My kids love Halloween.
My daughter starts thinking about her costume way in advance (she’s a pumpkin this year). We always get the kids dressed up then drive over to their Nana’s house to trick ‘o treat. After that, it’s over to their Grandparents place for more trick ‘o treating and fireworks.
However, because we spend the night away from our own home apart from our Jack O’Lanturns we rarely put out additional decorations. What we do have are Halloween themed books. These are always a huge hit with my kids and get requested to be read all year round.
Here are my tops picks of the best Halloween books for your toddler.
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Your child might already be familiar with the antics of the little blue truck (if not then check out the original story). In this Halloween themed tale, the little blue truck is picking up all of his animal friends for a costume party. This is a lift a flap book and each animal is revealed from behind their costume. A cute story but also a great way to introduce your toddler to the idea of costumes.
It’s Halloween time and Baby gets to choose a pumpkin. Once the perfect pumpkin has been selected how should Daddy carve it? Should it be happy, sad, funny – so many expressions to choose from. What should Baby dress up as? A pirate, a princess or a cat are among the possibilities. It’s time for the little ghost to head out into the night. At first, things seem scary but Baby soon finds out that Halloween can be tons of fun. This is a great book for introducing traditional Halloween traditions (pumpkin carving, costumes, trick or treating). It also handles the potentially scary aspect of Halloween as Baby is scared at several times in the story but goes on to enjoy the holiday.
If you have a toddler then there’s a really good chance you’ve encountered Sandra Boynton by now. Her books are short, colourful and entertaining which a perfect for a toddler with a limited attention span. In this Halloween tale, the Chickens are nervous as something is up. There are strange pumpkins around and Cats dressed up in costume. Eek! It’s Halloween. Your toddler will love finding out about Halloween along with the Chickens.
If you haven’t already discovered the Gertie and Friends series you (and your kids) are missing out. Their simple and easy to follow storylines are complemented by charming illustrations. While the stories may be too short for your preschooler they are perfectly suited for your baby or toddler. Here Ollie and his friends are enjoying their Halloween, complete with costumes, adventures, and treats.
There’s something about a book with sounds that a toddler just cannot resist. This Halloween themed book features 10 different ‘spooky’ sounds. While there is a story to read along to it doesn’t quite measure up to the quality of some of the others on this list. However, the crowd-pleasing nature of this book means it warrants a mention.
Pookie the Pig needs to find a costume for Halloween. However, none of the ones he tries are quite right. This book is a little longer than Eek Halloween but your toddler will love the variety of costumes Pookie needs to try. Once again, Sandra Boynton has created a entertaining book your kids will love.
This was one of my daughter’s favourite books when she was a toddler. The story is a simple lift the flap and find but she wanted to read it over and over again. One point to note; while the books is a sturdy board book the flaps themselves are flimsy and a toddler might pull them off if they were reading the book by themselves.
From the same series as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie this is a simple and sweet fall themed book. Mouse has six pumpkins to decorate and he gives each one a different face. An added bonus is that you and your toddler can practice emotions (sad, silly, happy) while reading the story.
Like Jane Foster’s other books this book features single words paired with high impact images. While there is no story to read my toddler loves reading this book over and over again.