Get kids excited about reading this October with these halloween books! These best halloween books are perfect for learning seasonal vocabulary and exploring new themes with preschool, pre-k and kindergarten age students!
It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to start thinking about books to read in the classroom. We’ve put together a list of 20 Halloween books that are perfect for Kindergartners. They are all kid-tested and teacher-approved. We made sure they didn’t contain anything too scary. There is something for everyone on this list, so check it out!
Most children love Halloween, and why not? It is a day designed to delight kids, young and old. It involves costumes, candy, and just enough spookiness to give a thrill. Halloween is a great time to break out the special books you don’t get to read at any other time. Here are 20 must-read Halloween books for your Kindergarten class. Don’t forget to leave some out for children to revisit on their own. It might be fun to store them in a large cauldron. There are lots available at this time of year.
Best Halloween Books
Without further ado, here is our list of Halloween books for Kindergarten. We’ve got something for all tastes, from silly stories to spooky tales.
How Many Pumpkin Seeds? by Margaret McNamara
A fun read that includes estimation and skip counting. Follow along with Mr. Tiffin and his class as they investigate three different-sized pumpkins. Which one will have the most seeds? The answer might surprise you. It is the perfect read-aloud companion if you are doing pumpkin explorations.
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Mino
Just how big can your pumpkin grow? Will it become a monster? Could it grow to be gigantic? This book is full of fun adjectives and is an entertaining read. Children seem to love all the new words that mean big.
Snowmen at Halloween by Caralyn Buehner
A festive, fun-filled story about some kids who build snowmen before going trick-or-treating. What happens when the children go to bed? The snowmen hold a Halloween festival with costumes, apple-bobbing, and lots of candy. All these activities are brought to life in cheerful, colorful illustrations. This book is the perfect starting point for all kinds of creative writing and artwork.
The Halloween Tree by Susan Montanari
A fun book about a grumpy Christmas tree who doesn’t like Christmas lights, decorations, or people. He’s determined to be different and ends up becoming the Halloween Tree. It’s a great story about embracing your uniqueness.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
A fearless old lady goes for a walk in the woods late at night. She encounters all kinds of spooky things but is not afraid of any of them. The story includes all sorts of fun noises repeated in a regular pattern throughout the story. Your students will quickly catch on and join in. What fun!
The Littlest Witch by Brandi Dougherty
Wilma may be small, but this is the year that she can fly with her family in the broom-flying demonstration! Or can she? Wilma cannot actually fly yet, even though she knows the flight routine by heart. Will Wilma be able to join in the broom-flying action, or is she still not big enough?
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aeron Reynolds
This isn’t an official Halloween book, but it is still a good one to read at this time of year. Of course, you know that a book about underwear will have your students laughing out loud! Jasper Rabbit is no longer a baby. He’s not afraid of the dark anymore. But his new underwear glows in the dark when the lights go out. It isn’t any ordinary glow but a “ghoulish green.” Jasper tries to get rid of the underwear, but it keeps returning.
Halloween books for preschoolers
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Skeleton has the hiccups, and he can’t seem to stop them. Ghost comes up with all kinds of bright ideas to banish the hiccups, but nothing works. Skeleton’s dilemma is solved with a quirky plot twist your kids will love. They will also enjoy hiccupping along with the story.
Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
Kindergarten kids love Pete the Cat with his groovy tunes. Tag along with Pete and five jolly jack o’ lanterns as they join all the witches, ghosts, vampires, and bats at Halloween. A fun read that will get kids counting from 1 to 5. This book does not disappoint.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
A delightful witch, complete with a braid and purple skirt, sets off on a journey with her cat and a caldron. But it is a wild and windy trip, and along the way, our witch loses her hat, hair bow, and wand. Every time she lands to retrieve the missing item, another passenger hitches a ride on the broom. Is there room on the broom for all these extras?
Where’s My Mummy by Carolyn Crimi
Baby Mummy does not want to go to bed. He just wants to play one more game of hide and shriek. Our brave hero takes off to the deep, dark nighttime graveyard, where he meets all manner of spooky inhabitants. But Baby Mummy is not at all afraid until he meets a tiny little creature that sends him running back home.
October books for Kindergarten
Click Clack Boo by Doreen Cronin
Another book in the delightful series about Farmer Brown and his mischievous animals. Farmer Brown is not a fan of Halloween, so he closes up for the night, puts up a do not disturb sign, and locks the door. But the animals on his farm want none of that. They are ready to party.
Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli
A little pumpkin seed wants to be scary, but no one takes the tiny seed seriously as it is so small. But the seasons come and go, and the little seed slowly changes into a giant orange pumpkin. Soon it is ready to be picked and turned into a scary Jack O’Lantern. A delightful Halloween story that also encompasses the life cycle of a seed, the rotation of the seasons, and that all-important question for young learners. When will I be big?
There’s a Monster in your Book by Tom Fletcher
A monster has taken up residence in the book! It doesn’t look like trouble, yet it is already causing mayhem. The narrator begs the reader’s help to get rid of the monster by following the instructions. This includes tilting the pages, shaking the book, tickling the monster’s feet, and spinning the book around. A wonderfully interactive book that kids will love.
Turkey Trick or Treat by Wendi Silvano
It is Halloween, and all the children come to the farm to get Halloween treats. The farm animals love treats too, but no one will give them any because they don’t have costumes. Turkey is drafted to create a costume disguise to get the animals their treats. Can they fool the farmer?
Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex
A funny spoof of the classic story Goodnight Moon. Not every child will get it, but it sure is a fun read for most adults. The tempo of the words follows that of the original story, but everything has a spooky twist. Kids will laugh at all the creepy, crawly creatures that seem at odds with getting ready for bed. The book even tackles the childhood fear of monsters under the bed, making them seem harmless rather than scary.
October books for preschoolers
Sammy’s Spooktacular Halloween by Mike Petrik
Sammy’s family always creates the best-haunted house in the neighborhood. Sammy wants to make sure that next year’s house is better than anything they have done before. Sammy practices his scary pranks all year until his family says they have had enough. Is Halloween ruined for good?
Bone Soup by Cambria Evans
Finnigan loves to eat. In fact, he is famous for his appetite. One Halloween, Finnigan finds himself in a completely new town. He looks forward to joining the Halloween feast with all the creatures who live there. But no one wants to share. So, Finnigan starts to brew a bone soup, and something magical happens.
I Will Chomp You by Jory John
A funny book about a monster who tries to keep readers from turning the page because there is no way that it will share his special cakes. Our little monster threatens, begs, and cajoles readers to stop reading. The monster’s threats increase as you turn those pages and get closer to those cakes. Kids love this book.
Ghost Afraid Of The Dark by Sara Conway
Who ever heard of a ghost that was afraid of the dark? This is the story of Boo the Ghost, who is fearful of lots of things. All of Ghost’s friends help Boo see that the darkness can be pretty fun and that there is no reason to be scared. This is an excellent book about helping friends without judgment. Want to know what will really impress your kids? The book has a glow-in-the-dark ghost on the cover!
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- Turkey Pumpkin Seed Craft
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- Octoboer Activities for Kids
Looking for more fun pumpkin activity and craft ideas to try this autumn? Check out these fun ideas:
- Create a Jack-o-Lantern with this amazing Scented Rice Pumpkin Activity
- 50 fun Pumpkin Activities
- Edible Peep Pumpkin Playdough
- Pumpkin Goop with real pumpkin guts!
- Rubberband Pumpkin Craft for kids
- EASY, Edible Pumpkin Cloud Dough
- Edible candy corn playdough recipe you MUST try!
- Amazing Spider SLime
Pumpkin Activity for Kids
- Homemade Halloween Silly Putty Activities
- How to Make Pumpkin Slime
- Taste Safe Pumpkin Clay for Kids
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin Shape Activity with homemade Pumpkin Playdough
Plus don’t miss our favorite pumpkin books for preschoolers these fun FREE Fall Do a Dot Printables, and Preschool Pumpkin Theme
- Super cute parts of a pumpkin craft to help kids learn the parts of a pumpkin
- Grab this free Pumpkin Life Cycle Worksheets pack to learn about the life cycle of pumpkins
- Printable, Cut-and-Paste Pumpkin Life Cycle Worksheet
- Simple Skittles Pumpkin Science Experiment
- EASY Pumpkin Volcano Science Experiments
- Dissapearing Flying Ghost Halloween Science Experiment
- Flying Film Canister Ghost Rockets
- Frankenstein’s Hand Halloween Science Experiment
- Quickly Growing Pumpkin Science Experiment
- This Why Do Leaves Change Color experiment is one of our favorite that is so simple and yet so clever!
- Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Volcano Halloween Science Experiments
Halloween Science Experiments
- Errupting Halloween Pumpkin Volcano Science Experiments
- Not-so-Spooky Halloween Ghost Science Experiment
- Exploding Pumpkin Science Experiment for October
- Dissolving Candy Halloween Science Experiments
- Frankenworms Halloween Science Experiment
- Melting Pumpkins Science Experiment for October
- EASY Static Electricity Ghost Experiment
- Halloween Lava Lamp Science Experiment
- Use your leftover Halloween candy to try some of these candy science experiments, or this water displacement with candy, or this fun candy STEM idea.
October Science Printables
- Grab this free Pumpkin Life Cycle Worksheets pack to learn about the life cycle of pumpkins
- Bat Life Cycle Worksheets
- Free Spider Life Cycle Worksheets
- Worm Worksheets – practice math, alphabet, literacy, and more!
- Growing Worms Observation Book
- All About Worms Worksheets
- Pumpkin Counting activity that uses free printable and pumpkin candy corn to count and trace
- Count to 20 Pumpkin Playdough Mats
- Practice skip counting with this hands-on pumpkin math activity
- Super cute, free printable pumpkin addition game
- Fall Addition Sticker Worksheets are a fun, hands-on math worksheet
- Pumpkin Shape Matching Game to practice shape recognition with kids
- Make practicing math fun with this super cute, Pumpkin Patch Math Game
- These fun, reusable pumpkin math worksheets are super cute and make practicing addition fun for kindergartners
- Work on color words with this free pumpkin worksheets for preschoolers
- Pumpkin Matching Game
- Even older students will have fun getting in on the pumpkin theme with these multiplication pumpkin math puzzles
- These order of operation puzzles are another fun pumpkin math activity for older students.
- Work on number bonds to 10 with these pumpkin math worksheets for kindergarten and grade 1
- Super cute pumpkin counting activity piling the “whip cream” on the pie slice
- Work on 0ne-to-one correspondence with this pumpkin math for Kindergarten
- Grab these Pumpkin Addition Worksheets for a no prep math activity for young learners
- Practicing Counting with Pumpkin Seed Counting Activity
- Practice making shapes with these pumpkin shapes printable playdough mats
- Pumpkin Pie Number Sense pumpkin activity for preschoolers
- Work on counting, adding on, and using a number line with this pumpkin counting activity
- Hands on Pumpkin Shape Matching Games for Preshoolers
- Trace numbers and work on 1:1 correspondence with this pumpkin math activity for pre-k
- Adorable Pumpkin preschool pie craft for practicing counting!
- Pumpkin Shapes Printable game for kids
- Trace and Erase to practice again with this handy Pumpkin Printable Letter Tracing strips
- Practice sight words with this fun Pumpkin Game
- This find the letter pumpkin worksheets for preschool
- Kids will love this phonics Pumpkin Activity for Kindergarten where they will work on beginning sounds to put together these alphabet puzzles.
- Pumpkin Letters for tracing alphabet with a dry erase marker or playdough
- Practice reading with these cute, clever and FREE Word Family Sliders Pumpkin Activity for Kindergarten
- Improve reading with this fun Word Family Pumpkin Activity for Kindergarten
- These super cute Pumpkin Letters and sounds puzzles allow children to practice letter tracing as well as working on beginning sounds
- Sneak in some fun practice with these homophone puzzle pumpkin activities
- You’ll love these no-prep Pumpkin Worksheets where students will color by vowels
- These Pumpkin worksheets and printable activities work on rhyming skills to improve reading and spelling
- Find the Letter Alphabet Pumpkin Worksheets
- Printable October Writing Prompts
Candy Corn Activities
Looking for more candy corn activities for kids? You will love all these creative ideas!
- Free Candy Corn Words
- Candy Corn Edible Playdough
- Addition and Subtraction Candy Corn Math
- Phonics Puzzles with a fun Candy Corn Theme for Fall
- 28 Candy Corn Activities for Kids
- EPIC Candy Corn Popsicle Stick Catapults
- Candy Corn Multiplication and Division Puzzles
- Counting Candy Corn Puzzles
- Candy Corn Turkey Count and Trace
- Free Printable Candy Corn Alphabet Mats
Plus don’t miss our yummy pumpkin recipes for fall:
- Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe
- Easy Pumpkin Waffles
- Cute Pumpkin Krispy Treats
- Deliciuos Pumpkin Chili
- Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- Lava Cake Pumpkin Dessert
- 40 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes
- Everyone’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
We hope you have enjoyed our list of Halloween books for Kindergarten. These books will surely get your students in the Halloween Spirit without giving them nightmares! So, go ahead and add these reads to your book lists. Happy Halloween reading!