Halloween Books for Preschoolers: Poppy’s Picks

Halloween Books for Preschoolers: Poppy's Picks

My daughter and I love reading books together. Because Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, she and I especially love reading our favorite Halloween books together. Here are some of our favorite, and recommended, books for Halloween for preschoolers, all available on Amazon via my affiliate links.

Curious George Haunted Halloween (2014)

Curious George Haunted Halloween (2014) by H. A. Rey is the book adaptation of the Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest movie. While celebrating his first Halloween in the country during Halloween, George hears the spooky legend of “No Noggin,” a headless scarecrow that kicks off hats. Poppy loves Curious George, so Curious George Haunted Halloween is one of her most highly recommended Halloween books for kids her age.

Curious George Haunted Halloween

Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin (2011)


Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin (2011) written and illustrated by Victoria Kann features the young namesake from the fabulous series of Pinkalicious books. Readers between the ages of 4 and 8 will enjoy following Pinkalicious in her search to find a pink pumpkin in a pinkerrific lift-the-flap Halloween book. Poppy especially loves the combination of flaps, pumpkins, and pink in Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin.

Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin

Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat! (2013)


Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat! (2013) written and illustrated by Victoria Kann again features the heroine Pinkalicious in a harrowing Halloween tale. Preschoolers through third graders will love reading about the Superhero Pinkagirl as she searches for a way to save Halloween after the mayor cancels the holiday because a storm knocked out power around town. Poppy loves both pink and Halloween, making Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat! an ideal holiday book for her.

Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat!

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma (2014)

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma (2014) written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman is the Halloween-themed book in the popular Ladybug Girl series. Readers between the ages of 3 and 5 will enjoy following along with Lulu as she decides on her Halloween costume. Should she be Ladybug Girl or something new? Poppy loves the Ladybug Girl books, so Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma quickly became a new holiday favorite.

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma

Fancy Nancy: Halloween … or Bust! (2009)

Fancy Nancy: Halloween … or Bust! (2009) written by by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser is the Halloween title in the Fancy Nancy series of popular books for young readers. No one knows Fancy like Nancy, and no one knows Halloween like Nancy! Poppy adores reading about the fanciness in the Fancy Nancy books, and Fancy Nancy: Halloween … or Bust! is no exception.

Fancy Nancy: Halloween ... or Bust!

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan (2014)

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan (2014) written by Catherine Hapka and illustrated by Loryn Brantz features the beloved Splat the Cat in a Halloween-theme pumpkin adventure. Splat goes to a pumpkin patch with Seymour, and he is determined to find the biggest pumpkin ever but quickly learns that the biggest challenge is getting the pumpkin home. Poppy loves Splat the Cat and especially loves reading about his pumpkin adventures.

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan

Splat the Cat: What Was That? (2013)

Splat the Cat: What Was That? (2013) written and illustrated by Rob Scotton is a fabulous lift-the-flap book in the Splat the Cat series. Splat the Cat and his friends set out for a Halloween adventure, and Spat the Cat is nervous about visiting a creepy haunted house. Poppy already loves the Splat the Cat books, and she especially loves lifting all the flaps throughout Splat the Cat: What Was That?

Splat the Cat: What Was That?

Clifford’s Halloween (2011)

Clifford’s Halloween (2011, reissue) by Norman Bridwell stars the beloved big red dog Clifford in a holiday tale. Of all the holidays, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford like Halloween the most. The best friends play games, trick-or-treat in the neighborhood, tell ghost stories, and wear costumes. Poppy is a huge fan of Clifford, and she especially loves the Halloween adventures of her favorite big red dog.

Clifford's Halloween

Clifford’s First Halloween (2010)

Clifford’s First Halloween (2010) written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell features the puppy version of the famous big red dog in his first Halloween adventure. For his first Halloween, Emily Elizabeth dresses Clifford up as the cutest little ghost ever, and he wants to experience every aspect of the holiday: trick-or-treating, candy apples, and homemade haunted houses. Poppy loves Clifford, and she loves reading about puppy Clifford even more.

Clifford's First Halloween

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins (2015)

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins (2015) written and illustrated by James Dean features the beloved Pete the Cat in a cool adaptation of a classic Halloween song. Poppy love both Pete the Cat and “Five Little Pumpkins,” so Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins is one of her new favorite Halloween books.

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins

Scary, Scary Halloween (1988)

Scary, Scary Halloween (1988) written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett is a classic Halloween tale from two prolific names in children’s literature. Through rhymed text and eye-catching pictures, four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat on Halloween night. Poppy really enjoys Scary, Scary Halloween, and I love sharing the classic book with her.

Scary, Scary Halloween

What is your favorite Halloween book for preschoolers?

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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