Happy Halloween! It’s the best time of the year! Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, no one can resist dressing up and eating candy. Find a storytime at your local branch, dress up and come listen to some great Halloween tales. For a list of our Halloween programs, click here.
Looking for fun reads before trick-or-treating? See below for this year's list of silly, not-so-spooky Halloween books for younger readers.
Two girls from different parts of the city venture out on Halloween night. One is dressed-up as a witch and one is a real witch! They meet each other after the witch has a terrible fall from her broom and find out they are more alike than they thought. A cute take on the comic format with the characters speaking through bubbles. The witch’s fun and expressive cat can be found on each page. Fall and Halloween details throughout.
It’s Halloween for Toupie and Binou! These two characters are so lovable and expressive. They dress up and practice trick-or-treating for each other. This simple story for toddlers will get everyone excited for that night!
A sweet bear in a purple hoodie wanders around a haunted house meeting silly kooky monsters in this not-too-scary picture book full of hidden objects for little ones to find. Kids will love to sing along to this Halloween version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.
Looking for a great read-a-loud guessing book? The What am I series uses large pictures and simple riddles is ideal for preschool-grade 2. Iconic symbols of the holidays, and in this case even some more unusual ones such as spiders and skeletons, are partially hidden behind flaps. Kids get so excited to see their guess revealed!
Kids and adults alike will recognize Ottawa buildings and neighbourhoods in the local Halloween tale. The town turns into a haven for monsters on all hallows’ eve. A perfect book to read before heading out to trick-or-treat!
Books about colours are always a hit and this one is Halloween-themed! Orange and black are just the beginning in this vibrant, colourful, wordy, rhyming book that wraps up on the last page with a rainbow-themed magical spell where each colour from the book is represented. The characters –vampires, cats, bats and ghosts – are silly rather than spooky.
The Little Blue Truck is back and lift-the-flap! Vintage, blue with giant eyes, this well-known truck travels throughout town picking up his costumed animal friends. Little ones can guess who is dressed up as what by lifting up the flaps. Through pumpkins, apple-bobbing, sweets and treats, this rhyming book is fun for all!