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The leaves are changing colors, the weather is crisp, and all we want to do is snuggle up with a warm mug of apple cider. The only thing missing from this perfect fall scenario? A spooky book! Along with the cooler weather comes ghosts, goblins, and all things Halloween. Get your family in on the seasonal fun with these spooky books for kids.
1. Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Pena
While it may not be the scariest of all books, a great way to kick off the spookiest time of year is with the characters from Pixar’s Coco! Indulge in the generations-old mystery alongside your kiddos.
Available from Amazon, $13.49
2. The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
Parents and kids alike will enjoy diving into this “scary” book featuring a melodramatic ghost narrator. There are surprises on every page, making this book a scream for all readers!
Available from Amazon, $13.11
3. Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace
If your kiddo loves all things spooky, they’ll be dancing right along with Vampirina Ballerina. This book is perfect for all seasons, but the vampire twist featuring the “undead” little girl who just wants to dance is especially fun to read around Halloween time.
Available from Amazon, $9.48
4. Magical Mix-Ups: Spells and Surprises by Jannie Ho
This witch-filled book is full of magical fun and chaos. The best part? The reader helps the story progress by drawing and coloring in the book. Spooktacular!
Available from Amazon, $6.99
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton
Does your family love The Nightmare Before Christmas? Then this is certainly the spooky book of your dreams. Follow along with Jack as he learns the true meaning of Christmas — skeleton style.
Available from Amazon, $13.40
6. The Haunted Mansion by Buddy Baker
As any Disney fan knows, The Haunted Mansion is both a great movie and an awesome ride at the Disney Parks. Keep the magic coming with this picture book version of the classic song from the ride and film.
Available from Amazon, $12.50
7. Your Skeleton is Showing by Kurt Cyrus
Enchant your kids before bedtime with this fun rhyming book featuring “grim” illustrations. You will all love adventuring through this collection of poems portrayed by the friendliest graveyard around!
Available from Amazon, $1.99
8. Froggy’s Halloween by Jonathan London
If you have an avid reader in your home, you’re probably already familiar with Froggy and his antics. Join Froggy as he searches for the perfect Halloween costume, goes trick-or-treating, and stumbles across all kinds of misadventures.
Available from Amazon, $5.58
9. Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino
Who better to celebrate the season of scary than Maleficent? This tale for older readers takes a look behind the dark fairy’s motives. Why did she curse the innocent princess? Pick up this book and find out.
Available from Amazon, $14.39
10. The Spooky Smells of Halloween by Mary Man-Kong
Halloween is filled with tons of fun activities! From bobbing for apples to eating scary-shaped treats, the little boy in this book and his friends are having a blast. You can experience all that they do with this awesome scratch-and-sniff book!
Available from Amazon, $7.55
11. The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
Any Disney fan will love turning the pages of this story devoted to Belle’s Beast. The book gets down to the nitty gritty — revealing how the once jovial prince became a reclusive, bitter monster.
Available from Amazon, $13.32
12. Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream by Monica Brown
Lola Levine and her Halloween gone awry is the perfect chapter book for little ones that are ready to start reading on their own. They’ll love indulging in the tricks and treats of the seasons alongside Lola and her friends.
Available from Amazon, $15.99
13. The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson
If you want to get your kids really hooked on a book — this is the place to start. The Kingdom Keepers are sent back to the opening day of Disneyland in 1955 and need to try and find their way back to their families while also protecting the park. Let’s just say this is a total page turner.
Available from Amazon, $9.89
14. Spooky & Spookier by Lor Haskins Houran
American history mixed with four classic ghost tales make for the perfect chapter book for new readers. This collection has a variety of spooky stories to entice your newly independent reader.
Available from Amazon, $3.99
15. Coco Big Golden Book
What better way to celebrate Halloween season than following Miguel and Dante into the Land of the Dead? Your family will love adding this story into their Golden Book collection.
Available from Amazon, $8.13
16. The Super-Spooky Fright Night! by Tracey Corderoy
When your grandma is a witch, you can only imagine what kind of wild birthday party she will throw! This fun book will take you on a wild ride throughout Pandora’s spellbinding Halloween party. Complete with teddy bears come to life and a circus train, this story is full of surprises.
Available from Amazon, $5.94
17. Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley
This monsterously fun story is perfect for little kids that love to turn the pages. With each progression, a little more of the adorable green monster is revealed. Despite the main character, this book is actually a lovely bedtime story.
Available from Amazon, $7.94
18. The Dark by Lemony Snicket
At some point in all of our lives, we’re scared of the dark. It’s simply a universal fear — which makes little Laszlo’s story of how he conquered his fear all the more enticing.
Available from Amazon, $12.23
Catch Pixar’s Coco in theaters November 27th!