start, check out our list here.
We have several classic Halloween books in our collections, but as my oldest keeps growing I thought we could use a few new ones to spice things up. So I went to my best sources (other moms, the library, and amazon) to see if we were missing out on any the best Halloween books for toddlers, preschoolers, and babies.
We found some absolute gems that my 4 year old and 1 year both loved. Having checked them all out to see which weren’t too scary, too wordy, or too long I thought I should share our list. Hopefully, you’ll find something festive fun to entertain your little one.
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Favorite Halloween Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
We love ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’, and really all of the rest of the Mouse books! In this one, mouse and his friends decorate their pumpkins. We like to imitate the pumpkin faces – happy, sad, silly… and count the pumpkins.
With short simple sentences, this book is perfect for all ages.
This was a new addition to our books and one of our newest favorites. I was a bit skeptical since it looks like a lot of words on each page, but it actually reads really quickly with great rhyming and rhythm.
This cute story of friendship does not specifically say “Halloween” in the book so could be read all year, though it still has a festive feel. Also, it’s one of our favorite Halloween books for toddlers and preschoolers (My 4 year old really enjoyed it, but I was surprised that even my 1 year old seemed to really get into it).
If you child loves ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, like mine, it’s a safe bet that this book will be a big hit. It’s an adorable Halloween-y take on an all time favorite song that can be read or sung.
As an added bonus, you can also practice counting each page. Both of my little guys can’t get enough of this book so I’d say it’s good for bus lovers of all ages.
With the same style and rhyming pattern as the classic, Night Before Christmas, this book has a funny story about Halloween creatures. It also has bright and colorful pictures to grab your little one’s attention.
My 4 year old was very amused and caught the similarities our Christmas story. While the youngest kiddos may not appreciate it, older toddlers and preschoolers will likely enjoy this one.
This is a cute story of bravery as the teeny tiny ghost only scares himself. A bit of a tongue twister with lots of silly sounds make this tons of fun to read.
This book was a big hit with my 4 year old, though my 1 year old would not sit through it he would chime in for some of the repetitive sounds. It’s a great tale of silly Halloween courage for preschoolers.
By: Anne Margaret Lewis
This story of a little pumpkin who wants a Halloween adventure and his caring mommy pumpkin looking out for him. This super sweet book with cute illustrations is great for older toddlers and preschoolers.
This book has been a long time favorite in our house. You look for Boo the cat in funny Halloween-y places. This book is super quick and silly, and my kids adore it. Seriously, we have read it hundreds of times since my first was a baby. It’s short and sweet and perfect for toddlers.
We are big Sandra Boynton fans in general so no surprise we all really like this Halloween book. The chickens are confused about the Halloween festivities in this quick, cute story.
It is fast paced enough to keep my 1 year old’s attention and my 4 year old thinks its funny too. Plus, we all like saying “Eek!” with the chickens.
If you’re familiar with the regular Llama llama books, the board books, like this one, are geared towards babies and young toddlers.
Though they are a bit light on story, the fun simple rhymes and adorable pictures kept my 1 year old engaged over and over again. This quick festive book is ideal for young toddlers.
Follow Biscuit as he and the little girl get ready for Halloween and lift the flaps to see what he’s doing. What kid doesn’t love lifting flaps?
Mine both go crazy for the flaps, though my 4 year old also follows the story. We also enjoy going “woof” with Biscuit. Best for older toddlers and preschoolers, though those flaps are a big draw for any age.
So now that we’ve shared the best Halloween books for toddlers and preschoolers, you may want to check out some more of our book recommendations. Winter is right around the corner and we have a list of the best winter themed books for preschoolers, the best Christmas board books for babies and toddlers, and our favorite Valentine’s day books for toddlers.
Does your family have any other Halloween favorites? We’re always looking for new books to add to our collection!