We seriously own about 15-20 Halloween books. Not quite sure how that happened. (#bookwormproblems) But - here are the 6 best.
  1. Pick a Circle, Gather Squares
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    A girl and her family head to a pumpkin farm where they find all kinds of shapes, such as squares (hay bales), ovals (eggs), and diamonds (scarecrow eyes). Cute, layered illustrations which offer lots of shape-finding fun.
  2. It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!
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    This is the 3yo's favorite I think. Mouse paints 7 pumpkins - one happy, one sad, one scared, etc. It always leads to lots of counting and silly-face-making while we read it.
  3. Eek! Halloween
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    This one is a little over the 3yo's head, but she still likes it. And it cracks me and the 6yo up. A group of nervous chickens are alarmed to see things like "a mouse of unusual size" (an elephant, in costume).
  4. Little Blue Truck's Halloween
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    Little Blue Truck (Beep! Beep! Boo!) and his animal friends dress up for a Halloween party. Can you tell who is really the queen? (Cow) Or the pirate? (Rooster) It's very cute, but the illustrations are kind of dark & autumnal, so I can't read this one right before bed - too hard to make out the words in dim lighting.
  5. Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise
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    Mr. and Mrs. Watson convince their pig Mercy to dress up like a princess for Halloween, by promising her treats. Mercy thinks she's going to get "toast with a great deal of butter", and shenanigans ensue when she is offered candy instead. This is a short-ish chapter book - perfect for a beginning reader. But I read it aloud to the 3yo, and it held her attention for the whole time - about 15 min.
  6. It's Pumpkin Time!
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    This one is my favorite. It starts in the spring when the kids plant pumpkin seeds, follows the pumpkin through the year as they grow, and then ends with jack o' lanterns and some trick or treating. I love the progression!