A Slightly Scary Storytime

This poem book has long been a favorite of mine. I remember hearing the poems when I was in elementary school—and the illustrations bring back vivid childhood memories of fall. So when I taught in schools that had Halloween celebrations, I would always read this favorite aloud. One year, I read a particular poem with a bit too much enthusiasm, and when I yelled, “Boo!” all of my students jumped. I immediately thought I had gone too far and scared them, but they all wanted another read aloud of the “boo poem.”  

I think I lucked out during that experience. This happened to be a kindergarten class and I easily could have had students who didn’t like being scared, even in the safety of a brightly lit classroom. Keeping this in mind, here is a selection of not-so-scary picture books to read aloud during October. They’re perfect options for classrooms who don’t do a Halloween celebration. Enjoy!

Click on each book to go to the corresponding Amazon page.









And for those of you who want slightly scary books with Halloween flair, here are my faves!




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