Candy corn, popcorn balls, and maybe even a few bats and spider webs—it’s time for Halloween!

It’s Raining Bats & Frogs by Rebecca Colby

its raining frogs and batsWhen the annual Witch Parade is wet and miserable because of the rain, Delia tries to fix it with spell after spell. She changes the rain to cats and dogs, then to hats and clogs, and even to bats and frogs, but nothing makes the parade better—in fact it makes it worse! Then, when Delia finally turns the rain back to just plain old rain, it seems so much better. Join Delia and her witch friends for a rainy day parade that turns into the best parade ever! Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, $16.99; ages 4-8

Monster Trucks by Anika Denise

monster trucksOn a spooky speedway, monster trucks moan, grumble, groan, and race along. Who will win? One of the monsters? Or, maybe, Little Blue Bus? Can she compete with the monster trucks? She joins the race and chug-chugs away right to the finish line in first place! Is she all that she seems, or could she have a little monster truck in her as well? Harper, $17.99, ages 4-8

Mystery of the Haunted Farm by Elys Dolan

mystery of haunted farmFarmer Greg is worried that his farm is haunted so he calls a group of Ghost- Hunters. Even though these ghost hunters are equipped with the Phantom Finder 5000, they still can’t find the ghosts that are plaguing Farmer Greg. Whatever will he do? And, where do the animals keep going? Follow along as the Ghost-Hunters and Farmer Greg try to figure out who is haunting their farm! Delightful! Nosy Crow, $17.99, ages 4-8

Laugh Out Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott

spooky jokesThese jokes are right on point for the age group! Kids will love to entertain each other with these fun (and to parents delight) clean jokes. Grab this book and your child will be laughing for hours! Great Halloween fun! Harper,
$4.99; ages 6-10

Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell

boo haikuSpooky haikus feature a witch, a bat, a fun, dancing skeleton and more! Haikus from the page before lead you to guess which Halloween friend will appear on the next page. Bold, vivid illustrations and clever haikus will have children returning to this book again and again! Abrams Appleseed, $12.95; ages 4-8

The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe

magic miss mabelMabel Ratcliff is found in a flower pot on her mother’s doorstep. Nora, Mabel’s mother, has always wanted children, so she is delighted to find Mabel and take her in to raise as her own. Pretty soon, it is obvious that Mabel has  magic abilities—like the day she simply gets so o excited she floats up in the air at the seaside! Nora decides she needs a proper education in magic and takes Mabel to live in Potts Bottom and attend Ruthersfield, a school for witches! Mabel is always experimenting, and she is very excited when a science-loving witch comes to school with a contest. Will Mabel win? Find out in this fabulous magical adventure that’s all about family, belonging, and magic! Harper, $4.99; ages 6-10

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Moms Read Too!

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. A chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist. Penguin Random House