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Spooky Read Alouds! Books for October


I may have to come back and write an update because we have enough spooky read alouds for the entire month of October.

We kicked off the season with a new-to-us book that would be perfect for any time of year:


Spooky Read Aloud Books

Night of the Veggie Monster

This first choice is actually a not-so-spooky read aloud, but it's very cute and age-appropriate. My students were definitely making connections as they listened – I don't believe they are strangers to tantrums.


October Read Aloud: Owl Moon

Owl Moon

This is book is not intended to be spooky in the Halloween sense, but the descriptive writing lends to a “haunted” feeling as you can picture this father-daughter pair quietly navigating the forest at night.

Please note: Expect many call and response owl hootings for the rest of the day if you read aloud this beautiful story to first graders.


Spooky Books for First Grade

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything


This book is a MUST read! There's also an youtube video clip I show every year…but beware: once you play it, you will NOT be able to get this catchy Halloween song out of your head.

Trust me.


Room on the Broom: A Spooky Read Aloud

Room on the Broom


Yup, we went there already…I was planning on pumpkin read alouds for this week (we have enough for two weeks!), but my students saw the cover displayed and requested this one. I absolutely cannot say no when my sweet students ask to be read aloud to.


This is a rough and tumble group and they are requesting to listen intently to a read aloud? Absolutely. It makes my teacher heart so happy!


We enjoyed this book as a read aloud and a writing activity (an accompanying writing list can be found here – there's several other Halloween lists included in the set, too):


October Writing: Spooky lists to match our favorite read aloud books!


Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more titles…


Positively Learning Spooky Read Alouds


I hope you were able to grab a few ideas to use this season. You can read more about our fall fun in the classroom here.

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I’m Jennifer and I was a special educator in the elementary school setting over the past decade. I entered the classroom every day dedicated to making learning inclusive AND engaging.

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