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This week’s topic is “Halloween Freebie” and there were so many directions I could go in with this one. I decided to choose ten Halloween-themed books for kids that I adore. I’m a children’s librarian, so I still read and children’s books and I think everyone else should, too! Some of these I have read, and others are on my TBR list. (Confession: I still haven’t read the entirety of a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book!) Some have even been favorites since I was a child. The best part about these books is they’re spooky fun for kids, and I think adults who are a typically scaredy cats will enjoy the mild thrills.

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, illustrated by Dirk Zimmer

The summary, from Amazon:

Creak…
Crash…
BOO!

Shivering skeletons, ghostly pirates, chattering corpses, and haunted graveyards…all to chill your bones! Share these seven spine-tingling stories in a dark, dark room.

 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Series: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 3 by Alvin Schwartz, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

The summary, from Amazon:

The 3 classic books included in this set are: 1. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark This spooky book is first in the series of Shwartz’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. Besides sending a chill up the reader’s spine, the book provides careful documentation, lists of sources, and useful bibliographies for the retold stories. 2. More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Enter the second frightening world of Scary Stories if you dare. A collection most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time, with spine-tingling illustrations by renowned artist Stephen Gammell. This book had more traditional stories and modern frightening tales of ghosts, witches, vampires, poltergeists, mad killers, “jump” stories, and scary songs that will give you the heebie-jeebies. 3. Scary Stories 3 : More Tales to Chill Your Bones

In a Dark, Dark Wood: An Old Tale With a New Twist by David A. Carter

The summary, from Amazon:

In an ingenious version of the spine-tingling tale, a pop-up ghost swoops out to catch young readers off guard

 

 

 

What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt

Peek inside a witch’s kitchen, and you’ll either smile or shriek! Cool two-way flaps offer humor and heebie-jeebies in this neon-bright novelty book.

Those who dare to poke around in a witch’s kitchen should be prepared for what they find! Will it be tasty treats or terrifying beasts? Foods that delight, or a nasty fright? A nice way to fill your belly or something disgusting and smelly? And who do you think will pop up if you try to escape through the back door? Nick Sharratt’s bold illustrations combine with a clever concept sure to lure kids in for a tour that will scare them silly.

I Spy Spooky Night: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo, illustrated by Walter Wick

The summary, from Amazon:

The New York Times bestseller I Spy Spooky Night is back with a brand-new design and trim size. Get ready to I Spy in a haunted house with lots of creepy riddles to solve!

Kids of all ages will enjoy a fun and spooky exploration as a trickster skeleton beckons readers from room to room to I Spy for mice, spiders, candles, bats, jack-o’-lanterns, bones, and so much more! From its rickety gate to its cobwebbed attic, this haunted house contains 13 spooky and spectacular photographs. There is a spooky graveyard, a mysterious laboratory, a garden of ghoulies — each page has rhyming puzzles with eerie objects to find.

It’s time to join the millions of fans who have enjoyed I Spy for over 20 years. And get ready to solve even more riddles with a brand-new brain twister riddle section at the back of the book. It’s been 13 years since I Spy Spooky Night was originally published. Are you ready to start your chilling search?

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

The summary, from Amazon:

OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD!
 
This classic interactive book that has been helping children chase away nighttime fears for 25 years is perfect for Halloween–and all-year round!
Caldecott Award-winner Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to overcome bedtime frights. As kids turn the die-cut pages of this vibrantly illustrated book, they’ll watch the Big Green Monster grow before their very eyes. Then, when they’re ready to show him who’s in charge, they’ll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear!
Ed Emberley’s groundbreaking book about mastering fear and emotion through play and imagination has been a bestselling favorite for decades and feels as fresh and innovative today as it did 25 years ago.

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming

The summary, from Amazon:

A Halloween story with just the right amount of spookiness for preschoolers

It’s Halloween night! The rising moon lights the way for trick-or-treaters and sets the mood for a spooky celebration where imagination rules.

Award-winning author/artist Denise Fleming turns her talents to every child’s favorite holiday.

 

Five Little Pumpkins illustrated by Ben Mantle

The summary, from Amazon:

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate… The first one said, “My, it’s getting late!”… Count with the pumpkins from one to five as they each experience the fun and spookiness of Halloween night! Spot-laminated pumpkins shine on the cover of this spirited padded board book. The soft padded covers, rounded corners and sturdy board pages makes this title a perfect fit for preschoolers!

 

 

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

The summary, from Amazon:

The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change.

 

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

The summary, from Amazon:

This fun family read-aloud is a story of quick wits and friendship from the creators of The Gruffalo! Perfect for the changing seasons and a great way to celebrate Halloween.

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?

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are the creators of many beloved picture books including The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Snail and the Whale, and The Spiffiest Giant in Town.

Did you read any of these books growing up, or have you enjoyed them with the little ones in your life? What awesome Halloween children’s books am I missing? Comment and let me know!