11 Favorite Halloween Reads for Ages 3+

October is finally here, and our little goblins are already full of moans and groans! Grab a book (or three) from our Halloween favorites list for your toddler or preschooler. You'll quiet your ghouls in no time.


Never Touch a Monster

Reasons in rhymes explain why you should "never touch a monster" in this interactive, touch-and-feel story.

Little Blue Truck's Halloween

Little Blue Truck everything! Little Blue and all his friends dress up for Halloween in this adorable guess-who, lift-the-flap book.

Halloween Peek-A-Boo!

This interactive story encourages children to participate with the antics of the trick-or-treaters using the attached mirror.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat

The classic story is as kooky as ever but with a haunted twist.

Spooky Pookie

Pookie has to choose a Halloween costume - which will be his favorite? Sandra Boynton never disappoints with her cheeky characters and silly stories.

Eek! Halloween

Another beloved book by Sandra Boynton. The chickens are worried by all the "strange things" they see on October 31st. What should they do??

It's Pumpkin Day Mouse

Count along as Mouse paints his pumpkins in a variety of faces.

Halloween Bugs

Peek behind each spooky door to discover a new ghastly surprise in this interactive book full of Halloween-themed bugs. We loved this one so much we included it in our October 2000 subscription box. Check it out here!

Room on the Broom

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 missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon? Check it out here!

Creepy Carrots

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.

He eats them on the way to school.

He eats them going to Little League.

He eats them walking home.

Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?

Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy. Check it out here!

The Good, The Bad, and The Spooky

Halloween is the Bad Seed’s favorite holiday of the year. But what’s a seed to do when he can’t find a show-stopping costume for the big night? Postpone trick-or-treating for everyone, of course! Can he get a costume together in time? Or will this seed return to his baaaaaaaaad ways Find out in this hilarious, charming, and thought-provoking continuation of Jory John and Pete Oswald’s bestselling Food Group series. Check it out here!


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