We’re counting down the days to Halloween with scary (and not-so-scary) stories for all ages! Our The Nosy Crow Spooktober Fest book guide of ghoulish, witchy, and ghostly reads will be sure to get you in the Halloween spirit in the lead-up to this spooky holiday.
All of our paperback picture books come with a free Stories Aloud audio reading.
Kevin the Vampire: A Most Mysterious Monster
"Full of hilarious, highly illustrated mayhem" Guardian "Loved it. Full of heart, laughs and adventure." Dermot O'Leary "Fearfully funny, and a book to get your teeth into! You'll be Kevin's biggest fang!" Danny Wallace When Kevin and his family get stuck in a strange town, they accidentally wake up something…Buy now
A brilliantly-conceived and hugely imaginative 'sequel' to Mary Shelley's masterpiece, Following Frankenstein is a hugely exciting and beautifully-written historical adventure, perfect for 9-12 year olds. Sometimes I was jealous of the monster of Frankenstein. I grew up believing my father cared more for him than he did for me. And…Buy now
Princess Minna : The Wicked Wood
Princess Minna loves to sort out mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom! In this full-colour illustrated chapter book, join her on her hilarious quest to escape the Wicked Wood! Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen, Raymond the Wizard and her best dragon friend, Lorenzo. There…Buy now
There’s a Beast in the Basement!
Chaos and mayhem reign as Izzy and her friends take on another hilarious (mis)adventure. There's no such thing as an ordinary day at school when they're around... Izzy and her friends overhear their head teacher talking about "missing treasure" and "running out of time". They know this means there's TREASURE…Buy now
Sticky Pines: The Bigwoof Conspiracy
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. Together, Lucy and Milo become…Buy now
Magnificent Mabel and the Very Important Witch
The fifth book in the hilarious Magnificent Mabel series, highly illustrated throughout and with three short stories - perfect for newly-confident readers. Meet Mabel - she's MAGNIFICENT. 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…Buy now
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Spooky School
The first title in a two-colour fiction series, ideal for children growing in confidence as readers and beginning to read alone. Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam don't just make amazing cakes. These two brave bakers solve wacky mysteries too! Halloween at St Spectre's school brings out the cheekiest of ghosts!…Buy now
The Big Book of Mysteries
A captivating new gift title featuring over 100 real-life mysteries that might just give you goosebumps! Does the Loch Ness monster really exist? What ever happened to the crew of the Mary Celeste? And where exactly are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Get ready to be amazed as you uncover…Buy now
British Museum: Secrets of the Dead
Travel back in time to discover secrets of mummies and other human remains from around the world in this fascinating book, publishing 100 years after the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb. From ancient Egyptian mummies and European bog bodies to the plaster citizens of Pompeii, painted people of the Steppe…Buy now
This sturdy alphabet board book introduces simple seasonal words, to get toddlers excited about Halloween. As well as firstletter sounds to say out loud, there are bright pictures featuring lots of happy faces, and familiar spooky details to spot.Buy now
Where’s Mrs Witch?
The original, award-winning Felt Flap series - perfect for babies and toddlers! Each title in this stylish series has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where's Mrs Witch?, you're on the look out for Mr Skeleton, Mrs Spider, Mr Vampire and Mrs Witch herself!…Buy now
Easy-to-use peekaboo sliders, a funny rhyming text and surprise mirror ending combine in this stylish and interactive board book for babies and toddlers! With a total of 10 smooth mechanisms to push, pull or turn on every spread this beautiful book is packed full of Halloween fun! From Camilla Reid…Buy now
Bizzy Bear: Spooky House
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?Buy now
Wanda’s Words Got Stuck
A magic-filled rhyming picture book, perfect for any child who feels anxious about talking. 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…Buy now
Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble: Three Magical Books in One!
A triple helping of magic and mayhem with three hilarious Halloween picture books: Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble, Spells-a-Popping Granny's Shopping and Whizz Pop Granny Stop! Granny is kind of different . . . she wears strange hats and has a huge menagerie of cats, bats and frogs . . .…Buy now
We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt!
Fun and spooky reimagining of the American folk song, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. 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…Buy now
Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster
The much-acclaimed toddler book series from The Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler. Simple but engaging stories which reflect the ups - and downs - of toddler life. Major new animation series launching on Milkshake in 2021 Pip and Posy are best friends - they love to play, and make things, and…Buy now