Not-So-Spooky Halloween Books From BOOK PASSAGE

Discover some of fun, spooky, and clever Halloween children's books specially selected for you by Susan Kunhardt and Clare Doornbos at BOOK PASSAGE. Happy reading!

Ages 2-6

Star Wars Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex, it's midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn't scared. Nothing can scare Lord Vader! Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark. So what is Darth Vader scared of?

Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson, Meet Sir Simon, Super Scarer. He's a professional ghost who has been transferred to his first house. But things don't go as planned when it turns out a KID comes with this old lady. Chester spots Simon immediately and peppers him with questions. Simon is exasperated. . . until he realizes he can trick Chester into doing his ghost chores. Spooky sounds, footsteps in the attic, creaks on the stairs -- these things don't happen on their own, you know! 

The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg, A widow finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom left by a witch who fell into the widow's garden.

Zip! Zoom! On a Broom by Teri Sloat, One goes zip, two go zoom. Three witches glide from room to room. So begins this witchy counting story. Counting up from 1 to 10 and back down again, ten witches jump on a broom--and then fall off one by one Written in pitch-perfect rhyme, and full of fun read-aloud energy that will have kids memorizing lines and clamoring to read the book again and again, this book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun.

Herbert's First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant, Herbert is deeply doubtful about his first Halloweenโ€”but with a little help from his dad and a special tiger costume, Herbert might just find confidence on Halloween night. Together, father and son practice roaring, carve a pumpkin, and venture out in search of candy. And by the end of the night, Herbert finds his doubts have melted away. A sweet introduction to Halloween and to being brave, this book is sure to delight the youngest of trick-or-treaters.

The Too-Scary Story by Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Grace wants Papa to tell her a scary bedtime story... but her little brother Walter doesn't want it to be TOO scary So as Papa invents the story of two children out for a walk in the woods, Grace and Walter take turns correcting him. But when darkness falls, a shadow looms, and footsteps follow the children all the way home, will the siblings triumph over the too-scary story?

Ages 4-8

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, Bonaparte is having a tough time. It's hard for this young skeleton to just hang loose when he can't keep hold of himself. When he plays catch, his throwing arm literally takes a flyer. Eating lunch can be a real jaw-dropping occasion. How can he start school when he has so many screws loose?

Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds, From the celebrated team behind Creepy Carrots , Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown, comes a hilarious (and just a little creepy) story of a brave rabbit and a very weird pair of underwear.

Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills, Duck is going as a spooky ghost. Goose is going as a brave superhero. And Thistle's costume . . . well, that's a secret. But what will Duck and Goose do when they hear a very scary swamp monster is looking for them?

Ages 8-12

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell, Once there were Wizards, who were Magic, and Warriors, who were not. But Xar, son of the King of Wizards, can't cast a single spell. And Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a banned magical object of her own. When they collide in the wildwood, on the trail of a deadly witch, it's the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their worlds.

Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry, Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola's kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia. They must find her before she becomes Nikola's next victim.

Thornhill by Pam Smy, Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door.

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