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Just Treats, No Tricks: 30+ Halloween Books Featuring Diverse Characters

While diversity in children’s literature has come a long way since my childhood, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.  This couldn’t be more true when searching for diverse books based on specific holidays like Halloween. If you follow my blog or my Instagram page you’ll know I read a variety of books with my kids regardless of race, culture or religion.  Yes, that includes animal books too on occasion- we’ll read just about anything.  However, I also read lots of diverse books with my kids because it’s important for me to read books with them where they can see themselves being represented often.

So imagine my surprise when I initially started searching for diverse holiday books years ago when my daughter was born.  I was disappointed that I found so few books where a diverse character was the main protagonist.  This still remains true today although there are several books featuring diverse supporting characters.

Below you’ll find my list of diverse Halloween books that feature diverse supporting characters or main protagonists. I hope you enjoy this list and find a few books to read with your little readers for Halloween!

For Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers




For Preschoolers – 2nd or 3rd Grade & Up

Note: The book Dem Bones only features skeletons.  I included it because it’s based on the traditional African-American spiritual, passed down by word of mouth for generations entitled “Dem Bones”.







Chapter Books For Tweens, Teens & Up






Your turn: Did you enjoy this post and find it to be helpful?  Which books would you add to this list? Feel free to share in the comments.  I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Reply Rebecca @ Sturdy for Common Things

    This is such a great list! I need to check out Sweets and Treats and 10 Busy Brooms!

    I have a couple on our bookshelf to add to your awesome list:
    Pumpkin Eye by Denise Flemming
    Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illustrated by Lorena Alvarez

    Have you read either of these?

    I love following you on Instagram– Thanks for all the great reading recommendations 🙂

    October 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm
    • Reply Mrs. G

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! No, I haven’t read either of those books so thank you for the recommendations! Also, thanks for following along on Instagram and for your kind words.

      October 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply K. Elizabeth

    Clubhouse Mysteries, Candy Fairies and Katie Woo are some of our favorite series! I would add Dora’s Halloween Adventure and Little Einsteins’ Halloween Surprise.

    October 25, 2016 at 6:32 pm
    • Reply Mrs. G

      Thank you for mentioning those books!

      October 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Muffy Mendoza

    Awesome list! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to share this with my friends!

    October 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply Mrs. G

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing!

      October 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply angie

    We love books in our family with 2 grandbabies a 5 year old and a 2nd grader we share stories and books all the time. It is always great to find stories about characters the y may find in every day life or examples of life
    thanks for sharing
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    October 31, 2016 at 12:43 am
  • Reply Shante Ferguson

    Great reads I will definitely have to pick up some of these books for my son.. and its just in time for Halloween He will absolutely love them ‪#BLMGirl

    September 27, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply Mrs. G

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      September 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm

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