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Celebrate Spooky Season with these Must-Have Halloween Children’s Books

“Spooky Season” is here, which means it’s time for pumpkin spice, apple picking, and Halloween prep! While you brainstorm costume ideas, we’ve got you covered with Halloween children’s books that are perfect for beginning readers. Here are seven titles that will help your early reader get into the spooky spirit of Halloween: 

The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Theater

When Brother, Sister, and Honey need a summer job, they see that the old theater in town is hiring. The theater is dark and spooky — and full of strange things. What will they find? This is a Level One I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and read full sentences.

Marley: Marley and the Runaway Pumpkin

This I Can Read stars Marley, the mischievous dog from the New York Times and international bestseller Marley & Me by John Grogan. Marley’s family wants their giant pumpkin to win a prize at the fair. But on the big day, their silly dog sends the pumpkin on a wild ride instead! This Level Two I Can Read is geared toward kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia

Trick or treat! In this Level 2 story, Amelia Bedelia wants to help prepare for the big Halloween party, but how can she follow directions when nothing is as it seems? 

Flat Stanley and the Missing Pumpkins

There are so many fun ways for Flat Stanley to help on his uncle’s farm in the fall. Being flat comes in handy when picking corn and even acting like a scarecrow! But when pumpkins begin to disappear right before the county fair, will Flat Stanley be able to help?

Lulu Goes to Witch School

Lulu the witch girl is a little nervous about her first day of school, but she heads off with her broom and Dracula lunch box. She immediately loves her new teacher, Miss Slime, especially her wart. Lulu’s first flying lesson around the cemetery goes great! There’s only one thing she doesn’t like about witch school: curly-haired Sandy Witch, who seems to do everything better than Lulu.

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

Creak … Crash … BOO!

Shivering skeletons, ghostly pirates, chattering corpses, and haunted graveyards … all to chill your bones! Share these seven spine-tingling stories in a dark, dark room.

The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches

Wendy is a little witch who is afraid of her mean, bossy witch sisters — until one special Halloween night when she makes a magical discovery: Wendy’s sisters can fly fast, cackle loudly, and cast spells, but Wendy can fly even faster. Can she find a way to out-witch her sisters? This bewitching Level 4 I Can Read book is the perfect early chapter book story for Halloween!

What are your favorite Halloween children’s books? Tell us below! 

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