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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 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 remains true today although there are several books featuring diverse supporting characters.

Below you’ll find my list of diverse Halloween books for ages birth to 8 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!

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!

10 Busy Brooms

Carole Gerber
Birth to 3

10 Trick-or-Treaters

Janet Schulman
Birth to 3

The ABCs of Halloween: An Alphabet Book

Lydia Nichols
Birth to 3

My Baby Loves Halloween

Jabari Asim
Birth to 3

Trick or Treat on My Street

J.L. Coppage
Birth to 3

Sweets and Treats

Toni Trent Parker
Birth to 3

If You're Scary and You Know It!

Carole Gerber and Noël Ill
Birth to 3

Where is Baby's Pumpkin?

Karen Katz
Birth to 3

Halloween Trick or Treat: A Colors Book

Lydia Nichols
Birth to 3

Flashlight Night

Matt Forrest Esenwine

The Bake Ghost Shop

Jacqueline K. Ogburn

Monster Trouble

Lane Fredrickson

If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed

Denise Vega

Los Gatos Black on Halloween

Marisa Montes


Cheryl Christian

A Tiger Called Tomas

Charlotte Zolotow and Marta Álvarez Miguéns

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

Yuyi Morales

We're Off to Find the Witch's House

Richard Krieb

Mila and the Monsters

Judith Koppens and Anouk Nijs

The Snurtch

Sean Ferrell and Charles Santoso

The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt

Riel Nason and Byron Eggenschwiler

Boo Stew

Donna L. Washington and Jeffrey Ebbeler

Gustavo the Shy Ghost

Flavia Z. Drago

Vampirina Ballerina

Anne Marie Pace and Leuyen Pham

Looking for a Jumbie

Tracey Baptiste and Amber Ren

Poesy the Monster Slayer

Cory Doctorow and Matt Rockefeller

The Ninja Club Sleepover

by Laura Gehl and MacKenzie Haley

The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael

Bonny Becker and Mark Fearing

Pick a Pumpkin

Patricia Toht and Jarvis

The Pomegranate Witch

Denise Doyen and Eliza Wheeler

Snitchy Witch

Frank J. Sileo and MacKenzie Haley

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

Margaret McNamara

A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster

Amy Young

Are You Eating Candy Without Me?

Draga Jenny Malesevic

Amara and the Bats

Emma Reynolds
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9 thoughts on “Just Treats, No Tricks: 30+ Halloween Books Featuring Diverse Characters

  1. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  2. 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.