halloween books for kids

October 7, 2010

I'm not into scary things--in fact, I steer clear of anything creepy. Even a lot of the halloween kid stuff is too creepy for me.

If we're talking witches, I like the Angela Landsbury in Bedknobs and Broomsticks kind or Glinda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz. I'm not into the Macbeth ones or any other scarier versions.

But I do like silly scary. So, in that vein, I thought I'd share our favorite "Silly Scary" books for kids. Only 1 is specifically a Halloween book, but they are as close as we like to get to scary.
Witches Four (Picture Corgi)
Witches Four by Marc Brown
I had this book as a kid and still have my copy that Juliet loves to read. These are silly witches--nothing like the hags in Macbeth--these ones make you laugh. I like these girls.
Days with Frog and Toad (I Can Read, Level 2)
Days with Frog and Toad  by Arnold Lobel
If we want a good ghost story, I like the Old Dark Frog story from the "Shivers" chapter. Do you remember the story of the ghost frog who likes to eat little frog children who are lost in the woods? Juliet likes to reenact this one and be the old dark frog.
Little Bear's Visit (An I Can Read Book)
Little Bear's Visit
Looking for a silly goblin story? Grandfather tells Little Bear a good one in this book.
Huggly Takes a Bath (Picture Books)
Huggly Takes a Bath (Picture Books)
We like our monsters to be cute, green, and bath-loving. Huggly fits the bill.
Go Away, Big Green Monster!
Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberly
We don't own this one, but Juliet fell in love with it at a library story time this summer. Something about yelling at the top of one's lung at a monster that was very appealing to her.
Dr. Pompo's Nose
Dr. Pompo's Nose by Saxton Freymann
This isn't scary at all, but it has some fun pumpkins in it. Juliet could read this one over and over and over again.
Boo to You!
Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert
The only creature that gets scared in this book is a silly little kitty. You and your kids will just laugh.
 Five Little Pumpkins (Padded Board Books)
Five Little Pumpkins
Because everyone loves pumpkins, right? I love how this book is a padded board book. Feels nice and soft in your hands. We also love the very non-scary ghosts in this book.  

That's Not My Monster... (Usborne Touchy Feely)
That's Not My Monster... (Usborne Touchy Feely)
And lastly, for baby--here's a perfectly silly monster book that is not scary at all.

What are your favorite silly scary books?

Disclosure: Tiger Tales sent me a review copy of Five Little Pumpkins. The rest of the books are ones I purchased or checked out from the library. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. 


Ticia said...

Skeleton Hiccups.

welcome to our wonderland said...

I need to make my list today of some of our faves we've been reading :)

we are really liking: the ghoul school bus

Brimful Curiosities said...

My kids like the newest Splat the Cat book, Scaredy-Cat, Splat!, The Ghost's Dinner by Jacques Duquennoy, and Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell.

Heidi said...

Here's a list of our favorites: http://paisleypatchwork.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-childrens-books.html

Christina said...

My 3 year old LOVES Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. I actually saw one of the author's other books in a Silly Eagle list and then subsequently found the Halloween book. We renewed it so many times at the library that we finally purchased one for our own library... so really, we have you to thank.

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