25 Spooky Books for Young Readers of All Ages

While there are plenty of classic reads out there, but, of course, it’s easier to get kids to read if it’s interesting — to them.

I personally would usually recommend one of Madeleine L’Engle’s novels, The Hobbit, or traditional standbys like the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

But given the time of year, and that there are only so many times you can watch the Hocus Pocus films, how about a list of 16 spooky stories I think your kids will love.

Join Little Sammy and his friends as they explore the world of Halloween, complete with scratch and sniff. Bob for apples, eat scary-shaped Halloween cookies and go trick-or-treating for other spooky treats.

The Spooky Smells of Halloween by Mary Man-Kong, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

With this book, your child will learn all about the center of the Halloween celebration – Pumpkins! Find out the different kinds of pumpkins, how they grow, and how people use and enjoy them—especially at Thanksgiving and Halloween.

Pumpkins by Gail Gibbons

Little Pookie doesn’t know what he wants to be for Halloween. So he tries on costumes one by one, not finding quite the right thing. Until he does!

Spooky Pookie (Little Pookie) by Sandra Boynton

It’s hard for Ghost to make new friends. Not everyone can see them. And the folks who can see get scared. It all changes when Ghost meets a red balloon – they do everything together – except balloons aren’t known for, hanging around.

A Friend for Ghost by Suzanne Kaufman

You may know Goldilocks, but how about Curly Locks? She lives in Toadsuck Swamp and loves to cook – she’s just not very good at it. But when the residents get terrorized by daytime Scares, Curly Locks and her unique talents may be their only hope.

Boo Stew by Donna L. Washington, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

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