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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:


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!


Tom and Tallulah and the Witches' Feast by Vivian French

Tom & Tallulah and the Witches’ Feast

Award-winning author Vivian French tells the story of one girl’s attempt to join her local witches’ circle and the magical mayhem that ensues. Set the near-impossible task of creating a banquet for the other witches featuring all their favourite dishes, she must brush up on her cooking skills and get to the bottom of why the wicked witch has it in for her. It’s a charming story that kept our subscribers hooked.


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.


Skeleton Keys: The Unimaginary Friend by Guy Bass

Skeleton Keys: The Unimaginary Friend

This cute, funny, creepy mystery adventure from Guy Bass see Ben Bunsen conjure up an imaginary friend so well that it becomes unimaginary. Mr Skeleton Keys wants to banish his creation to another realm but as Ben and his friend, Gorblimey, make their escape they discover something altogether more sinister is going on. This is the first book in the series and includes fantastic illustrations dotted throughout the text. Once again, a great independent read for newly confident readers or a gripping yarn to read aloud together.


A World Full of Spooky Stories by Angela McAllister

A World Full of Spooky Stories

This hardback anthology is a book you’ll treasure for years. Angela McAllister has retold 50 spooky stories from around the world. Not only will you enjoy a chilling story but grow a deeper understanding of folklore from around the world. Beautiful, creepy illustrations add something special to each page, making the book a joy to explore.

If you’re also looking for ideas for older readers, check out more recommendations here.

For more ideas on having Halloween fun at home check out this guide.

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