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The World's Spookiest Booklist

Ages 6-8

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old TreeThe Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Three terrified little bears explore the inside of a mysterious old tree and go into, up, through, over, down, and out.

Happy Halloween Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt 

It's almost time to go trick-or-treating, but first Stinky Face has just a few questions for Mama, including: "Mama, what if Mrs. Petry doesn't know it's really just me at her There's a Monster Under My Beddoor?" and "What if she gets so surprised from my super-scary costume that she throws her candy bowl up and it lands on her head and candy spills all over?" 

There’s a Monster Under My Bed by James Howe

There was a monster under his bed. Simon knew it. He could hear him breathing. Maybe more than one. Maybe two. Maybe even three or four. Five monsters crawling up the side of his bed! Why had he agreed that he didn't need a night light? His younger brother, Alex, had one. What was wrong with a night light?

Where the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Max is being so terrible that his mother sends him to his room without supper. But Max doesn't care -- he sails off to the land of the Wild Things, and they make him his king. There, Max can be as terrible as he pleases, and the Wild Things join in the rumpus.

 

Ages 9-12

Bone: Out from BonevilleBone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith

Three Bone cousins—Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone—are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. Eventually, the cousins are reunited at a farmstead run by tough Gran'ma Ben and her spirited granddaughter Thorn. But little do the Bones know, there are dark forces conspiring against them, and their adventures are only just beginning!

Goblins Don't Play Video Games by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

Goblins Don't Play Video GamesThere are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City. But could the new computer teacher really be the Great Goblin from Melody's video game? The Bailey School Kids are going to find out!

The Mystery of the Runaway Ghost by Gertrude Chandler Warner

When the Boxcar children visit their friend Fran in Wisconsin, they can't wait to hear her tell the story of the runaway ghost. Fran's family ghost hasn't been spotted in years, but the Aldens still shiver at the spooky tale of the ghost's bell clanging after dark. Then, Violet hears a mysterious ringing in the middle of the night and the children start to wonder—could the runaway ghost be back?Vampires

Vampires by Marc Tyler Nobleman

From Elizabeth Bathory and Vlad the Impaler to vampires in the movies; from real-life vampire bats to the myths about how to repel and destroy vampires, examine the facts and myths about this famous monster. 

 

Ages 13+

DraculaDracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula chronicles the vampire, Count Dracula's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter," Frankenstein assembles a human being Frankensteinfrom stolen body parts but, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but TwilightBella is determined to uncover his dark secret.
What Bella doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back. . . . 

Uncle's Trunk by Julie Austad

When the Lawson family moves from West Coast to East Coast by inheriting their uncle's house, they quickly discover they have to take everything that came with it. The uncle used to be an actor in the theater and he left behind a steamer trunk full of costumes, old memories, and...something else.

 

Source for book descriptions: publisher 

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