Ten Picture Books for a Spooky Little Halloween

Witches, goblins, ghosts galore—Halloween is here once more! Yes, that’s right. Here in my cozy reading nook, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting chillier, and I’d love nothing more than to curl up under a big blanket and spend the afternoon reading books … Well, that last part isn’t really different from all other times of year, but still, all other signs point to Halloween being right around the corner.

So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m highlighting some of my favorite picture books that are perfect for the season. My recommendation? Grab one (or all!) of these, get cozy, and have yourself a spooky little Halloween—with a bowl of candy, preferably.

Boo Stew
by Donna L. Washington
illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler


Ghosts in the House!
by Kazuno Kohara


Gustavo the Shy Ghost
by Flavia Z. Drago


Hardly Haunted
by Jessie Sima


If You Ever Meet a Skeleton
by Rebecca Evans
illustrated by Katrin Dreiling


The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt
by Riel Nason
illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler


Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
by Jack Prelutsky
illustrated by Arnold Lobel


by Eric Geon
illustrated by Pete Oswald


Pumpkin Heads!
by Wendell Minor


by Lucy Ruth Cummins


Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.


  1. Aww, what an adorable list. For a scaredy cat like me, I like this list way better than all actual horror book lists. Gustavo in particular has just charmed me to death (pun intended!).


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