When trick or treating is around the corner, reading Halloween books for toddlers gets even our youngest children into the Halloween spirit. These fun stories for preschoolers will have your kids excited to prepare for the holiday, including carving the family pumpkin and dressing in fun costumes!
These Halloween books for toddlers get preschoolers into the Halloween spirit
Think your preschoolers are too young to get into the Halloween spirit? Think again! There are many Halloween books for toddlers to get them excited about this festive holiday. So this Fall season, as you are heading to the pumpkin patch and deciding what costume to wear and what candy to have on hand for the big day, make sure to have some of these great stories at home, too!
These books are more silly than spooky, and they will most certainly help your kids learn all about Halloween.
Our favorite Halloween book for toddlers
Can I pick two because there are so many great options?!
We will forever love Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton, because her books for toddlers are fun, bright, and read-aloud gems. She knows her audience, and her Halloween books for toddlers are as great as her other stories!
We also adore books we can sing or act out with toddlers, so we love sharing We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt with our young readers. This is a fun and interactive Halloween twist on the beloved children’s book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Toddlers love to act out the words in the story, putting on their bravest faces (“we’re not scared!”) as they search for pumpkins among the cobwebs and bats and spooky houses!
Frequently asked questions
I always tell parents and caregivers to remember that they know their children best! While most Halloween books for toddlers are more “silly” than scary, any book featuring monsters or ghosts could potentially give small kids a fright. Be sure to read through a story before you read it with your kids, paying particular attention to parts of the story that may heighten your child’s personal anxieties.
Any book that allows children to take part in the story is sure to be a hit! Books you can sing, such as If You’re Scary and You Know It, and books you can act out, like We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt, will be hits with preschoolers!
There’s no right or wrong answer here! Many kids love getting into the Halloween spirit as soon as October begins, so we love to start sharing Halloween stories the first week of the month
Our big list of Halloween books for toddlers
There’s a big round moon in a dark, dark sky. The chickens are nervous. Do you know why? If you have a toddler in your house and you haven’t read any Sandra Boynton books, you’re missing out! This simple Halloween story features great rhyme, silly text, and many chances for toddlers to chime in with the reader. Treat your littles with this darling board book! For more great board books to read all through the year, click here!
If you love We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as much as we do, you will love this Halloween spin on the classic book! Three trick-or-treaters are on the hunt for a perfect pumpkin, but they end up encountering cobwebs and bats and a haunted house! But are they scared? No! Your young readers will delight in this children’s Halloween book that lends itself well to singing and activity!
While this book isn’t solely about pumpkins, this cover just wins me over every time! I love this countdown to Halloween, a fun and spooky twist on a traditional preschool rhyme. It begins with ten spooky pumpkins, then nine black cats followed by eight screeching bats. It’s a rhythmic read-aloud and a perfect lead-in to the holiday!
It’s time for a costume party, and – beep, beep! – Little Blue Truck is picking up his friends! With darling lift-the-flaps that invite readers to guess at which animals are hiding under their costumes and the perfect rhyming text, this is one of our favorite Halloween books for toddlers. Little Blue Truck never steers us wrong!
Um, did this pumpkin just quack? Poor duck! What happens when he cleans out his pumpkin to get it ready for carving -and then falls inside it and gets stuck? Jan Thomas can always get me to laugh. Her characters are awesome, her storylines fun, and the illustrations are vibrant and easy for kids to follow. This is one of my favorite Halloween books for toddlers!
Interactive books are amazing for toddlers, and this one features 10 spooky and fun Halloween sounds that give young readers a thrill! From witches cackling to bats flapping to owls hooting, little ones will love pressing the buttons to hear the sounds that correspond with the story and illustrations. Prepare for giggles and squeals!
It’s another Boynton favorite, here! What kind of costume will Pookie wear for Halloween? Kids will love following Pookie’s journey as he tries to find the perfect costume. Will he ever decide what to be for the holiday? As always, Boynton’s words and sharp illustrations are perfect for preschoolers, and this may give your little some Halloween costume ideas, too!
Get ready to introduce your youngest toddlers to Halloween with this darling book! Baby discovers so many things to love about Halloween, from the crisp air to the goofy pumpkins to the tricks and treats and candy. We also love that these gorgeous illustrations feature a diverse family. It’s a winner for the holiday!
This is another great book inviting kids to “sing” along with the story! A Halloween twist on the classic tale, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, is sure to get preschoolers squealing with joy and horror as they watch the old lady swallow a whole bunch of Halloween-themed items. From bats to owls to ghosts to bones, your toddlers will love the repetition of this fun story – and trying to determine what the old lady will swallow next!
What is your favorite Halloween book for toddlers? Let us know in the comments below!
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