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

  2. 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

  3. Here is a link to some of my favorite books for October.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. Awesome list of Halloween themed books! Thank you so much for sharing. My son is becoming as Halloween crazy as me and anything to help foster his love of reading I am all for. :)

    1. You are so welcome!! This is such a fun tradition–I hope you love it as much as we do! And I’m with you–anything to help kids love to read is the best! xoxo

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