9 FaBOOlous Halloween Books for Kindergarten

With so many Halloween picture books, it’s hard to know which ones have just the right amount of ghoulish fun for the little ones who love this holiday, but aren’t ready for big scares. These Halloween books for kindergarten are fun and not too spooky, which makes them perfect Halloween books for preschoolers, kindergarteners and first graders.  These fun Halloween stories for kindergarten lend themselves to great classroom discussion.  Pair these books with some spooktacular Halloween activites and you have the makings of a great read aloud!  Read on for our favorite teacher recommended Halloween books for kindergarten.

Stumpkin, one of the best halloween books for kindergarten

Best Halloween Books for Kindergarten

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Big Pumpkin is a children's book.

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S.D. Schindler: You can’t help but love the witch in this story.  She is determined to get the BIG pumpkin off the vine so she can make pumpkin pie.  With the help of some other ghostly characters and little bat, she finally picks the pumpkin.  This cute story is great for practicing retells, teaching the vocabulary “boasted,” and reviewing story elements!

Room on the Broom is a children's book.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Scheffle: In this delightful story, a kind witch finds room on her cramped broom for all sorts of animals to join her in flight.  The witch’s generosity is paid back when she runs into a hungry dragon.  With the help of all her animal friends, the witch is saved from the fire breathing beast!  This charming story about friendship is full of rhyme and a perfect read aloud for Halloween.

Ghosts in the House is a children's book.

Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara: Your kids will love this story about a girl and her cat who went to live in a big old house with just one problem… it was haunted!  Fortunately, this girl isn’t just a girl.  She is a witch, and she knows just what to do with all the ghosts!  The unique style of the illustrations adds to the beauty, creativity and joy of this book!  After reading this bewitching story, have your children draw a picture and/or write a sentence about what they would do if their house was filled with ghosts.

Pumpkin Eye is children's Halloween book.

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Flemming: With poetic text and vivid illustrations, Pumpkin Eye is a wonderful Halloween read aloud.  Its descriptive text is perfect for practicing visualizations, discussing adjectives and unpacking vocabulary.   

The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger: In this charming story, the teeny tiny ghost in his teeny tiny house with his teeny tiny cats has never been out on Halloween night.  What will it be like? Will he be any good at haunting?  Read to find out if this teeny tiny timid ghost will find his BOO.  This cute story is great for teaching story elements, retell and asking text dependent questions such as, How is the teeny tiny ghost feeling? Why is he feeling this way?  What was his homework?  Why did he hide his teeny tiny head?

Scary, Scary Halloween is a picture book.

Scary Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Jan Brett: This adorable and spooky story lends itself to wonderful discussion questions… “Who is narrating?  Do you think the skeletons, ghosts and witches are real?  What are they doing?  Who are the prowlers of the night?  What makes Halloween night different from other nights?  This beautifully illustrated book is fun, engaging and a must read for the month of October.

Stumpkin is a children's book.

Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins: A sweet story about a “very nearly perfect pumpkin.”  Stumpkin was “as orange as… an orange!  As big as a basketball!”  But… “he was stemless.  With just a stump, not a stem.  Who would be lucky enough to take home Stumpkin?”  This book lends itself to making great predictions, as well as discussing feelings and empathy.  Not to worry, the loveable, and nearly perfect pumpkin gets his own happy ending. 

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated Megan Lloyd: This was always one of my kindergartners favorite read alouds!  If you add a few simple movements to complement the sound words (ie Stomp your feet when you hear CLOMP CLOMP.) then your kids can act out this fun and silly tale as you read it!  Acting out stories increases engagement and comprehension.  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is an enchanting story that your kids will adore!

Halloween books for kindergarten: The Trouble with Mom

The Trouble with Mom by Babette Cole: A sweet story about an unusual mom who, at first, doesn’t get along with the other parents.  This silly and bewitching tale is great for discussing acceptance, empathy and being different.  This is an oldie but goodie.  You can find this one on thriftbooks.com.

halloween picture books for kindergarten

List of Top Halloween Books for Kindergarteners


More Helpful Resources from 4 Kinder Teachers

We hope you find this blog helpful!  If you are looking for some more teacher approved resources and great activities to do with your kindergartners this fall, read Fantastic Kindergarten Fall Activities, The Best Kindergarten Halloween Activities, and Awesome October Read Alouds for Kindergarten. And don’t miss The Day of the Dead Activities for Kindergarten

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