Books are a great way to introduce young children to holiday sights and traditions. But when it comes to Halloween, you want to focus on the sweet and silly and skip the spooky and scary. These 10 books are perfect for children ages 0 to 5; they introduce the Halloween season to young readers through colorful pictures, simple text, and enjoyable stories. Some are board books as well, making them perfect for babies and toddlers to handle all by themselves.
This beautifully-illustrated picture book shows pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns in all sorts of fun and funny fall scenes. Toddlers and preschoolers will engage with the big, colorful pictures, which also present a great opportunity for parents to introduce feelings through facial expressions.
I Like Pumpkins
Follow a little girl as she tells us all of the things she loves about pumpkins, from jack-o-lanterns to pumpkin pie. Fun illustrations make this a great book to introduce your little one to fun pumpkin activities.
Five Little Pumpkins (Board Book)
Harper Growing Tree
This board book repeats the famous rhyme that begins, “Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.” Colorful illustrations and repetitive rhyme make this book a favorite of preschoolers that they’ll want to chant along with again and again. And the board book format is perfect for little hands.
Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? (Board Book)
In this lift-the-flap book, baby is looking for her pumpkin so she can trick-or-treat. Under each flap a Halloween surprise is hiding, and of course she finds her pumpkin in the end. Little ones will play with this book again and again as they reveal the secret pictures on every page.
Little Einsteins: Halloween Surprise
Join in the fun with the Little Einsteins as they get ready for a Halloween costume party. Before they can attend, they must go on a scavenger hunt around the world to famous landmarks for pieces of their costumes while dodging friendly ghosts. Your child will learn about different cultures and be engaged in this fun Halloween adventure.
This glow-in-the-dark rhyming book makes turning out the lights for Halloween a fun, and not spooky, experience. Each page spread introduces opposites like jolly/sad and silly/mad through expressions on jack-o-lanterns. A fun and educational read for toddlers and preschoolers.
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
Stan and Jan Berenstain
Brother and Sister Bear get ready to go trick-or-treating, and they decide to avoid Miz McGrizz’s spooky house. But through this story, the bear cubs find out that looks can be deceiving. This book serves as a great introduction to the scariness and fun of trick-or-treating, especially to kids who might be going out for the first time.
Touch and Feel Halloween (Board Book)
This board books introduces little hands to the touch of various Halloween objects. The colorful pictures make this a fun read for little ones, and the tactile experience is perfect for babies and toddlers.
Pooh’s Happy Halloween
Follow Pooh and Piglet as they venture out for a scary (mildly) night of trick-or-treating. They want to have fun, but they must beware of heffalumps! This is a classic Pooh adventure with familiar characters that your young ones will love.
The Little Pumpkin Book
This book introduces children to the life cycle of a pumpkin, from seeds to harvest, jack-o-lanterns, and pies. Sweet illustrations make this an engaging and educational read for toddlers and preschoolers; it serves as a great introduction to gardening, too.