Book Lists

Spotlight on Spooky and Scary Books

Let readers tickle their scary bone with selections from one of these book lists — perfect for the Halloween season — or any time!

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

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Monsters (grades K–2)
The imagination can be a scary thing for children. Nightmares seem to hide monsters under every bed and behind every door. These books tend to use humor to help alleviate some of the childhood angst found at bedtime. Book List created by Scholastic Teacher Advisor Jeremy Brunaccioni.

Books include: 10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster (Laura Numeroff), The Class Pet from the Black Lagoon (Mike Thaler), and There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Mercer Mayer).

Monsters for First Graders (grade 1)
Monsters don't need to be scary. They can be humorous and sometimes teach young readers math or manners. Book List created by a Scholastic List Exchange user.

Books include: Brave Little Monster (Ken Baker), Dogzilla (Dav Pilkey), and I SPY a Scary Monster (Jean Marzollo).

October Read Alouds (grades 1–2)
October Read Alouds featuring Halloween, pumpkin, and witch books. Selected by Classroom Solutions Teacher Advisor Nancy Jang.

Books include: Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches (Steven J. Simmons), Dragon's Halloween (Dav Pilkey), and One Halloween Night (Mark Teague). 

Spooky Stories to Share and Scare (grades K–2)
Gentle, spooky stories to get early readers in the Halloween spirit! Book List Created by Scholastic Books & Authors Editor Gabrielle Balkan.

Books include: The Best Halloween Hunt Ever (John Speirs), Sipping Spiders Through a Straw (Kelly DiPucchio), and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! (Lucille Colandro).

Ten Books for Halloween (grades PreK–4)
Sheep trick-or-treating and other Halloweeny stories. Selected by the literacy advocates at Reading Rockets (

Books include: The Biggest Pumpkin Ever (Steven Kroll), Pumpkin Pumpkin (Jeanne Titherington), and The Widow's Broom (Chris Van Allsburg).

Best of Goosebumps (grades 3–5)
Goosebumps' scary stories are popular with reluctant readers and horror fans. A Scholastic Collection.

Books include: Beware, the Snowman, How to Kill a Monster, and Monster Blood, all by R.L. Stine.

Spooky Stories (grades 3–5)
Series books with an eerie twist. Book List Created by Scholastic Books & Authors Editor Gabrielle Balkan.

Books include: Poison Apple: The Dead End (Mimi McCoy), Goosebumps HorrorLand: The Scream of the Haunted Mask (R.L. Stine) and Too Afraid to Scream (Toss Strasser).

Scary Stories (grades 5–12)
Chilling tales that readers won't soon forget.

Books include: Coraline (Neil Gaiman), Revenge of the Witch (Joseph Delaney), and Skeleton Man (Joseph Bruchac). Selected by the adolescent literacy advocates at Ad Lit (

Vampires (grades 8+)
"I vant to suck your blood," is cliche, but vampire teen romance is all the rage. With the Twilight series fueling a new genre, older students will definitely enjoy these books. The fact that a number of them are from series means even more reading to enjoy. Created by Scholastic Teacher Advisor Jeremy Brunaccioni.

Books include: 666: The Number of the Beast (various Authors), Eight Grade Bites (Heather Brewer), and The Vampire's Assistant (Darren Shan).


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    Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches, Literature, Halloween