Our Favourite books for Halloween

Baby to 3

This is my monster This is my monster
Sam Taplin and Matsumi Furukawa

A monster book for very young children. Little children will love pressing the sound button at the end of every page to hear the monster roar and will have enjoy looking at the colourful pictures of the funny monster.

Aaaarrgghh Spider Aaaarrgghh Spider
Lydia Monks

All Spider wants is to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries to show them what a great pet he would make, they simply cry, 'Aaaarrgghh, Spider!'. Themes of tolerance and misunderstanding make key discussion points for children in this book.

Age 3 to 5

Angelina’s Halloween Angelina’s Halloween
Katharine Holabird, Helen Craig

Angelina and her friends love Halloween - they make sparkly firefly costumes and have a lovely tea party with goblin biscuits and scary games. Angelina's little sister Polly wants to be a firefly too, but Angelina says she's too small and clumsy, so her mother makes Polly a spooky Halloween costume instead.

Meg and Mog Meg and Mog
Jean Adamson and Belinda Worsley

Join Meg the witch and Mog her cat as they go off to a wild Hallowe'en party with all the other witches. Children will love exploring colours, sounds and shapes in this classic book, which is perfect for sharing or reading alone.

Age 5 to 7

The Haunted House The Haunted House
Kazuno Kohara

In a big old house at the edge of town there's a spooky surprise in store . . . But who's afraid of a few ghosts? Not this little girl! With a highly original artwork style that's perfect for Halloween, this is a quirky and very funny story.

Winnie goes Batty Winnie goes Batty
Laura Owen and Korky Paul

Those who know her, know that Winnie the Witch can be a little batty, to say the least. These four funny stories feature Winnie, her black cat, Wilbur, and a zany supporting cast of new characters. Korky Paul's exuberant illustrations complement the humour, slapstick, and moments of real drama that run through each story in these books designed for young readers.

Age 7 to 11

Fang of the Vampire Fang of the Vampire
Tommy Donvaband

The first in a fast-paced but not-too-scary series aimed at seven to nine year olds, featuring Luke Watson and his adventures with the vampires, witches and zombies of Scream Street.

Coraline Coraline
Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell

There is something strange about Coraline’s new home – it’s the other house – behind the old door in the drawing room where another mother and father are waiting for Coraline to join them there. This thrillingly sinister modern classic has become a cult favourite among readers young and old.

Cirque Du Freak Cirque Du Freak
Darren Shan

Darren Shan is an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers as Hans Hands, Gertha Teeth, the Wolf Man and Rhamus Twobellies. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognises that one of the performers -- Mr Crepsley -- is in fact a vampire! Darren and Steve’s lives will never be the same again . This is the first book in The Saga of Darren Shan.

Mister Creecher Mister Creecher
Chris Priestley

Inspired by Frankenstein and set in 1818, this novel tells the story of Mister Creecher an Billy a street urchin. A powerful and compelling story that will entrance the reader and draw then into the dark events.

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