10 Best Children’s Books on Halloween for kids under the age of 12

We have put together a list of the Best Children’s Halloween books. Especially for kids under the age of 12 and parents to enjoy. These Halloween books for kids range from playfully spooky (for the little ones) to downright chilling (for the older kids) and are sure to get your little trick-or-treater into the Halloween spirit. So, break out your flashlight and your witch’s hat it’s time to cuddle under the blankets with your little reader and one of these absolutely spectacular Halloween books for kids!

1. Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

Karen Katz’s distinctive style of an adorable baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch’s hat, cute as button bats, and candy apples are found under each flap. Finally, after the Baby finds her pumpkin, she is ready to go trick or treating and the ending flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza!

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2. Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace

This is a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you appear to be a vampire-like Vampirina. First of all, you need to find a class that gathers at night. Then you have to find out how to perfect your form when you cannot see yourself in the mirror? And then there is wearing pink and that nagging urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers. And worst of all… STAGE FRIGHT!!!

3. Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by Jacky Davis, one of the Best Children’s books on halloween

It’s Halloween and Lulu must decide on a costume. Should she be Ladybug Girl or something she has never been before? She tries many different costumes, but nothing seems perfect. Maybe she will think of the right costume as she enjoys the autumn day with her family by pumpkin picking and going on a hayride. But it’s not until Lulu and Bingo help a little girl who is lost that Lulu discovers who she was meant to be for Halloween, Ladybug Girl, of course! After all, she is Ladybug Girl and it is important to be true to yourself.

4. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favourite and has been keeping kids laughing and reading for more than twenty-five years. Over 70 million copies in print and now with a better new look for the new generation!

Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader Junie B. Jones! It’s Halloween! But Junie B. is afraid to go trick or treating. ’what if witches and monsters are really real? And what if pumpkins with sharp teeth come to eat your feet? And don’t even get her started on the candy corn problem. So how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy this scary holiday?

5. Double Down by Jeff Kinney

The pressure is piling up on Greg Heffley because his mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wanted her son to put down the controller and explore his creativity.

As if that is wasn’t scary enough, Halloween is just closely approaching and the frights are coming at Greg from every corner.

When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie…and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?

6. Halfway in our Best Children’s Halloween books; Halloween Party by R.L. Stine

The invitation appeared in a black-bordered envelope and was delivered by the beautiful and mysterious transfer student. The inside showed a coffin with the inscription “Reserved for You”, perfect for an all-night Halloween party in an old house on Fear Street.

The party is well under way when the lights go out. That’s to be expected at the Halloween party. But when the lights return, a boy is on the floor with a knife in his back. Just a Halloween prank? Maybe. Maybe not.

Now the guests’ trick or treating has turned to terror. And it seems like someone is idea of a party game is murder!

Room on the Broom cover in our top 10 of best children's books on halloween

7. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the lost items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there space on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon? Definitely one of the more exciting and best children’s books on Halloween out there right now.

8. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book from Stan and Jan Berenstain. It’s a Halloween that Brother and Sister cannot wait to go trick or treating with all of their friends, but when someone in the group encourages the kids to play a trick, things may not go as planned. This amazing story is a perfect way to celebrate Halloween, all the while teaching children about the difference between good and bad.

9. The Halloween Kid by Rhode Montijo

From the illustrator of the Melvin Beederman, Superhero series tells a story of a masked hero and his trusty steed. Together they save Halloween from ruthless toilet paper-tossing mummies and pumpkin-sucking vampires.

With a rootin’ tootin’ Halloween monster-Shootin’ text and retro-modern illustrations, The Halloween Kid will lasso in readers both young and old. Because who does not love a hero who defends the right to trick or treat?

10. Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes

Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party in this bilingual poem written by Marisa Montes, with illustrations by award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales

Under October’s luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren’t even there yet!

This lively bilingual Halloween poem introduces young readers to a spooky array of Spanish words that will open their ojos to the chilling delights of the season.