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Kristen Twardowski

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Kristen Twardowski stumbled her way through working with wolves and libraries and found her professional home doing marketing and data analysis in the publishing industry. Though there will always be a place in her heart for numbers and graphs, the rest of her love is given to words. She recently published her debut novel, a psychological thriller called When We Go Missing, and blogs about books and writing on her website A Writer's Workshop.

Halloween may traditionally be a time for all things horrifying, but it’s also a time for things that are cute. Sometimes you see a monster, and instead of screaming in terror, you want to pinch its cheeks and coo. In honor of the less frightening aspects of the season, here are six adorable children’s books for Halloween that are (mostly) about the holiday.

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

Carrots aren’t usually creepy, not unless they are overcooked at any rate, but that hasn’t stopped them from haunting Jasper Rabbit. After his years and years of eating carrots, the vegetables finally seem to be seeking their revenge.

Goodnight Little Monster From 6 Adorable Children's Books for Halloween | BookRiot.comGoodnight, Little Monster by Bonnie Leick and Helen Ketteman

I haven’t traditionally described people I like as “little monsters,” but this book might inspire me to start. After all, when little monsters go to bed, they need a snack of worm juice and beetle bread, creepy pajamas, a howling moon…and a nightlight to keep away the truly scary creatures.

Eek! Halloween! By Sandra Boynton

“Eek! Halloween” is what I say after discovering that it’s October 25 and I have yet to pick out a costume for the office Halloween party. In the case of Boynton’s book, however, it’s a response from chickens. Chickens who have seen a pumpkin with flickering eyes. Chickens who spotted a witch. Chickens who are anxious.

I may be a chicken.

Little Owl's Night From 6 Adorable Children's Books for Halloween | BookRiot.comLittle Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

Little Owl’s Night may not be a traditional Halloween tale, but it certainly captures the spirit of nighttime. A baby owl watches his hedgehog, skunk, and opossum friends enjoy the glories of a full moon while his mother tries to explain that day can be pleasant too.

Ghosts in the House! By Kazuno Kohara

Did I ever tell you about the time I was convinced I saw a ghost in my apartment? No? Well, this book would have been helpful back then. In it, a young witch lives in a haunted house, and her way of managing her translucent houseguests includes stuffing them in the washing machine, hanging them to dry, and giving them new lives as bed sheets.

Little Boo From 6 Adorable Children's Books for Halloween | BookRiot.comLittle Boo by Stephen Wunderli and Tim Zeltner

Guys. Guys. Little Boo is a pumpkin seed. And all he wants to do is grow up to be something scary. Unfortunately this little seed can’t manage to scare bees, or snowflakes, or anyone. He just has to be patient and wait until he grows into something magical.

Though there are other lovable Halloween children’s books out there, these are the ones that caught my eye. With charming carrots, little monsters, and nervous birds, who needs scary monsters?

What are your favorite children’s books for Halloween? And, we’ve got even more picture books for your reading pleasure.