You all know I am very picky about early chapter books! So while essentially every early chapter book series has a Halloween book, I’m only listing the Halloween chapter books here that I have read and enjoyed.
This is a relatively short list of Halloween early chapter books, but that makes it very manageable! The books are generally for kids ages 5-10 (depending on reading level, of course!). For chapter books for kids ages 8-10, that also make excellent family read alouds, check out these fantastic Halloween novels. And for many hundreds more early chapter books for kids ages 5-10 see all of my lists in the archives here.
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Halloween Chapter Books for Fall Reading
Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. This series is perfect for kids on the upper level of easy reader books and are excited about moving on to books with real chapters. Nate the Great is a classic, reliable series. In this book he helps a friend find her lost cat.
Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo. Porcine wonder Mercy Watson is a seriously crazy pig and of course Halloween with her will be both disastrous and hilarious.
Dragon’s Halloween by Dav Pilkey. Words cannot express how much I love the hysterical misadventures of Dragon. This whole series is a hoot, especially if you like dry, tongue in cheek humor. It’s Halloween and Dragon is going in search of the biggest pumpkin so he can make a super scary jack o’lantern. But all that is left in the pumpkin patch are 6 tiny pumpkins! This is a very easy to read, very early Halloween chapter book that will have kids in stitches.
Jenny’s Moonlight Adventure by Esther Averill. Jenny and her urban feline friends gather together on Halloween to hear a performance from nose-flutist Madame Butterfly. But, oh no! The nose flute has gone missing.
The Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson. The chaos-creating band of kids from the classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, bring just as much mayhem to Halloween as they did to Christmas.
Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins by Emily Jenkins. I adore this series set in Brooklyn. This is the second book about fourth grader Hank Wolowitz whose invisible pet loves Halloween and decides to take charge of the holiday. Quirky, kooky and all kinds of fun.
Princess Posey and the Monster Stew by Stephanie Greene. There are a number of early chapter book series that have Halloween editions. This Princess Posey edition is the latest. I found it surprisingly charming and it thoughtfully addressed anxieties over the Halloween scare factor. Ages 4-7.
If your child has a favorite early chapter book series, whether it be My Weird School or Katie Kazoo or Ready Freddy, check the shelves because there is sure to be a Halloween themed book in the series!
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