Halloween-inspired books for pre-schoolers

Your little monster might be keen to join in the Halloween festivities this year, but some of the fun and games that take place at spooky season can be a bit scary. This doesn’t mean that they have to miss out though. You could have some light-hearted, witchy fun by reading them a Halloween-inspired book.

At nurseries like Kiddi Caru, for example, the children are encouraged to share the stories that they’ve read, showing that they’ve engaged and enjoyed the tales that they’ve heard. Luckily, there are so many Halloween-themed books to choose from, that will ignite your little one’s spooky spirit. And here’s a list of some of our favourites.


Halloween-inspired books for pre-schoolers

Ten Timid Ghosts — Jennifer O’Connell

It turns out that ghosts aren’t as scary as they may seem. In fact, some are just as scared of us as we are of them! In Jennifer O’Connell’s book Ten Timid Ghosts, a mean witch is moving into a house, that happens to be home to 10 fearful ghouls and plans to scare them out.

The witch uses props and Halloween costumes to frighten the ghosts out of their home. As they flee, the trick or treaters waiting patiently outside count down from 10, until there’s only one ghost left! This book is great fun, and you can even encourage your child to count along, to test their skills and get them involved.


The Witch’s Cat and the Broomstick Blunder — Kirstie Watson

Witches are known for their ability to soar through the skies on a broomstick, but what happens when the witch’s cat hi-jacks the broom. This mischievous feline decides to take the broomstick for a spin, making for a hilarious tale filled with magic and fun.

Your little one will be laughing along as they read all about the cat’s adventure and experience his flight through Magdalena Sawko’s beautiful illustrations. Hold on tight! You’re in for a bumpy ride.


Click, Clack, Boo! — Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

Click, Clack, Boo! Is the perfect story to introduce your little one to the idea of Halloween. This story stars all of their favourite farm animals from the classic Click, Clack, Moo story, but this tale has a spooky twist. All of the animals are illustrated wearing Halloween costumes and your child will no doubt be entertained by the sheep who’ve come dressed as witches and the cow dressed like a skeleton.

The tale follows the animals as they teach Farmer Brown that there’s nothing to be afraid of on Halloween, and that it’s actually a fun-filled day for all! So, snuggle down together and get ready to read all about the animal’s antics as they prepare for the spooky night.


Skeleton Hiccups — Margert Cuyler

We’ve all been told that you can scare your hiccups away, but what do the scariest monsters around do when they get the hiccups? This poor skeleton has woken up with a bone-rattling case of the hiccups and doesn’t know what to do to get rid of them.

This story promises giggles galore, as you and your child read all about the poor skeleton’s humorous blunders as he goes about his day hiccupping.

There’s always time for a story, and these books are sure to get your little one in the festive mood, ready for Halloween!


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