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Great Halloween Read-Alouds for Kids

This is a great time of year to snuggle up with a spooky story and some sweet treats!

Ranging from laugh-out-loud hilarious to just a little bit creepy, these books will get you and your kids in the mood for Halloween:


Dem Bones
adapted and illustrated by Bob Barner

Age 3-7.
This fun, slightly-spookily illustrated (but mostly just fun) rendition of the traditional African American spiritual is a great sing-along, and a chance to learn about skeletons.



A Very Brave Witch
by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss

Age 5 – 8.
A little witch wants to know what humans are actually like, so she sets out on an adventure to find out.



Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House
by Doug Cushman

Age 5-8
“Daily Tombs” newspaper reporter Dirk Bones, who also happens to be a skeleton, investigates when a family of ghosts fears that they are being haunted.





The Curious Demise of Contrary Cat
by Lynne Berry

Age 4-7
All Witch ever wanted was for Contrary Cat to do as she’s told, but Contrary Cat has just got other things to do. When Witch reaches the end of her tether, Contrary Cat meets a very curious fate.


The Hallo-wiener
by Dav Pilkey

Age 4-7
Oscar the dachshund looks like a hot dog and none of the other dogs let him forget it. Halloween is the one time of year when he can really look different–until his mother picks out a hot dog costume for him! Even though the other dogs are howling with laughter, it’s Oscar who comes to the rescue when a creepy ghoul sneaks up on them in the night. This hysterical story will have both grown-ups and little ones in stitches.


Frankenstein Takes the Cake
by Adam Rex

Age 8 and up.
Frankenstein wants to marry his undead bride in peace, but his best man, Dracula, is freaking out about the garlic bread, and the Headless Horseman wishes everyone would stop drooling over his pumpkin head.



Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery
by Deborah and James Howe

Age 7 and up.
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.






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