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From spooky to silly, these read-alouds will have your students engaged and learning. And who knows, you might just learn something new yourself! So grab a pumpkin spice latte, cozy up with your class, and enjoy our list of our favorite  Halloween read-alouds.

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1. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Preschool to Second Grade

Room on the Broom is probably one of the most beloved Halloween read-alouds. It is a delightful story about a witch and her animal friends. As the witch is flying along on her broom one evening, she keeps losing her personal items - first her hat, then her bow, and finally, her wand! Fortunately, three helpful animals find her items and return them to her in exchange for a seat on her broomstick. 

Will there be enough room on the broom for them all? And will the witch's generosity pay off when she runs into some trouble with a hungry dragon? Students will enjoy this classic Halloween story about friendship, inclusivity, and teamwork.

TeacherGoals Tips

  • This book is great for working on the order of events or sequencing. After reading the book, have students recall the story's events and place them in order.
  • Room on the Broom also features some valuable life lessons like inclusivity and generosity. Take the opportunity to discuss these themes with your class and put together a list of all the examples of kindness shown in the book. Then, work together as a class to develop ways students can show kindness to each other.

2. Don't Push the Button! A Halloween Treat by Bill Cotter

Preschool to Kindergarten

Don't Push the Button! A Halloween Treat is a Halloween sequel to the original book. Don't Push the Button! is a hilarious story about a little monster who is trying his best to resist the temptation to push a big red button. In this Halloween twist, the button he is trying to avoid pushing this time is actually the doorbell of a very scary-looking house.

Kids will be roaring with laughter and excitement while reading this interactive book! Between ringing the doorbell, opening the door, and yelling "BOO!" at monsters, author Bill Cotter does an excellent job of transporting his young readers right into the story.

TeacherGoals Tips

This book is ideal for preschool and kindergarten students, who will get some big laughs from this silly book!

  • Make the book as interactive as possible to keep your students engaged. Prompt your students to ring the doorbell, open the door, yell "boo!" and more as you read along in the book.
  • This book is a wonderful tool for language and vocabulary development. Ask your students questions as you read to get them talking. Questions like "What do you think might be inside the house?" or "Oh no! What do you think those eyes belong to?" are great opportunities for some interesting conversations!

3.) Peter O'Meter by Tricia Fuglestad

Pre-K to 3rd Grade

Get ready the highly anticipated Peter O'Meter is available! This book promises to be a delightful treat, with engaging AR features from QuiverVision and a story that will captivate young minds.

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Book comes with lessons on social-emotional learning, self-discovery, and what to do when your buttons get pushed. 

TeacherGoals Tips

Unveil the magic of Halloween with the Peter O'Meter AR Costume Kit! Immerse your child into PETER's retro-futuristic universe.

This kit not only ties in with the book's narrative but also promises an unforgettable Halloween experience.

 Craft PETER's robot head and complete the look with an augmented reality T-SHIRT that springs to life with the Quiver app, echoing the book's 3D wonders.

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Additionally, delve deeper into the mesmerizing world PETER O'METER offers. Explore the interactive site to discover animated robots, whimsical flying machines, and imaginative architecture that Tricia is crafting for her augmented reality tale. 

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For more Peter O'Meter action check out all the FREE resources from the book here

4. Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

Preschool to Third Grade

Meet Crankenstein! He's a little monster of crankiness that no one can destroy. Sure, he might look like any ordinary boy when it comes to his appearance, but there is always something about him that makes you want to turn on your heel and walk away from whatever may be bothering or challenging you at the time--whether its rain outside, melting popsicle in the fridge (or worse), early bedtime forced upon an unwilling participant...you get my drift!

This is a great story to talk about attitudes about situations kids have to deal with. Very funny and silly, yet it definitely has a great message of making the most of moments and working through situations. In the end, a friendship may begin.

Crankenstein teaches us an important lesson, though: no matter how cranky we might get sometimes, there is always a way to turn that frown upside down.

TeacherGoals Tips

With its small word count and simple text, this book is perfect for practicing with struggling readers or emerging ones. Get your best story voice on with this read-aloud to make your kids smile.

Although this Halloween read-aloud is perfect for the spooky season, this is a great story to share year-round.

5. There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Kindergarten to Second Grade

Ready for some cuddles? The lovable little fellow in this interactive read-aloud is ready too! UH OH! there's a monster at the end . . shake and wiggle till he surfaces from under his covers. 

There's a Monster in Your Book is the perfect read-aloud for the youngest of listeners, who will be delighted to discover that they hold power to control the monster in their book.

TeacherGoals Tips

This book is a simple but fun read-aloud that is interactive and engaging for kids.

This read-aloud is perfect for:

  • Working on character voices.
  • Discussing emotions.
  • Exploring what it feels like to be afraid.

After reading, ask your students if they have ever felt like there was a monster in their book (or life). What did they do to make it go away?

Also, when reading this book to your students, have them take turns shaking the book and making noises along with you as the monster comes out from under the covers.

6. Monsters Have Manners by Jeff Kubiak

Pre-K to Fifth Grade

As the season of spooks and spectacles approaches, introduce a twist with Monsters Have Manners. This engaging read-aloud intertwines the thrill of monsters with lessons in etiquette.

While students revel in the Halloween vibe, they'll inadvertently learn about the significance of kindness and courtesy. The monsters in Kubiak's world aren't just out for scares – they're here to teach!

A fun-filled way to embrace the Halloween spirit while emphasizing the importance of manners. Perfect for young learners navigating the world of please, thank you, and Halloween trick-or-treating!

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TeacherGoals Tips

Invite your students to a Monster Manners Halloween party! Have them dress up as their favorite monster and practice their best monster etiquette.

Use this book as a springboard for role-playing activities where students practice using good manners. Parents this would be a great time to practice trick or treating. 

Once you have grabbed your copy of Monsters Have Manners, make sure to download the FREE accompanying activity book here.

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What's Inside the activity book?

  • Augmented Reality Monster Coloring Pages: Watch the monsters jump off the pages!
  • How to Draw Monsters: A step-by-step guide to creating your own quirky characters!
  • Kindness & Manners Reinforcement: Activities to instill values seamlessly.
  • Healthy Food Journey: Engage in fun, food-based learning.
  • Puzzles & Games: Word searches, matching games, mad libs, and so much more!

Ensure you have "Monsters Have Manners" and pair it up with this FREE digital book!

Trust us, it'll be a monstrously good time!

7. The Last Train on Halloween by Eve Bunting

Kindergarten to Fourth Grade

The Last Train on Halloween is a hilarious story about a group of friends who miss the last train home on Halloween night. They end up having to spend the night in a haunted house, where they encounter all sorts of spooky creatures. 

TeacherGoals Tips

This read-aloud is perfect for:

  • Building suspense.
  • Using character voices.
  • Making predictions.

Your students will love this hilarious story, and you'll have a blast reading it aloud with all the different character voices and sound effects.

8. Halloween is Coming! by Cal Everett

Preschool to Third Grade

Halloween is Coming! is a fun and exciting read-aloud for teachers to use in their classrooms in the days leading up to Halloween. The book celebrates the build-up to the spookiest night of the year and includes fun rhymes and illustrations that will engage students.

Teachers can use Halloween is Coming! as a way to get their students excited for Halloween. The book is filled with fun rhymes and vibrant illustrations to capture students' attention. Additionally, the simple story will help students understand what Halloween is all about.

TeacherGoals Tips

This book is a great conversation starter and can lead to some meaningful conversations with your students! Since this story explores all sorts of different Halloween traditions, students can have an opportunity to talk or write about some of their own favorite Halloween traditions. Here are a few ideas for prompts to get them started:

  • On Halloween, you can be "anything you want to be." If you could be anything you wanted, what would you be?
  • What is your favorite candy to get at the candy store?
  • What is your favorite Halloween costume you've ever worn?

These question prompts can be asked in isolation at the end of the story or all throughout while reading.

9. Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds

Preschool to Third Grade

Another one of our favorite Halloween read-alouds is Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds. This is a story about a rabbit named Jasper who is not afraid of the dark and is definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. However, when the lights go out, he realizes that his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn't know any better, he'd say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper's not scared; obviously, he's just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!

This book would be a good read-aloud for teachers to use in their classrooms because it is funny and suspenseful. The characters are easy to relate to, and the storyline is engaging. Additionally, the illustrations are humorous and help to move the story along.

TeacherGoals Tips

  • This book makes a fantastic read-aloud! Keep students on the edge of their seats by using dramatic pauses and varying your volume, rate, and inflection as you read.
  • Creepy Pair of Underwear! is another great book to talk about sequencing. After reading, have students put the events of the book (and each of Jasper's underwear solutions) in order. For an extra extension, have them retell the story in their own words!

10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Preschool to Third Grade

Another book in the Creepy Tales! Series, this book also follows Jasper Rabbit as he fears that his favorite treat - carrots - are out to get him! Jasper loves carrots so much that he eats them all the time. On the way to school, going to Little League, going home…. But then, one day, the carrots start following him! Or…do they?

Soon, Jasper starts hearing and seeing carrots sneaking up on him everywhere he goes. But when he turns around, there's nothing there! Poor Jasper is going crazy at the thought of carrots following him, so he hatches a plan to end his carrot problems. Will Jasper's plan to get the carrots off his back be successful? Or was it all in his imagination all along? Students will be on the edge of their seats to find out!

TeacherGoals Tips

  • This book would be a great introduction to a lesson on problems and solutions. After reading, have students identify the problem Jasper faced and what he came up with as a solution.
  • As an extension, start a discussion or have students journal about a fear they have and one possible solution for overcoming that fear.

11. Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

Preschool to Third Grade

Pumpkin Jack follows a boy named Tim, who carves his first pumpkin and names it, Jack. When the pumpkin starts rotting after Halloween is over, Tim sets Jack out in the garden and watches it change over the weeks. The pumpkin gets flattered and flatter and begins to mold. But then, when spring comes around - a plant begins growing where the pumpkin once sat! 

Author Will Hubbell's beautiful story of a rotting pumpkin perfectly illustrates new beginnings and the cycle of life. Your students will love this story and be fascinated by the real-world application and lessons to be learned from it. 

TeacherGoals Tips

This is an excellent book to pair with a science lesson! 

  • Use this book to introduce (or wrap up) the life cycle of plants. Throughout the book, talk about the various stages of the life cycle the pumpkin is in and have students guess what will happen next.
  • If possible, do this as a classroom experiment. Buy a class pumpkin to use for pumpkin science throughout the fall. At the end of the season, find a safe place to keep the pumpkin and let it decompose. Observe it regularly and discuss any changes!

12. The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills

Preschool to Kindergarten

A Halloween twist on the classic rhyme, The Spooky Wheels on the Bus takes children on an exciting haunted Halloween bus ride! This book is perfect for young students who love to sing along with The Wheels on the Bus. 

This book also sneaks in some counting practice with verses counting up from "one spooky bus" all the way to "ten goofy ghosts." Kids will be eager to turn each page and see what Halloween surprises await them!

TeacherGoals Tips

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus is ideal for early learners in preschool or kindergarten. 

  • Since the book involves counting from one to ten, pair this Halloween read-aloud with a counting math lesson! As you turn each page in the book, have students count along with the pictures to figure out what number comes next.
  • Add movements for the students to use as you sing or read to help keep them engaged. This could also make a great little brain break for when your students just need to get their wiggles out.

Bonus Activities

These Halloween read-alouds are delightfully spooky and entertaining and would make a great addition to any classroom this October. To bring a little extra Halloween spirit into your classroom, join our FREE membership and grab our FREE Hocus Pocus Let's Focus Virtual Reading Room activity.

The Hocus Pocus Reading Room is a Halloween-themed digital library of the books included on this list, all in Canva. The library includes a link to Motes Notes for each book with a summary of the story. Students can also click on each book to be taken to a video of the book being read aloud. This is a fantastic tool that can be used at school or at home to help encourage your students to read.

Need more activities for this Halloween? How about inclusive pumpkin decorating?

While traditional pumpkin decorating contests sparkle with festivity and yield stunning displays, it's pivotal to keep inclusivity in mind this Halloween season. Some families may find procuring the right supplies a challenge.

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Here's a fresh take, a brilliant idea brought to us by the talented Kristina Holzweiss: Why not let students draft their pumpkin designs on paper using just colored pencils, crayons, and markers? This approach is not only friendly on the pocket but also eco-conscious.

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For our tech-savvy learners, the world of digital design awaits on platforms like Canva. And, to add an interactive spin, Kristina suggests having students record videos accompanying their designs using tools like Flip or Canva and embedding QR codes for a truly engaging classroom experience.

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To facilitate this creative endeavor, we're sharing templates crafted by Kristina herself:
Canva Template
Google Docs Template

What are your favorite Halloween read-alouds? Share in the comments.

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