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One of the hardest things to do is get kids who dislike reading to read. One of the easiest ways to encourage excitement in elementary-aged schooled children is to engage them with the upcoming holidays via fun books. Halloween is a favorite holiday among this age group for many reasons. Candy, costumes, parties, and trick or treating just to name a few. These are some very popular Halloween chapter books for elementary students that can peak their interest without feeling they are forced to read. The best part about chapter books is you can easily pause and restart. Assigning a chapter a day is an easy way to not only get them reading but encourage a new love of Halloween. Maybe it will inspire them to write their own story!
Halloween Chapter Books for Kids
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Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween Movie Novel
THE Goosebumps Haunted Halloween Movie Novel captures the chills, thrills, and giggles of Scholastic’s original bestselling series.
Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween – Slappy’s Return
Slappy’s back! The demented dummy and all his creepy pals are back for this sequel to the hit 2015 Goosebumps movie. Scholastic’s early reader has all the chills, thrills, and laugh-out-loud horror of the new movie, due in theaters October 12, 2018. Illustrated with 48 pages of color photos from the movie!
Galaxy Zak: A Haunted Halloween
Zack absolutely, one hundred percent does not believe in ghosts—even when his friend Drake tells him that they are real. But as Halloween nears, weird things start to happen, and Zack begins to think that he might be haunted. Can Drake help Zack solve what goes bump in the night?
Meet Freddy Thresher, a boy who has a nose for trouble and a last name that’s made him an expert on sharks. You can learn more about sharks, too, in Freddy’s Shark Journal at the back of the book. And see if you can find the word “fin” hidden in every picture!
With content, humor, characters, and vocabulary that are perfect for the chapter-book reader–it’s time to get ready for Freddy!
The Halloween Tree
Join the shadowy Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud as he takes eight trick-or-treaters on an unforgettable journey to find their missing friend, Pip. Travel through space and time, from the tombs of ancient Egypt to the gargoyles of Notre-Dame Cathedral, all the way to the cemeteries of Mexico on el Día de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Is Pip still alive? And if so, can his friends save him from a ghastly fate before it’s too late?
Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve
Jack and Annie are summoned once again to the fantasy realm of Camelot. There, Merlin the Magician tells them that the Stone of Destiny has been stolen. The answer to its disappearance lies within a haunted castle. With a young magician named Teddy, Jack and Annie take on the challenge in an adventure that takes them to new heights and places they couldn’t even imagine!
Nate The Great and the Halloween Hunt
It is Halloween night, and all the kids are dressed up to go trick-or-treating. But Nate’s friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat Little Hex is missing. Is he hiding, or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog, Sludge, are on the case!
The Best Halloween Ever
Every Halloween, the six Herdman kids steal candy, spray-paint other kids, and take everything that isn’t nailed down. And this year promises to be the same, until the Mayor decides to up and cancel Halloween. True, that means there’d be no Herdman trouble to contend with, but that also means no candy, no costumes, and no trick-or-treating! Is it possible that the Herdmans themselves could make what looks like a horrible Halloween into the best one ever?
It’s Halloween You ‘Fraidy Mouse
It’s Halloween on Mouse Island, and it seemed like everyone was out to get me, Geronimo Stilton! My cousin Trap kept pulling scary pranks on me. And then my sister Thea told me I had to write a book about Halloween in less than one day! Before you could say boo, my nephew Benjamin had dragged me to a graveyard to do research. There I met a very spooky mouse who — yikes! — tried to lock me up in her coffin! Oh, how would a ‘fraidy mouse like me ever survive the year’s scariest holiday?
It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure—when the kids from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.
As summer comes to a close, it’s time for kids to trade their swimsuits and flip-flops for sweaters and boots. And what better way to kick off the new school year than with some great chapter books? We rounded up our favorite Halloween-themed chapter books above! So grab your little ones (or yourself) and enjoy these fun reads before trick or treating season wraps up on November 1st. Which is your favorite book from the list above?