The Best Scary Books for this Halloween!
Do you love a good scare? Then don’t miss out on some of the best scary books for Halloween. There are many great ones to choose from, so it can be hard to decide which one is right for your child. In this post we divide our recommendations into sections, so you can easily find books in the right reading level. Here are some of the spookiest books that will give you your scary fix this Halloween!
The Best Scary Books for Little Ones
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to think about costumes and candy. But with so many books to choose from, how can you find the best ones for your little one? Take a look at our list of some of the best scary children’s books that are perfect for a spooky night. These books will not only help your kiddo get into the spirit of Halloween but will also be a great way to bond during this special holiday.
1. Moore Zombies: The Search for Gargoy
by Wendy Knuth
When Gargoy goes missing, Baby Zom enlists her siblings to help in the search. Follow along with Gothina, the critter-loving goth zombie, Broheimer, the nerdy zombie, and Kamper, the messy zombie who enjoys camping. Who, or what is Gargoy?Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
2. That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore
by Matt Mogk
This inviting and entertaining story helps early readers understand for themselves that a mom who has fresh brain casserole in the oven instead of her usual meatloaf is probably not their mommy anymore. This utterly twisted and incredibly funny take on the classic children’s book genre tells an entertaining story in rhyming text even as it teaches other telltale signs that mom has been bitten by a zombie!Buy on Amazon Buy on Google Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
3. The Boo Club (Book 1)
by Dr. Mc
A group of four young children known as the Boo Club set out for an adventure on Halloween night. Milly, Spider, Jan, and Sam live in the town of Hauntsville, an unordinary town filled with many mysteries. Dressed as matching ghosts, they take off on their bicycles into the night. The Boo Club comes across a spooky old house while trick-or-treating and decides to explore. Inside, they find a thrill that they never expected.Buy on Amazon Buy on other store Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
4. Halloween Is Coming!
by Cal Everett
Marching in the school parade in frightening costumes that we’ve made; Look around, the signs are clear, Halloween is getting near!Buy on Amazon Buy on Google Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
The Best Scary Books for Middle Grade (8-12)
The best scary books are the ones that give you an adrenaline rush, leaving you with goosebumps long after you have finished reading them. The kind of books that make you sleep with the lights on. If this sounds like your type of book, then you’ll love these 5 books just for middle-grade readers!
1. Halloween: Scary Halloween Stories for Kids
by Arnie Lightning
Are you brave enough to read these spooky and scary Halloween stories? If you enjoy the Goosebump series, you will love these hair-raising and frightful tales. These Halloween short stories are quick and easy to read. These are the perfect ghost stories to read around a campfire with friends and family.Buy on Amazon Buy on other store Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
2. One Dark Hallow’s Eve
by Eldritch Black
It’s All Hallow’s Eve and Owen Weeks is not having a good day. Something’s stirring in the lake by his house, the dead leaves beneath these shoes crunch like bones, and even the brambles seem to twitch when he’s not looking. Nothing’s right. But things get a lot worse as Owen discovers a terrifying stranger hiding in an abandoned farmhouse. A dark spell is cast. Old magic, magic that raises a terrifying horde of nightmarish creatures.Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
3. Trick or Treat Free For All!
by M.K. Radican
Join your favorite kid literature characters as they embark on a night of trick-or-treating you’ll never forget! This collection of short stories will take you to spooky neighborhoods, back to ancient Egypt, and even inside a video game! Featuring tales from award-winning authors and fresh new voices, this is a perfect Halloween treat for readers ages seven to twelve!Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
4. The Witches
by Roald Dahl
This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!Buy on Amazon Buy on Google Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
The Best Scary Chapter Books
Welcome to your new destination for scary chapter books! We have a large selection of books for kids and teens that are just right for this time of year. Whether you’re looking for a book that will keep you up at night or a book that will get you in the mood for Halloween, we have a wide variety of titles.
1. Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe
by Josh Allen
Get ready for a collection of thirteen short stories that will chill your bones, tingle your spine, and scare your pants off. Debut author Josh Allen masterfully concocts horror in the most innocent places, like R.L. Stine meets a modern Edgar Allan Poe. A stray kitten turns into a threatening follower. The street sign down the block starts taunting you. Even your own shadow is out to get you! Spooky things love hiding in plain sight.Buy on Amazon Buy on Google Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
2. Secret Magic (Evie Everyday Witch Book 1)
by Elena Paige
My name is Evie every day and I’m a witch. But all I’ve ever wanted is to be normal. So when I get the chance to go to a regular school and be a regular girl I’ll do anything to fit in. Anything! Fitting in is easy. All I have to do is: keep my magic a secret, swap my favorite colorful clothes for boring black ones, suck up to scary Mrs. Rogers, keep my pet cat, bat, and corncob from causing any trouble, And stay away from Izzy. She’s all colorful and funny and awesome…. and not helpful for fitting in.Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
3. Etty Steele Vampire Hunter (The Hunter Series Book 1)
by Grayson Grave
Etty Steele is a vampire hunter. There’s only one problem – she doesn’t have her hunter powers. No super-strength, no super-speed. Nothing. When she goes back to school after the summer, she’s surprised to find a new boy has joined her class. Even more surprising – he’s a vampire! If only there was a way to stake him through the heart without anyone noticing.Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
4. Dead Scary: The Ghost who Refused to Leave
by Sally Gould
Adam is an ordinary boy, except for one thing. He can see and talk with ghosts. When his family moves into what seems like the home of his dreams, Adam finds out it isn’t his dream home after all. Edward Lawrence, a bossy ghost who was Adam’s age when he died, regards the home as his own and he doesn’t want to share it with an annoying boy who can see him.Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
Older Teen (13+) Books
Some books are too scary for younger readers. For mischievous teens, we recommend these books that may be a little bit scarier and enticing!
1.Teenage Monster Hunters
by Charlie Wood
Sarah, Mike, and Paige were never sure if they should believe their uncle’s wild stories about being a monster hunter. But all that changes when their hometown is attacked by bloodthirsty vampires, howling spirits, and powerful witches. Now, with their uncle missing, the three cousins must band together and protect their neighborhood from an invasion of monsters. However, the cousins better hurry. A mysterious being has been secretly living among them, waiting to unleash something he has been planning for 30 years…Buy on Amazon Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
2. Pawsitively Poisonous (A Witch of Edgehill Mystery Book 1)
by Melissa Erin Jackson
Edgehill’s newest police chief has had it out for Amber since he arrived three years before. He can’t possibly know she’s a witch, but his suspicions about her odd store and even odder behavior have shot her to the top of his suspect list. When the Edgehill rumor mill finds out Melanie was poisoned, it’s not only the police chief who looks at Amber differently.Buy on Amazon Buy on Google Buy on Nook Buy on Kobo
3.The Haunting of Sunshine House (Ghosts of Los Angeles Book 1)
by Dominika Best
Sara Caine, paranormal investigator, couldn’t believe she got an invitation to hunt for ghosts in the most haunted building in all of Los Angeles, The Sunshine House. Her excitement turns to horror as the mysteries of Sunshine House reveal themselves to be more terrifying than she could have ever imagined.Buy on Amazon Buy on Google Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
4. Buried Magic (White Haven Witches Book 1)
by TJ Green
For years witches have lived in quirky White Haven, all with an age-old connection to the town’s magical roots, but Avery has been reluctant to join a coven, preferring to work alone. However, when she inherits a rune-covered box and an intriguing letter, Avery learns that their history is darker than she realized. And when the handsome Alex Bonneville tells her he’s been having dark premonitions, they know that trouble’s coming.Buy on Amazon Buy on Google Buy on Nook Buy on Apple Buy on Kobo
The holiday season is a time for scary stories, and there are plenty that have been written. With so many choices to pick from, we hope that we have narrowed your search down for the perfect age-appropriate spooky tale. From all of us at Freebooksy we wish you a happy Halloween!
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