Classic Halloween Stories
Classic Halloween Stories Leaves are falling, evenings are getting darker, pumpkins are popping up on porches,
and costumes are on every parent’s shopping list. It is the most wonderful time of year
—fall. That means Halloween is just around the corner. With lots of tricks and a bevy
of requests for treats, it’s the perfect occasion to read some classic Halloween stories.
Whether you are looking for a little thrill or a big spook, here are 7 picks to peruse.
With these books legends can come to life—scares, laughs, screams and all. Each one
is a walk down memory lane and a perfect addition to the home library for
generations to come.
Dem Bones, by Bob Barner
Based off of an African American spiritual, this book is lively and informative. The
song, passed down by generations, comes to life on the
pages with the skeleton band. Kids will want to sing
along as you read the rhyming text. They’ll also be
excited to point along as they learn about anatomy and
the bones in their body (we are born with 450 bones!).
A scare-free Halloween book that is equally great as a
reading book for one child or an entire group. (Ages 5-
What WasI Scared Of?, by Dr. Seuss
Featuring glow in the dark ink, this is the perfect
Halloween slumber party pick. With Seuss’ fantastical
illustrations and wacky way with words, this is a great
book for kids a little bit afraid of the darker elements
of the season. The narrator is afraid of a pair of pants—
and the pants are afraid of the narrator!—and each
page helps deliver a message about understanding and
facing fear. Perfect for the scaredy-pants in your
family. (Ages 5-8)
comes along. This classic books makes for a great read
aloud for older kids or a wonderful introduction to the
works of Wilde. (Ages 9 and up)
woods. Full of suspense and just enough spookiness,
it’s no surprise this is a popular pick at Halloween.
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
This modern retelling of a classic tale is formatted
perfectly for young readers to get a taste of Dracula.
The timeless vampire moves from Transylvania to
London, determined to continue biting the necks of
innocent victims and spreading the curse of the
undead. With plenty of drama and a cast of characters
—including bug eaters and valiant heroes—your child
will enjoy learning about the story behind Dracula.
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Kids may know the name Frankenstein, but they may not know the whole story. This
modern retelling is the perfect opportunity to learn about scientist Victor
Frankenstein and his mission to discover the secret of life. As he puts together acreature from the body parts of the dead, he fashions a
monster that comes to life and haunts Victor until his
last days. Filled with scares, pain, and sadness, this is a
book that will frighten and delight. (Ages 7-9)
What classic Halloween stories are you excited to share
with your littles?