Hilariously Spooky Picture Books for Kids (toddlers, preschoolers kindergarteners..)

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Fun, spooky picture books for kids

You’ve probably already taken your toddler or  preschooler to the pumpkin patch and apple picking, and now looking for some Halloween picture books to spend some time at home? 

Then you’ll love this list of sweetly scary books for kindergarten and Halloween books for toddlers.

Of course, they are not haunting tales but fun Halloween read alouds that your kids love to read during All Hallows Eve. When it comes to choosing spooky picture books for toddlers, you want them to be cheerful and funny.  

Also when you grab these Halloween stories read aloud, there are many ways you can make them even more entertaining. How about doing Halloween themed activities along with reading kid-friendly spooky picture books for toddlers and preschoolers?

This is also fun for parents as while you read witch stories or fun Halloween read alouds, you feel like you’re going back to your childhood days. 

When looking for Halloween picture books for kids or scary and spooky picture books, you might want to choose the books according to the preferred reading age. Which is why I have made sure to include the perfect age group to each of these Halloween picture books. 

So that you’re guaranteed to find the perfect fun halloween read alouds for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, elementary or middle graders. 

Now let’s start with some Best spooky halloween books, hilariously spooky books for kids!  

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

READING AGE : 2-5 years

This fun-filled read-aloud is a great way to celebrate Halloween this year, with a story of a witch, her cat and their adventure together that will be a unique treat for toddlers.

The picture book includes beautiful illustrations and a meaningful tale of wit and friendship.

This would make one of the best Halloween story books for preschoolers and toddlers. 


Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago

READING AGE : 3-6 years

Next comes a joyful Halloween story book for preschoolers which is also Mexican artist Flavia Z. Drago’s debut picture book.

Gustavo, the Shy Ghost  is the story of the shy ghost Gustavo with rosy cheeks and wide eyes, who loves everything about being a ghost, from walking through rooms, making everything fly and even playing the violin! Yet, because of his timid nature, he isn’t able to make friends with the other monsters.

Now that spooky season is around the corner, will he be able to talk to his mates? Gustavo’s sweet story of friendship is a perfect treat for little ghouls and goblins!


Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

READING AGE : 3-6 years

In the list of preschool Halloween books read alouds next comes a creepy carrot story for the little listeners year-round.

We meet Jasper Rabbit, who loves carrots and eats them whenever he can; on his way to school, home or Little League. But one day, it turns out that carrots start to follow him everywhere! And at some point…Jasper can even hear them!

Creepy Carrots would be a great Halloween treat for preschoolers for sure!


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

READING AGE : 2-6 years

Once there was a brave old lady who wasn’t afraid of anything.

But one day as she goes into the woods, something scares the life out of her! What will be this mysterious creature that frightens the old lady? Go and grab this class autumn picture book for preschoolers that adds just enough tension and scare to the minds of little readers!

This delightful story of an old lady is an exciting Halloween story for children between 2-6 years. 


Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle

READING AGE : 1-3 years

Next on the list is a Halloween party-themed picture book that will instantly capture the attention of the kids. The Little Blue Truck is picking up friends for the costume party.

As you flip each page, you get to hear the truck, sound animal noises and also see the Halloween costumes of each animal. Kids will be delighted to read about their favourite fall games, lit jack-o’-lanterns, apple bobbing, and punch and treats!

One of the best Halloween picture books for toddlers, that you scan even read the whole year round! 


Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh

READING AGE : 4-8 years

The spooky season also demands some fun-filled educational reads for kids. 

Whether you’re in search of Halloween books for first graders or  Halloween read alouds for 2nd graders, Skulls is a wonderful book. This unique picture book focuses on the most important part of the human body, the skull. But maybe it’s not fun to read about skulls during Halloween, but this book explains “Cool Skull Fact” in a humorous way!  Which is why Skulls can be a fun Christmas book for kids or spring and summer picture book for preschoolers


Funnybones by Allan Ahlberg & Janet Ahlberg 

READING AGE : 3-5 years

Funnybones is a classic Halloween picture book for kids.

The story begins with the lines, On a dark dark hill, there was a dark dark town. In the dark dark town, there was a dark, dark street that offered many rhymes and new words for little ones. I am sure your 3 year old would love reading the story about the cute Funnybones family. After all both adults and kids should read classic fall and Halloween novels.


Creepy Crayon by Aaron Reynolds

READING AGE : 5-7 years

The new book in Aaron Reynolds’ Creepy Tales is about crayon that turns out to be a creepy little guy. One of the amusing  Scary books for kindergarteners, for sure.  Jasper the rabbit was excited to grab him from the gutter. But slowly the crayon starts to act weird…

This spooky series about a sinister is a hilarious children’s picture book


How to Catch a Witch by Alice Walstead 

READING AGE : 3-7 years

The next book would be a delightful Halloween gift for kids as it’s all about snatching the Halloween witch!

Catch Club Kids has found that the sorceress has opened a magical portal and let out all the ghosts! So now they have to make sure to get all of them back to the portal and save Halloween! 

If you’re in search of fun little witch stories for halloween, add How to Catch a Witch in your list. 


Gus the Gassy Ghost by Humor Heals Us

READING AGE : 1-12 years

Next is the story of a gassy ghost, probably one of the hilarious Kindergarten halloween read alouds, ever.  Gus has a unique skill that makes him stand out from other ghosts.

He loves haunting and it’s thanks to his gassy superpower that helps him float and scare others. Your toddler will love this fart Halloween book with plenty of rhyming stories and humour. 

Hilariously spooky Halloween read for kids of all ages, infact.


At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman 

READING AGE : 2-5 years

Looking for Halloween story books for preschoolers who have very short attention spans, then At the Old Haunted House is a great book to choose.  

There are a lot of creatures in the old haunted house: black cats, vampires, werewolves and many more. All of them are preparing for a Halloween fright party.

Written in the form of the poem Over in the Meadow, these simple rhymes with spells and Halloween activities create a goofy atmosphere for the kids. 


Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney 

READING AGE : 7-11 years

If you’re looking for spooky Halloween stories for elementary and middle graders this Friendly Spooky Stories is a good book to get this fall season.

There are so many hilarious characters in the book, from zombies to vampires, a fun-filled terrifying collection of short stories for kids between the ages of seven to eleven. 


Hoot Howl Halloween by Becky Wilson 

READING AGE : 1-3 years

It’s time to explore the Hoot Howl Halloween board book that features 10 spooky sounds for young listeners! These rhymes coordinate perfectly with the sound button and are easy on the ears. The adorable sound of ghost hosts wailing, bats flapping and witches cackling is a treat for a whole year. This wonderful Toddler Halloween book can be an exciting addition to your silly ghost books. 


How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace 

READING AGE : 2-6 years

The last book on the list is a Halloween picture book for kids that illustrates the ways to conquer fear and anxiety. In the story, we meet a young ninja who is about to face a scary monster in the closet.

Every night, the monster terrifies him, but he decides to finally confront the beast! Is this monster really that scary?


There you have the list of spooky books for toddlers,  preschoolers  that would make a perfect read alouds. !

What are some of your favroite spooky reads that you read to your kids? Let me know in the comments

Find more picture books for your kids AND fall reads for adults in the posts

Stephy George
Stephy George

Hi I am Stephy ! I became a bookworm in my late twenties. So I created this little corner of books online to share my love of reading with YOU! I want to help you find the best books to read so you won’t ever have to worry about your next read!

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