Kirkus Reviews calls it "Elegant in design, precise in image, this is a sophisticated style that should be popular for its subject, with appeal for any age that enjoys the macabre side of Halloween." Publishers Weekly describes the poems as "fresh, original creations." and "Illustrator Smith is a perfect accomplice..." The School Library Journal recommends Halloween ABC for children K and up, and states that: “This is not a book for young children to learn the alphabet, but it is a witty, whimsical, and happily shivery book for Halloween sharing. It is also a wonderful book for monster- and horror-loving youngsters at any time of the year and a diabolic way for poetry-loving adults to introduce the work of one of our best contemporary poets [...]”
Halloween ABC is on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000 as "it allegedly contains satanic references, cult symbols, and promotes violent and deviant behavior."
- "Halloween ABC". kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- "Halloween A B C". publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- "100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999". ALA.org. American Library Association. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- Edwards, June (1997). Opposing Censorship in Public Schools: Religion, Morality, and Literature. Routledge. p. 50. ISBN 978-11-3568616-1. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
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