5 Not Too Spooky Picture Books for Halloween

5 Not Too Spooky Picture Books for Halloween

Spooky season is almost here, and some of us have been waiting for it all year long! And while some adults like to jump right into a terrifying horror novel when the weather starts to cool, there are some kiddos out there who like a little spookiness as well. 

Maybe not too spooky, just a little spooky.

If this sounds like a little one that you know, why not treat them with haunting Halloween reads? Unlike candy, these easy readers won’t keep them up all night!

Here are 5 not too spooky children’s picture books, just in time for Halloween!

Not too spooky picture books

How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green

How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green. Suggests ways to form a lasting friendship with a ghost, including welcoming it into the house, feeding it snacks, and entertaining it with jokes and dance parties.

This book is also about making and keeping friends forever.

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Zombelina by Kristyn Crow

Zombelina by Kristyn Crow. A young zombie gives a haunting performance in her first ballet dance recital.

Believe it or not zombies and ballet go very well together!

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While we’re on the subject of Zombelina, here are two more books about her adventures: 

Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex. A young monster says goodnight to all of the other monsters in his bedroom.

This one may be the spookiest book on this list. Perhaps reading it along with Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown will help it seem less ghastly.

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The Ghosts Go Scaring by Chrissy Bozik

The Ghosts Go Scaring by Chrissy Bozik. Boo! Boo! Boo! It’s Halloween night and the ghosts are out of the shadows and ready to scare! One by one and then two by two, the ghosts float through the neighborhood having some fun. Seven by seven and eight by eight they cause a fright for everyone they meet!

Count from one ghost to ten ghosts on this silly and spooky Halloween night! To the tune of “The Ants Go Marching,” this is a fun read-aloud and sing-along book for kids and grownups alike. 

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Just Say Boo by Susan Hood

Just Say Boo by Susan Hood. Young tricker-treaters learn what to say in different Halloween situations.

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Enjoy these and other spooky (and not so spooky) picture books at the Clermont County Public Library.

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Skye is a Library Assistant Specialist at the Williamsburg Branch Library.  She enjoys black cats, bats, pumpkins, and all things frightful.

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