Book Lists

Spooky and Scary Books

Check out some of these spooky and scary books for grades PreK–8.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Grades PreK–2

Ten Timid Ghosts
by Jennifer O'Connell
Count down from ten to one with ten ghosts, a witch, and a haunted house in this spooky rhyme.

Halloween Night: Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems
by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Adam McCauley
Celebrate all the experiences of this "happy, haunted night," with these upbeat, bouncy rhymes about pumpkin picking, telling ghost stories, and more!

The Battlefield Ghost
by Margery Cuyler
John and his sister Lisa's house is haunted by the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier who wants them to help him solve the problem that has kept him restless for so long.

Child of Faerie, Child of Earth
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Jane Dyer
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of how a human girl and a faerie boy become friends during a magical celebration on All Hallow's Eve.


Grades 3–5

The Watchers #2: Rewind
by Peter Lerangis
The second book in this series about the Watchers, who can see into other worlds and even into the past, tells the story of Adam's new video camera that can rewind reality.

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!
by Cornelia Funke
Nine-year-old Tom is learning how to be a ghosthunter and he soon finds he has to face down not only the ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost) living in his basement but the IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost) in town.

Goosebumps: The Ghost in the Mirror
by R.L. Stine
This series of scary chapter books has been updated and will frighten and delight young readers! 

Moonlight Man
by Betty Ren Wright
A neighborhood with a dark secret greets a family with a tragic past in this critically acclaimed ghost story.

The Ghost of Cutler Creek
by Cynthia DeFelice
Allie Nichols is back for her third ghost adventure! Could there be some connection between Mr. Henry's dog, the ghost, and an unfriendly new boy in her class? Find out as you read this suspenseful story.

The House of Dies Drear
by Virginia Hamilton
A hundred years ago, Dies Drear and two slaves he was hiding in his house, an Underground Railroad station, had been murdered. Thomas thought the huge house was fascinating until he becomes convinced that someone or something connected to that event still resides there.


Grades 6–8

America's Most Haunted: Haunted Kids
by Allan Zullo
This mind-bending collection of scary stories of kids and their encounters with the supernatural includes: a story of a ghost who saves a child's life, a boy who knocked over a gravestone and the spirit who wrecked Jenny's house.

Dare to Be Scared
by Robert D. San Souci
Spur young imaginations with 13 new stories that weave suspense, drama, and psychological power into eerie, evocative stories, including ghost tales, fantasy, and science fiction.

Scholastic Classics
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Stories of the Supernatural
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Respectable citizen by day...killer by night? Rediscover Robert Louis Stevenson's harrowing tale of good and evil trapped in the same person.

The Empty Mirror
by James Lincoln Collier
Nick is a 13-year-old orphan growing up in the wilds of New England in the 1930s, when his already troubled life takes a turn for the worse. Blamed for a murder, Nick discovers he must confront a ghost who is behind all the mayhem.

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
by Chris Wooding
Thaniel, 17, and Cathaline are wych-hunters in the Old Quarter of London, where they meet Alaizabel Cray, who is possessed by an evil entity that attracts horrors from every dark corner. Together, they must discover its cause — and defend humanity at all costs!


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  • Subjects:
    Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches, Literature, Halloween