Thrills, Chills, and Nightmares: Books For Kids To Celebrate Halloween


The Halloween Performance

Title: The Halloween Performance
By: Felicia Bond
Published: 1990

Roger plays a small but important part in the school Halloween play.

Ages 4-8.
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Skeleton Hiccups

Title: Skeleton Hiccups
By: Margery Cuyler
Published: 2002

Ghost tries to help Skeleton get rid of the hiccups.

Ages 4-8.
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The Most Haunted House in America

Title: The Most Haunted House in America
By: Jarrett Dapier
Published: 2022

A band of skeleton drummers takes a haunted tour of the White House during a Halloween celebration, discovering the many ghosts that roam its halls.

Ages 4 to 8.
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Secrets of Camp Whatever

Title: Secrets of Camp Whatever
By: Chris Grine
Published: 2020

Eleven-year-old Willow doesn't want to go to her dad's weird old summer camp. Soon Willow finds herself neck-deep in a confounding mystery involving stolen snacks, suspected vampires, and missing campers, all shrouded in the sinister fog that hides a generation of secrets at Camp... whatever it's called.

Ages 9-12.
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The Puppet's Payback And Other Chilling Tales

Title: The Puppet's Payback And Other Chilling Tales
By: Mary Downing Hahn
Published: 2020

From ghost story master Mary Downing Hahn, an assortment of eerie short stories to thrill and chill young readers.

Ages 8-12.
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Frankenstein Doesn't Wear Earmuffs

Title: Frankenstein Doesn't Wear Earmuffs
By: John Loren
Published: 2020

A young trick-or-treater has the best Frankenstein costume ever...if he can make it out the front door! Every time he tries to set foot into the dark and stormy night, his parents interrupt with yet another warm and cozy addition to his costume. Will our young Frankenstein be able to break loose or will he be overcome by the weight of a ghastly fall wardrobe?

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Ages 4-8.

A Costume For Charly

Title: A Costume For Charly
By: CK Malone
Published: 2022

Charly thinks outside the box to find a Halloween costume that represents their feminine and masculine identities equally.

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Ages 5-8.


Title: Thirteens
By: Kate Alice Marshall

"Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets Stranger things in a dark and twisted story about a sleepy town with a dark secret-and the three kids brave enough to uncover it."

12 years and up.

Space Case

Title: Space Case
By: Edward Marshall
Published: 1992

When the thing from outer space visits earth, it is taken first for a trick-or-treater and then for a robot.

Ages 4-8.
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In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

Title: In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories
By: Alvin Schwartz
Published: 2017

Creak...Crash...BOO! Shivering skeletons, ghostly pirates, chattering corpses, and haunted graveyards...all to chill your bones! Share these seven spine-tingling stories in a dark, dark room.

Ages 4-8.
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Hide and Seeker

Title: Hide and Seeker
By: Daka Hermon
Published: 2020

Something is wrong with twelve-year-old Zee, who has returned after a year's absence; nobody knows where he was or what happened to him, but now he is distracted and violent, playing an odd game of hide-and-seek, and talking wildly about some danger that is approaching.

Ages 8-12.
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EEK! Halloween!

Title: EEK! Halloween!
By: Sandra Boynton
Published: 2016

There's a big round moon in a dark, dark sky. The chickens are nervous. Witches, wizards, robots, and an alarmingly enormous mouse (eek!) are prowling around town tonight, and it's up to the chickens to get to the bottom of it -- that is, if they can uncover their eyes long enough!

Ages 0-4.
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If Your Babysitter Is A Bruja

Title: If Your Babysitter Is A Bruja
By: Ana Siqueira
Published: 2022

"If you get a new babysitter, and it's almost Halloween, be wary...for she might just be a bruja!"

Ages 4-8.
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Dead Wednesday

Title: Dead Wednesday
By: Jerry Spinelli
Published: 2021

When the school assigns each eighth-grader the name of a teenager who died in the past year as a lesson in mortality, Worm Tarnauer, who thrives on being invisible, doesn't count on Becca Finch, the seventeen-year-old car crash victim who changes everything.

Ages 10-13.
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Creepy Carrots

Title: Creepy Carrots
By: Aaron Reynolds
Published: 2012

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Ages: 4-8
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Leo: A Ghost Story

Title: Leo: A Ghost Story
By: Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson
Published: 2015

Leo is a friendly house ghost--but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.

Ages 3-5.
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The Pomegranate Witch

Title: The Pomegranate Witch
By: Denise Doyen
Published: 2017

Told in rhyming text, a gang of neighborhood children make a determined effort to seize some of the pomegranate fruits from the magnificent tree by the scary, run-down farmhouse--but the tree is guarded by a scary "witch", except on Halloween, when her "sister" welcomes trick-or-treaters.

Ages 5-8.
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The Dark

Title: The Dark
By: Lemony Snicket
Published: 2013

Laszlo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.

Ages 3-5.
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The Witch’s Children

Title: The Witch’s Children
By: Ursula Jones
Published: 2003

When the two older witch's children use their magic to create trouble in the park, the Little One knows how to fix the problem.

Ages 3-8.
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Creepy Pair of Underwear

Title: Creepy Pair of Underwear
By: Aaron Reynolds
Published: 2017

A young rabbit is frightened by his underwear.

Ages 4 - 8.
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The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies

Title: The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies
By: Kyle Sullivan
Published: 2019

The Cyclops Witch never backs down from adventure or the medley of monsters she meets along the way. But one spooky night, the only thing in the world that gives her the heebie-jeebies walks right up to her door--and it's not what you're expecting.

Ages 5-12.
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The Jumbies

Title: The Jumbies
By: Tracey Baptiste
Published: 2015

Corinne La Mer isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest. Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

Ages 9-12.
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Doll Bones

Title: Doll Bones
By: Holly Black
Published: 2013

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Ages: 10-14
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Beneath The Bed & Other Scary Stories

Title: Beneath The Bed & Other Scary Stories
By: Max Brallier
Published: 2019

The kids at school dare John to visit the old house on the hill at night --and that is only one of the five scary stories with unexpected twists that are included in this collection.

Ages: 5-7
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Warren The 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

Title: Warren The 13th and The All-Seeing Eye
By: Tania Del Rio
Published: 2015

Twelve-year-old orphan Warren has been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management of the family hotel.

Ages 10-12.
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Black Sand Beach: Are You Afraid of the Light?

Title: Black Sand Beach: Are You Afraid of the Light?
By: Richard Fairgray
Published: 2020

Spending the summer at a family beach house, Dash and his best friend, Lily, are alarmed by the house's ramshackle condition and the presence of eccentric relatives before encountering a series of supernatural beings.

Ages 8-12.
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Oddly Normal

Title: Oddly Normal
By: Otis Frampton
Published: 2006

On her 10th birthday, Oddly Normal's witch mother and human father disappear, leaving her aunt to take her to the fantastical place, Fignation - with zombies, ghosts, werewolves, and a teacher who knows far too much about Oddly.

Ages 9-12.
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Title: Alone
By: Megan E Freeman
Published: 2021

When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She's alone--left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.

Ages 10-up.
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Title: Coraline
By: Neil Gaiman
Published: 2002

Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Ages 8-up.
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The Graveyard Book

Title: The Graveyard Book
By: Neil Gaiman
Published: 2014

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Ages: 10-12
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Wait Till Helen Comes

Title: Wait Till Helen Comes
By: Mary Downing Hahn
Published: 1986

Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.

Ages 9-12.
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Scary Stories for Young Foxes

Title: Scary Stories for Young Foxes
By: Christian McKay Heidicker
Published: 2019

The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe.

Ages: 9-12
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Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

Title: Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
By: James and Deborah Howe
Published: 1979

Is Bunnicula really a vampire? Only Bunnicula knows for sure.

Ages: 8-12
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Spirit Hunters

Title: Spirit Hunters
By: Ellen Oh
Published: 2017

Harper doesn't trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family's new house is haunted. Harper isn't sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely.

Ages: 8-12
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Root Magic

Title: Root Magic
By: Eden Royce
Published: 2021

Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of their family for generations--especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family's true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs...and not a moment too soon.

Ages 8-12.
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City of Ghosts

Title: City of Ghosts
By: Victoria Schwab
Published: 2018

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn't like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead ... and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. So things are already pretty strange. But they're about to get much stranger.

Ages 9-12.
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Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark

Title: Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark
By: Alvin Schwartz
Published: 1981

Traditional and modern-day tales and "jump" stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, haunts, superstitions, monsters and horrible scary things.

Ages 8-12.
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Artie and the Wolf Moon

Title: Artie and the Wolf Moon
By: Olivia Stephens
Published: 2021

When Artemis discovers that she and her mom come from a long line of werewolves, she also finds a family she never knew she had. But what’s hunting Artie and her family? And will they be strong enough to survive?

Ages 12 and up.
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The Shadow Hand (Babysitting Nightmares Book 1)

Title: The Shadow Hand (Babysitting Nightmares Book 1)
By: Kat Shepherd
Published: 2019

The Babysitters Club meets Goosebumps. When babysitter Rebecca discovers that a sinister ruler of darkness has replaced the baby with a changeling, she and her friends must save him by surviving a chilling journey through the Nightmare Realm.

Ages 8-12.
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Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales To Tell

Title: Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales To Tell
By: Various Authors
Published: 2019

A collection of thirteen original ghost stories, some in rhyme.

Ages: 8-12
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Halloween Sound Effects (CD)

Title: Halloween Sound Effects (CD)
By: Audio Book on CD
Published: 2006

Halloween sound effects recording for atmospheric purposes!


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