Top Ten Halloween Books, Crafts, Recipes and More for Preschool and Kindergarten Students

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When I was a kid, Halloween was a one day affair. Now, my children enjoy a month of Halloween crafts and activities, field trips and loads of Halloween books for fun.

Ready for a great list of Halloween books and crafts for your preschoolers?

Halloween Books and Crafts for Preschoolers

Here’s a roundup of the great Halloween crafts, books, printables and recipes we’ll be trying at our house!


ghosts in the house

1. Ghosts in the House!

Parents will love this artfully unique book (with bright orange pages!), and children will love the story of a little witch moving into a haunted house.

Get your craft day started with these leaf ghosts, and wrap up the evening with delicious witch hats!

leaf ghosts craftwitch hats food craft

2. Bats at the Ballgame


bats at the ball game


Are your children fans of bats? You’ll both enjoy this tale of night-time baseball. If you enjoy these, there’s also Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library, too.

If you’re having a Halloween party, you could use these adorable bat name tags for drinks.

bat name tags Pull out your paint and construction paper for this cute bat craft. I’m a sucker for anything made with children’s handprints!


bat handprint craft


3. Go Away, Big Green Monster!

go away big green monster

What’s Halloween without monsters? This book has long been a favorite in our house. Every time we go to a local story time at the library this time of year, this book is ALWAYS read. My kids dissolve into a puddle of giggles, since they know the story so well.


plastic lid monsters

We have a felt set that goes along with this book, and I found instructions so that you can create your own. Do you have plastic lids lying around? I think these upcycled monsters are adorable!

4. Where’s My Mummy?

where's my mummy

This sweet story is bound to keep the small fry in your house entertained. It’s just scary enough, and the repeating refrains will help your child to follow along.

mummy craft

This mummy craft looks like a lot of fun for my crew – I’m sure we’ll be eating as many marshmallows as we glue!

runaway mummy

5. The Runaway Mummy
Ready for more mummy humor? This parody on Margaret Wise Brown’s classic will have you in stiches!

paper bag puppets

These paper bag puppets would be so much fun! You could also print out this Halloween pack for your toddler, preschooler, or kindergartener.

6. Room on the Broom

room on the broom

Follow this witch’s story as she makes room for her friends to join her.

Your children can make an adorable witch’s hat, or conjure up some yummy witches brew for a party.

7. Pumpkin Jack

pumpkin jack

You can study the life cycle of a pumpkin with this fall favorite.

life cycle pumpkin craft

This hands-on pumpkin activity is perfect for reinforcing the lessons learned in the book.

8. Skeleton Hiccups

Skeleton hiccups

This book gave my children a supreme fit of giggles! They loved the antics that the Skeleton tries to get rid of his hiccups.

skeleton craft
We’ll be trying out this skeleton craft at home as well. You can attach these to magnet paper, or create felt pieces for felt board play. I also like this Q tip skeleton, too.


9. Aaaarrghhh, Spider! argh spider

This poor spider just wants to be a family pet — but she keeps getting thrown outside! My children love to catch spiders (eek!), so this book is right up their alley. They bring it home from the library year round.


Rachel insists that we do this spider craft, because she has a BOW! I’m looking forward to singing some of these spider songs and making the boys laugh.

Old Lady who swallowed a bat

10. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!

My children are excited every holiday season to discover which old lady we’ll be reading – this Halloween edition keeps them giggling all day. You can even make your own old lady, and feet her bats, cats, owls and more!

Do you have a favorite book that I missed? Be sure to leave your ideas in the comments!

Looking for more Halloween resources? Check out my Halloween Pinterest board, as well as more Halloween books for babies and toddlers.

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  1. says

    We still love the classic Headless Horseman tale! And depending upon the age of your kid(s), you can choose versions that lean more toward the scary or go with the ones that are a little more light-hearted.

  2. says

    Fantastic resource, I just shared this on my Facebook page. And thanks so much for the link to playing with words 365! My all time favorite is the Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything :)

  3. says

    i have a favorite halloween kids book, it’s called popcorn. these little bears have a halloween party, and pop popcorn, and it fills the entire house? i tried to order it/but it, but it is out of print. boo hoo!

    • Melanie says

      Thanks for posting about the Popcorn book it looks like a great book.
      I just won a used one on eBay for $6.49 including shipping.

      Dianna thanks for the other suggestions. I am picking out a few of them to buy.

      Our favorite is There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,

  4. says

    “Best Halloween Ever” is a hillarious book for kids who can read chapter books.
    It’s from the same author who wrote “Best Christmas Pagent ever” & “Best school year ever” & features the mischievious, infamous Herdmans. Also a fun read for kids & parents to enjoy together.