Favorite Character Halloween Books for Kids

Yes, I’m a bit early, but I figure if Wal-Mart can have their Christmas lights available for purchase in September, I can talk about Halloween books.

It’s Clifford’s first Halloween, and Emily Elizabeth dresses him up as the cutest little ghost ever. Clifford wants to try everything: trick-or-treating, candy apples, and homemade haunted houses. Discover Halloween with everyone’s favorite red puppy!

Clifford has been a favorite around here since my son was little. The girls are mostly past this stage, but every once in a while, a Clifford book is slid out of the shelf.

Avoiding a lecture from Mama Junebug, the kitty boy slips into his closet…and finds himself in ancient Egypt. His doggy pals, Los Chimichangos, want to visit Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another grand and whirlwind adventure.

Skippyjon Jones is another Malandrinos household favorite. We had a Siamese cat for years. Plus, I like the level of imagination involved in this series.


Halloween is here, and Curious George is getting ready for the big night. There are so many costumes to try on, treats to share, and games to play! George has so much Halloween fun picking out the perfect pumpkin, decorating his house, and celebrating with his friends that he’s not sure he’s ready for the day to end. Follow the little monkey through his fun-filled day with this book of poems. Happy Halloween, Curious George is a sweet treat to help Curious George fans of all ages get in the Halloween spirit.

Is there a kid on the face of the planet who doesn’t like Curious George? When I began developing my Beatrice series–which I hope will get picked up soon–I designed her to be a female human Curious George. She’s morphed into something different now, but that curious, accidentally mischievous monkey still holds a place in  my heart.

No one knows Fancy like Nancy . . .

. . . and no one knows Halloween like Nancy!

Nancy has an exciting Halloween party to attend with her friend. Nancy gets fancy in a very special costume for the big event.

Each of the girls went through their Fancy Nancy stage. We bought some of the books for the Lil Diva and others for the Lil Princess. There seems to always be a Fancy Nancy book at the Scholastic Book Fair. They sell this book as part of a four-book series.

When I think of classic children’s books, The Berenstain Bears are right up there with some of the best. My girls never got into them much, but my son loved them. I have them saved in case he wants them for when he has kids. They have more than one spooky, Halloween type book, but Bears in the Night is one I used to read often.

Seven bears sneak out of bed, through the window, and across the dark countryside to investigate the source of a noise.  

Phineas and Ferb is one of my favorite cartoons. The brothers are determined to have an action-filled summer, while the goal of their older sister, Candace, is to get them in trouble with their Mom. They have a pet platypus named, Perry, who unknown to the family is a secret agent out to thwart the evil, Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Talk about a bowl full of imagination!

In Haunted Hayride, Phineas and Ferb have completely transformed their backyard into a giant corn maze for Halloween night. They’ve even built a wagon to take all of their friends on a haunted hayride! But little do they know that the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz has created a giant monster to destroy their town. And when the monster heads for Phineas and Ferb’s house, will Perry the Platypus–aka Agent P–be able to save the day? Or will this Halloween be a total fright night?

I have to admit I don’t understand the appeal of Junie B. Jones. She’s self-centered (not unexpected), loud, obnoxious and her English is atrocious. That said, my girls love her. I like that the series has grown with Junie B. She started out as a kindergartener and is now a first grader. She has new friends added to her old group, a new teacher, and different adversaries.

With Halloween approaching, Junie B. needs to find a costume that will scare off the real witches and ghosts that she believes will be out on the holiday.

The Lil Princess and I read this book together last year. It’s one of the funniest of the series.

I haven’t read any of the Magic Tree House books, but my girls have read them in school. I think the Lil Diva might even own a few. I like the time travel aspect of the books, in addition to the fact that this series is known to encourage reading. The Lil Diva is a reluctant reader, so if she talks about a book, I know it’s captured her attention.

Jack and Annie have traveled all over the world in their magic tree house. But they’ve never been anywhere like this. In the distance, a haunted castle looms dark against the light of the moon. No candles burn in its windows. No laughter rings through its halls.

What has happened to the castle and the people who lived there? Merlin the magician asks Jack and Annie to find out. But are they brave enough to brush the cobwebs aside and step through the creaking doors? And are they smart enough to solve the mystery of how the castle became haunted?

Find out in a story packed to the margins with magic, history, and adventure!

Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve, sounds like the perfect Halloween read to me.

Now that we’ve talked about our family’s favorite character Halloween reads, can you share some of your own?