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9 books that may make you scream for Halloween


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Break out the pumpkins and dust off your costume, Halloween is just around the corner! And there’s no better time to sit down with a spine-tingling book. Here’s our list of top spooky reads.

The Witches

By Roald Dahl
Ages: 8–12

Book cover: The Witches by Roald Dahl

A Roald Dahl classic. The story of a young boy hiding in a hotel ballroom being used for a charity meeting. But once the doors shut and the charity members are left alone, the boy realizes he’s trapped in a room full of witches!

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning

By Lemony Snicket
Ages: 8–12

Book cover: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

The Baudelaire children don’t just have a bad beginning, they have the worst. After their parents die, they’re forced to live with a distant relative named Count Olaf. The children soon realize the count is after their fortune, and it’ll take all their intelligence and courage to outwit him.

If you like this one, there are 12 more books to read in this series.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase

By Jonathan Stroud
Ages: 9–12

Book cover: Lockwood & Co by Jonathon Stroud

Ever wonder what it’d be like to be a ghost hunter? Well, wonder no more. Follow Lucy, Anthony, and George as they battle ghosts, ghouls, and all kinds of supernatural foes (and at times human ones) for their psychic detection agency.

If you like this one, there are five more books to read in the series.

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

By Joseph Delaney
Ages: 9-12

Book cover: The Last Apprentice - Revenge of the Witch by Jonathan Stroud

Meet Tom Ward. He becomes an apprentice to the Spook, an old man who fights dark forces. As he’s training, Tom unknowingly restores the power of an evil witch named Mother Malkin. Now it’s up to Tom to find a way to defeat Mother Malkin and keep everyone safe. Don’t read this one before bed!

If you like this one, there are 12 more books to read in this series.

Button Hill

By Michael Bradford
Ages 9–12

Book cover: Button Hill by Michael Bradford

When Dekker discovers an old clock made of bones with a skull face, he doesn’t think much of it. But when his sister Riley goes missing, he discovers that she has crossed into Nightside, and may never return. Can Dekker save the day?


By Neil Gaiman
Ages: 9+

Note: This story is available as a novel and a graphic novel.

Book cover: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

It doesn’t get spookier than this tale! When Coraline Jones moves into a new neighbourhood, she finds another world. It’s like her own world with a similar house, a set of parents, and all her neighbours. But everything in the new world is so much better… until it’s not.

A Tale Dark & Grimm

By Adam Gidwitz
Ages: 10+

Book cover: A Tale Dark & Grim by Adam Gidwitz

Dark and grim indeed—this is not your regular fairy tale. This retelling of Hansel and Gretel is not for the faint of heart. Lots of grisly events take place within its pages. You have been warned.

Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows

By Deb Loughead
Ages 10–14

Book coverL Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows by Deb Loughead

Dylan is making a zombie movie with his best friend and girlfriend when zombie-scarecrows start pranking the neighbourhood. Can he figure out what’s going on and get his film finished?

The Inn Between

By Marina Cohen
Ages 11–13

Book cover: The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

When Quinn’s best friend Kara has to move away, she goes on one last trip with Kara and her family – to a creepy Victorian inn where strange things happen.