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The best Halloween books for kids of all ages!

It's almost Halloween! We've picked some of the best Halloween books for kids of all ages – from board books and picture books to activity books and fiction, there's a spooky read for every child.

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Following Frankenstein

Written by Catherine Bruton
9-12

Maggie Walton’s father has dedicated his life to a single pursuit: hunting down the monster created by Victor Frankenstein. It has cost Maggie and her family everything – and now her father is staking everything on one last voyage to the Arctic, with Maggie secretly in tow, where he hopes to find the monster at last.

But there they make a shocking discovery: Frankenstein’s monster has a son…

A breath-taking, epic adventure, spanning the icy wastes of the Arctic Tundra to the vaudeville circus of New York, from the award-winning author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria and Another Twist in the Tale.

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We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt!

Written by Goldie Hawk Illustrated by Angie Rozelaar
0-2

Three children are hunting for the perfect pumpkin to take trick or treating. But first, they’ve got to get through the sticky spiders’ webs, the flapping bats, and then – worst of all – enter a spooky HAUNTED HOUSE! Will they find a great big pumpkin there . . . or the biggest surprise of the night?

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Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
0-2

Pip and Posy are best friends - they love to play, and make things, and have fun. But just occasionally they get cross or sad, and sometimes things go wrong that are beyond their control. And that's when kindness and understanding - and a cuddle - make everything better.

In The Scary Monster, Posy is happily baking cakes when a hairy monster appears at her door! Poor Posy, she feels quite alarmed - until she notices that it's not a real monster after all, but Pip dressed in a very silly costume. A funny, not-very-scary story for the very young, with gentle lessons about being brave and taking turns.

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Wanda’s Words Got Stuck

Written by Lucy Rowland Illustrated by Paula Bowles
2-5

Wanda the witch is so shy she can’t talk! No matter how hard she tries, the words won’t come out. But when another nervous little witch called Flo joins her class, it seems that Wanda’s not the only one who worries about speaking. Then disaster strikes at the magic contest . . . will Wanda have the courage to shout out the magic words and save her new friend Flo from a dangerous dragon?

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Bizzy Bear: Spooky House

Illustrated by Benji Davies
0-2

The ever-intrepid Bizzy Bear has come for a visit to a super-spooky Halloween house. As he climbs the rickety stairs and walks the cobwebby corridors, all sorts of creepy characters appear from doors and hidey holes. But where could he be going and what will he find there?

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Where’s Mrs Witch?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2

Each title in this stylish series for toddlers has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where’s Mrs Witch?, you’re on the lookout for Mr Skeleton, Mrs Spider, Mr Vampire and Mrs Witch herself!

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Press Out and Decorate: Halloween

Illustrated by Kate McLelland
2-5

Make your own 3D decorations with this brilliant board book of press-out skeletons, bats, ghosts and more. Featuring 20 unique designs, the press-out pieces can be slotted together to create eye-catching 3D hanging ornaments or threaded together to make a decorative garland.

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Make and Play: Halloween

Illustrated by Joey Chou
2-5

This innovative activity board book is full of spooktacular press-out pieces, including witches, ghosts and a whole host of Halloween characters. The book also includes 10 pages of frightfully fun activities, including songs, recipes, and plenty of things to make and do to keep little ones busy for hours during the spooky season!

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Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch

Written by Ruth Quayle Illustrated by Julia Christians
5-7

Sometimes life isn’t fair for Mabel Chase. Like for instance she isn’t allowed to go Trick or Treating on HALLOWEEN because she has to visit a relative instead. And even though there’s a monster living under her bed, her parents STILL won’t let her have a brand-new high-up bunk bed which wouldn’t have ANY hiding spots for monsters. And NO-ONE at school believes her when she spots aliens in the playground. But none of that matters in the end … because Mabel is still MAGNIFICENT!

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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Becka Moor
5-7

Life at Wigglesbottom Primary is often lived on the edge. A class talent show becomes a thing of great mystery and intrigue, when it turns out that Jacob Barry’s stinky shoe can PREDICT THE FUTURE! Or filled with peril when the boys’ toilets become HAUNTED! And then there’s the CURSE that lives in the story-time carpet and gives everyone ANTS IN THEIR PANTS…

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Hubble Bubble: The Super Spooky Fright Night

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Joe Berger
5-7

Pandora's granny–a witch!–causes magical mayhem wherever she goes, from a birthday party where the teddy bears come to life to a bus with a flat tire that turns into a circus train and a truly spellbinding Halloween party. In this first book in a new series, readers will find out that life with Granny is always full of surprises!

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Sticky Pines: The Bigwoof Conspiracy

Written by Dashe Roberts
9-12

When twelve-year-old, UFO-obsessed, Lucy Sladan sneaks out in the middle of a thunderstorm to investigate the unexplained disappearances in her hometown of Sticky Pines, she finds more than she bargained for: a huge hairy creature, a thirteen-year-old stranger named Milo Fisher and a deep-rooted secret...

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