Happy October! Recommended Halloween Picture Books

October used to be my favorite month of the year when I lived in the land of seasons. And although we are sweating through our sixth consecutive month of summer here in the bottom of Florida, I know that soon the high will be 86 instead of 94, and all will be well. (Actually, just after Thanksgiving, things get really nice, but let me wallow for now.)

Despite the excessive and continued need of good deodorant, one of my still-favorite things about October is Halloween. Halloween is a wonderful season for books! In the next week or so, I'm going to introduce you to picture books about Halloween, picture books that are not about Halloween, but are all about things related to October, and spooky/mysterious novels to help your favorite chapter book reader get in the spirit.

Today, let's take a look at some great picture books that are specifically about Halloween. A lot of junk gets published as part of the holiday marketing machine each year, so I thought a list of  really good, quality stuff might be helpful. 

Happy Halloween, readers!

(You can also see the entire list of books, along with all the book covers, and links to Amazon, here.)

Ages 2-5

ten orange pumpkins

Happy Halloween, Ollie! by Olivier Dunrea

Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson

Haunted Party by Iza Trapani

Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler

10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman

Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Who's There on Halloween? by Pamela Beall

Sheep Trick or Treat by Nancy Shaw

Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat by Eileen Christelow

Trick or Treat by Leo Landry

Pumpkin Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Ten Orange Pumpkins by Steven Savage

Shake Dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa

We're Off to Find the Witch's House by Mr. Kried

Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

Where is Baby's Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

Ages 5 to 8

old haunted house

By the Light of the Halloween Moon by Caroline Hutson 

Trick-or-Treat: A Happy Haunter's Halloween by Debbie Lepanen

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween by Wong Herbert Yee

The House that Drac Built by Judy Sierra

Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray

Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi

Scaredy-Cat Splat by Rob Scotton

Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

Arthur's Halloween by Marc Brown

Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting

A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee

Froggy's Halloween by Jonathan London

Halloween Bugs by David Carter

It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown

Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman

Ages 7 to 10

fred mcfee

The Bones of Fred McFee by Eve Bunting

The Monsterator by Keith Graves

Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth

Mercy Watson, Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo

The Hallowiener by Dav Pilkey