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Creepy, Clever, and Mostly Just Cute Halloween Books

Oct 08, 2014 08:00AM ● By Tiffany Malloy
October 1st is almost a holiday in our house because it means we’re officially in the month of Halloween.

We get to wear these shirts.

And eat off these plates.


And read these new-to-us books.


Wickle Woo Has a Halloween Party by Jannie Ho

Yep, that’s right. Even the youngest has a special Halloween book just for her. Wickle Woo is a lovable owl who has a whole lot of friends who are coming to a party at his house this Halloween. I love this book not so much for the message (one of the obvious weaknesses of board books), but for the movable parts. The book has sturdy cardboard tabs that are easy to move and reveal some of Wickle Woo’s friends who are hiding from him. Check this one out, your baby will thank you.

Halloween Hustle Jacket completeHalloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson

Skeleton is heading to a party while doing the Halloween Hustle, but oh no! He falls apart. What can he do to keep himself together so that he can dance the night away? This funny, jazzy book is one that you will be asked to read no less than 100 times, so I apologize in advance.

bramble and maggieBramble and Maggie Spooky Season by Jessie Haas

Third in the Bramble and Maggie series, this book offers young readers a chance to ready a really great CHAPTER book that includes colorful pictures (best of both worlds!) about a girl and her horse. Bramble is a little nervous about all of these strange Halloween sights (scarecrows, witches, and ghosts, oh my!) and Margie has her own different kind of fear to deal with. Together Maggie and Bramble take care of one another, helping each other face their fears and enjoy their Halloween night. If your child likes the Mercy Watson series, I think she will enjoy this as well.

worstwitchThe Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch is the first book in a six-book series about Mildred Hubble, the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Poor Mildred isn’t TRYING to be the worst witch…. it just kind of happens to her. While this isn’t a Halloween Book, per se, it’s a perfect book to read during this time, especially for kids who are in mid-late elementary (grade level equivalent is 4.7). A bonus: there’s a movie adaptation ( that looks funny and wonderful in an 80s kind of way.


Hope you have a spook-tacular Halloween!

Thanks to Candlewick Press for the review copies of some of these books!