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Best Ghost Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Halloween will be here before you know it, and now is the perfect time to curl up with your kids and read one of these awesome ghost books. All of these books are perfect for your toddlers or preschoolers and can help them get excited about the spooky Halloween season. While ghosts are supposed to be scary, these books often make them cute fun additions to a story rather than something to be feared. These books would also work well in a Halloween theme for your preschoolers too! Here are the best Ghost Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers to read this Halloween.

Covers of the 10 best ghost books for toddlers and preschoolers. Including Ten Timid Ghosts and the Ghost Who was Afraid of the Dark.

Not So Scary Ghost Stories for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Ghosts can be friendly and fun too! Just think about Casper. We’ve put together our favourites perfect for reading aloud and adding to your book basket this Halloween and sharing with your little ones.

Looking for more Halloween Books to read aloud, check out our list or why not choose one from our selection of Witch Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

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Ten Timid Ghosts

Ten Timid Ghosts (Read With Me Paperbacks)
  • O’Connell, Jennifer (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/01/2000 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

Probably the favourite one of the ghost books I’ve selected below and the one that I would pick if I only had to choose 1 book for our book basket. Ten Timid Ghosts is filled with ghosts, witches, and spooky fun this counting book will delight any young reader this Halloween.

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus: (A Holiday Wheels on the Bus Book)
  • J. Elizabeth Mills (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 07/01/2010 (Publication Date) – Cartwheel Books (Publisher)

Featuring one of our favourite action rhymes for kids this Halloween version of the classic the Wheels on the Bus is sure to be a hit. In The Spooky Wheels on the Bus meet the fun characters that ride the ghostly bus.

Ghosts in the House

Ghosts in the House!
  • Kohara, Kazuno (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/06/2010 (Publication Date) – Square Fish (Publisher)

By one of my favourite authors and illustrators (check out the book Jack Frost by the same author to see why) in Ghosts in the House you can join a young girl as she learns that her house is haunted and as she starts to catch and take care of the ghosts herself.

A Friend for a Ghost

A Friend for Ghost
  • Hardcover Book
  • Kaufman, Suzanne (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/23/2022 (Publication Date) – Neal Porter Books (Publisher)

It can be lonely being a ghost, no one sees you so finding friends is really hard. In A Friend for a Ghost friendship does come but at the most unlikely time! This is a beautifully illustrated story and lovely for talking about friendships.

Pinterest image of Ghost Books for toddlers and Preschoolers showing the covers of the books and two cute little ghosts.

Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk: A Halloween Book for Kids
  • Stan Berenstain (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/06/2005 (Publication Date) – HarperFestival (Publisher)

Some favourite return in this ghostly book

How to Make Friends with a Ghost

How to Make Friends with a Ghost
  • Hardcover Book
  • Green, Rebecca (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages – 09/05/2017 (Publication Date) – Tundra Books (Publisher)

Ever wondered what you would do if you ever met a ghost? In How to Make Friend with a Ghost there are some essential tips and steps one little girl takes when making friends with a ghost.

Disney’s Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion (Disney Classic) (Little Golden Book)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Clauss, Lauren (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 07/13/2021 (Publication Date) – Golden/Disney (Publisher)

One of mine and the kids favourite rides at Disney Parks around the world The Haunted Mansion is the story of the fun ride.

we’re going on a ghost hunt

We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Pearson, Susan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 10/02/2012 (Publication Date) – Two Lions (Publisher)

Inspired by the classic song We’re going on a Bear Hunt, We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt is a fun Halloween version of this rhyme. Join a group of kids as they go out looking for ghosts one evening and come face to face with the a ghost themselves!

The Ghost Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Ghost Afraid of the Dark (Board Book)
  • Conway, Sara (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 07/07/2020 (Publication Date) – Kidsbooks (Publisher)

Little Boo the ghost in The Ghost who was afraid of the dark, is scared of lots of things this Halloween. Join him and his monster friends as he discovers his bravery. This is a wonderful board book for little ones to read at Halloween. I especially love the glow in the dark cover.

Funny Little Ghost

Funny Little Ghost – Halloween Ghost-Shaped Board Book
  • Rosa Vonfeder (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10 Pages – 06/08/2020 (Publication Date) – Cottage Door Press (Publisher)

One for your youngest toddlers, Funny Little Ghost is a ghost shaped board book where the little ghost tries to decide what it will dress up to go trick or treating this year for Halloween.

Halloween Activities for your Toddlers and Preschoolers

Why not read a book from this selection and then try one of these fun Halloween Activities below ideal for toddlers and preschoolers – if you love crafts do check out our Best Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Simple ghosts made with a straw on a piece of black card. text overlay reads Straw Block Ghosts, Easy Halloween Craft.
Halloween playdough fun for toddlers and preschoolers ideas in a collage
A group of children dressed up for Halloween jumping and dancing to one of the Halloween Rhymes. The text overlay reads Halloween Rhymes and Songs for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

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