All Treats, No Tricks With A Halloween Book List & Freebie
Halloween is the time of the year when we focus on ghosts, ghouls, and everything spooky. But for young kids, the holiday can be frightening and overwhelming. Today, I’m sharing a Halloween book like of some of my favorite choices guaranteed not to frighten young readers. Be sure to stick around to the end of the post, where I’m giving you a printable freebie to create your own Halloween treats this year and links to other great Halloween ideas!
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ALL TREATS, NO TRICKS HALLOWEEN BOOK LIST
Little Vampire’s Big Smile
Bertie and his friends are having the best Halloween party ever, until he loses a tooth! What will this little vampire do? Rosa Von Feder wrote Little Vampire’s Big Smile, while Lindsay Dale-Scott illustrated it. The bright colors, cheerful faces, and lively text are sure to keep your little ones smiling during October!
Where’s The Pumpkin?
This sweet board book was written by Frankie Jones, illustrated by Fhiona Galloway, and designed by Mark Golden. In simple text and graphic images, it shares the story of Spook, a black cat on the hunt for a perfect pumpkin. As Spook learns about pumpkins from his friends, young readers can review characteristics of a pumpkin as well (orange, round, etc.). That makes this choice perfect for curious, young scientists. After reading, it would be fun to explore real pumpkins!
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!
Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond have teamed up again with another adorable holiday tale featuring Cookie Mouse. This board book features Cookie Mouse decorating pumpkins for Halloween. It’s a perfect review of emotions, as the pumpkin faces are identified as surprised, sad, silly, etc. Kids can guess which emotion is associated with each pumpkin. They can point out the clues about each face that helped them guess. Following the story, consider having kids decorate a pumpkin with an emotion. Who can guess which feeling they chose?
Written by Nancy J. Skarmeas and illustrated by Pamela R. Levy, My Jack-O’-Lantern tells the story of young Gordie’s first time carving a pumpkin. Sweet watercolor images follow Gordie all the way from planting the seed to seeing his bright pumpkin on Halloween. It’s a great introduction to the life cycle of a pumpkin, as well as a non-threatening look at Halloween traditions.
What Is Halloween?
Michelle Medlock Adams wrote this adorable board book, while Amy Wummer illustrated it. It shifts the focus from the scary parts of Halloween onto fun, less frightening fall traditions. Kids will love the cheerful images and quick rhymes. Plus, the cast of characters in their sweet little Halloween costumes are just so cute to look at!
B Is For Boo
This Halloween alphabet book from BabyLit caught my eye immediately at the bookstore. I am full on obsessed with Greg Paprocki’s bold illustrations. The images are bright and cheerful, with a vintage feel that I can’t get enough of. B Is For Boo is a festive, fun way to talk about the alphabet with young readers, complete with some novel words for young readers like labyrinth & extraterrestrial.
I’m A Little Vampire
I’m A Little Vampire is a fun choice for an October read aloud. Sonali Fry wrote the book and Sanja Rescek contributed illustrations. The vampire in the book is cute and friendly. It’s rhymes explain that if he gets mad, he just needs some treats to be calm again. The verses of this little board book align perfectly with the classic ‘I’m A Little Teapot’. Kids will love singing along as they memorize the song. You might even consider making up hand and body motions to accompany it. After children have the whole book committed to memory, they can sit down to ‘read’ the book independently. That’s a huge confidence boost for young readers.
‘DOH’NT BE SCARED’ HALLOWEEN PRINTABLE
To accompany this not-so-scary Halloween book list, I created a fun little printable to create your own Halloween treats. (Scroll down to get yours) The printable circles fit well on a small container of Play-Doh. Use scissors to cut the circles out. Then attach them to the top of the Play-Doh with some double stick tape of scrapbook adhesive. If you like to keep your kids’ sugar intake under control, this is a great non-candy treat option. It’s perfect to pass out as favors at a Halloween party, or to a class at school.
Does your family have any favorite non-candy Halloween treats? Tell me about them in the comments below!
Be sure to visit the other great posts on this blog hop!
LarabeeUK has Hexbug Cardboard Roll Bats.
Live Love Mess has some fantastic Halloween Sensory Bins.
Clare’s Little Tots has made amazing Spooky Spider Gloop.
Lit Mama Homeschool has a brilliant book in Story Time: Trick Or Treat Smell My Feet.
Fab Working Mom Life has a wonderful Easy Toddler Spider Halloween Craft.