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Spooky Stories to Read to Your Kids of All Ages

Oct 26, 2017

Halloween is all about the tricks, the treats and the scary stories, of course! You want Halloween to be fun for little ones, and maybe a bit spooky for the older kids too, so we’ve compiled an age-appropriate list of spooky stories for everyone. So get those flashlights primed and your evil laugh all warmed up!

1. B is for Boo (by Greg Paprocki)

Board book, ages 0–3

Book cover: B is for Boo by Greg Paprocki

This sweet and colourful board book not only familiarizes Halloween first-timers with some of the popular symbols surrounding the occasion, but it also teaches little learners the alphabet in the process.

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2. Little Friends: Trick or Treat: A lift-the-flap book (by Roger Priddy)

Ages 0–3

Book cover: Little Friends - Trick or Treat: A lift-the-flap, by Roger Priddy

Boo! There’s a surprise around every corner of this fun and interactive board book. Little hands will love opening all the flaps and discovering who or what is hiding underneath. This title is from the popular Little Friends series, which has sold over 100,000 copies.

3. Baby Touch and Feel: Halloween (Published by DK)

Ages 0-3

Baby Touch and Feel: Halloween (Published by DK)

Little fingers will be able to explore the different textures throughout this board book, not to mention examine the colourful real-life photographs of some Halloween faves: pumpkins, cats, candy and more. Touch and feel books encourage sensory development, language skills and early reading skills while teaching colours, shapes, patterns and opposites.

4. Boo Who (by Ben Clanton)

Ages 3–7

Book cover: Boo Who by Ben Clanton

Boo the ghost is having some trouble finding his place amongst his friends, until they try out a game of hide-and-seek. Filled with funny Halloween characters, this book teaches a lesson about acceptance too.

5.) Herbert’s First Halloween (by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Steven Henry)

Ages 3–7

Book page from Herbert's First Halloween, by Cynthia Rylant

Herbert is super excited about his first Halloween, and with some help from his dad, he’s able to come up with the perfect costume. And just wait till he gets that candy — it’s everywhere! This is a super cute before-bed read.

6.) I Love You More Than Swamp Gas (by Kevan Atteberry)

Ages 4–8

Book cover: I Love You More than Swamp Gas, by Kevan Atteberry

Does Papa love the swamp more than he loves his little monster? You’ll have to see in this monster-centric tale, which is sweet, funny and a tiny bit gross too!

7.) In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (by Alvin Schwartz, illustrated by Victor Rivas)

Ages 4–8

Book cover: In A Dark Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz

Ideal for new readers who like a little scare in their stories, this collection of folktales is sure to get the hairs on the back of your neck standing at attention. Can you handle The Teeth, In the Graveyard or The Ghost of John?

8.) Mary McScary (by R.L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown)

Ages 4–8

Book cover: Mary McScary by R.L. Stine

From classic scary storybook author R.L. Stine comes Mary McScary, the girl who loved to scare everybody. But what happens when she tries to scare the unscareable Harry McScary? You’ll just have to read this one to find out!

9.) Haunted Canada 7 (By Joel A. Sutherland)

Ages 9–12

Book cover: Haunted Canada 7, by Joel A. Sutherland

Not for the faint of heart, Haunted Canada is back for its seventh instalment… and this one is more bone-chilling than ever! Based on true Canadian happenings, if the stories don’t scare you, the mysterious black and white illustrations throughout the book will make your blood run cold.

10.) Don’t Read This Book Before Bed (By Anna Claybourne)

Ages 9–12

Book cover: Don't Read This Book Before Bed

If your tween loves zombies, real-life monsters, freaky phenomena and mysteries, strange disappearances and anything else that is unusual, scary or paranormal, then this book is for them. Go inside hidden graveyards and haunted houses while reading this title around a campfire at night. Read one story or several… If you dare!

Article Author Jennifer Cox
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Jennifer Cox is the mama behind the Whoa Mama! YouTube channel, where she shares her craft and DIY projects at home. She is also the mama of a three-year old. She is a self-proclaimed addict of kid’s books (she reviews them for in their Little Readers section), and she admits to spending way too much time after her son goes to bed scouring Pinterest. She's also written for Today's Parent, Parents Canada, SweetMama, Babygaga, Today's Bride and more.

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