Spooktacular books for kids this Halloween

From the slightly spooky to the downright freaky, we've rustled up the best scary (but not too scary) stories for older and younger children, to get them ready for All Hallow's Eve.


What we're reading this autumn

Looking for a great book to snuggle up with this autumn? Check out our selection of the books everyone's reading right now, including our October Book of the Month – Sebastian Barry's heart-wrenching portrayal of two soldiers caught up in war in the 1800s.

Bag a beautiful board book

WOW! It's Night-Time

Discover the world with Tim Hopgood and little owl in WOW! It's Night-Time, the companion to the bestselling WOW! Said the Owl. Find out more and apply to win one of 10 free copies.

Win a hilarious & relatable novel

Why Mummy Drinks book

From the blogger and creator of Facebook sensation Peter and Jane, Gill Sims, comes an honest, embarrassingly relatable and just a little bit sweary debut novel. We've got 50 free proof copies up for grabs so apply for yours now.

Best audiobooks on Audible

Girl listening to audiobook

These are the audiobooks you need in your life: they've got it all – great storylines, brilliant narrators and you can listen whenever you want, wherever you are. PLUS – Audible is offering Mumsnet users two free credits when you sign up to a 30-day free trial!

Win Victoria Derbyshire's book

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria by Victoria Derbyshire

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria is much-loved BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire's moving and honest day-to-day account of life after her breast cancer diagnosis. We're asking you to share what you'd say to cancer if you could (or just your thoughts and stories about cancer) – for a chance to win the book and a £100 voucher.

Tried and tested: best parenting books

New mother with baby

Becoming, and then being a parent through all the different life stages can be pretty overwhelming. These books have been tried, tested, and recommended by Mumsnet users. Find the best parenting book for you.

How to help reluctant readers

Reluctant reader

If you've spent more time pleading, bargaining, and bribing your kids to read than they've actually spent with a book, you need to check out Mumsnetters' top tips for reluctant readers.

How to teach your child to read

Woman reading with child

Not sure where to start with teaching your child to read? Before you begin, here are some stress-busting facts for a range of ages that you should know from the off.

Blitz those nits with Mumsnet

There's a new Mumsnet book in town! How to Blitz Nits (and other Nasties) is a witty but also practical guide to zapping childhood 'nasties', full of great tips from Mumsnetters. You can buy your copy with a 35% discount for MNers (enter the code NITS at the checkout).