Trick or treat: Storybooks to get your kids ready for Halloween

Preschooler reading scary Halloween book with flashlight

Halloween is a time of dressing up, costumes and make-believe, and lots of sweets! We’ve selected these delightful books to get your kids in the mood to trick or treat.

The Addams Family

by Calliope Glass

The Adams Family Halloween storybook
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The Addams Family animated movie hit cinemas around the world from October 2019 and features an all-star cast including Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney and Elsie Fisher. Together Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Grandmama are the Addamses – a wonderfully ghoulish family who delight in the gothic and macabre and are completely unaware of how bizarre they appear to their neighbours. In this brilliant story of the movie, the Addams clan are gathering their nearest and weirdest for a major family get-together while also facing off against a crafty reality-TV host.

Lottie Luna and the Bloom Garden

by Vivian French

Lottie Luna and the Bloom Garden children's book
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Meet werewolf extraordinaire … Lottie Luna. Lottie Luna might look your average werewolf but she’s really rather extraordinary. Being born on the night of a solar eclipse has given her exceptional powers of super-strength, super-speed and super-vision. But Lottie just wants to live a normal life and go to school with her friends. She doesn’t like to use her special skills unless it helps get them out of trouble. After all, strength doesn’t always come from the outside – it comes from within, too …  But when her school’s bloom garden is being destroyed, she needs to spring into action … fast!

Above titles published by Jonathan Ball Publishers.

My Magical Witch

My Magical Series by Campbell Books (illus. Yujim Shin)
Ages: 1 to 5 years

My Magical Witch Halloween storybook cover
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A first novelty board book for young children about a magical witch. Enter a magical world and take a broomstick ride with a colourful witch! With push, pull and turn mechanisms and a sparkly foil cover wheel, My Magical Witch has plenty to keep little ones engaged and entertained. Yujin Shin’s beautifully coloured illustrations are paired with gentle rhyming text and lots of things to spot in four bright and busy magical scenes. Enjoy more magical adventures with My Magical Sea Unicorn, My Magical Dragon and My Magical Mermaid.

Room on the Broom Sound Book

by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Join the witch and all her animal friends with this magical, interactive sound book of the bestselling family classic. The perfect gift for fans of Room on the Broom! Press the page to make Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic tale come alive with 12 magical sounds. Listen to the witch cackle and the cat purr. Hear the tap of the witch’s wand and the whoosh of her broomstick in this interactive story sound book. The ideal gift for all fans of Room on the Broom, it is also the perfect introduction to this family favourite and a great way to celebrate Room on the Broom Day this Halloween.

Room on the Broom sound book cover
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The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, hair bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It’s a case of the more the merrier, but the broomstick isn’t used to such a heavy load and it’s not long before . . . SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch’s animal pals need to think fast. A brilliantly funny story of quick wits and friendship, Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. (You can also enjoy the Room on the Broom Party Book)

The above two titles are published by Pan Macmillan.