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6 Spooooky Books to Read this Halloween

By Bianca Smith • October 26, 2017

Did you hear that?!?

Oh, just a tree blowing in the wind…

...or was it?

Here are six seriously spooky Halloween reads for all ages.

Kindergarten and Preschool

Leo: a Ghost Story – Mac Barnett

Leo's just a typical boy. He likes to draw; he makes delicious snacks. Oh, and most people can't see him and that causes a problem when a new family moves into his house. To be honest, our first story isn't that spooky, but remember, it's for young children. Read this with the youngsters for the adorable, and not quite spooky illustrations.

Monster Trouble! – Jane Fredrickson

What's a brave girl to do when the neighborhood monsters won't let you sleep? This is also for kindergarten-aged kids, so this story is more sweet than spooky, but still a  fun start to Halloween-themed bedtime reading.

Older Kids

Anything by R.L. Stine

R. L. Stine is the master of spooky and the first to mind for this list. Anything by him will have you cowering under the covers. We had trouble choosing just one, luckily R. L. Stine has done that himself with Beware!. It's a book of his favorites.

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

What's more Halloween than a book opening with the brutal murder of the main character's family and the main character deciding to live with the ghosts in the graveyard. Oh, and the main character is a toddler. The Graveyard Book is definitely not for toddlers, but feel free to spook the older elementary kids with this one.


Gerald's Game - Stephen King

Oh, Stephen, where do we start? Not all of his books will have you sleeping with the lights on, but most will. With the movie, IT has seen new popularity. The Shining is another that'll have you looking in every corner. However, we're going for Gerald's Game for the 5th item in our list. A romantic weekend in an isolated cabin and game of seduction goes wrong when Gerald unexpectedly dies. Nothing spooky in that, but there's something outside the cabin and it may very well be human.

I, Zombie – Hugh Howey

***WARNING: NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION*** With a disclaimer like that you should be worried. This isn't a Shaun of the Dead laugh your head off zombie story. Have you ever wondered what goes through a zombie's head? Thoughts? Desires? Hungers? Well, you're about to find out.

What's your favorite spooky read?

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