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Spooky (But Not Too Scary) Picture Books

At Halloween or any time of year, feast on these not-so-frightening tales.


The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler
Little Nell proves that any pumpkin can become a perfect jack-o'-lantern.

Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci
In this fractured fairy tale, a very bony Cinderella attends the Halloween Ball. Learn more.

The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
The brunt of many hot dog look-a-like jokes, Oscar the dachshund wants a fierce new look for Halloween, but his mother dresses him as a real wiener — complete with bun and mustard. Learn more.

One Halloween Night by Mark Teague
Kids and adults will enjoy this popular author and illustrator's take on All Hallow's Eve. Learn more.

Spooky Hour by Tony Mitton
Prepare for the witching hour with a cute (and just a little bit scary) cast of characters.

Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell
Count down from ten to one with ten ghosts, a witch, and a haunted house in this spooky rhyme. Learn more.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro
What won't this spunky senior swallow? This time, a bat, cat, even a ghost and a goblin are on the menu.

Trick-or-Treat, Smell My Feet by Lisa Desimini
Twin witches Delia and Ophelia are delighted when their spell to keep neighborhood children from collecting candy on Halloween is successful. Find out what happens when a mysterious ingredient causes the spell to backfire! Learn more.

Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween? by Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki
Werewolves, zombies, ghosts, and witches are all stopping by the house.  But are they really real?

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