It’s that spooky-ooky time of year so grab something pumpkin-spiced and get ready to curl up with a great book. From the birth of a monster to the goblin who wouldn’t give up, this season you can enjoy all of these books with your own petite  poltergeists. Scroll on to get our recommendations!

(Pssst…most of these books are just plain cute and not really scary!).

Monsters Are Afraid of Babies
Everybody knows….monsters are afraid of babies! From the way babies howl to how sticky and stinky they are, monsters have great fear of these crawling little creatures. Adorable, funny, rhyming prose will delight your kids as you reassure them not to fear (babies OR monsters). Written by Nicholas Tana and illustrated by Elise Leutwyler and Jessica Abbott.

Ages: 4-6
Cost: $14.99
Find it on amazon now.

Vlad the Rad
NY Times bestselling illustrator Brigette Barrager brings Vlad, a high-energy young vampire, to life in this adorable picture book. Not only does Vlad love skateboarding (because he’s rad!) he also loves schoolwork! Which makes this a great back-to-school, fall read!

Ages: 3-7
Cost: $20.99
Get it here.

No More Monsters Under Your Bed!

We love our kids’ wild imaginations but when those imaginations conjure up images of monsters under the bed and prevent your little from falling asleep at night, it’s time to bring in reinforcements. Turn to this magical book by Jordan Chouteau with illustrations by Anat Even Or, to help your kiddo conquer her fears. With goofy monster illustrations and even a real no-more-monsters patch your child can wear to bed, this book is sure to drive away those monsters in no time.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $13.60
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She Made a Monster

Written by Lynn Fulton with fab illustrations by Felicita Sala, She Made a Monster pays tribute to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the literary genius who brought the world Frankenstein. It was 200 years ago when Shelley gave birth to this infamous monster, and this book will let the young audience know not only the significance of writing it, but how important it is to follow one’s own dream.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $12.32
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Zip Zoom on a Broom

From the creator of the NY Times Best Picture Book From Letter to Letter, Terri Sloat, and acclaimed artist Rosaline Bonnette, this is a fantastic rhyming book to celebrate the witchy season. Join ten feisty witches and one adorable kitten as they travel from spooky castle to graveyard and beyond.

Ages: 5-8
Cost: $10.93
Get it here.

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Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts

This cute chapter book out just in time for that spooky feel, features a diverse cast of characters and an adventure any kid can appreciate. After an embarrassing incident at the Space Museum, Sam is on a mission to prove to his friends and the school bully that he’s not actually afraid of everything, or anything. Does this include the ghost that seems to live in the walls of Sam’s own house? By Katie & Kevin Tsang.

Ages: 7-12
Cost: $9.30
Get it here.

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Eat Pete

Pete couldn’t be more thrilled when a monster shows up in his bedroom. Now Pete has someone to play with! And the hungry monster couldn’t be more thrilled to be there, either. Now he can . . . EAT PETE! This adorable and hilarious book by Michael Rex, author of Goodnight Goon, will have you laughing, moaning and totally loving a monster tale you can all appreciate.

Ages: 2-5
Cost: $12.75
Get it here. image courtesy: Amazon 

Peppa Pig and the Halloween Costume

Peppa finds that choosing the right costume can be a bit tricky! Fans of Peppa and fans of Halloween alike will enjoy this easy read for little ones as any parent can relate to their kiddos quest for the perfect costume.

Ages: 2-5
Cost: $9.33
Get it here.

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Five Silly Ghosts

Fans of Five Little Pumpkins will appreciate the simple rhyme in this totally adorable and not scary Halloween board book perfect for your littlest boos. What’s even cuter? They die-cut cover allows those silly ghosts to peek through the pages. Authored by HMH, illustrated by Hilli Kushnir.

Ages: 2-5
Cost: $6.99
Buy it

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Ginny Goblin Is Not Allowed to Open This Box

Ginny Goblin likes to do her own thing, there’s no doubt. But what happens when she finds this box, which she is absolutely not allowed to open?  Well, naturally, she tries! Find out what its the box yourself with this goofy, wonderful book by David Goodner, illustrated by Louis Thomas.

Ages: 4-7
Cost: $17.99
Buy it now.

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Go to Sleep, Little Creep

Even little creepy monsters, howling werewolves and tiny trolls have bedtime rituals to attend to, and bedtimes to adhere to. This perfectly sweet rhyming picture book is a great night time read this October or any time of the year. Authored by David Quinn and adorably illustrated by Ashley Spires.

Ages: 2-5
Cost: $12.32
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Fake Blood

A graphic novel by Whitney Gardner that is perfect this time of year (or any), Fake Blood brings a middle-schooler AJ face to face with his vampire slayer crush. How will “average” AJ win over his crush, Nia Winters, the vampire slayer? Read this hilarious story to find out!

Ages: 10 and up
Cost: $10.39
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Duck & Goose: Honk! Quack! Boo!

Duck & Goose are at it again, and just in time for Halloween. This time we find creator Tad Hills’ lively birds dressed up for Halloween and ready for trick-or-treating, although visions of the Swamp Monster are running through their heads. Still…there’s all that candy. Find out if these two brave buddies can make the rounds and survive a dark and spooky night together. Spoiler alert: they do!

Ages: 3-7
Cost: $11.89
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The 12 Days of Halloween

Count it down! This clever adaptation of the 12 Days of Christmas includes eight black cats hissing, seven spiders crawling, six ghosts a-spooking and five bags of candy! Read it, sing it, chant it, and read it again to get into the Halloween spirit. Comes with a sheet of cute Halloween stickers, too. Written by Jenna Lettice and illustrated by Colleen Madden.

Ages: 3-7
Cost: $4.99
Buy it now.

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Cy Makes a Friend

Cy (the Cyclops) is good at lots of things: he can build nearly anything from robots to toys but there is one thing he is not so great at making. Friends. This book explores the fears kids can have about finding and making new friends, and shows that with bravery, practice, confidence and patience, even a shy Cyclops monster can succeed. Offers gentle suggestions for shy kiddos trying to branch out plus it’s a clever intro to mythological creatures. Written by Anne Marie Stephens and illustrated by Tracy Subisak.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $16.10
Get your copy here.

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There’s a Monster in Your Book

Remember Grover and There’s a Monster at the End of This Book? This new book by author Tom Fletcher and illustrator Greg Abbott is like that Sesame Street classic meets Press Here. There’s a monster in your book, and you’ve got to shake, tickle and shout to see if you can get him out.

Ages: 2-7
Cost: $17.99
Buy it now.


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Maurice the Unbeastly       

Beasts roar and beasts destroy—except Maurice. He’s the kale eating, kind-hearted, incredibly polite beast who just doesn’t quite fit in. Mama and Papa send him off to the Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts to learn how to scowl, snarl and howl like a pro. But Maurice just can’t stop being Maurice—and he ends up teaching everyone else (including readers) why being true to yourself is the most important thing of all.By Amy Dixon, with gorgeous illustrations by Karl James Mountford.

Ages: 3 and up
Cost: $12.11
Shop for it here.

How to Make Friends with a Ghost 

Want to make friends of the spectral sort? Then grab a copy of this adorable, debut picture book by Rebecca Green to find out how. You’ll need snacks (like earwax truffles) and bedtime stories. You’ll have to protect them (they are sometimes taken for marshmallows) and be loyal. If you follow the tips Green has laid out, you’ll be sure to make a ghost friend that will last a lifetime.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $12.32
Buy it now (releases Sep. 5).

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The X Files: Earth Children Are Weird

The X-Files generation is grown up with kids all their own now but if you want your littles to get it when you say “The truth is out there,” you should buy this book now. The perfect spooky-ish read, based on the characters by X-Files creator Chris Carter, you’ll find Agents Fox and Mulder starring as best kid pals, who solve big mysteries (the creepy shadow? Just the family dog!) and get a few laughs in the process. But what they find in their tent just might make you think twice about turning off the lights. Beautifully illustrated by Kim Smith.

Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $13.05
Get it here.

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Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines

For the curious kid who loves a bit of twist with their history, this non-fiction book will not just amuse, it will educate. It’s part chemistry, part quirky history and all totally true. As the title suggests, it’s all about poisons, and answers questions like “What made ‘mad hatter’ mad?” and “Who killed a Bulgarian report with a poke from a poison-tipped umbrella?” You know, everyday questions. Perfect for creating some mad-scientist themed trivia for Halloween parties and more.

Ages: 8-12
Cost: $23.99
Buy it here.

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Skeleton Tree

Author (and children’s librarian) Kim Ventrella’s debut novel will definitely have you pondering big questions about life and about death. Twelve-year-old, zombie fanatic Stanly lives with his mom and his little sister, Miren, whose health is failing. Their dad is MIA. One day, he sees a bone growing in his yard, and though he knows it’s not “normal” it doesn’t stop him from obsessively watching it grow into an entire skeleton. This will be his ticket to winning a photography and writing competition. Meanwhile, Miren sees the skeleton as a new friend. It’s a heart wrenching and beautiful novel, perfect for this skeletonic-time of year. (Releases Sep. 26).

Ages: 8-12
Cost: $16.99
Pre-order your copy here.

photo: Little Brown & Company

Zip! Zoom! on a Broom! 

From the creator of the NY Times Best Picture Book From Letter to Letter, Terri Sloat, and acclaimed artist Rosaline Bonnette, this is a fantastic rhyming book to celebrate the witchy season. Join ten feisty witches and one adorable kitten as they travel from spooky castle to graveyard and beyond.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $16.99
Get your copy here.

image courtesy Simon & Schuster 

The Great Pumpkin Returns

Peanuts fans that waited all night in the most sincere pumpkin patch with Linus will be thrilled to read this new Halloween book. All Linus needs is one faithful companion who truly believes in the Great Pumpkin, to stay with him on Halloween night. Though most of the gang don’t even want to hear about the Great Pumpkin (again) this year, Linus finds an ally in Peppermint Patty. But will it be enough to grant a visit?

Don’t miss The Legend of the Great Pumpkin, a new adaptation of the classic in holographic board-book form and You Got a Rock, Charlie Brown!—an early reader book that even comes with stickers.

Ages: 4 and up
Cost: $7.99
Buy it now.

Moldilocks and the Three Scares
The classic tale of Goldilocks gets a Halloween-themed twist when Moldilocks winds up in the house of the Scare family. Fun illustrations and the underlining tale about adoption added to a happily ever after ending make this charming book a perfect Halloween tale.

Ages: 4-8
Cost: $10.44
Buy it now.

—Amber Guetebier


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