Halloween Book Countdown

One of my great loves in life is reading-- books of all kinds. I also love Halloween-not the scary, ghoulish, gory kind, but the fun costumes, trick or treating, sugar cookies, and pumpkins on the porch kind.  To celebrate both of these, I created a Halloween Book Countdown---a really fun way to count down the 31 days to Halloween--starting with October 1st.  We are now on our fifth year of this tradition, and we LOVE it!

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I know it's only September, but I wanted to share this so there would be plenty of time to get it put together by October 1st!

I collected a list of some favorite Halloween books, along with some others I wanted to try, then headed to the library. I'm working on collecting our own, but until then, the library is the perfect resource, and had all the titles I was looking for, plus others! You'll want to head to your library right around the first of the month, to make sure you have a good selection. Checkout dates vary from library to library (we've had 2, 3, and 4 weeks), but most of them offer renewals, so you could have the books for the entire month. If they don't offer renewals on holiday books, you can always go a couple of times that month to stock up. It's totally worth it!!

To keep the books in, I found a black tub at Target in the holiday section, added some ribbon and vinyl, and our book countdown was ready! Honestly, it doesn't have to be anything fancy to be fun--using a basket you already have is perfect too!

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Whether you label the books and go in order like an advent calendar, pull numbers out of a hat, or just let kids choose randomly, this is a super fun way to enjoy the holiday together. We read one book every night before bed, and my kids look forward to their turn, and the book of the night! Holidays are just more fun with books!

Here is a list of 31 Halloween books! (Most of these books are targeted for ages 3-8)


1. Too Many Pumpkins
2. Pumpkin Soup
3. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
4. Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
5. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
6. Pumpkin Pumpkin
7. In the Haunted House
8. Room on the Broom
9. The Night Before Halloween
10. Ten Timid Ghosts
11. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat 
12. Big Pumpkin
13. The Vanishing Pumpkin
14.Humbug Witch
15. Bugs That Go Bump in the Night
16. Five Little Pumpkins 
17. Scary, Scary Halloween
18. Peek-a-Boooo!
19. Mrs. McMurphy's Pumpkin
20. It's Halloween
21. The 13 Nights of Halloween, Rebecca Dickinson
22. Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies
23. Happy Halloween, Ladybug Girl!
24. The Bumpy Little Pumpkin
25. Halloween Night, Arden Druce
26. Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve (Magic Tree House, No. 30)
27. All Hallows Eve: The Story of the Halloween Fairy
28. Pumpkin Hill
29. Skeleton Hiccups
30.The Ugly Pumpkin
31. Trick or Treat Countdown, Patricia Hubbard

Have a favorite story that's not listed here? Please share!

I'm looking forward to cozy nights, snuggled up with my kids, a good book, and
just maybe a cup of hot chocolate.
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Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and most of her posts revolve around making her home a beautiful, organized, and fun place to be. When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
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  1. Love love love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for these fun Halloween and fall titles. I LOVE books.

  3. You should find the book "The Hallo-Wiener" by Dav Pilkey (It's a kids book about a dachshund.) It's the cutest trick or treating story, complete with mischievous scaredy cats! My daughter and I love it!

  4. I love this idea! I'm going to share this on my blog if you don't mind, all credit to you of course. :)

    Thanks!

    http://craftinessiskey.blogspot.com

  5. I really love this idea. Thank you for sharing. You have such fun, creative ideas. I love looking at your blog and getting inspired.

  6. Our very favorite halloween book is "Where's my Mummy" by Carolyn Crimi. It's an absolutely adorable story about a little mummy playing hide and seek with his mummy just before bedtime! I'd let you borrow it…but it is well loved. *M* has them on sale now.

  7. I must tell you I think you are so cute! I love your blog and all your fun ideas. In my opinion, you have the BEST crafty blog in blogland! Thanks for always sharing your ideas. Also, CONGRATS on running your first half marathon! You will now officially be addicted! I have done some halfs but my first full is on Saturday!

  8. Our youngest girl loves "Black Cat Creeping" for some reason. Pages are torn and crinkled and taped back together, but it keeps on making an appearance each and every Halloween! Love your idea.

  9. Ooohh thanks for the list. One of my very favorite things about fall is TOO MANY PUMPKINS. That is one of my all time favorite children's books.

  10. Where do you get all your vinyl letters for your crafts?

  11. I so love your blog and am your newest addict! I did a post featuring your poppy clips and told everyone where to find your great tutorial.
    :) Erin
    http://www.luckystarlane.com

  12. Well, she pulled and she tugged and she pulled, first she pulled hard and then she pulled harder but the pumpkin just sat! Drat, said the witch! Big Pumpkin is my favorite, I also love to read Humbug Witch and The Little Old Woman Who not afaird of anything! YOu picked all my pre-k favorites!

  13. ok, So I have been lurking around your site for some time now and I love all of your ideas, and apprantly so did someone else in my town, because almost all of these books were already checked out today when I looked online! I hope they return them soon! Thanks for the great idea.

  14. Calandra–I have a vinyl company that I have used for years, and their link is in my right side bar.

  15. Thanks! I've never scrolled over to the right side before. Now I have more to explore. I will go check them out. Again, Thank you.

  16. What a great idea!!

  17. What a great idea!! I buy my nieces and nephews a new holiday book every holiday for all holidays. They love it! I will pass this idea on to my sister in law she will love it.. they should almost have enough to fill a basket. I may have to make the container and send it with their new books this year:)
    julie

  18. LOVE the suggestions of books!!!

    I received this blog award today and I'm paying it forward to you! I hope you will pay it forward as well :)
    http://oneplusoneequalslove.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-first-blog-award.html

    Have a great day!!

  19. Great idea! We're going to do it for Christmas too!

    The Runaway Pumpking is another great Halloween book.

  20. My all time favorite Halloween book was one that my Great Grandmother used to read to me.

    A Woggle if Witches by Adrienne Adams

    I love love love this book!

  21. This is such a great idea. Especially with how cheap you can get some halloween books through scholastic!

  22. I love this!

  23. Anonymous says:

    We also LOVE Halloween books (and I totally agree with getting them cheap through scholastic). Our current favorite is from the library, though…."John Pig's Halloween". Happy Fall!

  24. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea?! Seriously I love it, do you mind if I copy you? I think that i would like to do one for Christmas too, leading up to the nativity story of course! Love it, thanks for sharing!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I just shared this on my facebook page, I hope that is okay :)

  26. Anonymous says:

    What a great "pre-halloween" gift this would make for the grands! Thanks!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    We love John Pigs Halloween-Jan L. Waldron

  28. Anonymous says:

    Frankie Stein (Lola M Schaefer) and (on your list) Skeleton Hiccups are my favorite to read in the library during Halloween ; D I also made a cute skeleton out of milk jugs to assist me in reading Skeleton Hiccups, I bring him to school with me during October and the students love him. Mr. Bottle Bones is from the family fun website: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/mr-bottle-bones-665134/

  29. Anonymous says:

    My all time favorite:
    12. Big Pumpkin, Erica Silverman
    Have you heard the cd/tape of the story?
    Charming.

  30. Anonymous says:

    My family has lots and lots of books and one of our FAVORITES is called Spookley the square pumpkin. It is about a pumpking that is different from all the others but learns that different was good! I LOVE books like these that have a good message for my kiddos! BTW LOVE, LOVE, LOVVVVVE your blog!!!!!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    OMGosh I totally forgot to put the author (tehe) ~Joe Troiano~

  32. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting. I have been following your blog for a while now, after seeing it off of someone elses blog, and I think it is just adorable. Thanks for sharing– I would love to do this myself one day!

  33. Anonymous says:

    This is such a great idea! I love Room on the Broom. I had a few to add, but after scrolling through the comments others suggested them too. Some that I didn't see, Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble, by Judy Schachner, and The Widow's Broom, by Chirs Van Allsburg.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Love this idea! Have you done it for christmas too? If so I would love an idea list for books–

  35. Anonymous says:

    I love this idea! What a fun tradition! I love kid books!:)

  36. Anonymous says:

    Such a fabulous idea – I do something similar at Christmas. Thanks for posting your book list, too! I featured your idea here. So fun!

  37. Anonymous says:

    you inspired you to make my own list! :) I linked back to this post :)

    check out my countdown to All Hallows Eve: http://lettersnumbersandbooksohmy.blogspot.com/2011/10/31-books-countdown-to-all-hallows-eve.html

  38. Anonymous says:

    Awesome list! Thank you!! We love Moonlight: The Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Here is a link to some of my favorite books for October.
    http://learningwithmrsparker.blogspot.com/2011/10/books-for-october.html

  40. Anonymous says:

    In a Dark, Dark Wood, An Old Tale with a New Twist by David Carter. It has a pop up ghost in the back of the book. So fun.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Your post came just in time! We live in India and I just started homeschooling. I was thinking to myself as I pulled out our ONE halloween book that I needed to find more, but I'd rather have them recomended that just surf the web. And up your feed popped on my google page! OH! our one book is The biggest pumpkin ever By Steven Kroll. It is so cute and special because we have a video of my mom reading it my kids the night before we moved here almost 1 year ago! so special. Thanks for adding more to the month! ~Heidi

  42. Anonymous says:

    Kierste,

    I just love your blog! We have the Halloween book you show, my daughter loved it when she was little and I still have it memorized because she used to have me read it to her so much!

    Thanks for being so inspiring!
    Have a great day!
    Kirsten

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