8 Children’s Books About Haunted Houses

One of our favorite fall traditions is visiting the Haunted House at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis every year. My kids love that it’s just scary enough to be fun, without overwhelming them.

Hotel of Spells

This year’s theme is “Hotel of Spells,” and once again, the Children’s Museum Guild outdid themselves. I was blown away by the attention to detail and special touches that made this haunted house truly unique. Hotel of Spells is open October 11th through the 31st at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Hotel of Spells

To get in the Haunted House spirit, we read some of these awesome children’s books about haunted houses. I think your little ghosts and goblins will enjoy them, too!

You might also enjoy these Diverse Halloween Picture Books!


8 Children’s Books About Haunted Houses


8 Children's Books About Haunted Houses


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In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting — This fun touch-and-feel, lift-the-flap book follows two pairs of sneakers as they explore a haunted house. The pages are full of fun surprises, and the story is tame enough for even easily scared little ones.


Haunted House: A Seriously Spooky Pop-Up Book by Roger Priddy — This rhyming pop-up book makes for a very fun story time! Ghosts, ghouls, and witches pop up throughout the story, and there’s a special surprise at the end!


Flat Stanley and the Haunted House by Jeff Brown and Lori Haskins Houran — Stanley is excited for his school Halloween party, especially the haunted house. However, when a bully starts picking on his friend, he has to help save the day. This “I Can Read” book is perfect for early readers who aren’t quite ready for chapter books.


Inside a House That is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli — This early reader book shows what happens when trick-or-treaters visit a haunted house. More silly that scary, your kids will be laughing as the spooky creatures keep accidentally scaring each other.


At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman — The poem “Over in the Meadow” gets a Halloween twist in this colorful and funny picture book. This rhyming book also teaches counting skills, and my kids loved the illustrations.


Cam Jansen: The Mystery at the Haunted House by David A. Adler — Kid detective Cam Jansen has a mystery to solve at the amusement park when her aunt’s wallet goes missing in a haunted house. Was it lost or did someone steal it? Cam is ready to solve the mystery! Young readers will love this early chapter book.


Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara — A little witch lives in a house full of ghosts! So she does what any resourceful witch would do: she turns them into tablecloths, bed sheets, and more.


Mickey’s Spooky Night by Disney Books — This sweet board book has Mickey’s friends looking for him in his house, which is decorated for Halloween. Instead, they find one spooky thing after another. Little ones will love this Halloween board book.


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Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

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