The other night, I found a whole sack of Children’s Halloween books that I used to read to my two sons every year. Yes, they are BOTH in college now and yes, I save EVERYTHING! Books have always been hard for me to part with. I’m one year into my empty nest, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop missing the times I read aloud to my children at bedtime each night. Those were some happy memories! I sat on the couch a couple of nights ago with the sack of Halloween books that I found way back in the closet and took a walk down memory lane re-reading and remembering these stories. I’ll share my top ten favorites!
1. Big Pumpkin– by Erica Silverman
This is my all-time favorite children’s Halloween book. It’s about a witch who really wants to make pumpkin pie. She plants a pumpkin seed and that seed grew and grew and grew into a very large pumpkin. She has to enlist the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy and bat to help her handle this very large pumpkin. In the end, they all end up working together and sharing the pumpkin pie. It’s a sweet story and I love all the Halloween characters in this book!
2. The Ghost’s Dinner– by Jacques Duquennoy
This is a very cute and funny little story. Henry the ghost invites six of his very hungry ghost friends for dinner. It’s an interesting and very colorful evening which begins when Henry serves a variety of very colorful juices. The ghosts turn different colors when they drink the juices. Then on through dinner, the fun continues when the salads they eat cause them to turn green, and pumpkin soup turns them orange, the hot chocolate turns them brown, etc. My kids always loved this story and their mom loved it too!
3. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat– by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Is there anyone who doesn’t just love The Berenstain Bears? We had quite the Berenstain Bear book collection. In this book, The Berenstain bears prepare for Halloween and a night of Trick-or-Treating. Brother and sister bear pick out their costumes and watch Papa Bear carve a jack-o-lantern. They also learn a valuable lesson while trick-or-treating– that appearances can be very deceiving.
4. Franklin’s Halloween– by Paulette Bourgeois
I always like the Franklin series of books because Franklin always seemed to have to solve a problem that all children face at some time in their lives. In this book, Franklin and his friends are excited and preparing for the Halloween party. There would be a costume contest, games, and even a haunted house. But who was the “ghost” at the party?
5. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything– by Linda Williams
This is a fun story to read aloud around Halloween time. See what happens when a little old lady who wasn’t afraid of anything goes for a walk in the woods on a windy autumn night. Children seem to enjoy making the “sound effects” in this book.
6.Clifford’s First Halloween– by Norman Bridwell
I loved reading all the Clifford books to my sons when they were growing up. In this book, Emily Elizabeth goes back in time to tell us what Clifford’s first Halloween was like as a small red puppy who was dressed as a cute little ghost.
7. Trick or Treat, Little Critter– By Gina and Mercer Mayer
This is a wonderful little book and teaches children about the many traditions of Halloween such as picking out costumes, hay rides, carving jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating.
8. Little Witch’s Big Night– by Deborah Hautzig
This is a Step into Reading Book (A Step 2 Book for grades 1-3). I love this cute little story about Little Witch, who was too good and had to stay home on Halloween night instead of getting to fly with the other witches. She gives three trick-or-treaters, a devil, a pirate, and an astronaut a special Halloween treat by giving them rides on her broomstick.
9. Bubble Trouble Ghost– by Janet Craig
This is a cute and funny little story about Gus the ghost, who gets himself in a pretty sticky situation when he gets into the colorful gum balls in his trick-or-treat goodies!
10. The Hallo-wiener– by Dav Pilkey
This is another very cute and funny Halloween story that is sure to make children laugh. It is the story of Oscar, a dachshund, who is always being made fun of due to the shape and size of his body. On Halloween, to Oscar’s dismay, his mother gets him a hot dog costume, which he wears because he doesn’t want to hurt his mother’s feelings. All his friends make fun of him, calling him a “wiener dog.” Read this story to find out how Oscar saves his friends on Halloween and is never made fun of again.
A very happy Halloween to you all!