6 of the best new Halloween books for kids in 2023

Three lit Halloween pumpkin heads

As the leaves turn fiery shades of red and orange and the crisp autumn air begins to carry whispers of spookiness, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner!

The spooky season is the perfect time to ignite your child's imagination with some bewitching chapter books, whether you’re looking for fun or frights!

We’re excited to have curated a collection of 20+ fantastic Halloween-themed chapter books but read on here for our top 6 reads for different age groups.


Fun Halloween books for younger readers aged 5+

Ivy Newt and the Time Thief by Derek Kielty

Every Halloween at sunrise, a spooky haunted house appears near Newt Castle, only to disappear again at the stroke of midnight. Ivy and Tom set out to solve the mystery, stumbling upon an imprisoned witch, a powerful sorcerer and a curse they must break before time runs out! 

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When Frankie Made a Human by Rachel Delahaye

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!

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Spooky Halloween books for kids aged 8+

Read, Scream, Repeat curated by Jennifer Killick

This collection of thirteen spooky stories by prize-winning authors is perfect Halloween reading! Enjoy thrilling short stories from Joseph Coelho, Polly Ho-Yen, Sharna Jackson, Elle McNicoll and more.

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The Train of Dark Wonders by Alex Bell

Bess has always loved her grandfather’s collection of curiosities. So she’s delighted when she’s handed the keys to his Odditorium. But unless she finds a way to draw in the crowds, she’ll have to close its doors for good. When a mysterious train pulls into town, bound for The Land of Halloween Sweets, Bess sneaks onboard. But the land is ruled by the fearsome Candymaker. And beneath the sugary surface, things are more dangerous than they first appear…

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Spine-tingling Halloween reads for tweens and early teens

Bite Rise by S. J. Wills book and activity pack

Bite Risk by S.J. Wills

Sel Archer lives in a normal town with normal residents, except for one night a month. When the full moon comes out, almost all of the adults turn into werewolves, and it's up to the young people to protect themselves from danger. When everyone's a vicious beast, it's hard to spot the monsters...

This title was sent to our Macaw subscribers accompanied by a fantastic activity pack. 

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The Haunting of Tyrese Walker book and activity pack

The Haunting of Tyrese Walker by J.P. Rose

After a shocking event leaves Tyrese struggling with grief, he’s taken to visit family in Jamaica. From the first night, strange things start happening: impossible visions, blackouts, swarms of insects… Tyrese can’t explain what’s going on and he’s scared that he’s losing his grip on reality. Then Tyrese is warned he’s being hunted by the mysterious Shadow Man. Tyrese and his friends set out on a gripping journey across the island to try and uncover the Shadow Man’s sinister history.

This title was sent to our Macaw subscribers accompanied by a fantastic activity pack. 

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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

You may also like to check out: 

7 spooky Halloween books for 8-year-olds and up 

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


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