Halloween Books and Crafts To Match

halloween books with crafts to matchIt’s October and it’s time to plan a few ( or many ) fun Halloween crafts to get excited about the holiday and learn at the same time. Each one of these books has been paired with a great craft or activity that work on a variety of skills in a playful way. Click on the book title and you will be taken to Amazon through and affiliate link to check out the book. Click on the craft and you will be taken to the full craft tutorial so you can see the step by step instructions to make it with your child.

Did we miss one of your favorite Halloween books and crafts ? Add them in comments so we can make this resource even more helpful.

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Frankie Stein Starts Schoolby Lola M. Schaefer and our TP Roll Frankenstein.halloween crafts and books for kids 22

Monster Math by Anne Miranda  and our Monster Math activity. halloween crafts and books 23

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming is a perfect match for our Dry Erase Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books 24Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara and our Puffy Paint Ghost.

halloween crafts and books 25The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams  and our Pin and Pound Pumpkins.

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Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson and Potato Print Ghosts.

halloween crafts and books 17Halloween Day by Anne Rockwell and our Touch and Feel Sandpaper Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 14Mouse’s Halloween Party by Jeanne Modesitt and our Halloween party game Ghost Bottle Bowling.

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Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen and super fun Monster Blocks Memory Game.

halloween crafts and books for kids 18Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin?by Karen Katz and Halloween Sensory Bin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 9Peek-a-Boooo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti and our Toddler Texture Ghost Craft.

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Dem Bones by Bob Barner and X-ray X letter Craft.

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Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Magnetic Haunted House.

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Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Siebold and Siobhan Vivian and our Sandpaper and Felt Carrot Puzzle.

halloween crafts and books for kids 10AlphaOops: H Is for Halloweenby Althea Kontis and Letter P is for Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 410 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman and Candy Corn Math.

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Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler and Marshmallow Skull Craft.

halloween crafts and books for kids 11In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting and Haunted House Math

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro and Vampire Bat Craft.

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Beneath the Ghost Moon by Jane Yolen and Puffy Paint Moon Craft.

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Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks and our Broccoli Painting.

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Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman and our super simple Pumpkin Glittering.

halloween crafts and books for kids 5It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff and our Paper Plate Pumpkin craft for toddlers.

halloween crafts and books 2We’re Going On A Ghost Hunt by Marcia Vaughn and our Cookie Cutter Ghosts.

halloween crafts and books for kids 1Maisy’s Halloween by Lucy Cousins and out Witch’s Hat Edible Craft

 

What did we miss? Share your favorite Halloween book or craft in comments!

Design Your Own Jack-O-Lantern

I have a slight obsession with dry erase these days. It makes sense though, dry erase projects allow children independence and a less frustrating experience if they are unhappy with what the’ve written or drawn. For our house this is a godsend. My son is a reluctant drawer and writer. He will look at me and say ” I’ll just do abstract!” and part of that is because he is also a perfectionist and it’s frustrating when things aren’t as neat as he wants them to be. The dry erase helps him explore in abstract or not.

    1. Gather your materials. You will need some orange and green card stock, a hard piece of cardboard or canvas , scissors and some clear contact paper.

  1. Start by drawing a basic pumpkin shape on your orange paper. 
  2. Cut it and a green stem out and place on your canvas. cardboard.
  3. Cover with clear contact paper.
  4. Create!  I made the faces to show readers all the possibilities for teaching about emotion with this craft .
  5. My son just created , ths tricky thing about dry erase is his creations were gone before I could get pictures!

Halloween Books

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming is a wonderful Halloween book for kids who are old enough to feel like Halloween is a spooky night, but still too young for anything graphically frightening.  The text is short but rhymes beautifully and grabs your child’s attention almost as effectively as the illustrations do. The story is all about Halloween night and the sights and sounds on one street as the night goes on. Both my kids have been grabbing for this book off our shelf when I ask which book they want to read . If it can be a favorite for an almost 5 year old boy and a 15 month old girl I say it will probably be a hit at your house too.

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is a staple in most preschool classrooms. It’s a cute story about a witch who is desperate for pumpkin pie but her giant pumpkin is too big for her to pick up! Luckily she enlists the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy and bat and with a little teamwork they save the night! The rhyming text is almost like a song and kids love it! It’s possibly my son’s favorite Halloween book and I love that it’s the smallest creature who uses it’s brain not brawn to solve the problem.

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch  by Teri Sloat is a great alphabet book and story in one. Readers follow a pumpkin patch from planting the seeds until after Halloween when they gather the seeds for the next planting.  I really like how this book combines an alphabet book with both upper and lowercase letters corresponding to some animal or insect in the story . I also like the easy rhythm of the rhyming text and the engaging and detailed illustrations . All in all I think this is a great fall book!

Ghost Craft Tutorial

Sometimes when I make a craft I get inspired but I am not sure where from. I made this ghost craft and couldn’t remember where the inspiration came from until I was reading  I Can Teach My Child and remembered this project. You can see the similarities! So yes my inspiration comes from all over . This is a parent and tot craft , there are many steps that are tricky for little ones. But my son loves the final product, he runs into the foyer looks at the ghosts and  screams ” I am frightened, ahhh!” then burst out in giggles daily. So I would say it’s a hit.  I will be packing these up and taking them out every year with my Easy Halloween Wreath .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need clear contact paper, black construction paper, white tissue paper or party streamers ( or any white paper) , Scissors ( kid and adult), and black sticky back foam.
  2. Start by drawing a ghost and cutting out many frames. I used the insides for fun fast activities and let my son color them with chalk .
  3. Have your child cut the tissue paper – if you use a streamer I find it’s easier for beginning cutters to handle and cut independently. Tissue paper is flimsy. My son still only cut a few – another tip, make sure kid scissors are clean ours had something sticky on them and weren’t cutting well, by the time I cleaned them he was over it. Learn from my oops.
  4. Place the frames on the contact paper so the sticky side is up.
  5. Add the paper into the frames.
  6. While they do that make eyes out of sticky back foam.
  7. Cover with another piece of contact paper, press firmly.
  8. Cut the ghosts out.
  9. Add the eyes
  10. Pop on a mirror, window, door… wherever you need a few adorable ghosts!

Halloween Books

Dem Bones by Bob Barner is sort of two books in one. The superficial layer uses the words of the ever popular old time spiritual with fun Halloween inspired skeleton illustrations. There is also a second layer that has longer text for older children that goes into the anatomy of the bones the song sings about. Great way to keep a Halloween theme strong while teaching about the human body!

Monster Math by Anne Miranda is a math lesson turned into a fun and entertaining storybook. You can simply read the book or you can have your little mathematician help you guess how many new monsters arrive and leave on each page. The illustrations are adorable and even if the math skills are above your toddler or preschoolers heads they will still enjoy the book.

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is a staple in most preschool classrooms. It’s a cute story about a witch who is desperate for pumpkin pie but her giant pumpkin is too big for her to pick up! Luckily she enlists the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy and bat and with a little teamwork they save the night! The rhyming text is almost like a song and kids love it! It’s possibly my son’s favorite Halloween book and I love that it’s the smallest creature who uses it’s brain not brawn to solve the problem.

Halloween Books

Halloween will be here before we know it and all the good Halloween books will be gobbled up at the library soon too.  I thought I’d share my favorites now so you have time to grab them before someone else does. Remember preschoolers love to relive special days after they happen so don’t put the books away with your decorations, leave them out a little longer.

Wobble, the witch cat by Mary Calhoun is a vintage story that is charming and much loved by my son. Wobble is a cat who belongs to Maggie a kind old witch , but Wobble hates riding on Maggie’s slippery broom. The other cats tease him and with Halloween coming up he decides to get rid of Maggie’s broom. When Maggie can’t find her magic broom, all she finds is a vacuum cleaner, but will it fly?  My son loves vacuum cleaners and thought it was hilarious that a witch would try to fly on one. I liked the  idea that witches sweep the sky so that the children can be safe under the stars on Halloween night.

Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli was the hands down favorite Halloween book for my 3 year old class in 2005. I must have read this 200 times and even after Christmas had come and gone it was still requested all the time. The story is a rebus read along, so it is repetitive and it builds upon itself. This is great for children who are eager to “read along” before they are able to read words. The repetitiveness allows them to anticipate what is next and feel included. Very cute even after reading it hundreds of times.

Peek-a-Boooo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti is a perfect toddler Halloween book. The premise is simple, each page has a well known Halloween character including a witch, skeleton, Frankenstein all hiding behind their hands playing peek-a-boo with the readers. The characters hands are flaps and when you lift them they reveal the character’s face – which is always sweet and happy , never scary.  At the end of the book there are more flaps to lift to reveal trick or treaters and the same Halloween characters hiding in their haunted house. My son loves this book too and  I think it’s a great completely gentle way to read about Halloween with toddlers.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro was a huge hit! It’s a reworking of the classic song ” There was an old lady who swallowed a fly” only this one swallows a whole bunch of Halloween creatures, like a goblin, ghost and of course a bat.  She continues to swallow bigger and bigger things much to my son’s amazement! He was giggling through the whole book and the end when the old lay belches he laughed hysterically. It was predictable but I have to admit was a really fun , silly read.

Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara is on my must buy list! A little girl moves into house and soon finds out it is haunted. Luckily she is a witch and knows just what to do. The ghosts in the story seem mischievous but never scary and even when she washes them in the washing machine, they are still smiling! My son loved this book, the text was the perfect length for a 3 year old, short but still descriptive.  I loved the simple  black and orange colors and had to look at the copyright twice because I was certain this was written sometime in the 30s, nope 2008. The simplicity of the book and colors is balanced so well with the little details like the litt;e girl’s constant companion , a white cat that puts on a black costume when the little witch pops on her hat. This detail had my son in stitches, “Cats don’t wear clothes , silly cat!” .  Absolutely a perfect Halloween book for children not yet ready to be scared for fun!