Spooky Storybooks


The weather just changed here in sunny Texas, and it’s time to warm up a homemade pumpkin spice latte and read our stack of spooky stories.

Here are our Halloween favorites.

Pumpkin Moonshine, by Tasha Tudor


Little Sophie Ann goes to visit her grandparents’ farm and picks a runaway pumpkin. Definitely the prettiest book on the list, and not a bit spooky, actually.

The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin, by Margaret Wise Brown

Not a day goes by that Teddy fails to ask me to read either Goodnight Moon or The Runaway Bunny. So I’m happy to introduce another book by his favorite author. Apparently this manuscript was left unpublished by Brown upon her death. It’s about a yellow pumpkin that wants to grow up to be very scary. Best prose on the list!

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, by Margaret McNamara

Fun Halloween math-themed book with some interesting facts about how pumpkins grow. Hint: the size of the pumpkin has nothing to do with how many seeds are inside.

By the Light of the Halloween Moon, by Caroline Stutson


Silliest book on the list! Marie loves books like this that show girls who aren’t afraid of goblins and witches.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda Williams

Self explanatory and again, Marie approves! This one has “pale green pants with nobody inside ’em” just this next favorite,

What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss

A little guy learns a pair of disembodied pants are just as scared of him as he is of them.

The Story of the Jack-O-Lantern, by Katherine Tegen

This book tells the Irish legend of a very greedy man named Jack who makes a fateful bargain. Did you know it was the Irish who brought jack-o-lanterns to America?

The Magic Pumpkin, by Bill Martin Jr. & James Archambault


This one by the authors of Chicka Chicka ABC has the same kind of unusual beat. A tricky pumpkin deceives his owner. Definitely the strangest on the list.

That Terrible Halloween Night, by James Stevenson

After all that spookiness, we need to lighten things up a bit. This one cracks us up every time. A grandpa with a very dry sense of humor tells about his most frightening Halloween ever.

Now to open up some windows and pretend that the cool breeze is here to stay!