Halloween Book Countdown: 31 Days of Halloween Fun!

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 thirty-one days to Halloween, starting with October 1st.  We are now on our ninth year of this tradition, and we absolutely love it!

Halloween Book Countdown: Fun & Easy Halloween Tradition

Halloween Book Countdown…How does it work?

I gather thirty-one Halloween books, and then I either wrap them up and number them, or place them in a cute basket or crate. Every day beginning October 1st, we choose one of the books to read. How my kids love this long-loved tradition, and it’s the perfect way to help celebrate the fun part of Halloween!

Halloween Book Countdown: Fun & Easy Halloween Tradition

I make a list of some of our favorite Halloween books, along with a few others I want to try, then head to the library. I’m working on collecting our own set, but until then, the library is the perfect resource. It usually has all the titles I’m looking for, plus others that are new to us, which I love.

It’s a good idea 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 two, three, and four 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!!

Halloween Book Countdown: Fun & Easy Halloween Tradition

A Halloween Book Countdown means cozy nights snuggled up together, a good book, and just maybe a cup of hot chocolate. Perfection.


You can use a tub, crate, basket, or even a space on your bookshelf to keep your books. This method is nice if you want your kids to be able to choose their own book each night. I also like wrapping them up in paper and placing a number on them, for more of a surprise. Honestly, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy to be fun–using a basket you already have is perfect too!

Halloween Book Countdown: Fun & Easy Halloween Tradition

My first bin that I used years ago looked like this…just a simple black plastic tote that I think was from the Dollar Store! 

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If you want to wrap your books, I’ve got spooky numbered tags for you!



Here is a list of 31 Halloween books that we love for our Halloween Book Countdown! (Most of these books are targeted for ages 3-8)  Affiliate links are included below for your convenience.

The book featured in the pictures? One of our most favorites!!  B is for Boo!

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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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  1. 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!

  2. 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/

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

  4. 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!!!!!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

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