Spooky Halloween Reading List

Spooky Halloween Reads

Halloween is just a few days away. Now is the perfect time to curl up with a spooky set of short stories or that creepy novel you have wanted to read. Here are a list of titles to get you into the Halloween spirit.

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

Katie Alender

YA Alender

Sixteen-year-old Cordelia and her family move into the house they just inherited in Pennsylvania, a former insane asylum the locals call Hysteria Hall–unfortunately, the house does not want defiant girls like Delia, so it kills her, and as she wanders the house, meeting the other ghosts and learning the dark secrets of the Hall, she realizes that she has to find a way to save her sister, parents, and perhaps herself. – From PalsPlus Catalog

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

Joe Ballarini

MJ Ballarini

The Last Kids on Earth meets Goosebumps in this hilarious new series about a secret society of babysitters who protect kids from the monsters that really do live under their beds! – From PalsPlus Catalog

Five Nights at Freddy’s: the Fourth Closet

Scott Cawthon

YA Cawthon

When a rash of kidnappings coincides with the opening of a new pizzeria in Hurricane, John reluctantly teams up with Jessica, Marla, and Carlton to solve the case and find the missing children. – From PalsPlus Catalog

The Poisoned House

Michael Ford

MJ Ford

As the widowed master of an elegant house in Victorian-era London slips slowly into madness and his tyrannical housekeeper takes on more power, a ghostly presence distracts a teenaged maidservant with clues to a deadly secret. – From PalsPlus Catalog


Frances Hardinge

YA Hardinge

For centuries the gods of the Undersea ruled the islands of the Myriad through awe and terror: they were very real, and very dangerous. Sacrifices were hurled into the waters to appease them, and every boat was painted with pleading eyes to entreat their mercy. They were served, feared and adored. Then, thirty years ago, the gods rose up in madness and tore each other apart. Now, none remain. The islands have recovered and the people have patched their battered ships and moved on. On one of these islands live Hark and his best friend Jelt. To them, the gods are nothing but a collection of valuable scraps to be scavenged from the ocean and sold. But now something is pulsing beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. – From PalsPlus Catalog

His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined

Dahlia Adler, Editor

YA Poe

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways. – From PalsPlus Catalog

Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley

YA GN Grimly

Retells Mary Shelley’s classic tale of a monster, assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies, who develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator. – From PalsPlus Catalog

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley

Fic Shelley

The epic battle between man and monster reaches its greatest pitch in the famous story of Frankenstein. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor himself to the very brink. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship . . . and horror. – From PalsPlus Catalog

The Sacrifice Box

Martin Stewart

YA Stewart

In the summer of 1982, five friends discover an ancient stone box hidden deep in the woods. They seal inside of it treasured objects from their childhoods, and they make a vow: Never come to the box alone. Never open it after dark. Never take back your sacrifice. Four years later, a series of strange and terrifying events begin to unfold: mirrors inexplicably shattering, inanimate beings coming to life, otherworldly crows thirsting for blood. Someone broke the rules of the box, and now everyone has to pay. But how much are they willing to sacrifice? – From PalsPlus Catalog

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Cat Winters

YA Winters

In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghostsare real when her first love, killed in battle, returns. – From PalsPlus Catalog