I have to make a confession. Halloween is my FAVORITE time of year. I love the carved pumpkins, costumes, ghostly decorations and, most of all, candy. Best of all are the spooky books we can read to our kids. Halloween books, at least the good ones, have to walk a very fine line. They have to be scary, but not too scary, with rich imagery that fuels the imagination.

Looking for a great Halloween picture book this Halloween? I’m here to help. Here are 5 picture books sure to put kids old and young in the Halloween mood.

THE DARK by Lemony Snicket

Poor little Laszlo is afraid of the dark. But the dark isn’t afraid of him. In fact, it’s calling him into the pitch black basement. This is one of the best scary picture books I’ve read in a long, long time. Not to be missed. I’m sure quite a few people will overcome their fear of the dark after reading about brave little Laszlo.

The Dark

ZOMBELINA by Kristyn Crow

It only seems fitting that in a world where zombies are all the rage, we have a picture book that peeks into the life of happy Zombelina. She wants to be a ballerina, but how will the crowd react during her first recital? Very cute, especially the way she can disconnect her legs to be extra limber.


ROOM ON THE BROOM by Alex Scheffler

A quirky story about a witch and her cat loading up her flying broomstick with more new friends than it can hold. Disaster looms on the horizon. Can she keep them all on the broom? Very cute. It’s also been made into an animated special.

Room on the Broom

THE MONSTER’S MONSTER by Patrick McDonnell

Three little monsters who think they are the baddest creatures around build the biggest monster ever! They can’t wait for him to act truly….well, monstrous. Things don’t turn out the way they’d hoped in this sweet, unexpected tale.

The Monsters Monster