What better way to celebrate Halloween than to open colorful pages of Halloween books and recite funny rhymes with your kids? Of course they agree trick or treating with their costumes is probably the first best thing. But these books of rhymes will be a sure hit with kids who would like to gather for a scary Halloween read.
Wild Witches’ Ball
Just like a lot of children’s books these days, Wild Witches’ Ball is of counting genre. Ten tall crones, nine queer dears…Written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Kelly Asbury, this Halloween poem has wonderful drawings that pre-schoolers will love. At the end of the book, challenge your kids to count how many witches they can spot in the picture!
This read-aloud Halloween poem book is great for very young children. Make it more creative by making jungle animal sounds as you read the poem for them. Maryann Cocca Leffler also filled the book with pictures for added excitement. “Jungle Jiggle, Jungle Boo, Jungle Wiggle, Jungle Moo?”
Written by Laura Leuck and illustrated by S.D. Schindler. One Witch on a hill, has an empty pot to fill. So what does this one witch do? She makes rounds to all her fiendish friends, naturally! Every friend shares her goody to the potluck until the witch comes up with a gruesome party stew. Little kids will enjoy counting along in this Halloween poem full of frightening creatures, yet wicked happy ending. Guess who gets the last bowl of the witch’s soup?
Come with me on Halloween
A father-son Halloween adventure describes the spooky night when little boy dressed in costume is out to bring his dad while he goes trick or treating in the neighborhood. If your kids are scared, reassure them with this poem by Linda Hoffman Kimball and Mike Reed. They will forget the scare and find Halloween an extremely fun experience.
This is the Pumpkin
Abby Levine and Paige Billin-Frye created a delightful Halloween poem from piecemeal stories of Max, who went to a Halloween parade, trick or treating, with a bright orange pumpkin…on the night of Halloween…The poem is lyrical and will surely be a kid favorite.
Sheep Trick or Treat
Common myth describes the wolf as the animal that dresses in sheep’s clothing. In this jolly Halloween poem, the ship go trick-or-treating in the barn, donned in ape suits, mummy clothing, and other scary outfits. What would happen? Could that be a wolf lurking in the woods, hoping to waylay them as they return home with their bags full of goodies? In crisp verse and eerie pictures, Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple tell the lively story of a remarkable Halloween adventure.
Z is for Zombie
Short, two-lined verses (resembling haikus), written by Merrily Kutner. This book is a great way to tickle the imagination of little kids who are into something more spooky. Every page is a description of a ghastly creature, with corresponding pictures. A is for Aliens, B is for Bogeyman, C is for Cyclops, etc. Be prepared to answer questions such as “What is a Loch Ness monster?”
Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans
Haunted houses for sale, the story of a witch’s broomstick, the graveyard dare. Wondering what costume to wear on Halloween? Let Amy Sklansky’s poems decide for you and your little one. Creatively illustrated by Karen Dismukes, the words in the poems are also a part of the picture. If you love poems for your kids, this is a great Halloween companion.
Dinner with Dracula
This funny Halloween verse book is an anthology by Bruce Lansky. A collection of creepy poems will make you and your kids shudder, and then laugh out loud. Need advice from Dracula? Wondering what a Creepy Pizza is made of? Dinner with Dracula contains the wackiest Halloween poems about werewolves, vampires, headless horsemen, creepy crawly bugs, and what else but…ghosts!