Halloween picture books
These picture books, featuring witches, wizards and monsters, are perfect to share with little ones as the nights draw in and there's a touch of frosty magic in the air.
From classics such as Meg and Mog to wonderful new books like How to Make Friends with a Ghost, every one of these titles is sure to bewitch your child, whether they're just a baby or at primary school.
Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Emma Dodd
This little boy has a brilliant time taking part in all the Halloween fun, but just like any other day, Mum and Dad are on hand to make sure his reliable nightly routine stays on track. The illustrations are sweet and the book has lovely singsong rhymes.
Author: Benji Davies
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Bizzy Bear adds a seasonal story to the range of interactive board books for very young readers. This time Bizzy Bear is exploring a very spooky house and he's all dressed up ready for Halloween!
Author: Patricia Toht Illustrator: Jarvis
Publisher: Walker Books
Fans of Jarvis’ gorgeous illustrations won’t be able to resist this seasonal treat that celebrates all things Halloween and plays down the scary side for younger readers. A real treat of a book – as sweet as a toffee apple and as warm as hot chocolate.
Author: Rebecca Green
Publisher: Andersen Press
It might feel scary to imagine being friends with a ghost – but what if ghosts were quite sweet, really? A delightful how-to guide to ghosts, with some beautiful, retro illustration and plenty of funny details. Plus, Rebecca Green's little ghost is adorable!
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
From former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler comes this much-loved tale about a witch and her gang of friends.
Author: Angela McAllister Illustrator: Madalina Andronic
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Organised thematically, this delightful and truly diverse collection of international stories celebrate the spooky in all manner of different ways.
Author: Allan & Janet Ahlberg
In the first book of this now classic series, we are taken down the dark, dark street to the dark, dark house and into the dark, dark cellar in which the skeletons live.
Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Melanie Demmer
Publisher: Little Gems
When Grandma Gertie visits Anna and Kasper from Barbados, they discover that the ghost of Grandpa Bert is in her handbag! Meanwhile, some ghost snatchers are determined to capture him. Fast-paced and funny.
Author: Eric Carle
One morning in a farmyard a spider begins to spin a web. All the animals try to persuade her to stop but she doesn't answer any of them; she is too busy spinning her web.
Author: Valerie Thomas Illustrator: Korky Paul
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This is the first of many stories about Winnie and her cat, Wilber. Winnie is a well-loved character, and the excellent illustrations are wild and wacky.
Author: Scott Emmons and Mauro Gatti
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
A simple and accessible book with rhyming text and lovely, bright illustrations, all about the importance of healthy eating, having a balanced diet and trying new foods.
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Princess Eliza is having a birthday party. But just as she blows out the seven candles on her cake, the wicked wizard arrives… uninvited.
Author: Ed Vere
Publisher: Puffin Books
Do you ever wonder if somewhere, not too far away, there might be monsters?
Author: Katharine Holabird Illustrator: Helen Craig
Helen Craig's delicate and intricate illustrations beautifully conjur up the Halloween atmosphere and are full of detail children will love to explore
Author: Amy Sparkes Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Publisher: Red Fox
Can our young hero take on a Monster Zoo full of naughty creatures - and survive to tell the tale?
Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski
In this the first story about much-loved characters Meg the witch and Mog her cat, the pair go off to a wild Hallowe'en party with all the other witches
Author: Emma Yarlett
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
This is a story about a little monster called… Nibbles. And with that, he nibbles his way right out of the book! This really exciting reading experience is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
This bold rhyming picture book features four accident-prone skeletons. Children will giggle at their various mishaps, making this an ideal book to share with little ones at Halloween.