Pumpkins, and Monsters, and Scarecrows, Oh My!

spooky picture books

In my last post, we took a look at Halloween picture books for kids ages 2 to 10. I love the Halloween season, but of course there are only so many really good picture books out there specifically about Halloween. So most librarians, teachers, and parents rely on curriculum extenders, which is a fancy term for topics that are at least peripherally related to the subject at hand. With that in mind, today I'm sharing some of my favorite picture books about topics like bats, and ghosts, witches, pumpkins, scarecrows, and spiders, among others. I've divided them up by subject below. I hope these titles will help a child you know celebrate October with a great picture book! (I've also put an asterisk by the titles that are my very favorites in the "spooky" genre.)

The entire list of these picture books, along with links to Amazon and photos of each book cover, can be found here.


Picture Books about PUMPKINS

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer*

Pumpkin Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara

Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell*

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper*


Picture Books about SCARECROWS

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda WIlliams*

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown

Scaredycrow by Christopher Hernandez

The Scarecrow's Dance by Jane Yolen

Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long


Picture Books about GHOSTS

The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe by Tony Johnston*

The Teeny Tiny Woman by Paul Galdone*

Ghost in the House by Ammi Joan Paquette

Ol' Clip-Clop by Patricia McKissack

Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara*


Picture Books about WITCHES AND BLACK CATS

I am a Witch's Cat by Harriet Muncaster

A Very Witchy Spelling Bee by George Shannon

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson*

Five Black Cats by Patricia Hegarty

Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee



Zombelina by Kristyn Crow

Where's My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi*

Vampire Baby by Kelly Bennett

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen

There Was an Old Monster! by Rebecca Emberley

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley*

The Monster's Monster by Patrick McDonnell

I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace*

Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler*

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone*

Skeleton for Dinner by Margery Cuyler

Leonardo and the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Goodnight, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman

My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck


Picture Books about BATS and SPIDERS

Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks

There's a Spider on the Floor by Raffi*

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham


Picture Books that are just generally SCARY FUN

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown*

I Spy Spooky Night by Walter Wick

The Ghost-Eye Tree by Bill Martin Jr.

Old Devil Wind by Bill Martin Jr.