Halloween is right around the corner! Even though it is going to be different this year without trick or treating, there are still several things you can do to make Halloween fun for kids including reading a book. I decided to create a list of Halloween books that were not too scary so any kid would enjoy reading or listening to them. Also, I chose books with themes about friendship and courage. Here is the list:
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
This book is about facing your fears. A little old lady leaves her house for a walk in the forest, finding herself far from home as night falls. She encounters articles of clothing who start following her, but she refuses to let them frighten her. When the little old lady runs into a Jack-O-Lantern, she hurries home. The articles of clothing and Jack-O-Lantern show up at her home and the little old lady has a bright idea.
A Tiger Called Tomás by Charlotte Zolotow
“Tomás's Mom encourages him to go out and meet the kids in his neighborhood, but Tomás is too shy. Instead, he sits on his stoop, watching the world go by. But on the night of Halloween, opportunity arrives in the form of a tiger costume, complete with a mask that hides his identity. He can go trick-or-treating without anyone knowing it's him. But Tomás will soon discover his costume doesn't hide him quite as well as he thinks…”
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
“The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?”
Beneath the Ghost Moon by Jane Yolen
“The farmyard mice are slumbering; beside each bed lies a tiny costume specially designed for the upcoming Ghost Eve Ball. Meanwhile the dreaded creepy-crawlies are preparing to attack! It takes the courage of one small mouse to rally the others to fight for their home, and then remind them of the importance of forgiveness.”
Vunce Upon A Time by J. Otto Seibold
“Dagmar is not like other vampires. He's shy, he's afraid of humans, and . . . he's a vegetarian! But even more than he likes vegetables, Dagmar loves candy. And when he hears about all the treats he can get on Halloween, he knows he has to be brave and venture out into the human world."
*The summaries above with quotation marks were provided by the publishers of each book.