The Best Picture Books for Halloween

Decorations are popping up everywhere and Halloween season is officially in full swing! Students are always so excited for this time of year, so why not fuel their excitement with some fun Halloween picture books? In this post, I share my favorite Halloween picture books with some tips about how they can be used in the classroom.

I’m so excited about sharing these books, I decided to share my Halloween Read Aloud Printables too! Make sure to read all the way to the bottom to see how you can get this awesome freebie resource!

Julie Bochese showing her favorite picture books for halloween

My Favorite Picture Books for Halloween:

Here are my favorite picture books for Halloween. Click on the title or image to view the book on Amazon. Please note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

1. From Seed to Pumpkin

This is a fun nonfiction book that you can use to teach your students about the lifecycle of a pumpkin!

Image of Book From Seed to Pumpkin Picture Books for Halloween

2. The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry

This is a great book for fall. It is written like a poem. Read this book and discuss the rhyme, rhythm, and beautiful descriptive language.

The Scarecrow book for Halloween cover

3. How to Scare a Ghost by Jean Reagan

This is a great book to use to showcase “How To” writing and sequence. Read this book and map out the steps to scare a ghost. Point out how the author keeps readers engaged throughout the story.

Cover of How to Scare a Ghost picture book for Halloween

4. The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi

This book is based on the poem by Mary Howitt. This book is a great tool to study elements of poetry including rhyme and repetition.

Image of book cover for halloween book recommendations

5. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

This book is a true classic! This story goes great with retelling. Your students will also have a blast acting out this story and using voices to match the character’s emotions.

book cover showing a large pumpkin on halloween

6. Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

This cute story of a cranky monster would go great with a discussion about emotions and feelings.

Picture Books for Halloween

7. Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler

This book is perfect for focusing on how characters solve problems.

8. Frankenstein A Monsrous Parody

This book is a silly parody of the book Madeline. If your students know the Madeline series, they will get a kick out of this silly version. Compare and contrast the plot of the two books and challenge your students to write their own parody!

Picture Books showing frankenstein for Halloween

9. Clatter Bash: A Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Keep

A simple book with fun images. This book is perfect for teaching onomatopoeia.

Clatter Bash cover showing dancing bones

10. The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle

is an adorable Day of the Dead story about Angelito traveling to the land of the living to meet a real boy! This book can provide a great opportunity to discuss how cultures have different beliefs.

Halloween Picture Book Freebie

I’m also sharing my Halloween Read Aloud Printables. This freebie packet has a worksheet for each of the books on my list below. You can grab it HERE! ↘

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