9 not-so-scary Halloween books for kids

Peppa’s Spooky Halloween (2020)

It’s Halloween and this year Peppa Pig and her brother George are putting on a spooky show for Granny and Grandpa Pig! There's so much to get ready before it starts though. They need to decide on their spooky costumes (furry spider or rattly skeleton?), hang up ghoulish decorations and bake some frightfully good treats. This is a delightful tale to read together and could provide some inspiration for your little ones very own indoor celebrations.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

The Ladybird Big Book of Slimy Things by Imogen Russell Williams & Binny Talib (2020)

There’s no better time of the year to talk about all things slimy! The fox family are off to The Museum of Slimy Things where they’re hoping to learn about the different types of gooey stuff that can be found all over the world. Young readers can follow along and discover the physics behind slime and what it’s used for. There’s even a section about the slimy gloop that lives in the human body! This non-fiction adventure is perfect for lovers of all things slick and slippery.

Recommended reading age: 5-7 years old

Peppa’s Spooky Fun Sticker Book (2019)

Little ones can have some scary (but not really scary) fun with this Peppa Pig sticker book. Featuring over 300 stickers and thirteen sticker scenes, Peppa fans can decorate their own pumpkin, dress up the characters in spooky costumes, and even go hunting for some creepy creatures. Ideal for fans of Halloween who will be celebrating indoors this year.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

Paw Patrol: Halloween Heroes (2020)

It’s the spookiest night of the year and the residents of Adventure Bay are all dressed up for a rocking fancy dress party on Cap'n Turbot's old pirate ship. But just when the party gets started, strange things begin to happen. Who ate Mr. Porter’s cookies? What’s that eerie moaning sound? And who’s sailing the ship? It’s up to the Paw Patrol to swoop in and find out what’s going on. This tale is pawfect for fans of the brave pups.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Topsy and Tim: Halloween Party (2019)

What better pair is there to hang out with on Halloween night than Topsy and Tim? The fun-loving twins are hosting their very own Halloween party so need to get everything ready before their guests come round! From choosing their outfits and carving pumpkins to decorating the house and deciding on spooky party games. It’s time to get your scare on!

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Pumpkin Party (2015)

Peppa’s Pumpkin Party is the perfect way to introduce fun Halloween traditions to little piglets, through this fantastically popular character. This simple board book is perfect for tiny hands. Watch favourite characters arrive at Peppa’s party in their fun Halloween costumes and enjoy the tricks, treats and jack-o-lanterns brought to life through the bright and colourful illustrations. It’s sweeter than a bag of trick-or-treating goodies!

Recommended reading age: 2-4 years old

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Monster by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (2018)

Your tot can probably be a little monster all year round. But have no fear, we have just the book solution to help little monsters settle down for bed every night of the week, as well as Halloween! Follow Belch as she prowls around her house instead of going to sleep. She plays with her toys, eats jelly, and even has her friends over for some night-time mayhem. However, all little monsters need to sleep eventually! Count down from ten on All Hallows Eve with this calming tale from the hit series.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

The Ladybird Big Book of Dead Things by Ned Hartley & Binny Talib (2019)

Death is a natural part of life, and Halloween, as most of us know, is a time to remember the dead. So, that calls for a trip around the Museum of Dead Things! The museum’s team of experts will teach little ones all about the fierce dinosaurs that lived 200 million years ago, as well as animals, such as the Pyrenean ibex, that have only become extinct in the last 20 years. There are also interesting facts on dead things in space; ancient civilizations, such as the Romans; and animals, like vultures, who prefer to EAT dead things – gross!

Recommended reading age: 6-10 years old

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Halloween Sticker Activity Book (2014)

Peppa returns for another Halloween adventure in this sticker activity book. Watch Peppa and her friends get ready for Halloween; spot the difference, try and find your way through the spider's web and make it all the way to the haunted house! Full of puzzles, games and two pages of stickers, this book will keep tiny fingers busy, with hours of fun.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

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