Our Top 3 Not-So-Scary Halloween Reads

October 7, 2021

By Christa Protano

When I was a little girl, I was not a fan of Halloween. Too much scary, not enough friendly ghosts. As an adult, I still stay away from all the horror and gore, but that doesn’t mean I skip out on this holiday altogether — my kids would never let that happen! But since my young ones are a little skittish too, we tend to lean toward the not-so-scary side of October 31st, and these three books offer the perfect amount of fright without sacrificing any of the fun.

You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie

This oh-so-cute tale is the perfect way to introduce your newborn to the stars of the season. Playful black cats, baby ghosts, and bedtime bats delight on each chunky, die-cut page. Get ready for this book to become a necessary step in your child’s nightly bedtime routine. 

Five Little Pumpkins

Perfect for the littlest pumpkin in your patch, this board book brings to life a classic Halloween rhyme with interactive pages filled with playful illustrations. Toddlers will love the soft, raised jack o’lanterns that disappear at the turn of each page. Bonus: Some pages even glow in the dark.

Haunted Halloween Pencil Toppers

Pencils, erasers, notebooks … oh my! Now that school is back in session, it’s time to stock up. These spooky pencil toppers will be the talk of your child’s class come Halloween week (because yes, we celebrate this holiday all weeklong at the elementary level). Complete with a coloring and activity book, this book provides plenty of silly, witchy fun for ages six and up.

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