The Best Halloween Picture Books

Let’s get ready for Halloween with some of the best Halloween Picture Books

Halloween is my favorite holiday. There, I said it. And I stand by it! I mean, costumes? Candy? Ghosts and witches? A fear of the unknown? Sounds like me every day, really.

In our house, we celebrate in some traditional ways. Especially with good friends and easy homemade costumes! We are also big fans of the Switch Witch and all things pumpkin and crafty.

We also celebrate with a lot of themed books! We even do a book countdown by reading new a Halloween picture book every night until it’s time to trick-or-read. I mean, treat. (But reading is a treat right?) Maybe we should call it a count-UP since we add so many new ones to the book stack each night! Some books make the list every year, but we always find new favorites too. What are your

These are some of our all-time best Halloween Picture Books:

Cover of the book Stumpkin which shows a pumpkin with no stem

Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

What happens to this sweet, round pumpkin that has no stem? Will Stumpkin the Pumpkin get left behind at the shop on Halloween night? Find out if he becomes a Jack O Lantern after all in this adorable Halloween book.

Gustavo The Shy Ghost book cover: a drawing of a sweet ghost with pink cheeks. Best Halloween Picture Books

Gustavo, The Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago

Gustavo is a quiet ghost, but really wants to make friends. So he invites some other ghouls and goblins to his violin recital. The music helps lead the way into friendship in this lovely book. For more of Gustavo’s beautifully illustrated and fun world, also find the books Vlad The Fabulous Vampire and Leila the Perfect Witch.

Book Cover of Hardly Haunted with a cute but haunted house and a tree. Best Halloween Picture books

Hardly Haunted Jessie Sima

The house might make scary noises and seem haunted, but is it really? Or is it just a lonely house looking for a ghostly family to call it home. This one is absolutely adorable, and you can watch a video of it being read here.

A black and white drawing of a house with the words theres a ghost in this house over the tip. Best halloween picture books

Theres A Ghost In This House by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers books are always so much fun and this is no exception! Find the ghost in the house. Help a young girl figure out if there’s a ghost in her house in this clever and quirky book.

A drawing of a witch holding a spoon with a frog on it. Best halloween picture books

Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall and Vera Brosgol

Maybe it’s because I love witches, especially funny ones. But this book tickled my funny witch bone! Especially since there were no frogs actually harmed in the making of this funny and clever book.

A cute witch with a cauldron. Best Halloween Picture Books

Lots Of Cats by E. Dee Taylor

A sweet little witch wants new friends, but what happens when all those friends are a house full of cats? A simple and non-scary book about a witch and her wishful potion-making. Just right for cat lovers!


Bats in the band cover. Best Halloween Picture BooksBats In The Band by Brian Lies

This is not a Halloween book, but a clever book about musical bats. A lovely book for musical children who love bats. Great for kids who might want something that seems Halloween-adjacent.

Best Halloween Picture Books

Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party by Erin Lorraine Barker

The sweetest Halloween-themed counting book I’ve ever seen! The illustrations are lovely and the characters are as cute as can be, all ready for a spooky tea party! To see a video of this book being read, click here. 

Fox At Night by Corey R. Tabor

All of Corey R. Tabor’s books are absolutely adorable, especially the Fox series. This one is about Fox searching for monsters at night. But will he (and his forest friend) find any? Another cute one that could fit into a Halloween-esque category is Fox The Tiger. Fox and his friends dress up as different things they like. But come to find out, they are pretty cool just as they are too! It’s a cute way to address costumes without being scary at all.

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Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

Follow a boy and his pumpkin from seed to jack o’lantern and back again in this simple yet classic pumpkin story. 

How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas 

Mr. Tiffin’s class is learning all about pumpkins seeds, and what it means to be big or small in this mathematical-themed book. They learn that small pumpkins may be the ones you can count on for the most pumpkin seeds! 

Pumpkin Island by Arthur Geisert 

When a pumpkin got washed onto an island, it started its very own pumpkin patch that grew and grew until the whole island was overflowing with pumpkins! No monsters, ghouls, or scream-inducing tricks in this one, just lots of Jack-o-Lanterns. 

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler and Will Terry 

Bonaparte is excited for school until all his bones keep falling off! What’s a skeleton, and his monster palls, to do? A sweet story of friendship and taking care of ourselves and each other. 

best halloween picture books

Frankenslime by Joy Keller and Ashley Belote

What do you do when your slime experiment comes to life? Victoria Franken, scientist extraordinaire, is about to find out! Just right for any budding slime-entist, it even includes a slime recipe.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey and Júlia Sardà

Stay on the Frankenstein theme with this monsterously good book about Mary Shelley, the author of the original Frankenstein. A fascinating tale with gorgeous illustrations to round it all out.


Want more Halloween-themed things that are more treat than trick?

Try these two sweet little Halloween songs that younger kids are sure to want to sing along with:

The Pumpkin Song 

three pumpkins on a green background. The pumpkin song

Five Little Ghosts 

Hope you get to give some of these books a read. Or two. Or a hundred! If you do, I hope you think these are the best Halloween picture books too!

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