Best Halloween Books for 2017

A review of A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Park

 1.  Room on the Broom
Author: Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler (Illustrator)
Ages: 3-6 year olds

Description: 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?

This is a favorite in our collection. The rhythm and rhyme in the story is addictive and the humor of the witch fooling the dragon provides a very satisfying ending. Preschoolers will certainly enjoy the repetition.

2.  A Dark, Dark Tale
Author: Ruth Brown
Ages: 3-5 year olds (Pre-school to Kindergarten)

Once upon a time there was dark, dark moor. On the moor there was a dark, dark wood. In the wood there was a dark, dark house”. Young listeners will be kept on the edge of their seats as the journey continues up dark stairways, through hidden passages, around sharp corners and behind windblown curtains. A splendid choice for group story time.

This story brings back lovely memories childhood. I remember my preschool teacher reading it to us and the suspense it created. Such a simple story with a perfect ending. Not at all scary for the young ones. Proof that a child’s imagination is more powerful than tv or film!

Title: Big Pumpkin
Author: Erica Silverman
Ages: 4-8 year olds (Pre-school to 3rd grade)

A witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can’t get it off the vine.

It’s so big the ghost can’t move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there’ll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.

How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You’ll be surprised!

This story has a lovely moral about team work. Very appropriate for those who grow their own pumpkin at Halloween.

4.  By the Light of the Halloween Moon
Author: Caroline Stutson
Ages: 4-6 year olds

In this “catchy, lilting cumulative tale with glorious comical/scary illustrations” (Kirkus Reviews), a little girl’s toe taps a tune as her legs dangle from a footbridge that has all sorts of creatures hidden underneath. There are cats and witches, bats and ghosts. With lots of repetition, a rhythmic, bouncy text, and imaginative illustrations, this Halloween title is sure to tickle your bones — your funny bones, that is! And for the first time in over a decade, this Halloween gem is back in print.

This book is beautifully illustrated and the kids will get a kick out of each character being foiled in their attempt each time.

5. The Scare – A Halloween Story
Author: Kirsten Lenane
Ages: 5+ years

Simon loves everything about Halloween: the candy, the costumes… but what he loves most is scaring others. Last year, he invited Jim to his house for a Halloween party, but before Jim even arrived, Simon had scared him away. This year, Jim has invited Simon to his house for a party. Everything appears very un-scary, but he has some tricks up his sleeve.

“The Scare” is a delightfully chilling tale about two best friends who, despite their differences, learn to enjoy the holiday together. Don’t be scared!

This title combines the theme of friendship with Halloween. It’s as much about being together as it is about the fear factor.

See our complete list of Halloween books for kids