Skip to main content

2013 Halloween Books Roundup

Halloween Roundup

2013 Halloween Books Roundup

With the temperatures cooling down and leaves starting to fall, there is no doubt that Halloween is right around the corner. We at are excited to bring you a list of some of this year’s most bone-chilling Halloween reads. With everything from a game of counting pumpkins, to ghosts getting trapped in haunted houses and the trouble of picking out a proper Halloween costume, there is something here to appeal to every little ghost or goblin. Happy Halloween!

Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones - Fantasy


Ghosts are mysteriously disappearing throughout Victorian London when, due to the Black Rot, empty haunted houses suck them inside and imprison them.  It's up to the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, to work with the living and the dead to destroy the Black Rot before it destroys the ghost and human worlds.

Little Ghost Party by Jacques Duquennoy - Picture Book


Little Ghost is hosting a dance party, and you’re invited! By tilting the book, children will be captivated by moving various parts of each party guest to replicate the instructed dance moves, or create their own! In addition, young readers will practice associating directional phrases with motor skills.

Henry's Hand by Ross MacDonald - Picture Book


Henry sometimes has trouble keeping track of his body parts. But with help from Hand, Henry keeps himself together. In fact, Henry and Hand are the best of friends...that is, until Henry takes Hand for granted and Hand runs away. A charming tale of friendship, forgiveness, and loyalty, Henry’s Hand is also a quirky story for those of us who know what it feels like to fight with your best friend.

Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by G. Brian Karas - Picture Book


With only a few hours left till Cricket's costume party, Ant and Honey Bee must race to make a perfect, two-things-that-go-together pair of costumes. But then it starts to rain, and by the time they arrive, the proud pair looks more like a matching set of soggy sad sacks. Maybe, though, if they put their heads together, the quick-thinking friends can turn their mushy mess into a smashing success. What a pair!
Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat by Eileen Christelow - Picture Book


Five excited little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They are going trick-or-treating with their favorite babysitter, Lulu. But soon those mischievous monkeys meet other costumed friends and decide to try “the best Halloween trick ever!” Will Lulu be fooled? Or will those five little rascals get tricked by their own monkey business?

Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage - Picture Book


From a sneaky spider to a ghostly chef to a sly mummy and crafty witch, join your favorite spooky creatures as ten orange pumpkins disappear in a countdown to a Halloween surprise. Bright, bold, and fun, Ten Orange Pumpkins is a perfect read-aloud and is sure to capture the imagination of the littlest trick-or-treaters.

The Berenstain Bears Happy Halloween! by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain - Picture Book


It's the best Halloween treat ever—a collection of three Berenstain Bears Halloween books in one! Included are The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest, and The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin, sweet and spooky tales that are the perfect ingredients for a whole lot of Halloween reading fun! 

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin -


Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed. But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats. There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!

Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters written by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Kelly Murphy - Picture Book


Stretching, twirling, tumbling, jumping! Welcome to a playground teeming with monsters, bristling with energy, and scaring up fun. Monsters swing and slide and piggyback ride. Monsters run three-legged races and fall on their faces. Monsters eat monster-sicles and vie for the fountain. Wild and whimsical artwork revs up a read-aloud text that will have little listeners jumping up to join the action.

Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley - Picture Book


Children will love this monsterously fun story, featuring die-cuts on every spread. With each turn of the page, readers reveal Little Green Monster's little yellow eyes, his little red mouth, and even a cute, tiny white monster tooth. Then, when the stars begin to appear, it's time for, nighty night, little yellow eyes. Nighty night, little red mouth. Nighty night, cute little white tooth. Sweet dreams!

Halloween Surprise written by Corinne Demas with illustrations by R. W. Alley - Picture Book


Halloween is almost here and Lily wants to make her own costume for trick-or-treating. Should she be a scary ghost? Or maybe a roly-poly pumpkin? Perhaps a glittery princess! After many ideas and a few wrong turns, Lily finally settles on a costume that will be perfect for a Halloween surprise with her cuddly kittens.

Halloween Night written by Marjorie Dennis Murray with illustrations by Brandon Dorman - Picture Book


Trick or treat! It's Halloween night and all are preparing, for a wickedly wonderful evening of scaring. With zombies and banshees and mummies galore, read this book once and you'll come back for more!
Hedgehug's Halloween by Benn Sutton and Dan Pinto - Picture Book


Hedgehug the hedgehog has been invited to a Halloween party! He’s so excited. But Hedgehug has a big problem. The holiday party is only hours away, and he hasn’t found a Halloween costume. His friends are there to help. Will they figure out a costume for Hedgehug in time? Or will he have to stay home and miss the best party ever?
It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green! by Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot - Fiction


It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure—when A.J. and his friends from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.
Ghost in the House written by Ammi Joan Paquette (A. J. Paquette) with illustrations by Adam Record - Picture Book


When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears...a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter...a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn --- and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!

That's Spooky: Ghosts by Aaron Frisch - Picture Book


This book spotlights ghosts, investigating their behaviors, powers, weaknesses, and characteristic physical traits, as well as how they have become part of pop culture. Simple but lively writing is paired with hair-raising photos within an atmospheric design to capture all the thrills these creatures of the night have to offer!

The Ghost in the Glass House by Carey Wallace - Fiction


In a 1920s seaside town, Clare discovers a mysterious glass house in the backyard of her new summer home. There she falls in love with Jack, the ghost of a boy who can’t remember who he was alive. Their romance is a haven for her from the cruel pranks of her society friends and from her family problems. But that haven begins to crack when she realizes that Jack has lied to her about his name...
Rules for Ghosting by A. J. Paquette - Family Life/Horror



Twelve-year-old Dahlia has always lived at Silverton Manor-having spent fifty years as its resident ghost. But the unscrupulous ghost hunter, Rank Wiley, and the crooked town councilman, Jock Rutabartle, plan to rid Silverton Manor of its ghosts and sell it to the highest bidder. With her home and friendships at stake Dahlia may have to break the rules of ghosting as quickly as she learns them to solve the mystery of her death and save the manor. 

Home Sweet Horror by James Preller - Horror


Meet Liam Finn, who’s just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isn’t...Bloody Mary is here. Called back from the dead by a game, she’s just dying to talk.

Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney - Fiction


Night falls, the moon rises, and fifteen-year-old Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can't be used, whispers and cries in the night...and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But what prison could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out...

Mummy Mysteries: Tales from North America by Brenda Z. Guiberson - Nonfiction


Mummies are like time capsules guarding long-lost information. Adapted from the acclaimed chapter book, the three stories in this book convey strange stories and fantastic facts that beginning readers can use to solve mysteries from the past. Examine a 36,000-year-old bison from Alaska, the ruins of a deserted Anasazi city, and the grave of "the outlaw who wouldn't give up."

Calendar Mysteries #10: October Ogre written by Ron Roy with illustrations by John Steven Gurney - Fiction


In the tenth book of the Calendar Mysteries, there's a haunted house in Green Lawn! It's Halloween, and the Shangri-la Hotel has transformed into a haunted house, complete with an ogre out front. Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy are ready for some scary fun, but when they notice that none of the kids who have gone in the hotel have come back out, they have to find out what's happening.