What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss
A glow-in-the-dark story, this book tells the tale of a narrator scared of a pair of empty green pants (that happen to be equally scared of the narrator). This silly story also teaches a lesson on tolerance.
Meet the Spookles by Colleen Wenn
While many Halloween books rely on thrill and scare devices or focus on monsters, vampires, and ghouls as separate entities, the Spookleville series does something unique. Author and mother of two, Colleen Wenn humanizes the cast of characters to make a world of relatable monsters with real-life problems. Spookleville is a world of its own where the Spookles live, of course, and its resident monsters are responsible for organizing Halloween each year. The series consists of 12 books, each focusing on a different character who is facing a challenge, like Hal, who has trouble focusing, or Harry, who has little energy on the playground because he eats junk food. There's also Willard, the elderly spider who can't quite spin a good web anymore until his fellow Spookle friends help out. These books, each with a caring message, are just the right length for a bedtime story, and since there are 12, they're the perfect way to countdown to Halloween night.
Undead Ed and the Demon Freakshow by Rotterly Ghoulstone
Ed Bagley is a zombie, and he has a problem: His body is rotting right before his eyes. Plus, an undead and angry circus clown, Kambo Cheapteeth, has sent a horde of demons to chase Ed. Read how Ed survives (or does he?) with the help of his werewolf buddy as they band together to fight the ultimate vortex of evil.
Monster Juice: Fear the Barfitron by M.D. Payne
When Chris Taylor discovers that the residents of the retirement home where he volunteers are monsters and have stolen what appears to be his spirit, he recruits his friends to help fight back. When he returns to the retirement home, he is caught fighting a vomit-inducing war against some of the grossest monsters in the world.
Gustav Gloom and the Four Terrors by Adam-Troy Castro
Ener Gloom Mansion, where things are not always what they seem. Little boy Gustav Gloom enlists new neighbors Fernie What and Pearlie to help save his father from the Dark Country, when things go horribly wrong. There is a prison break from the Hall of Shadow Criminals. Now it's up to Fernie to save her family and Gustav before it's too late.
The Creature from The Seventh Grade: Sink or Swim by Bob Balaban
Twelve-year-old Charlie Drinkwater is an eight-and-a-half-foot tall mutant dinosaur, and with a mysterious thief in town, all signs point to Charlie. Charlie and his friends need to clear his name by catching the real criminal. But when they find out who the actual thief is, Charlie's problems get a whole lot bigger, slimier, scalier, and smellier.
Monster Juice: Fartsunami by M.D. Payne
In this second installment of Monster Juice, Chris and his friends are sent on an unexpected field trip to a remote tropical island where they find new monstrous creatures made out of dead skin waiting for them. Will the boys come up with a way to defeat the monster?
Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat! by Victoria Kann
A big storm takes out the power in Pinkville, putting Halloween parties and trick or treating on hold for all the kids living in town–or so it seems. Pinkalicious takes matters into her own hands and transforms into Pinkagirl to save Halloween, which includes a trip to the local radio station and visiting the town's mayor. Read her adventure unfold and then create your own storyboard using the book's pinktastic stickers.
There’s a Zombie in My Bathtub: Here’s Hank, Book 5 by Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
Hank’s friends encourage him to watch a zombie movie the night before Halloween, and this really scares him! This book is a great way to talk to your kids about scary movies and stories.
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes
This English and Spanish rhyming book will teach kids about the spookiness and not-so-spookiness of Halloween while even exposing them to a few Spanish vocabulary words.
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex and Mordecai Richler
This book shows kids how humor can make scary things less scary.