As kids are gearing up to trick or treat or maybe watch a scary movie or two, we pulled together this list of creepy, spooky, and mysterious books to pique your child’s interest in reading.
FOREWORD BY GUEST WRITER PATRICE PILGRIM:
As a mom, I have never understood the penchant that my oldest son has for games and books that scare him. While sitting and reading with him one day, I realized that it’s the surprise of not knowing what comes next that intrigues him.
Reading in general provides surprise, but reading a creepy book provides an even bigger treat, especially around Halloween! The books that I will be looking at in this list are ones that you can read with your child or that she can read on her own.
We as adults may forget the ‘draw’ of these books, but for children, they may spark an interest in reading that goes beyond Halloween.
by Hal Johnson and Tom Mead
Twenty spine-chilling stories about some of the most dangerous and fantastic beings within American folk history. A good read for those children of the age to appreciate a good reading scare.
by Shannon Hale
I myself love watching the cartoons with my young cousins, and the books are a great continuation. A mystery with enough spook mixed in to make it a wickedly good Halloween read.
A Good Night for Ghosts (Magic Treehouse Series)
by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca
Rich in historical details, this book is full of intriguing facts and still gives you the creepy feeling that you might be looking for.
by Timothy J. Bradley
This book is almost a tribute to the monster movies of the 1950’s & 1960’s. It had a slightly different tone in terms of the writing but is very engaging and well written. Definitely worth the time to read and be scared!
by Royce Buckingham
This book will have you sitting up and begging for more. From the first page to the last word, this book will have you on the edge of your seat. A thrilling must read.
From the Biblionasium Editors:
Stink loves most scientific things, but he is so freaked out by spiders that he can’t even read about them! Overcome arachnophobia by reading Stink and the Hairy Scary Spider.