Halloween book selection

Not so scary picture books for younger readers!

Young children will adore these funny stories compiled by Jan Homden with an emphasis on engaging, repetitive text and colourful, appealing illustrations.

Click on the book covers to follow the link to Amazon, and links to videos follow each one!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda

Williams (Author), Megan Lloyd  (Illustrator)

 “A splendiferous Halloween story.” — The Horn Book 

“A great purchase for Halloween or any time of year.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

This Halloween story is perfect for reading aloud  – the children will enjoy reading along and making up suitable actions. Age Range: 4 – 8 years


“two shoes go clomp, clomp

one pair of pants go wiggle, wiggle”


The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything  – Lionheart’s Elizabeth Dulin narrates this classic children’s story written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd.

If you would like to listen to the story click on the pumpkin.





Room on the Broom – Paperback – by Julia Donaldson  (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

‘A very funny story of quick wits and friendship’

Another adventure delivered in Julia Donaldson’s alluring verse and Axel Scheffler’s eye-catching illustrations.

The witch and a cat and a very tall hat,

And long ginger hair which she wore in a plait.

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

The book also includes activity ideas by Julia Donaldson with hints on how to perform Room on the Broom with your class. There are suggestions for props and costumes and staging the play as well as a Room on the Broom song. Perfect for a Halloween performance.


Room On The Broom – Oscar nominated 2014

If you would like to listen to the story click on the witch





If you live in UK: Tall Stories Theatre adaptation of Room on a Broom is on tour from 23rd November

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up (and their grown-ups)

‘55 minutes of high-energy treat’ (Sunday Times)

Click on the image opposite for more details .



Five Little Pumpkins – Paperback –  Sep 2017 by Ben Mantle (Illustrator)

‘Roll into Halloween with this wickedly funny rhyming book!’

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “My, it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air!”
The third one said, “Good folk, beware!”

Age Range: 2 – 4 years




Five Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Gate | Halloween Songs for Kids | Pumpkin Song

The Kiboomers – Kids Music Channel

Little ones will enjoy singing along . Click on the pumpkins to listen to the song.


Five Little Pumpkins Felt Board Rhyme – DLTK’s Educational Activities

print out our Five Little Pumpkins Mini Book OR our Five Little Pumpkins single sheet poem




And a couple of old favourites to conclude the selection

Meg and Mog – Paperback – by Helen Nicoll  (Author), Jan Pienkowski (Author)

A 40th anniversary edition of the children’s classic picture book, Meg and Mog.

‘Meg the witch and Mog her cat go off to a wild Hallowe’en party with all the other witches. The spell they cast goes off with a BANG! Meg and Mog is the perfect story for sharing or reading alone, and children love exploring the colours, sounds and shapes.’

Age Range: 2 – 5 years



Meg and Mog


Published on 21 Oct 2009

To listen to this all time classic click on the witches.



Funnybones – Paperback – by Allan Ahlberg (Author, Illustrator), Janet Ahlberg  (Author, Illustrator)

‘This is the first book in the “Funnybones” series and introduces the skeletons – a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton.’

‘these funny skeletons are definitely not the scary sort!’

Age range: 3 – 5 years


Funnybones – Fright Night

To listen to this all time classic click on the skeletons

‘We’re going out to frighten somebody!’ but where is everyone?


The Skeleton Dance – from Super Simple Songs – Kids Songs





Wishing you a Happy Halloween!


Jan Homden, Consilium Education

An early years teaching specialist and designer, Jan has taught in international schools around the world and is now responsible for design and research at Consilium Education.




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