From monsters under the bed to monsters between the pages of literature, writers embrace Halloween and its themes of fright. These Halloween-themed books bear out that fear is no factor to fun.
Monsters Come Out Tonight! by Frederick Glass
Best for ages: 0+
With flaps that warn the reader “Do Not Disturb,” “Keep Out” and “Beware of Monster,” the lift-the-flap book welcomes even youngest trick-or-treaters to Halloween monster traditions. With a lilting rhyme and cartoon ghouls, readers are welcomed to the Monster Ball.
My Baby Loves Halloween by Jabari Asim
Best for ages: 0-4
If it’s your child’s first Halloween, then he or she is ready to discover all about it in this board book. The illustrations will make anyone excited for the spooky holiday.
Are You My Monster? by Amanda Noll
Best for ages: 2-5
A young pajama-clad artist draws a picture of his monster. As he lists the monsters attributes — teeth size, hair color, finger length and tail size — he finds other monsters. Young readers will enjoy a board book that teaches them about finding properties on a list and matching them to seek out the right monster.
Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills
Best for ages: 3-5
Sing to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus” in this Halloween story filled with ghosts, mummies and other monsters. Kids will love the change to the song and it’s something the whole family can sing all month long.
Snack Attack! by Terry Border
Best for ages: 3-7
In the case of this book, the monster is Monster Kid! Not so much a story of Halloween happenings, but more a cautionary tale to future snack pieces, the snacks go on an adventure around the kitchen. The photos lend a real-life look at snacks to readers who love an after-school nibble.
Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh
Best for ages: 4-8
Through some illustrations that make the book more suited for Day of the Dead celebrations, kids can learn about their skulls. What is the skull good for, what does it have and not have (like a nose, no noses on a skull)? And kids will learn why it’s important to keep their skulls intact.
The Big Book of Monsters, by Hal Johnson
Best for ages: 10+
“The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature” bounce off the page in discussions of the origins and uses of some of the best monsters in literature. Learn about Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, The Headless Horseman and more as the interest in each monster extends beyond the literature page and into what made the characters tick.
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This article originally published on Oct. 4, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information.