12 Not-So-Scary Halloween Books for Kids By: Washington Family Staff

Halloween icons like ghosts, goblins and witches don’t always have to be scary! These family-friendly books below will get your kiddos in the All Hallows’ Eve spirit without the fright.

‘Halloween 1, 2, 3!’  by Random House Ages: Baby-3.

A Halloween counting board book featuring the cadets from Nickelodeon’s Top Wing! Nickelodeon’s Top Wing cadets get into the spooky spirit in this Halloween-themed counting board book with sturdy pages and a shiny foil cover.

‘Where’s the Witch?’ by Nosy Crow Ages: Baby-3.

Gently spooky creatures hide behind bright felt flaps in this Halloween offering. A perfect book to share with very little ones. Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of gently spooky creatures hiding behind bright felt flaps in this Halloween offering.

‘Dr. Seuss’s Spooky Things’ by Dr. Seuss Ages: Baby-3.

Written in super-simple rhyme, little boys and ghouls will giggle with glee at this ever-so-slightly spooky board book starring Things One and Two dressing up in classic Halloween costumes–including ghosts, bats, skeletons, black cats, and pumpkins! It’s a sweet Halloween treat and a great way to introduce babies and toddlers to the world of Dr. Seuss!

‘Haunted House’ by DK Ages: 2-5.

Are you daring enough to join the brave cat and mouse as they explore the noisy haunted house? If so, open the surprise flaps and hear the funny, light-activated sounds in this spooky sound book that’s shaped like a house. With a delightful rhyming story to read aloud to little ones, a sliding door on the cover, and enticing flaps to lift inside, it’s the perfect noisy Halloween gift for the scariest time of the year.

‘Creak! Squeak! Halloween’ by DK Ages: 2-5.

Creak! Squeak! Halloween is an exciting board book with five sturdy flaps for preschoolers to lift, and five spooky noises including a croaking frog and a creaking door. This high-quality Halloween adventure encourages interaction and hands-on play by rewarding curiosity with surprise sounds and delightful characters.

Peppa’s Happy Halloween!’ by Golden Books Ages: 3-7.

Peppa Pig is a loveable little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa loves playing games, visiting exciting places and making new friends, but her absolute favorite thing is jumping up and down in muddy puddles! In this story, Peppa Pig and her friends are planning a Halloween that is full of tricks and treats!

‘Trick or Treat, Little Critter’ by Mercer Mayer Ages: 3-7.

It’s time to go trick-or-treating with Little Critter and friends. Celebrate Halloween with Little Critter in this adorable full-color storybook–with cards, stickers and a poster.

‘How to Scare a Ghost’ by Jean Reagan Ages: 3-7.

Who says ghosts get to have all the fun on Halloween? Guided by a tongue-in-cheek instructional style, two children show young readers how to set the stage for a spooktacular Halloween by carving pumpkins, playing games and even reading scary stories. Has a ghost showed up? Great! Now the fun and the scaring can really begin.

‘Ghost in the House’ by Ammi-Joan Paquette Ages: 3-7.

Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that’s more playful than scary. When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears … a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter … a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn.

‘Give Me Back My Bones!’ by Kim Norman Ages: 3-7.

A stormy night at sea has uncovered some long-buried secrets and surprises. Is that the mast of a shipwreck? A faded pirate hat? A mandible and a clavicle, phalanges and femurs, a tibia and a fibula — could there be a set of bones scattered across the ocean floor? A jaunty rhyme takes readers on an underwater scavenger hunt as a comical skeleton tries to put itself back together piece by piece.

‘Bella Broomstick #2: School Spells’ by Lou Kuenzler Ages: 8-12.

Bella Broomstick is back. But she’s no longer in the Magic Realm; she’s now living in the Person World. She has a new best friend named Esme. With Esme by her side, Bella is finding Person school to be really fun and not as scary as she thought it would be. But chaos erupts when the biggest bully in school mocks Esme’s very human (and unsuccessful) magic tricks. Bella secretly casts a real spell but it doesn’t go the way she had planned.

‘Disney Dracula,  starring Mickey Mouse’ by Bruno Enna Ages: 8-12.

Jonathan Ratker (Mickey Mouse) receives a warm invitation from the mysterious Dracula, welcoming him to his castle in Beetsylvania. His objective is to close a deal for his law firm, but he soon finds Dracula’s reputation is not without merit, and he is a prisoner in the castle! Ratker seeks refuge in writing letters to his love, Minnina, hoping to one day return to her. However, the supernatural is at play, and Jonathan Ratker must find a way to escape the castle and stop Dracula from going after who he loves most.

‘Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball’ by Laura Ellen Anderson Ages: 8-12.

Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends Florence the yeti and Grimaldi the reaper than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball. Then the King’s spoiled son Tangine captures Squashy, Amelia and her friends must escape the party to plan a daring rescue! In their race against time, they begin to realize things in Nocturnia may not be quite what they seem.

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