7 fang-tastic Halloween books for kids aged 5 to 8

Girl in witch costume holding a Halloween pumpkin basket


Sharing spooky books is a great way to add to kids’ excitement about upcoming Halloween celebrations. Reading aloud together is a great way for the whole family to get involved in the fun, though independent readers will no doubt love getting lost in a story and telling you all about it afterwards.

Whether you're spending Halloween at home or out and about with friends this year, why not make reading together part of a new tradition? You could even read aloud with family and friends via Zoom if you're celebrating at home!

Whether you’re after something charming, funny or chilling, we’ve picked 7 of our favourite chapter books that we think kids aged 5 to 8 will enjoy:

When Frankie Made a Human

A classic villain is turned into the good guy in this charming twist on a gothic tale. Frankie is fed up of his nasty monster classmates and bored of being lonely in freaky Frankenstein Castle. What he needs is a friend. But since monsters are mean and werewolves are scary, Frankie decides to make his own friend – a human!

Ivy Newt and the Time Thief

This spooky, magical adventure, set in the magical world of Miracula,  is packed with wizadry, peril and fun. It's a fast-paced adventure story with illustrations throughout, making it perfect for newly independent readers and in particular fans of Amelia Fang.”

Autumn Moonbeam: Dance Magic!

Another highly illustrated chapter book packed with magic and friendship. Autumn Moonbeam loves gymnastics and dance so when Sparkledale Dance Academy have tryouts for their competitive dance team, Black Cats, she thinks it’s the most broom-tastic opportunity ever! Just one problem, Autumn is nervous and worries she won’t make it onto the team. 

Monster Bogey

A monstrously funny, weird and wacky illustrated adventure the kids will adore. Frank has a secret: he picks his nose. But when his tower of greenies comes alive, turning into a terrifying bogey monster that escapes into the night, he has to catch the creature before the villagers of Honkerty find out…


Zombierella by Joseph CoehloFrankenstiltskin by Joseph Coelho

Fairy Tales Gone Bad: Zombierella & Frankenstiltskin

These are fantastic retellings of classic stories by award-winning poet, performer and Children's Laureate Joseph Coehlo. It’s the first in a new series – Fairy Tales Gone Bad – and is witty, gory, gutsy and brilliant. The story is told in verse which makes it great fun to read aloud and there are also fantastic illustrations from Freya Hartas throughout to enjoy. 

Vlad the World's Worst Vampire by Anna Wilson

Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire

We sent this book by Anna Wilson to our subscribers a couple of years ago and it’s safe to say it was a hit! Little Vlad just wants to go to school like other kids, but his parents are focused on training him in their vampire ways. With important messages about being yourself and making friends, it’s a heart-warming story for the whole family to enjoy. Vlad is the most loveable vampire you’ll ever meet and the kids will be begging you to explore the rest of the series!

 Night of the Living Ted by Barry Hutchison

Night of the Living Ted

This hilariously entertaining tale from Barry Hutchison sees an army of zombie teddies threaten to take over the world. Can Lisa-Marie and her step-brother Vernon stop squabbling long enough to save the world? With great characters and a gripping plot, this laugh-out-loud adventure is a slightly more challenging read for those going it alone and perfect for reading aloud.


A selection of book covers from Halloween Collection

More Halloween fun

Why not also check out our simple and easy Halloween craft ideas, plus our guide to having Halloween fun at home?

For some brilliant Halloween book recommendations head to our Halloween Bookshop Collection

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