October Book List: Spooky or Scary

Spooky Recommendations

All the fun without the nightmares.

Picture Books

  • Duck & Goose, honk! quack! Boo! by Tad Hills
  • Fancy Nancy: Candy Bonanza by Jane O’Connor
  • Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
  • Trick ARRR Treat: A Pirate Halloween by Leslie Kimmelman
  • Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma by David Soman
  • Not Very Scary by carol Brendler
  • Click, clack, boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz 
  • The Berenstain Bears the Spooky Old Tree by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds
  • Are You Scared, Darth Vader? By Adam Rex
  • Monster Mash by David Catrow

Easy Readers

  • Katy Duck’s Happy Halloween by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (ER1)
  • Thomas the Train: The Monster of Sodor (ER2)
  • Fly Guy and the Frankenfly by Tedd Arnold (ER3)
  • The Bookstore Ghost by Barbara Maitland

Nonfiction

  • The Halloween Cookbook by Mary Lou Caswell
  • Where is Area 51? By Paula K. Manzanero
  • The Bermuda Triangle: The Unsolved Mystery by Connie Colwell Miller

Chapter Books

  • Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings
  • Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey
  • Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison
  • Horrible Harry at Halloween by Suzy Kline
  • Scooby Doo series 
  • Black Lagoon series by Mike Thaler
  • Miss Mary is Scary by Dan Gutman
  • The Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale

Children’s Novels

  • Stick Dog Craves Candy by Tom Watson
  • Burp or Treat… Smell My Feet! by Nancy E. Krulik
  • The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
  • The Poison Apple series 
  • Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil

Graphic Novels

  • Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Plants vs. Zombies series by Paul Tobin
  • The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
  • Babymouse: Monster Mash by Jennifer L. Holm

Scary Recommendations

For those who seek the things that go bump in the night.

Picture Books

  • The Monsterator by Keith Graves

Easy Readers

  • The Flat Man by Rose Impey (ER3)
  • Scare Yourself to Sleep by Rose Impey (ER3)
  • Jumble Joan by Rose Impey (ER3)

Chapter Books

  • Library of Doom series by Michael Dahl
  • Scary Tales series by James Preller
  • Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert
  • Mister Shivers series by Max Brallier

Children’s Novels and Short Stories

  • Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine
  • The Last Kids on Earth series by Max Brallier
  • Bloody Horowitz by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Guys Read: Terrifying Tales by Jon Scieszka
  • Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
  • The Boy with Dinosaur Hands by Al Carusone
  • Can You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? by Anthony Wacholtz
  • Can You Escape the Paris Catacombs? by Matt Doeden
  • The Ghoul of Windydown Vale by Jake Burt
  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Graphic Novels

  • Road Trip Terror by Steve Foxe
  • The Scare School by R. L. Stine
  • The Horror at Happy Landings by R. L. Stine
  • The Pit and the Pendulum adapted by Sean Tulien
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue adapted by Carl Bowen
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s series by Scott Cawthon
  • Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
  • Goosebumps Graphix series 
  • Dracula adapted by Michael Burgan
  • Frankenstein adapted by Michael Burgan
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow adapted by B. A. Hoena

Nonfiction

  • Horror in Wisconsin by Alex Giannini
  • Ghostly Alcatraz Island by Stephen Person
  • Popper the Poltergeist: The First Haunting Shown on TV by Megan Atwood

Young Adult

  • Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine
  • Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan
  • The Missing Season by Gillian French

YA Graphic Novels

  • The Tell-tale Heart adapted by Benjamin Harper
  • Beowulf adapted by Gareth Hinds
  • The Fall of the House of Usher adapted by Matthew K. Manning