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Spooky Delights: 13 Halloween Read Alouds and Interactive Classroom Activities

Halloween, Seasonal, Winter Holidays

Written by: Katie Palmer

With the spooky season approaching, it's time to dig into some fun Halloween read alouds and activities to keep your little goblins learning and engaged.

1 – Creepy Pair of Underwear

By Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

In addition to hearing their teacher saying the word underwear, students will be engaged in this silly/creepy story about a young bunny and his glow in the dark underwear. (This might be the student favorite in this list of Halloween read alouds!)

Book Activity: Let students connect with the story by writing about a time when they had a creepy feeling!

Write about when you have had a creepy feeling writing prompt.

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2 – The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything

By Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd

A little old lady ventures out for a walk in the woods in the evening because she is not afraid of anything…or is she?!

Book Activity: Practice sequencing with this book companion accordion book!

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3 – Spookley, the Square Pumpkin

By Joe Troiano, Illustrated by Susan Banta

Spookley is a bit different from the rest of the pumpkins, but can this difference be exactly what the pumpkin patch needs in times of trouble?

Book Activity: Practice shapes with autumn pattern blocks math center.

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4 – Pumpkin Jack

Written and Illustrated by Will Hubbell

Take students on a science journey with this fall time favorite.

Book Activity: Have students show what they know about the pumpkin life cycle with this cut and paste activity.

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5 – I Need my Monster

By Amanda Noll, Illustrated by Howard McWilliam

This highly engaging story takes students along on the hunt for the perfect under the bed monster.

Book Activity: Students will create their own monsters, while getting valuable place value practice.

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6 – Room on the Broom

By Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

The witch and her cat are enjoying an evening broom ride when misadventure strikes. Will their new friends be able to help them out of a sticky situation, and will there be room on the broom for them all?

Book Activity: Have your students design their own high tech brooms with this STEM idea.

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7 – The Good, The Bad and The Spooky

By Jory John & Pete Oswald

Students love hearing about the baaaaaad seed, and his adventures. In this story, the bad seed feels pressure to come up with the perfect Halloween costume.

Book Activity: Let your students decide what you should be for Halloween!

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8 – How to Catch a Witch

By Alice Walstead & Andy Ellerton

A group of friends bands together to try and catch a sneaky witch.

Book Activity: Pair up students and have them draw out their witch catching ideas.

Students completing the witch directed draw and writing prompt.

9 – Crankenstein

Written & Illustrated by Helen Cooper

Crankenstein goes through a lot of feelings that students can relate too, with a fun twist at the end.

Book Activity: Take a picture walk through the story after your first read, having students use this graphic organizer to practice making inferences on Crankenstein's big feelings.

An inferring feelings anchor chart with two versions.

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10 – There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat

By Lucille Colandro, Illustrated by Jared Lee

This book is so full of repetition and rhythm, students won't be able to help reading along!

Book Activity: Dig deeper into bats and spiders with this engaging, hands on lapbook.

A Bats & Spiders lapbook craftivity for students.

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11 – A Spoonful of Frogs

By Casey Lyall, Illustrated by Vera Brosgol

This Halloween recipe would be just right, if she could just catch her last ingredient!

Book Activity: Students can write their own recipes, creepy or not, to compile into a class cookbook.

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12 – The Scariest Story You've Ever Heard

by Ron Keres, Designed by Arthur Lin

This hilarious book has amazing twists and turns.

Book Activity: Students pair up to write short partner plays that could feature a twist at the end! These plays will feature two main characters, just like the book!

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13 – The Halloween Tree

By by Susan Montanari, Illustrated by Teresa Martinez

In the last book on our list of Halloween read alouds, a community of kids band together to create new Halloween traditions.

Book Activity: Students will share their favorite family traditions.

A "Family Traditions" writing prompt sheet for 1st or 2nd graders.

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Hopefully one, two or a few of these books can bring some spooktacular fun to your classroom this month!

If you are ready to plan your classroom fall festival or Halloween party, check out our premade classroom party planner!

Happy teaching!

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