Candy shouldn't be the only treat your kids get for Halloween. Another way to celebrate this spooky holiday is to read Halloween-themed books to them. Research from Kansas State University shows many of these books may help children confront their fears. "A book is a safe place to explore fear -- much, much safer than the real world," said Phil Nel, director of Kansas State University's graduate program in children's literature.
There are tons of books dedicated to this fun-filled holiday. Here, a roundup of not-so-scary Halloween books for the little ones.
This Halloween-themed picture book features seasonal Peeps ready to trick-or-treat and over 30 scented stickers. (Random House Books for Young Readers, $4.99)
Roar and Sparkles Go to School
Roar is scared of the new experience of starting school, but luckily with his sister Sparkles to reassure him, his worries disappear. (Running Press, $11.89)
Bonaparte Falls Apart
Bonaparte is falling apart with each activity he tries to do, like playing baseball and eating lunch. His friends Franky Stein, Black Widow, and Mummicula do everything they can to put his pieces back together before the school year begins. (Crown Books for Young Readers, $12.19)
Vampirina at the Beach
Vampirina and friends have fun at the beach, while surfing, playing volleyball, and always enjoying their unique qualities. (Disney-Hyperion, $11.89)
This rhyming picture book about truck-driving-monsters is a great read at bedtime for kids who love monsters and trucks. (Henry Holt and Co., $13.60)
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating
Peep is excited for Halloween festivities, but her friend, Egg, thinks it's a scary holiday with monsters all around. The comfort of friendship helps Egg to realize that trick-or-treating isn't all that scary. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $7.92)
Ike Has A Fright
Ike the bat has a terrible fear of Halloween and doesn't want to risk running into ghosts and goblins. After he makes friends, they help to reassure him that it's all fun and games and nothing to be spooked about. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $13.99)
A Teeny Tiny Halloween
This book is meant to be read aloud, including notes for the narrator. A tiny woman living in a miniature house has trouble each year when the leaves fall and cover the perimeter of her home. However, this year, she has a solution to her problem. (Persnickety Press, $7.95)
Grandpa's Ghost Stories
A thunderstorm and scared grandson leads to a grandpa narrating spooky stories of fantasy, ghouls and goblins to make the boy feel better about the intimidating weather outside. (Feral House, $14.36)
Sandra Boynton's illustrations of the nervous chickens are so big, they almost jump out at the reader. Read along with children to see how the chickens react to Halloween. (Workman Publishing Company, $11.95)
I Want to Be in a Scary Story
Perfect for reading aloud, children will be laughing as they learn that Monster wants to be in a scary story, but it's up in the air whether or not he's brave enough. (Walker Books Ltd., $18.21)
The Witch's New Britches
The witch is getting some new underwear this Halloween, and kids can follow along as she goes shopping with her cat. (Mascot Books, $14.95)
Three Little Ghosts
Halloween is coming and three little ghosts have a decision to make-- will they scare as always, or will this Halloween be different? (Orange Hat Publishing, $9.99)
Trick ARRR Treat: A Pirate Halloween
The pirates in this Halloween story do their own version of trick-or-treating as they make commands for treasure from the neighborhood they've turned into pirate waters. (Albert Whitman and Company, $7.99)
Whoosh! Went the Witch: A Room on the Broom Book
This interactive board book lets children follow along on the adventures of a witch and her cat traveling on her broom. The 'whoosh' sound will make children feel like they're riding along with the characters. (Macmillan Children's Books, $11.05)
PAW Patrol: Pup-tastic Halloween
This lift-the-flap book based on the Nickelodeon children's show, Paw Patrol, features all of the characters preparing for Halloween this year. (SFI Readerlink Dist., $8.99)
Zip! Zoom! On a Broom
This rhyming tale about the adventures of witches on their brooms is perfect for preschool-aged kids looking for an exciting read-aloud Halloween story. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $13.21)
How to Catch a Monster
If there's a monster under your child's bed, this is the perfect book for them. They can learn how to catch a monster, and that some things aren't as scary as they seem. (Sourcebooks, $8.50)
Duck and Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo!
Best friends Duck and Goose are all dressed in costume and ready to go trick-or-treating-- until they learn that a monster from the swamp is searching for them. (Random House Children's Books, $11.89)
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete is all about Halloween night and the spooky surprises that await as Pete trick-or-treats around the neighborhood. This lift-the-flap book is sure to be interactive. (HarperCollins, $6.28)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition
The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a great spooky story for six to eight year olds looking for an updated version in their favorite series. Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts are in danger, and there's no telling what can happen. (Scholastic, Inc., $23.99)
"The Ghosts Go Scaring "
Set to the tune "The Ants Go Marching," this read-aloud and sing-along story book, allows young readers to become engaged while learning basic numbers. Kids will have a blast exploring the mystery shadows of Halloween monsters hidden within the pages and identifying the costumes in the ghost march. (Sky Pony Press,$14.22)
"Five Black Cats"
"Five Black Cats," is a perfect short story for preschoolers, exploring the journey of five black cats on Halloween night. They run into bats, jack o'lanterns and a little white mouse. Follow along as the little white mouse leads the characters into the annual holiday party at the haunted house. (Tiger Tales, $8.05)
"Mitchell on the Moon"
Mitchell's younger sister, Gretchen, believes half the moon has gone missing. But her other siblings assure her the moon is just hiding behind the clouds. Skeptical, Gretchen and Mitchell set off on a Halloween adventure to save the moon before it's time to go trick-or-treating. (Clarion Books, $12.46)
"Little Blue Truck's Halloween"
Little Blue Truck is picking up his animal pals for the Halloween costume party. This rhyming board book includes mystery flaps to lift open to reveal what each friend is wearing to the party. (HMH Books for Young Readers, $8.33)
"Howl for Halloween!"
The Paw Patrol pups are on to another adventure, this time a spooky Halloween mystery! They attend a costume party and dress up as ghost hunters to save the day. (Golden Books, $9.99)
"If You’re Spooky and You Know It"
"If You're Spooky and You Know It", puts a Halloween-themed twist on the beloved children's song "If You're Happy and You Know It"! Filled with Vampires, skeletons, wicked witches and scary mummies, your kids will be stomping their feet and singing along. (little bee books, $5.99)
"Ten Scary Zombies: Counting Book"
Ten scary zombies are ready to trick-or-treat on Halloween and need your help counting down from the number ten to one as they face a number of challenges. This counting book will have your children laughing while learning basic math skills. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; $9.29)
"Laugh-Out-Loud Holiday Jokes for Kids: 2-in-1 Collection of Spooky Jokes and Christmas Jokes"
Filled with tongue twisters, riddles, and hilarious jokes, your children will be laughing all holiday season. (HarperCollins; $10.99)
With over 21 million copies sold, Eek! Halloween! is back with a new addition! Our favorite chickens are experiencing a rather strange Halloween on the farm. With pumpkins coming to life, a wizard and a witch making an appearance, and a spooky robot, the chickens are in for an eerie Halloween. (Workman Publishing Company; $6.41)
"Peppa’s Halloween Party"
Peppa and her family are so excited to join in on all the Halloween fun. Carving pumpkins, dressing up in silly costumes, and having a party with all of their friends and family! (Scholastic Inc, $4.24)
"It's Raining Bats & Frogs"
Delia the witch, has been looking forward to the Halloween Parade all year. When it begins to rain on the big day, she decides to cast a spell to fix the problem. When her spell doesn't go the way she intends, how will she save Parade Day? (Feiwel & Friends, $15.25)
"Would You Rather Be a Princess or a Dragon?"
Would you rather be a princess or a dragon? You may be surprised by the answer! In this beautifully illustrated story, young readers learn the importance of embracing who they are. You can be a sweet princess who loves the color pink, or a fire breathing dragon who occasionally misbehaves. The message learned is that whether you want to be a princess or a dragon, nothing is stopping you from becoming who you truly want to become. (Roaring Brook Press, $10.93)
"The Mystery of the Haunted Farm"
In this picture book, Farmer Greg is experiencing some spooky activity down on the farm. To solve the mystery he calls the Ghost-hunters, three little ghost fighting pigs to help. When the Phantom 5000 machine fails to capture any ghosts, the pigs realize they might not be ready for what may come. (Nosy Crow, $17.99)
"Peep and Egg I'm Not Trick-or-Treating"
With all the scary ghouls, monsters, and witches out on Halloween, Egg refuses to go trick-or-treating with best friend Peep. Can Peep help Egg conquer this fear and enjoy his best buds favorite holiday of the year? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99)
"Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat"
Just in time for the Halloween season, this tale tells the story of how a once brave kitten was tricked by some terrifiying monsters and now fears the holiday. Bad Kitty decides to face her fears and these scary monsters on her own terms. (Roaring Book Press, $16.99)
"Love Monster and the Scary Something"
In this adorable picture book, Love Monster is experiencing trouble sleeping down in Cutesville. When he hears a bunch of spooky noises he believes there might be a scary monster out to frighten him. Llittle does he know who's actually there to say hello! (HarperCollins ,$17.99)
"Grimelda The Very Messy Witch"
Grimelda the witch loves pickle pie but she has a bit of a problem. Her house is not clean and tidy and she is having trouble finding the ingredients to make her favorite dish. Explore the charming story of what the life of a witch is all about. (HarperCollins; $16.99)
"Enzo's Very Scary Halloween"
From New York Times bestselling author of "The Art Of Racing In The Rain," our favorite puppy Enzo is back in action for a Halloween adventure. Children and animals alike transform into mythical creatures and Enzo is determined to protect fairy princess Zoe. This adorably illustrated book will keep you guessing on how our furry hero will save the day. (HaperCollins, $17.99)
Take a ride on the spooky speedway with Frankentruck, Zombie Truck and Ghost truck as they compete to the finish line in this mysterious picture book. (HarperCollins, $17.99)
"A Spooky Halloween"
It's Halloween time and all the kids are ready to trick-or-treat. But first Grandma reads the children a spooky story to get in the spirit. This board book gives a 3D effect your kids will definitely enjoy. (Barron's; $6.31)
"I Am a Witch's Cat"
The little girl in this picture book believes that her mother is a witch, and she is her black cat. Together, this mom and her daughter do witch-like things, like grow herbs, cook potions and ride on her broomstick. (HarperCollins; $15.19)