It is great to read to our kids, but once they reach the age where they are able to read out loud, it is time to get them started with reading chapter books. Chapter books can feel overwhelming to our 2nd graders, but don’t let them get discouraged. A page at a time, a chapter at a time, before you know it they will be amazing readers!
Give your child 20-30 minutes per day to read part of a book. These chapter books for Halloween are a great way to get those kiddos loving to read!
Chapter Books for Halloween
1. Magic Tree House #50 features Jack and Annie and legendary magician, Harry Houdini! If kids get hooked on Magic Tree House, they’re hooked on reading! The Magic Tree House books, with their fiction and nonfiction books, are perfect for parents and teachers just starting to get into the “Core Curriculum.”
With a blend of magic, adventure, history, science, danger, and cuteness, the book topics range from kid pleasers (pirates, the Titanic, pandas) to curriculum perfect (rain forest, American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln) to seasonal shoe-ins (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving). There is truly something for everyone here.
2. In this Weird School Special, It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green!, A.J. and the gang from the My Weird School series are ready for one of their favorite holidays!
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 A.J. and his friends from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.
3. More adventure, more illustrations, more Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. . . . A to Z fun keeps on coming!
Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are spending Halloween in Sleepy Hollow, home of the legendary Headless Horseman. They are going to sleep in an old cabin, take a haunted hayride, and check out the Old Dutch Church. That’s where some people say they’ve spotted the ghostly horseman. But strange things start happening that don’t seem to be part of the planned spooky fun. Is there a real Headless Horseman haunting Sleepy Hollow?
The alphabet is over, but the mysteries continue in this fourth A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, featuring a secret message hidden in the illustrations.
4. Wendy is a little witch who is afraid of her mean, bossy witch sisters–until one special Halloween night when she makes a magical discovery and outwitches her older sisters. In this new edition, complete with full-color art, Alice Low has adapted her popular story specifically for beginning readers
5. On Halloween day, Hank comes to school dressed in what he thinks is the perfect costume-a table in an Italian restaurant. Nick McKelty, the resident school bully (dressed in a total blood and guts costume), thinks Hank’s costume is wimpy and that Hank wouldn’t know how to be scary and gross if his life depended on it!
So, Hank decides to create the scariest haunted house ever and invite McKelty over to show him what scary really is. The only problem is that Hank’s dog, Cheerio, is scared of Hank’s haunted house. So scared, in fact, that when Hank tries to find him, he’s nowhere in sight! Have Hank’s Halloween hijinks gone too far?
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6. Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love.
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?
7. Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones!
It’s Halloween! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years!
In the 24th Junie B. Jones book, Junie B. is afraid to go trick-or-treating. ‘Cause what if witches and monsters are really real? And what if pumpkins with sharp teeth can eat your feet? And don’t even get her started on the candy corn problem. So how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy this scary holiday?
8. It is Halloween night and all the kids are dressed in scary and funny costumes. Their Trick or Treat bags are getting heavier.
Nate’s good friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat, Little Hex, is missing. Little Hex hates Halloween, so maybe he’s hiding. Or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog Sludge take the case and hunt in the night for Little Hex. They pass robots, pirates, and witches. But where will they find Little Hex?
9. Henry Hooper is a little nervous about going to his friend Artie Doomsday’s house on top of Hallows Hill. Everybody calls the hill HAUNTED Hill, and when Henry meets Artie’s sister Wanda and Granny Doomsday, he starts to wonder if the Doomsday household is haunted, too. Especially when Granny starts cooking up a big pot of bat bones and spider stew! Is this some kind of crazy Halloween prank, or is the Doomsday family for real?
I hope you and your kids have fun with these spooky Chapter Books for Halloween!