10 of the best kids books for Halloween

It's the spookiest time of the year again: these books will help build the excitement for your little ones 🎃 🎃

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Halloween is just around the corner, so why not share a spooky story time with your little fiend…

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1. Ten Little Monsters

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One of my favourites from this year’s releases is Ten Little Monsters (Orchard Books) by Mike Brownlow with super funky illustrations by Simon Rickerty.

This is a lovely book to share with toddlers as there are so many things to spot and chat about as the intrepid explorers encounter spiders, werewolves and other headless knights.

Part of the Ten Little series that also includes Princesses and Dinosaurs, these chunky board books are really good value and well worth investing in.

Age: 2+
Price: £3.49
Buy it now: Waterstones

2. Room On The Broom

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Another new publication dedicated to very young children is this board book version of Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s stunning Room on the Broom.

This interactive edition (your toddler will love pushing the big button to hear the whooshing wind) offers the perfect primer to the bestselling story and is a great way of introducing not only witches and brooms into your child’s imagination, but also the wonders of Donaldson’s witty, rhyming text that never fails to entertain. Highly recommended.

Age: 2+
Price: £5.25
Buy it now: Amazon

3. Stories of Wizards and Witches


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An enjoyable thing to do this month is to share a spooky story every day – and there’s just time to squeeze in a bumper collection of 25 tales from another stellar children’s author – Enid Blyton.

Her Stories of Wizards and Witches (Hodder) has been repackaged for 2017 and contains some real goodies: Mr Woff and the Enchanter and The Page that Blew Away, were two of the favourites in our house.

This is a great book for autumn evenings with stories just long enough for bedtime!

Age: 6+
Price: £3.49
Buy it now: The Book People

4. Daisy and The Trouble with Vampires


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is a super little story – perfect for emerging readers. Written by Kes Grey with illustrations by Nick Sharratt and Garry Parsons, this is the latest in the series about Daisy, a little girl, who despite having the best of intentions, invariably ends up getting herself into trouble.

Here, we join Daisy as she is about to go trick or treating for the first time. Armed only with a can of silly string, will our heroine make it through the fog intact? Great fun.

Age: 5+
Price: £5.99
Buy it now: Book Depository

5. Tricky Treats

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And finally, if you are planning a Halloween Party, then Tricky Treats (GMC Publications) a book of ghoulish goodies to serve to your guests, could be just the thing.

Written by Susanna Tee the recipes range from the scarily simple – banana ghosts (just the cut them in half and pipe on chocolate faces) to the fiendishly fiddly – witches fingers! Get the children involved as it will keep them occupied in the build-up to the big event and the food certainly does look impressive – if a little off-putting!

Price: £5.99
Buy it now: Wordery

6. Meg And Mog

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There is no finer or funnier witch than Meg, and this boardbook offers the perfect means by which to introduce the hapless heroine to very little ones.

Meg and Mog is the first book in the bestselling series created by Helen Nicholl and Jan Pienkowski as we meet Meg, her cat Mog and their companion Owl.

Meg has arranged to go to a Halloween party with her some witchy friends, but in true Meg style, nothing, including her costume goes to plan.

Age: 18 months+

Price: £5.99

Buy it now: Amazon

7. Four Silly Skeletons

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Four Silly Skeletons by Mark Sperring with illustrations by Sue Hendra, follows four young skeletons as they set out for a night of adventure.

But despite warnings from their wise old Aunty June, not one of the eager skeletons sees the scary surprise ahead.

This is a lovely read and the rhyming text fairly rattles along – just like the bony foursome featured in the story.

The illustrations are particularly fun, cleverly utilising the colours of the season and laden with spooky things for you little one to spot and talk about.

Age: 2+

Price: £6.99

Buy it now: Amazon

8. Molly Maybe And The Ghost Train

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Molly Maybe is a feisty little girl who is not afraid to get stuck in, as the latest book in the series, Molly Maybe And The Ghost Train, reveals.

Written by Kristina Stephenson (the creator of the very popular Charlie Stinky Socks), this story follows the intrepid Molly as she ventures to Undermunder to get to the bottom of a mysterious smell that is causing a big stink in Smallsbury.

A slightly longer title than your average picture book, this is a great story which should keep youngsters gripped. 

Age: 3+

Price: £6.99

Buy it now: Amazon

9. The 1001 Monster Things to Spot Sticker Book

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This lovely sticker book offers the perfect solution to keeping little hands busy on those damp, dark October days.

As well as being given a list of things to spot, children are also tasked with matching stickers to the silhouettes on the edge of the spreads.

Usborne produces a range of these books and my children have all loved them. Perfect for wet weather fun or a half-term car journey.

Age: 4

Price: £5.99

Buy it now: Book People

10. Halloween Crafts: 35 Projects to Make and Bake

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Halloween offers a great excuse to indulge in some arts and crafts – especially when it coincides with half term.

Emma Hardy’s Halloween Crafts: 35 Projects to Make and Bake offers plenty of ideas from costumes (a black cat, a spider and an alien) to cookies.

There are tips for throwing a haunting Halloween party, as well as ghoulish games and tasty treats to conjure up for your guests. This is a very handy book and well worth adding to your ‘keep your kids busy’ bookshelf.

Age: Adults and children

Price: £12.99

Buy it now: Amazon

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